The Book of Esther compared
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The Book of Esther
unto Ethiopia, over an hundred and seven and twenty the third year of his reign, he made a feast unto all his princes and servants the of Persia and Media, riches of his kingdom and the of his many days, even an hundred and fourscore days. And when these days were expired, the king made a feast unto all the people that were in the , both unto great and small, seven days in the court of the garden the kings palacehere white, and , fastened with cords of linen and silver rings pillars of arblewere of gold and silver upon a pavement of , and blackarble. And drink in vessels of gold, ,nd wine according to the of the king. all the officers of his house, that the seventh day when the king was merry wine, he commanded Mehuman, Btha, Harbona, , Abagtha, Zthar, and Carcas, the seven chamberlains that served in the presence of Ahasuerus, o the queen with the crown ral, shw the people and the princes her : for she was fair to look on. But the queen Vashti come at the kings by his chamberlains was the king very wroth, and his in him. the king to the wise men law and judgment: nd the next unto him Carsena, Sethar, Admatha, , Mres, Marsna, and Mmucan, the seven princes of Persia and , which saw the kings face, and which sat in the kingdom What the queen Vashti, because she not
before the king and the princes the queen hath not done the king but also all the princes and all the people in all the of king Ahasuerusor this deed of the queen shall come abroad unto all women, so that they shall despise their husbands their eyes, shall he king Ahasuerus commanded Vashti the queen to before him, but she not. shall the Persia and Media say unto all the kings princes, hear of th deed of the queenhus shall there arise too much contempt and wrath If it please the king, let there go a commandment from him, and let it be written the law of the Persians and not hat Vashti come no more before king Ahasuerus and let the king give unto another that is better than she. And the which shall be published throughout all his empire, ( is great) all wives their husbands honor, both great and small.
pleased the king and the princes and the king did according to the word of letters into all the kings , into every according to the writing thereof, and to every people after their language, that every man should be in his own housend be the language of people.
After these when the of king Ahasuerus was he Vashti, what she had done, and what was her. Then said the kings servants Let there be fair young virgins sought for the kingnd let the king appoint in all the of his , that they may together all fair young virgins unto pleaseth the king be queen . pleased the king and he did so. the there was a Jew, whose name was Mordecai, the son of Jair, the son of Smei, the son of , carried away from Jerusalem the king of carried awaynd he Hadasah, that is, Esther his uncles daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and was fair and beautiful when her father and mother , his own daughter. when the kings commandment and also unto the kings house the of , keeper of the womennd the pleased him, and she to be given her, her people nor her kindred: for had charged her that she should not it. And walked every day before the court of the womens , know how Esther did, and what should become of her. king Ahasuerus, after that she had been twelve months six months with , and six months with whatsoever she given her to go with her out of the unto the into the second house of women, the of the kings chamberlain, which kept the concubines she cme in unto the king no more, except the king, and that called by name.
Now when the of Esther the daughter of Abihail uncle had his daughter come the king, she nothing but what the kings chamberlain the keeper of the women, .
And Esther favor in the sight of all them that looked upon her. Esther was taken unto king Ahasuerus house royal in the tenth month, which is the month Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign.
And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she grace and in his sight all the virgins he set the crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti. the king made a great feast unto all his princes and his servants, And when the virgins were gathered together the second time, sat in the kings gate. had not shwed her kindred her people as had her: for Esther did the
sat in the kings gate, two of the kings chamberlains, and which kept the door, were wroth, and sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus and Esther certified the king thereof in name. And when inquisition was made, it was found they were both hanged on a tree: and it was written in the hronicles before the king.
After these did king promote Haman the son of the Agagite, and him, and set his seat above all the princes that were with him. And all the kings servants that were in the gate, bowed, and reverenced Haman: for the king had so commanded. But gate, said unto Why transgressest thou the kings commandment? when they spake daily unto him and he them they told Haman, see whether would : for he had told them that he was a Jew. And when Haman saw that to lay hands for they had shwed him the of sought to destroy all the
In the first month that is, the month Nisan in the twelfth year of king Ahasuerus they cast Pur, that is, the lot before Haman, the month Adar. And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus There is a people scattered abroad and dispersed among people in all of thy and their profit to suffer them If it please the king, let that they may be destroyed and will ten thousand talents of silver the hands of his ring from his hand, and gave it unto Haman the son of the Agagite, the enemy. And the king said unto Hamanhe silver given thee, th people also, to do with a thee.
