Esther 8:17

“And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king's commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Esther 8:17

And in euery prouince, and in euery city, whithersoeuer the kings commandement, and his decree came, the Iewes had ioy and gladnes, a feast and a good day: And many of the people of the land became Iewes; for the feare of the Iewes fell vpon them.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

In each and every province and in each and every city, wherever the king's commandment and his decree arrived, there was gladness and joy for the Jews, a feast and a holiday. And many among the peoples of the land became Jews, for the dread of the Jews had fallen on them.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king's commandment and his decree came, the Jews had gladness and joy, a feast and a good day. And many from among the peoples of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews was fallen upon them.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And in every part of the kingdom and in every town, wherever the king's letter and his order came, the Jews were glad with great joy, and had a feast and a good day. And a great number of the people of the land became Jews: for the fear of the Jews had come on them.
- Basic English Bible

And in every province, and in every city, wherever the king's commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many among the peoples of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews had fallen upon them.
- Darby Bible

And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king's commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them.
- Webster's Bible

In every province, and in every city, wherever the king's commandment and his decree came, the Jews had gladness, joy, a feast, and a good day. Many from among the peoples of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews was fallen on them.
- World English Bible

and in every province and province, and in every city and city, the place where the word of the king, even his law, is coming, gladness and joy [are] to the Jews, a banquet, and a good day; and many of the peoples of the land are becoming Jews, for a fear of the Jews hath fallen upon them.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king's commandment and his decree came, the Jews had gladness and joy, a feast and a good day. And many from among the peoples of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews was fallen upon them.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for Esther 8:17

Wesley's Notes for Esther 8:17


8:15 Great crown - Which the chief of the Persian princes were permitted to wear but with sufficient distinction from the king's crown. The city - Not only Jews, but the greatest number of the citizens, who by the law of nature abhorred bloody counsels, and had a complacency in acts of mercy.

8:16 Joy - This explains the former metaphor by two words expressing the same thing, to denote the greatness of the joy. Honour - Instead of that contempt under which they had lain.


Discussion for Esther 8:17

  • JANIE JOHNSON on Esther 8:17
    Who were the people in verse 17, who became Jews?
  • Chris - in Reply on Esther 8:17
    Janie, the King mentioned in the Book of Esther is King Ahasuerus, a Persian King. His kingdom stretched from India (actually, from the Indus River) to Ethiopia & had over 127 provinces (Esther 1:1). As you have read this account, Queen Esther was a Jew & Mordecai, also a Jew, brought up young Esther when her parents had died. However, the evil Haman wanted all the Jews in the land to be slaughtered as he lied to the King that the Jews were people who disobeyed the King's laws. Then with the intervention of Esther & Mordecai, they were able to have that edict removed & the have Haman punished & put to death. And so the Jews of the land enjoyed peace & tranquility once again. However, this also meant (in 8:17), that some of the people of other beliefs who saw the favour given to the Jews & their position with the King, began to be afraid of their own position, so some of these converted to Judaism, probably to save their skin. We are not told who these people were, but must have included a great variety as the King's kingdom was huge.


 

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