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vhich knew the times, (for so was the king's 5 1 Nou, in Shushan the palace there was nanner toward all that knew law and judg- a certain Jew, whose name wus Mordecai

the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the sou 14 And the next unto him was Carshena, of Kish, a Benjamite ; Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Merts, Mar 6 Who had been carried away from Jerutena, and Memucan, the seven princes of salem with the captivity whicli bad been Persia and Media, which saw the king's face, carried away with Jeconiah king of Judah, and which sat the first in the kingdom,) whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon

15 What shall we do unto the queen Vashti had carried away. according to law, because she hath not per 7 And he brought up Hadassah, (that is, formed the commandment of the king Aba- Esther,) bis uncle's daughter; for she bad buerus by the chamberlains ?

neither father nor motiver, and the maid was 16 And Memucan answered before the king fair and beautiful; whom Mordecai, whes and the princes, Vashti the queen hath not her father and mother were dead, took for i one wrong to the king only, but also to all his own daughter. the princes, and to all the people that are in 8 1 So it came to pass, when the king's all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus. commandment and his decree was heard,

17 For this deed of the queen shail come and when many maidens were gathered toabroad unto all women, so that they shall gether unto Shushan the palace, to the cusdespise their husbands in their eyes, when it iody of Hegai, that Esther was brought also shall be reported, The king Ahasuerus com- unto the king's house, to the custody of He manded Vashti thie queen to be brought in be-gai, keeper of the women. fore him, but she came not.

9 And the maiden pleased him, and shell 18 Likewise shall the ladies of Persia and obtained kindness of him ; and he speedily Media say this day unto all the king's princes, gave her her things for purification, with which have heard of the deed of the queen. such things as belonged io her, and seven Thus shall there arise too much contempt and maidens, which were meet to be given her, wrath.

out of the king's house : and he preferred 19 If it please the king, let there go a royal ber and her maids unto the best place of the commandment from him, and let it be writ- house of the women. ten among the laws of the Persians and the 10 Esther had not shewed her people, nor Medes, that it be not altered, That Vashti her kiudred : for Mordecai bad charged her come no more before king Aliasuerus; and that she should not shew it. let the king give her royal estate unto an 11 And Mordecai walked every day before other that is better than she.

the court of the women's house, to know how 20 And when the king's decree, which he Esther did, and what should become of ber. shall make, shall be published throughout 12 Now, when every maid's turn was all his empire, (for it is great,) all the wives come to go in to king Ahasuerus, after that shall give to their husbands honour, both to she had been twelve montlis, according to great and small.

the manner of the women, (for so were the 21 And the saying preased the king and days of their purifications accomplished, la che princes; and the king did according to wit, six montlis with oil of myrris, and six the word of Memucan:

months with sweet odours, and with other 22 For he sent letters into all the king's things for the purifying of the women ;) provinces, into every province according to 13. Then thus came every maiden unto ihe writing thereof, and to every people after the king; whatsoever she desired was given their language, that every man should bear her to go with her out of the house of the rale in his own house ; and that it should he women unto the king's house. published according to the language of eve 14 In the evening she went, and on the ry people.

morrow she returned into the second house CHAP. II

of the women, to the custody of Shaaslıgaz AFIE

FTER these things, when the wrath of the king's chamberlain, which kept the con

king Ahasuerus was appeased, he re-cubines: she came in unto the king no more, membered Vashti, and wliai she bad done, except the king delighted in her, and that arid what was decreed against her. she were called by paine.

2 Then said the king's servants that mi. 15 | Now, when the turn of Esther, the nistered unto him, Let there be fair young daughter of Abihail, the uncle of Mordecai

, virgins sought for the king :

(who had taken her for liis daugliter,) was 3 And let the king appoint officers in all the come to go in unto the king, she required provinces of his kingdom, that they may ga- nothing hut what Hegai the king's cham. ther together all the fair young virgins unto berlain, the keeper of the women, appointShuslian the palace, to the house of the wo-ed: and Esther oblained savour in the sight men, unto the custody of Hege the king's of all them that looked upon her. chamberlain, keeper of the women; and let 16 So Esther was taken unto king Aha. their things lor purification he given them : suerus, into liis house-royal, in the tepik

4 And let the maiden which pleaseth the month, (which is the monih Tebeth,) in the king be queen instead of Vashti. And the seventh year of his reign. thing pleased the king; and he did so. 17 And the king loved Esther above all the

king

women, and she obtained grace and favour 9 If it please the king, let it be written that in Ins sight more than all tlie virgins ; so that they may be destroyed; and I will pay ten he set the royal crown upon her head, and thousand talents of silver to the hands of made her queen instead of Vashti. those that have the charge of the business, to

18 Then the king made a great feast unto bring it into the king's ireasuries. all his princes and his servants, even Esther's 10 And the king look his ring from nis seast: and he made a release to the provinces, and, and gave it unto Haman the son of and gave gifts, according to the state of the Hammedatha the Agagite, the Jews’enemy.