Then were the kings scribes called on the thirteenth day of the first month, and there was written according Haman commanded unto the kings , and to the , and to the rulers of every people every according to the writing every after their language in the name of king Ahasuerus, and sealed with the kings ring. And the were sent by posts all the kings , to , to kill, and to all Jews, both young and old, children and women in one day, upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar and to the spoil of them for a prey. 14 The copy of the writing for a commandment to be given in every province was published unto all people, that they should be ready against day. he posts went
perceived all that was done, rent his clothes, and put on ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and cried loud and nd came before the kings gate: for lay in sackcloth and ashes. So Esthers and her chamberlains came and told it her. Then was the queen exceedingly nd she sent raiment Then called Esther and gave him a commandment to , know what it , and went forth to unto the street of the city, which was before the kings gate.
told him of all that had happened unto him, and of the sum of that Haman had promised to the kings the Jews, to destroy them. he gave him the copy of the that was at to destroy them, shw it unto Esther, and to her and charge her that she should go in unto the king, make supplication unto him for her people.
And came and told Esther the words of Esther spake unto , and unto ll the kings servants, and the people of the know, that whosoever, whether man or woman, is not called, hold out the golden , that he may live I have not been called to come in the king thirty days. And holdest thy peace at this time, then shall and deliverance another place thou and thy fathers house shall be destroyednd who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for Esther badethis answer Go, gather together all the Jews that are , and fast ye for me, eat drink three days, day I and my will fast likewise and so will I go in the king to the if I perish, I perish. So went his way, and did all that Esther had commanded him.
on the third day Esther on her royal apparel, and stood in the inner court of the kings over against the kings housend the king sat upon his royal in the over against the gate of the house. And when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, she in his sightnd the king held out the golden in his hand. So Esther , and touched the top of the . Then said the king unto her What wilt thou queen Esther? and what ? even to the half of the nd Esther If it good unto the king, let the king and Haman come this day unto the banquet that I have prepared.
king said Cause Haman to make haste, that he may do as Esther hath said. the king and Haman came to the banquet that Esther had prepared the king said unto Esther at the banquet of wine, hat is thy petition? and it shall be the half of the it shall be . Then answered Esther and said My petition and isf I have found in the sight of the king, and if it please the king to my petition, and to my request, let the king and Haman come to the banquet that I shall prepare for them, and will do as the king hath said. Then went Haman forth day joyful and when saw in the kings gate, that he stood not up him, he was full of indignation . Nevertheless refrained himself: and when he came home, he sent and called for his friends, and his wife told them of the glory of his riches, and the multitude of his children all the king had promoted him, and how he above the princes and servants of the king. Haman said moreover Yea Esther the queen let no man come with the king unto the banquet that she had prepared and am I unto her also with the king. all this long as I see the Jew sitting at the kings gate. Then said his wife and all his friends unto him Let a gallows of fifty cubits high, and speak thou unto the king that may be hanged thou merrily with the king unto the banquet.
night could not the king sleep, and he commanded to bring the hronicles and they were read before the king king Ahasuerus. And the king said What and done to ? Then said the kings servants that ministered unto him, here is nothing done for him. And the king said Who is in the court? Haman was into the court the kings house, speak unto the king to hang on the that he had prepared for him. And the kings servants said unto himehold, Haman standeth in the court. he king saidet him come in. Haman came in the king said unto himhat shall be done unto the man whom the king ? Haman thought in his hearthom the king
which the king useth to wear and the horse that the king rideth upon, and the crown royal set upon his head And let this and horse be delivered the hand of one of the princes, that may array the man withal whom the king and him through the street of the city, and proclaim before him Thus shall it be done to man whom the king
and do even so the Jew that sitteth the kings gate let nothing fail of all that thou hast spoken. Then took Haman the and the horse, and arrayed , and brought him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaimed before himhus shall it be done unto man whom the king to honor.
And came again to the kings gate his wife and all his friends every thing that had him. Then said his wise men and his wife unto him If be of the seed of the Jews, before whom thou hast begun to fall, thou him, but shalt fall before him. hile they were yet talking with him, came the kings chamberlains, and Haman unto the banquet that Esther had prepared.
the king and Haman came to banquet Esther the king said unto Esther on the second day at the banquet of wine What is thy petition and it shall be Esther the queen answered and said If I have found in thy sight, O king and if it please the king, my life at my and my people my : or we are sold, I and my people to be destroyed, to be slain, and to perish. we sold bondmen and bondwomen, I my tongue, the enemy the kings . he king Ahasuerus and said unto Esther Wh is he where is he that presume in his to do Esther said The is this wicked Haman.
afraid before the king and the queen.
