أَسْتِير 2

بَعْدَ هَذِهِ ٱلْأُمُورِ لَمَّا خَمِدَ غَضَبُ ٱلْمَلِكِ أَحَشْوِيرُوشَ، ذَكَرَ وَشْتِي وَمَا عَمِلَتْهُ وَمَا حُتِمَ بِهِ عَلَيْهَا. ١ 1
After these things, when the anger of King Ahasuerus subsided, he thought about Vashti and what she had done. He also thought about the decree that he had made against her.
فَقَالَ غِلْمَانُ ٱلْمَلِكِ ٱلَّذِينَ يَخْدِمُونَهُ: «لِيُطْلَبْ لِلْمَلِكِ فَتَيَاتٌ عَذَارَى حَسَنَاتُ ٱلْمَنْظَرِ، ٢ 2
Then the king's young men who served him said, “Let a search be made on the king's behalf for beautiful young virgins.
وَلْيُوَكِّلِ ٱلْمَلِكُ وُكَلَاءَ فِي كُلِّ بِلَادِ مَمْلَكَتِهِ لِيَجْمَعُوا كُلَّ ٱلْفَتَيَاتِ ٱلْعَذَارَى ٱلْحَسَنَاتِ ٱلْمَنْظَرِ إِلَى شُوشَنَ ٱلْقَصْرِ، إِلَى بَيْتِ ٱلنِّسَاءِ، إِلَى يَدِ هَيْجَايَ خَصِيِّ ٱلْمَلِكِ حَارِسِ ٱلنِّسَاءِ، وَلْيُعْطَيْنَ أَدْهَانَ عِطْرِهِنَّ. ٣ 3
Let the king appoint officers in all the provinces of his kingdom, to gather together all the beautiful young virgins to the harem in the fortress in Susa. Let them be put under the care of Hegai, the king's official, who is in charge of the women, and let him give them their cosmetics.
وَٱلْفَتَاةُ ٱلَّتِي تَحْسُنُ فِي عَيْنَيِ ٱلْمَلِكِ، فَلْتَمْلُكْ مَكَانَ وَشْتِي». فَحَسُنَ ٱلْكَلَامُ فِي عَيْنَيِ ٱلْمَلِكِ، فَعَمِلَ هَكَذَا. ٤ 4
Let the young girl who pleases the king become queen in the place of Vashti.” This advice pleased the king, and he did so.
كَانَ فِي شُوشَنَ ٱلْقَصْرِ رَجُلٌ يَهُودِيٌّ ٱسْمُهُ مُرْدَخَايُ بْنُ يَائِيرَ بْنِ شَمْعِي بْنِ قَيْسٍ، رَجُلٌ يَمِينِيٌّ، ٥ 5
There was a certain Jew in the fortress of Susa whose name was Mordecai son of Jair son of Shimei son of Kish, who was a Benjamite.
قَدْ سُبِيَ مِنْ أُورُشَلِيمَ مَعَ ٱلسَّبْيِ ٱلَّذِي سُبِيَ مَعَ يَكُنْيَا مَلِكِ يَهُوذَا ٱلَّذِي سَبَاهُ نَبُوخَذْنَصَّرُ مَلِكُ بَابِلَ. ٦ 6
He had been taken away from Jerusalem with the exiles along with those taken with Jehoiachin, king of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylonia carried away.
وَكَانَ مُرَبِّيًا لِهَدَسَّةَ أَيْ أَسْتِيرَ بِنْتِ عَمِّهِ، لِأَنَّهُ لَمْ يَكُنْ لَهَا أَبٌ وَلَا أُمٌّ. وَكَانَتِ ٱلْفَتَاةُ جَمِيلَةَ ٱلصُّورَةِ وَحَسَنَةَ ٱلْمَنْظَرِ، وَعِنْدَ مَوْتِ أَبِيهَا وَأُمِّهَا ٱتَّخَذَهَا مُرْدَخَايُ لِنَفْسِهِ ٱبْنَةً. ٧ 7
He was caring for Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle's daughter, because she had neither father nor mother. The young woman had a beautiful figure and was lovely in appearance. Mordecai took her as his own daughter.
فَلَمَّا سُمِعَ كَلَامُ ٱلْمَلِكِ وَأَمْرُهُ، وَجُمِعَتْ فَتَيَاتٌ كَثِيرَاتٌ إِلَى شُوشَنَ ٱلْقَصْرِ إِلَى يَدِ هَيْجَايَ، أُخِذَتْ أَسْتِيرُ إِلَى بَيْتِ ٱلْمَلِكِ إِلَى يَدِ هَيْجَايَ حَارِسِ ٱلنِّسَاءِ. ٨ 8
When the king's order and decree were proclaimed, many young women were brought to the fortress of Susa. They were put under Hegai's care. Esther also was taken into the king's palace and put under the care of Hegai, the overseer of the women.