11 And the king said unto Haman, The 19 And when the virgins were gitthered to- silver is given to thee, the people also, to do gether the second time, then Mordecai sal in with them as it seemeth good io thee. ihe king's gale.

12 Then were the king's scribes called on 20 Esther bad not yet shewed her kindred the thirteenth day of the first month, and nor her people, as Mordecai liad charged her: there was written (according to all thai Hafor Esther did the commandment of Ilor- man had commanded) unto the king's lieudecai, like as wlien she was brought up with tenants, and to the governors that were over bim.

every province, and to the rulers of every 21 $ In those days, (while Mordecai sat in people of every province, according to the the king's gate,) tivo of the king's chamber. writing thereof, and to every people after lains, Bigthan and Teresli, of those which their language; in the name of king Aha. kept the door, were wroth, and sought to lay suerus was it written, and sealed with the I and on the king Shasuerus.

king's ring: 22 And the thing was hnown to Mordecai, 13 And the letters were sent by posts into who told it unto Esther the queen; and Esther all the king's provinces, to destroy, to kill, certified the hing thereof in Mordecai's name. and to cause to perish, all Jews, both young

23 And when inquisition was made of the and old, little children and women, in one maiter, it was found out; therefore they were day, even upon the thirteenth day of the Soub langed on a tree: and it was written in twelfth month, (which is the month Adar,) the book of the Chronicles before the king and to take the spoil of them for a prey. CHAP. 111.

14 Tlie copy of the writing, for a com

be promore liaman ile son of llammedatha published unto all people, that they should be the Agagite, and advanced him, and set liisfieady against that day. seat above all the princes that were wit, dim. la Tlie posts went out, being hastened by

And all the king: servants, that were in the king's commandment; and the decree the king's gate, bowed, and reverenced Ha- was given in Shushan the palace. And the man; for the hing had so commanded con- king and Haman sat down to drink; but the cerning him: but Mordecai bowed not, nor city Shuslian was perplexed. did him reverence.

CHAP. IV. 3 Then the king's servants, which were in WHEN Mordecai perceived alt kluat was transgressest thou the king's commandment? put on sackcloth with ashies, and went out

4 Now it came to pass, wlien they spake into the midst of the city, and cried with a laily unto him, and lie harkeucd 10 unto loud and a bitter cry; them, that they told Haman, to see whe:ber ? And came even before the king's gate : Mordecais inálters wouid stand : for lie had for none might enter into the king's gale told thein that he was a Jew.

clothed with sackcloth, 5 And when Haman saw that Mordecai 3 And in every province, whithersoever the dowed nol, nor did liim reverence, then was king's commandment and liis decree came, Hainan ruil of wrath.

there was great mourning among the Jews, 6 And he thouglıl scorn to lay lands on and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and Mordecai alone ; for they had sliewed hin many lay in sackcioth and ashes. the people of Mordecai : wherefor» Haman 41 So Esther's mairds, and her chamber. Bugle lo destroy all the Jews that were lains came and told it lier. Then was the througliout the whole kingdom of Alasuerus, queen exceedingly grieved; and she sent rai. eve. the people of Mordecai.

ment to clothe Mordecai, and to take away 7. In the first monti, (that is, the month leis sackcloth from lim: but he received it noi. Nisan,)in the twelfth year of king Abasuerus, 5 Then called Esther for Hataclı, one of the dey cast l'ur, that is, the lot, before llaman, king's chamberlains, whom he had appointed froin day to day, and from month to month, to attend upon her,and gave him a commande to the twelft month, what is, the monthi Adar. ment to Mordecai, to know what it was, and

8! And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, why it was. Tiere is a certain people scattered abroad, 6 So Halach went forth to Mordecai unto and dispersed among the people in all the the street of the city, which wus hefore the provinces of thy kingdom; and their laws are king's gate : diverse from all people, neither keep they the 7° And Mordecai told him of all that bad king's larvs: therefore it is not for die king's happened unto him, and of the sum of the profil to suffer them.