And the king from the banquet wine in his went the palace gardennd Haman stood up for his life for he saw that there was
out of the palace garden into the . Then said the king, he force the queen also me in the house? As th word went out of the kings mouth, they Hamans face. And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains before the king, Behold, gallows fifty cubits high, which had made for , good for the king. king saidang him theron. So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had for . Then was the kings wrath pacified.
king Ahasuerus give the house of Haman the enemy unto Esther. And came before the king for Esther had told he unto her. And the king off his ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it unto . And Esther set over the house of Haman.
And Esther spake yet before the king, and fell down at his feet, and besought him put away the of Haman the Agagite, and his device that he had against the Jews. the king held out the golden Esther. Esther, and stood before the king, nd saidf it please the king, and if I have found in his sight, and the king, and be in his , let it be written the letters devise Haman the son of Hamdatha the Agagite, which he wrote to destroy the in all the kings For how can I see the evil that shall unto my people? how can I the destruction of my kindred? Then the king Ahasuerus unto Esther and to the Jew Behold, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and him have hanged upon , because he laid hand upon the Jews. Write ye for the Jews, as it liketh you in the kings name, and seal it with the kings ring for the written in the kings name, and sealed with the kings ring, no man Then were the kings scribes called at time in the third month, that is, the month Sivan, on the three and twentieth day thereof; and it was written according to the writing thereof, unto every people after their , and to the Jews according to their writing and language. And in the king Ahasuerus name, and sealed with the kings ring the king granted the Jews in to gather themselves together, and to stand for their life, to destroy all the power of the people and that would them, and women, and to the spoil pon one day in all the of king Ahasuerus, namely, upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar. The of the writing a commandment given in published unto all people, that the Jews should be ready against that day to avenge themselves on their enemies. the posts that rode upon
the king in royal apparel of and white, and with a great crown of gold, with a garment of linen and purple and the city of rejoiced and was gladhe Jews light and gladness, and joy, and many of the people of the land became for the fear of the Jews upon them.
n the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar, the thirteenth day, the commandment and be , the day that the enemies together in their cities all the of the king Ahasuerus, to lay hand on such as the and no man could withstand them for the fear of them all people. And all the rulers the , and and eputies, and officers of the king the the fear of upon them. For was great in the kings house, and smote all their enemies with slaughter, and , and did the unto . And the the and destroyed five hundred men ten sons of Haman the son of the enemy of the but on the number of those that were slain the . And the king said unto Esther The Jews have slain and destroyed five hundred men the , and the ten sons of Hamanhat they do in the of the If it please the king, let the Jews also according unto this gathered themselves together the fourteenth day of the month Adar, and slew three hundred men at but on they laid hand. the other in the kings together, and stood for their lives, and rest from their enemies and slew of their seventy thousand, b they laid hands on n the thirteenth day of the month Adar and on the fourteenth day of the same rested they, a day of feasting and gladness. But the at together on the thirteenth day thereof, and on the fourteenth and on the fifteenth day of the same they rested, and a day of feasting and gladness. Therefore the that dwelt in the unwalled towns,
the fourteenth day of the month Adar, fifteenth day of the the days wherein the rest from their enemies, and month : that they should days of and , and to another, and the poor. And the Haman the son of Hamdatha, all the , had devised to destroy , and cast Pur, that his wicked device which he against the upon his own head, and he and his sons hanged on the they called day Purim after the name of all the words of this , and took upon them and their seed, and upon all such as joined themselves unto them, that they would these two days the memorial of them perish their seed. queen the daughter of Abihail and the Jew wrote with all authority, to confirm this second of nd sent the letters unto all the Jews, the hundred and seven confirm these days of in their time appointed, according as the Jew and the queen had of the
And the king Ahasuerus laid tribute upon the land, and upon the sles of the sea. all the of his power and written in the hronicles of the kings of Media and Persia For the Jewwas next unto king Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews, and accepted the multitude of his brethren, the wealth of his people, and all his seed.
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