Esther 8:16-17 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
16 and the Jews celebrated[a] with gladness, joy, and honor. 17 In every province and every city, wherever the king’s command and his law reached, joy and rejoicing took place among the Jews. There was a celebration and a holiday.[b] And many of the ethnic groups of the land professed themselves to be Jews because fear of the Jews had overcome them.