money thai llamau had promised to peow

the king's treasuries for the Jews, to destroy said. So the king and Haman came to the them :

banquet that Esther had prepared. 8 Also he gave him the copy of the writing 611 And the king said unto Esther at the of the decree that was given at Shushan 10 banquet of wine, What is thy petition and destroy them, to shew it unto Esther, and 10 it shall be granted thee: and what is thy redeclare it unto her, and to charge her that she quest? even to the half of the kingdoin it should go in unto the king, to make supplica-siall he performed. tion un o him, and to make request before him 7 Then answered Esther, and said, My pe for her people.

tition and my request is ; 9 And Hatach came and told Esther the 8 If I have found favour in the sight of ina words of Mordecai.

king, and if it please the king to grant my pe10 9 Again Esther spake unto Hatach, andlition and to perform my request, let the king gave him commandinent unto Mordecai : and Hanian come to the banquet that I shall

11 All the king's servants, and the people prepare for them, and I will do to-morrow as of the king's provinces, do know, that who the king hath said. soever, whether man or woman, shall come 91 Then weut Haman forth that day joy. Uuto the king into the inner court, who is ful and with a glad leart: but when hiaman not called, there is one law of his to put him saw Mordecai in the king's gate, that he stood to cleath, except sucli to whom the king shall not up, nor moved for him, he was full of inhold out the golden sceptre, that he may live: dignation against Mordecai. but I have not been called to come in unto 10 Nevertheless Haman refrained himself; the king these thirty days.

and when he came home, be sent and called 12 And they told to Mordecai Esther's for his friends, and Zeresha bis wife. words.

11 And Haman told them of the glory of 13 Then Mordecai commanded to answer bis riches, and the multitude of his chilciren, Esther, Think not with thyself that thou and all the things wherein the king had proshalt escape in the king's house more than noted him, and how he had advanced him all the Jews.

above the princes and servants of the king. 14 For if thou altogether holdest thy peace 12 Haman said moreover, Yea, Esther tiro at this time, then shall there enlargement and queen did let no man come in with the king deliverance arise to the Jews from another unto the banquet that she had prepared bui place; but thou and thy father's house shall myself; and lo-morrow am I'invited unto be destroyed : and who knoweth whether her also with the king. thou art come to the kingdom for such a time 13 Yet all this availeth me nothing, so long as this?

as I see Mordecai die lew sitting at the king 15 | Then Esther bade them return Mor-gale. decai this answer ;

14 | Then said Zeresh bis wife and all bis 16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are friends vilo him, Let a gallows be made of present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and fifty cubits 'higli, and to-morrow speak thou neillier eat nor drink three days, nightorday:Junto the king that Mordecai may be liang: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and ed wereon ; then go thou in merrily wit so will I go in unto the king, which is not ac- the king unto the banquet. And the thing cording to the law; and it I perish, perish. pleased Haman; and lie caused the gallow;

17SoMordecai went his way,and did accord-fio be made. ing to all that Esther had commanded him.

CHAP. VI.
CHAP. V.

and he commanded Esther put on her royal apparel and stood records of the Chronicles; and they were in the inner court of the king's house, over read before the king. against the king's liouse: and the king sat up 2 And it was found written, that Mordecas on his royal throne in the royal house, over had told of Bigthana and Teresh, luo of the against the gate of the house.

king's chamberlains, the keepers of the door, 2 And it was so, when the king saw Esther who sought to lay band on the king Ahasuerus the queen standing in the court, that she ob 3 And the king said, What honour and dig. Laine: favour in his sight: and the king lield nity bath been done to Mordecai for this ; out to Estl:er the golden sceptre that was in Then said the king's servants that ministered his hand. So Esther drew near, and touched unto him, There is nothing done for him. we lor of the sceptre.

4 1 And the king said, Who is in the courts 3 Then said the king unto her, What wilt (Now Haman was come into the outward thou, qureu Esther? and what is thy request? court of the king's house, to speak unto the it sivoll be even given thee to the half of the king to hang Mordecai on the gallows that kinguom.

he had prepared for him.) 4 And Esther answered, If it seem good un 5 And the king's servants said unto him, to the king, let the king and Haman come Behold, Haman standeth in the court. And itis day unto the banquet tiat I have prepar- the king said, Let him come in. ed for him.

