U-Esta 2:1-23

  • Kudingwa indlovukazi entsha (1-14)

  • U-Esta uba yindlovukazi (15-20)

  • UModekhayi uveza icebo labafuna ukubulala inkosi (21-23)

2  Ngemva kwalezizinto, ulaka lweNkosi u-Ahasuweru+ selwehlile, yakhumbula okwakwenziwe nguVashithi+ kanye lesigwebo ayesiphiwe.+  Izinceku zenkosi zasezisithi: “Inkosi kayidingelwe intombi ezigcweleyo ezinhle  njalo kayibeke izinduna kuzo zonke izabelo zombuso wayo+ ukuze zilethe zonke intombi ezigcweleyo futhi ezinhle, endlini yabesifazana* esigodlweni seShushani.* Intombi lezo zizakhangelwa nguHegayi+ umthenwa wenkosi olinda abesifazana njalo kufanele ziphiwe izinto zokuzicomba lezokuzilungisa.*  Intombi ezathandwa kakhulu yinkosi yiyo ezathatha isikhundla sikaVashithi+ ibe yindlovukazi.” Icebo leli layithokozisa inkosi, yasikwenza lokho.  Esigodlweni seShushani*+ kwakulenye indoda engumJuda okwakuthiwa nguModekhayi.+ Wayeyindodana kaJayiri, indodana kaShimeyi, indodana kaKhishi, umBhenjamini,+  futhi wayephakathi kwalabo abasuswa eJerusalema kanye lenkosi yakoJuda uJekhoniya,*+ bethunjwe nguNebhukhadinezari inkosi yaseBhabhiloni.  UModekhayi wayesondla uHadasa* owayebizwa ngokuthi ngu-Esta. U-Esta wayeyintandane njalo eyindodakazi yomfowabo kayise+ kaModekhayi. Wayelitshatshazi futhi elomzimba omuhle. Wathi esefelwe nguyise lonina uModekhayi wamthatha wamgcina waba yindodakazi yakhe.  Kwathi ilizwi lenkosi lomthetho wayo sekumenyezelwe, lezintombi ezinengi sezilethwa esigodlweni seShushani* njalo zihanjiswa kuHegayi+ owayegcina abesifazana, u-Esta laye wahanjiswa endlini yenkosi* wasiwa kuHegayi.  UHegayi wamthanda u-Esta njalo waba lomusa kuye,* wahle wahlela ukuthi alungiselwe izinto zokuzicomba lezokuzilungisa+ kanye lalokho okwakumele akudle. Wamupha lamantombazana ayisikhombisa ayekhethwe endlini yenkosi. Waphinda wamthatha yena lamantombazana ayemncedisa wabahlalisa endaweni enhle kakhulu endlini yabesifazana.* 10  U-Esta kazange akhulume lutho ngabantu bakibo+ langezihlobo zakhe ngoba uModekhayi+ wayethe akugcine kuyimfihlo.+ 11  Nsuku zonke uModekhayi wayedlula phambi kweguma lendlu yabesifazana* ukuze azwe ukuthi u-Esta unjani lokuthi uqhuba njani. 12  Intombi ngayinye yayithola ithuba lokuya enkosini u-Ahasuweru nxa isiqede izinyanga ezingu-12 ilungiswa ngezinto abesifazana okwakumele balungiswe ngazo. Nansi indlela ababelungiswa ngayo ukuze babe bahle: Babegcotshwa amafutha emure+ okwezinyanga eziyisithupha baphinde bagcotshwe amafutha ebhalisamu+ lamanye amagcobo okwezinye inyanga eziyisithupha. 13  Ngemva kwalokho intombi yayiyabe isikulungele ukuya enkosini njalo yayiphiwa loba yini eyicelayo nxa isisuka endlini yabesifazana* isiya endlini yenkosi. 14  Ntambama yayisiya enkosini, ekuseni ibisibuyela iye endlini yesibili yabesifazana eyayikhangelwa ngumthenwa wenkosi+ uShashigazi owayelinda abanye abafazi benkosi. Kodwa intombi yayingabuyeli enkosini ngaphandle nxa inkosi iyithandile njalo yayibiza ngebizo layo.+ 15  Lafika-ke ithuba lokuthi u-Esta owayekhuliswe+ nguModekhayi aye enkosini. U-Esta wayeyindodakazi ka-Abhihayili umfowabo kayise kaModekhayi njalo kazange acele lutho ngaphandle kwalokho akutshelwa ngumthenwa wenkosi uHegayi owayegcina abesifazana. (Bonke abantu ababembona babethokoza ngaye.) 16  U-Esta wahanjiswa enkosini u-Ahasuweru endlini yesikhosini, ngenyanga yetshumi, inyanga kaThebhethi,* ngomnyaka wesikhombisa+ wokubusa kwayo. 17  Inkosi yamthanda u-Esta ukwedlula bonke abesifazana, yaba lomusa kuye* njalo yathokoza ngaye ukwedlula zonke izintombi. Yafaka umqhele wobukhosi ekhanda lakhe yasimnika isikhundla sokuba yindlovukazi+ esasingesikaVashithi.+ 18  Ngemva kwalokhu inkosi yenzela zonke izikhulu zayo lezinceku zayo idili elikhulu, kwakulidili lika-Esta. Yasimemezela ukukhululwa kuzo zonke izabelo njalo yaqhubeka inika abantu izipho kusiya ngalokho okwakuphuma esandleni sayo. 19  UModekhayi wayehlezi* egedini lenkosi ngesikhathi intombi*+ zibuthaniswa okwesibili. 20  U-Esta kazange akhulume lutho ngezihlobo zakhe langabantu bakibo+ njengoba nje uModekhayi wayetshilo. Waqhubeka emlalela uModekhayi njengalokho ayekwenza ngesikhathi esahlala laye.+ 21  Ngalezonsuku uModekhayi ehlezi egedini lenkosi, uBhigithani loThereshi abalindi bomnyango, ababeyiziphathamandla esigodlweni senkosi bazonda basebebumba icebo lokubulala iNkosi u-Ahasuweru. 22  Kodwa uModekhayi wakuzwa lokho wahle wayabikela iNdlovukazi u-Esta, yona yasihambisa umbiko lo ovela kuModekhayi enkosini. 23  Ngakho yahlolisiswa indaba kwasekutholakala ukuthi iliqiniso. Amadoda la alengiswa esigodweni futhi konke lokhu kwabhalwa phambi kwenkosi ebhukwini lezenzakalo zangalesosikhathi.+

Amabala angaphansi

Le yindawo eyayihlala amakhosikazi enkosi kumbe abanye abafazi bayo.
Kumbe, “enqabeni yeSusa.”
Kumbe, “zimasajwe.”
Kumbe, “Enqabeni yeSusa.”
Ubizwa ngokuthi nguJehoyakhini ku-2Am 24:8.
Ibizo leli litsho ukuthi, “Isihlahla sommethile.”
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Kumbe, “esigodlweni senkosi.”
Kumbe, “waba lothando oluqotho kuye.”
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Kumbe, “yaba lothando oluqotho kuye.”
Kumbe, “wayesebenza.”
Kumbe, “intombi ezigcweleyo.”