HADASSAH 15 (Additions to Ester 15)

1 And on the third day, when she had ended her prayers, she put away her mourning garments, and put on her splendid apparel.

2 And being adorned in esteem, after she had called upon Elohim, who sees all and is Deliverer of all, she took two female servants with her,

3 and she leaned on the one, to carry herself daintily;

4 and the other followed, bearing up her train.

5 And she was tanned through the perfection of her beauty, and her countenance was cheerful and very delightful; but her heart was in anguish for fear.

6 Then having passed through all the doors, she stood before the sovereign, who sat upon his royal throne, and was clothed with all his splendid robes, all glittering with gold and precious stones; and he was very frightening.

7 Then lifting up his face that shone with splendour, he looked very fiercely upon her. And the Sovereigness fell down, and went pale and fainted, and bowed herself upon the head of the female servant that went before her.

8 Then Elohim changed the spirit of the sovereign into compassion, who in alarm leaped from his throne, and took her in his arms till she came to herself again, and comforted her with loving words and said to her,

9 “Estĕr, what is the matter? I am your brother, take courage.

10 “Though our law is established, you shall not die. Come near.”

11 And so he held up his golden sceptre, and laid it upon her neck,

12 and embraced her, and said, “Speak to me.”

13 Then she said to him, “I saw you, my master, as a messenger of Elohim, and my heart was troubled for fear of your greatness.

14 “For you are wondrous, master, and your face is full of favour.”

15 And as she was speaking, she fell down from faintness.

16 Then the sovereign was troubled, and all his servants comforted her.