6 So Haman came in. And the king said un 5 Then the king said, Cause Haman to to him, What shall be done unto the man whom make laste, that be may do as Esther hath the king delighteth to bonour ? (Now Hamas

thought in his heart, To whom would the king quet of wine in his wrath, went into the pale delight to do honour more than to inyseli?)ace-garden: and Haman stood up to mako

7 And Haman answered the king, For the request for his life to Esther the queen; for man whom the king deligliteth to honour, he saw that there was evil determined against

8 Let the royal apparel be brought wbicl liim by the king. the king uselh to wear, and the horse that 8 Then the king returned out of the palacethe king rideth upon, and the crown-royal garden into the place of the banquet of wine, wbich is set upon bis head:

and Haman was fallen upon the bed where 9 And let this apparel and liorse be deliver- on Esther was. Then said the king, Will ed to the hand of one of the king's most no- he force the queen also before me in the ble princes, that they may array the man with house? As the word went out of the king's al whom the king delighteth to lionour, and inouth, they covered Haman's face. bring him on horseback through the street of 9 And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, the city, and proclaim before him, Thus shall said before the king, beliold also, the galit be done to the man wiiom the king delight-lows, fifty cubits high, which Haman had etb to honour.

made for Mordecai, who had spuken god 10 Then the king said to Haman, Make for the king, standeth in the house of Hahaste, and take the apparel and the horse, as man. Then the king said, Hang bim thereon. thou hast said, and do even so to Mordecai 10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows the Jew, that sillelh at the king's gate: let that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then nothing fail of all that thou hast spoken. was the king's wrath pacified. 11 Then took Haman the apparel and the

CHAP. VIII. horse, and arraxed, Mordecai and brought Odbat day did the king Ahasuerus give city, and proclaimed before him, Thus shall unto Esther the queen: and Mordecai came it be done unto the man whom the king de- before the king; for Esther bad told what lie lighateth to honour.

was unto her. °12 And Mordecai came again to the 2 And the king took off bis ring, which he king's gate: but Haman basted io luis house had taken from Haman, and gave it unto mourning, and having bis head covered. Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over

13 And Haman told Zeresh his wife and all the house of Haman. bis friends every thing that had befallen him. 31 And Esther spake yet again before the Then said his wise men and Zeresh his wife king, and fell down at his feet, and besought unto him, If Mordecai be of the seed of the him with tears to put away the mischief of Jews, before whom thou hast begun to fall, Haman the Agagite, and his device that he thou shalt not prevail against him, but shali bad devised against the Jews. surely fall before him.

4 Then the king held out the golden scep 14 And while they were yet talking with tre toward Esther. So Esther arose, and stood him, came the king's chamberlains, and hast- before the king ed to bring Haman unto the banquet that 5 And said, If it please the king, and if I Esther had prepared.

have found favour in his sight, and the thing CHAP. VII.

seem right before the king, and I be pleasing in So the kingende Haman came to banquet des content let it be writers to reversendline

desiers 2 And the king said again unto Esther on the Agagite, which he wrote to destroy the the second day, at the banquet of wine, Wbat Jews which are in all the king's provinces : is thy petition, queen Esther? and it shall 6 For how can I endure to ste ihe evil thal be granted thee: and what is thy request : shall come unto iny people? or how can I en. and it shall be performed, even to the hall of dure to see the destruction of my kindred? the kingdom.

71 Then the king Ahasuerus said unto Es. 3 Then Esther the queen answered and ther the queen, and to Mordecai the Jew, Be. said, if I have found favour in thy sight, hold, I have given Esther the house of Haman, king, and if it please the king, let my life be and him they have banged upon the gallows, given me at my petition, and my people al because he laid his hand upon the Jews. my request :

8 Write ye also for the Jews, is it liketh 4 For we are sold, I and my people, to be de- you, in the king's name, and seal it with the stroyed, to be slain, and to perish : but if we king's ring; for the writing which is written had been sold for bond-menand bond-women, in the king's name, and sealed with the king's I had held my longue, although the enemy ring, may no man reverse. could not countervail the kirg's damage. 9 Then were the king's scribes called at

5 1 Then the king Ahasuerus answered and that time in the third month, (that is, the said unto Esther the queen, Who is he, and month Sivan,) on the three and tweatieth day where is he, that dursi presume in lsis heart wereof: and it was written (according

to all to do so ?

that Mordecai commanded) unto the Jews, 6 And Esther said, The adversary and and to the lieutenants, and the deputies and enemy is this wicked Haman. Then Haman rulers of the provinces which are from India was afraid before the king and tie queen. Juáto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty and seves 70 And the king, arising from the ban-i provinces, unio every province according to

the writing thereo, and unto every people. 6 Ana in Shushan the palace the Jews after their language, and to the Jews accord- slew and destroyed five lundred men. ing to their writing, and according to their 7 And Parsliandathia, and Dalphon, and language.

