Have you forgotten all the wicked things that have been done in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem by your ancestors, by the kings of Judah and their 1 wives, by you and your wives?
א (Alef) 1 2 Alas! 3 The city once full of people 4 now sits all alone! 5 The prominent 6 lady among the nations has become a widow! 7 The princess 8 who once ruled the provinces 9 has become
If the king is so inclined, 1 let a royal edict go forth from him, and let it be written in the laws of Persia and Media that cannot be repealed, 2 that Vashti 3 may not come into the presence of King Ahasuerus, and let the king convey her royalty to another 4 who is more deserving than she. 5
It so happened that on the third day Esther put on her royal attire and stood in the inner court of the palace, 1 opposite the king’s quarters. 2 The king was sitting on his royal throne in the palace, opposite the entrance. 3
Jehu approached Jezreel. When Jezebel heard the news, she put on some eye liner, 1 fixed up her hair, and leaned out the window.
He deported Jehoiachin from Jerusalem to Babylon, along with the king’s mother and wives, his eunuchs, and the high-ranking officials of the land. 1
(Wicked Athaliah and her sons had broken into God’s temple and used all the holy items of the Lord’s temple in their worship of the Baals.)
‘No doubt they are gathering and dividing the plunder 1 – a girl or two for each man to rape! 2 Sisera is grabbing up colorful cloth, 3 he is grabbing up colorful embroidered cloth, 4 two pieces of colorful embroidered cloth, for the neck of the plunderer!’ 5
King Jehoiachin of Judah, along with his mother, his servants, his officials, and his eunuchs surrendered 1 to the king of Babylon. The king of Babylon, in the eighth year of his reign, 2 took Jehoiachin 3 prisoner.
Esther replied, “If the king is so inclined, let the Jews who are in Susa be permitted to act tomorrow also according to today’s law, and let them hang the ten sons of Haman on the gallows.”
But when the matter came to the king’s attention, the king 1 gave written orders that Haman’s 2 evil intentions that he had devised against the Jews should fall on his own head. He and his sons were hanged on the gallows.
“Don’t imagine that because you are part of the king’s household you will be the one Jew 1 who will escape. If you keep quiet at this time, liberation and protection for the Jews will appear 2 from another source, 3 while you and your father’s household perish. It may very well be 4 that you have achieved royal status 5 for such a time as this!”
So Jehoshabeath, 1 the daughter of King Jehoram, 2 took Ahaziah’s son Joash and sneaked him away 3 from the rest of the royal descendants who were to be executed. She hid him and his nurse in the room where the bed covers were stored. So Jehoshabeath the daughter of King Jehoram, wife of Jehoiada the priest and sister of Ahaziah, hid him from Athaliah so she could not execute him.