وَحَسُنَتِ ٱلْفَتَاةُ فِي عَيْنَيْهِ وَنَالَتْ نِعْمَةً بَيْنَ يَدَيْهِ، فَبَادَرَ بِأَدْهَانِ عِطْرِهَا وَأَنْصِبَتِهَا لِيَعْطِيَهَا إِيَّاهَا مَعَ ٱلسَّبْعِ ٱلْفَتَيَاتِ ٱلْمُخْتَارَاتِ لِتُعْطَى لَهَا مِنْ بَيْتِ ٱلْمَلِكِ، وَنَقَلَهَا مَعَ فَتَيَاتِهَا إِلَى أَحْسَنِ مَكَانٍ فِي بَيْتِ ٱلنِّسَاءِ. ٩ 9
The young girl pleased him, and she found favor with him. Immediately he provided her with cosmetics and her portion of food. He assigned to her seven servant girls from the king's palace, and he moved her and the servant girls to the best place in the house of the women.
وَلَمْ تُخْبِرْ أَسْتِيرُ عَنْ شَعْبِهَا وَجِنْسِهَا لِأَنَّ مُرْدَخَايَ أَوْصَاهَا أَنْ لَا تُخْبِرَ. ١٠ 10
Esther had not told anyone who her people or relatives were, for Mordecai had instructed her not to tell.
وَكَانَ مُرْدَخَايُ يَتَمَشَّى يَوْمًا فَيَوْمًا أَمَامَ دَارِ بَيْتِ ٱلنِّسَاءِ، لِيَسْتَعْلِمَ عَنْ سَلَامَةِ أَسْتِيرَ وَعَمَّا يُصْنَعُ بِهَا. ١١ 11
Every day Mordecai walked back and forth in front of the courtyard outside the house of the women, to learn about Esther's welfare, and about what would be done with her.
وَلَمَّا بَلَغَتْ نَوْبَةُ فَتَاةٍ فَفَتَاةٍ لِلدُّخُولِ إِلَى ٱلْمَلِكِ أَحَشْوِيرُوشَ بَعْدَ أَنْ يَكُونَ لَهَا حَسَبَ سُنَّةِ ٱلنِّسَاءِ ٱثْنَا عَشَرَ شَهْرًا، لِأَنَّهُ هَكَذَا كَانَتْ تُكْمَلُ أَيَّامُ تَعَطُّرِهِنَّ، سِتَّةَ أَشْهُرٍ بِزَيْتِ ٱلْمُرِّ وَسِتَّةَ أَشْهُرٍ بِٱلْأَطْيَابِ وَأَدْهَانِ تَعَطُّرِ ٱلنِّسَاءِ. ١٢ 12
When the turn came for each girl to go to King Ahasuerus—complying with the regulations for the women, each girl had to complete twelve months of beauty treatments, six months with oil of myrrh, and six with perfumes and cosmetics—
وَهَكَذَا كَانَتَ كُلُّ فَتَاةٍ تَدْخُلُ إِلَى ٱلْمَلِكِ. وَكُلُّ مَا قَالَتْ عَنْهُ أُعْطِيَ لَهَا لِلدُّخُولِ مَعَهَا مِنْ بَيْتِ ٱلنِّسَاءِ إِلَى بَيْتِ ٱلْمَلِكِ. ١٣ 13
when a young woman went to the king, whatever she desired was given to her from the house of the women, for her to take to the palace.
فِي ٱلْمَسَاءِ دَخَلَتْ وَفِي ٱلصَّبَاحِ رَجَعَتْ إِلَى بَيْتِ ٱلنِّسَاءِ ٱلثَّانِي إِلَى يَدِ شَعَشْغَازَ خَصِيِّ ٱلْمَلِكِ حَارِسِ ٱلسَّرَارِيِّ. لَمْ تَعُدْ تَدْخُلْ إِلَى ٱلْمَلِكِ إِلَّا إِذَا سُرَّ بِهَا ٱلْمَلِكُ وَدُعِيَتْ بِٱسْمِهَا. ١٤ 14
In the evening she would go in, and in the morning she would return to the second house of the women, and to the custody of Shaashgaz, the king's official, who was in charge of the concubines. She would not return to the king again unless he had taken great pleasure in her and called for her again.
وَلَمَّا بَلَغَتْ نَوْبَةُ أَسْتِيرَ ٱبْنَةِ أَبَيِحَائِلَ عَمِّ مُرْدَخَايَ ٱلَّذِي ٱتَّخَذَهَا لِنَفْسِهِ ٱبْنَةً لِلدُّخُولِ إِلَى ٱلْمَلِكِ، لَمْ تَطْلُبْ شَيْئًا إِلَّا مَا قَالَ عَنْهُ هَيْجَايُ خَصِيُّ ٱلْمَلِكِ حَارِسُ ٱلنِّسَاءِ. وَكَانَتْ أَسْتِيرُ تَنَالُ نِعْمَةً فِي عَيْنَيْ كُلِّ مَنْ رَآهَا. ١٥ 15
Now when the time came for Esther (daughter of Abihail, the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her as his own daughter) to go in to the king, she did not ask for anything but what Hegai the king's official, who was in charge of the women, suggested. Now Esther received the favor of all who saw her.