Aspatha, 10 And he wrote in the king Ahasuerus' 8 And Poratha, and Adalia, and Aridatha, name, and sealed it with the king's ring; and 9 And Parmasina, and Arisai, and Aridai, sent letters by posts on horseback, and riders and Vaj zatia, on inules, camels, and young dromedaries; 10 The len sons of Haman the son of

11 Wherein the king granted the Jews Hammedailia, the enemy of the Jews, slew which were in every city w gather themselves they ; tui on the spoil laid they not their hand together, and 10 siand' for their life, to de il On that das the number of those that stroy, to slay, and to cause 10. perisin, all the were slain in Shuslian the palace was brouglit power of the people and province that would before the king. assault thein, both little ones and women, and 12 And the king said unto Fsther the to take the spoil of them for a prey, queen, The Jews bave slain and destroyed

12 Upon one day, in all the provinces of five hundred men in Shushan the palace, and king Ahasuerus, namely, upon the thirteenth the ten sons of Hamar; what have they done day of the twelfth month, which is the month in the rest of the king's provinces . Now, Adar.

what is thy petition ? and it shall be granted 13 The copy of the writing, for a com- thee? or what is thy request further and it mandment to be given in every province, shall be done. was published unto all people, and that the 13 Then said Esther, If it please the king, Jews should be ready against that day to let it be granted to the Jews which are in arenge theinselves on their enemies. Shushan to do to-inorrow also according un.

14 °So the posts that rode upon mules and to this day's decree, and let Hainan's ten sons camels went oui, being hastened and pressed be lianged upon the gallows. on by the king's commandment. And the 14 And the king commanded it so to be decree was given at Shus!:an the palace. done: and the decree was given at Shushan;

151 And Mordecai went out froin the pre- and they hanged Haman's ten sons. sence of the king in royal apparel of blue and 15 For the Jews that were in Shushanga. white, and with a great crown of gold, and thered themselves together on the fourteenth with a garment of fine linen and purple: and day also of the month Adar, and slew three the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad. hundred men at Shushan: but on the pres

16 The Jews had light, and gladness, and they laid not their hand. joy, and lionour.

16 But the other Jew's that were in the 17 And in every province, and in every king's provinces gathered themselves toge city, whithersoever the king's commandment ther, and stood for their lives, and had rest and his decree came, the Jews had joy and from their enemies, and slew of their foer gladness, a feast and a good day. And ir.any seventy and five thousand (but they laid not of the people of the land became Jews; for their hands on the prey) the fear of the Jews fell upon them.

17 On the thirteenth day of the month CHAP. IX.

Adar; and on the fourteenth day of the same month Adar,) on the thirteenth day of and gladness. the same, wien ile king's commandment 18 But the Jews that were at Shushan and his decree drew near to be put in execu- assembled together on the thirteenth day tion, in the day that the enemies of the Jews thereof, and on the fourteenth thereof; and hoped 10 lave power over them, (though it on the fifteenth day of the same they'rest was turned to the contrary, that ille Jews ed, and inade it a day of feasting and gladi nad rule over them that hated them,)

2 Tie Jews gathered themselves together 19 Therefore the Jews of the villages, that in their cities, throughout all the provinces dwell in the unwalled towns, made the four of the king Ahasuerus, to lay haud on such leenth day of the month Adar u day of glad as souglit their liurt: and no man could withiness and seasting, and a good day, and of stand iem; for the fear of them fell upon sending portions one to another, all people.

20 * sud Mordecai wrote these things, and 3 And all the rulers of the provinces, and sent leiters unto all the Jews that were in the lieutenants, and the deputies, and officers all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus, both of the king, helped the Jews; because the nigh and far, fear of Mordecai fell upon them.

21 To stablisù this among them that they 4 For Mordecai was great in the king's should keep the fourteenth day of this house, and his fame went out througliout all inonth Adar, and the filieenth day of the the provinces : for this man Mordecai waxed same, yeariy, greater and greater.

22 As the days wherein the Jews resind 5 Thus the Jews smote all their enemies from their enemies, and the month wbich with the stroke of the sword, and siaugliter, was turned unto them from sorrow to joy, and destruction, and did what they would and from muurning into a good day; that Cnto lose that hated them.

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