Esther 8:16
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New International Version
For the Jews it was a time of happiness and joy, gladness and honor.

King James Bible
The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour.

Darby Bible Translation
The Jews had light, and joy, and gladness, and honour.

World English Bible
The Jews had light, gladness, joy, and honor.

Young's Literal Translation
to the Jews hath been light, and gladness, and joy, and honour,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Blue and white - Probably stripe interchanged with stripe; or blue faced and bordered with white fur.

A great crown of gold - A large turban, ornamented with gold, jewels, etc.

Fine linen and purple - See on Genesis 41:42 (note). The בץ buts, here mentioned, is most probably the same with the byssus of the ancients; supposed to be the beautiful tuft or beard, growing out of the side of the pinna longa, a very large species of muscle, found on the coasts of the Mediterranean Sea, of which there are a pair of gloves in the British Museum. This byssus I have described elsewhere.

Shushan - was glad - Haman was too proud to be popular; few lamented his fall.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Esther 4:1-3,16 When Mordecai perceived all that was done, Mordecai rent his clothes, and put on sackcloth with ashes...

Psalm 30:5-11 For his anger endures but a moment; in his favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning...

had light. That is, prosperity and hope. The dark cloud which had so long hung over them was dispelled; and again the sunshine of prosperity beamed upon them.

Esther 9:17 On the thirteenth day of the month Adar; and on the fourteenth day of the same rested they, and made it a day of feasting and gladness.

Psalm 18:28 For you will light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.

Psalm 97:11 Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.

Proverbs 4:18,19 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shines more and more to the perfect day...

Proverbs 11:10 When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.

Isaiah 30:29,30 You shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart...

Isaiah 35:10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy on their heads...

The Net Broken
'And Esther spake yet again before the king, and fell down at his feet, and besought him with tears to put away the mischief of Haman the Agagite, and his device that he had devised against the Jews. 4. Then the king held out the golden sceptre toward Esther. So Esther arose, and stood before the king, 5. And said, If it please the king, and if I have found favour in his sight, and the thing seem right before the king, and I be pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to reverse the letters devised
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The spirit of the book of Esther is anything but attractive. It is never quoted or referred to by Jesus or His apostles, and it is a satisfaction to think that in very early times, and even among Jewish scholars, its right to a place in the canon was hotly contested. Its aggressive fanaticism and fierce hatred of all that lay outside of Judaism were felt by the finer spirits to be false to the more generous instincts that lay at the heart of the Hebrew religion; but by virtue of its very intensity
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Psalm 97:11
Light shines on the righteous and joy on the upright in heart.

Psalm 112:4
Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.

Psalm 118:27
The LORD is God, and he has made his light shine on us. With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession up to the horns of the altar.

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