وَأُخِذَتْ أَسْتِيرُ إِلَى ٱلْمَلِكِ أَحَشْوِيرُوشَ إِلَى بَيْتِ مُلْكِهِ فِي ٱلشَّهْرِ ٱلْعَاشِرِ، هُوَ شَهْرُ طِيبِيتَ، فِي ٱلسَّنَةِ ٱلسَّابِعَةِ لِمُلْكِهِ. ١٦ 16
Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus into the royal residence on the tenth month, which is the month of Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign.
فَأَحَبَّ ٱلْمَلِكُ أَسْتِيرَ أَكْثَرَ مِنْ جَمِيعِ ٱلنِّسَاءِ، وَوَجَدَتْ نِعْمَةً وَإِحْسَانًا قُدَّامَهُ أَكْثَرَ مِنْ جَمِيعِ ٱلْعَذَارَى، فَوَضَعَ تَاجَ ٱلْمُلْكِ عَلَى رَأْسِهَا وَمَلَّكَهَا مَكَانَ وَشْتِي. ١٧ 17
The king loved Esther more than all the other women and she received acceptance and favor before him, more than all the other virgins. So he set the royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.
وَعَمِلَ ٱلْمَلِكُ وَلِيمَةً عَظِيمَةً لِجَمِيعِ رُؤَسَائِهِ وَعَبِيدِهِ، وَلِيمَةَ أَسْتِيرَ. وَعَمِلَ رَاحَةً لِلْبِلَادِ وَأَعْطَى عَطَايَا حَسَبَ كَرَمِ ٱلْمَلِكِ. ١٨ 18
The king gave a great feast for all his officials and his servants, “Esther's feast,” and he granted relief from taxation to the provinces. He also gave gifts with royal generosity.
وَلَمَّا جُمِعَتِ ٱلْعَذَارَى ثَانِيَةً كَانَ مُرْدَخَايُ جَالِسًا بِبَابِ ٱلْمَلِكِ. ١٩ 19
Now when the virgins had been gathered together a second time, Mordecai was sitting at the king's gate.
وَلَمْ تَكُنْ أَسْتِيرُ أَخْبَرَتْ عَنْ جِنْسِهَا وَشَعْبِهَا كَمَا أَوْصَاهَا مُرْدَخَايُ. وَكَانَتْ أَسْتِيرُ تَعْمَلُ حَسَبَ قَوْلِ مُرْدَخَايَ كَمَا كَانَتْ فِي تَرْبِيَتِهَا عِنْدَهُ. ٢٠ 20
Esther had not yet told anyone about her relatives or her people, as Mordecai had instructed her. She continued to follow Mordecai's advice, as she had done when she was raised by him.
فِي تِلْكَ ٱلْأَيَّامِ، بَيْنَمَا كَانَ مُرْدَخَايُ جَالِسًا فِي بَابِ ٱلْمَلِكِ، غَضِبَ بِغْثَانُ وَتَرَشُ خَصِيَّا ٱلْمَلِكِ حَارِسَا ٱلْبَابِ، وَطَلَبَا أَنْ يَمُدَّا أَيْدِيَهُمَا إِلَى ٱلْمَلِكِ أَحَشْوِيرُوشَ. ٢١ 21
In those days, while Mordecai was sitting at the king's gate, two of the king's officials, Bigthana and Teresh, who guarded the doorway, became angry and sought to do harm to King Ahasuerus.
فَعُلِمَ ٱلْأَمْرُ عِنْدَ مُرْدَخَايَ، فَأَخْبَرَ أَسْتِيرَ ٱلْمَلِكَةَ، فَأَخْبَرَتْ أَسْتِيرُ ٱلْمَلِكَ بِٱسْمِ مُرْدَخَايَ. ٢٢ 22
When the matter was revealed to Mordecai, he told Queen Esther, and Esther spoke to the king in the name of Mordecai.
فَفُحِصَ عَنِ ٱلْأَمْرِ وَوُجِدَ، فَصُلِبَا كِلَاهُمَا عَلَى خَشَبَةٍ، وَكُتِبَ ذَلِكَ فِي سِفْرِ أَخْبَارِ ٱلْأَيَّامِ أَمَامَ ٱلْمَلِكِ. ٢٣ 23
The report was investigated and confirmed, and both the men were hanged from a gallows. This account was written in the book of the chronicles in the presence of the king.