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            The Book of ESTHER


CHAPTER 1

1:1 Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus, (this is Ahasuerus

which reigned, from India even unto Ethiopia, over an hundred and

seven and twenty provinces:)

1:2 That in those days, when the king Ahasuerus sat on the throne of

his kingdom, which was in Shushan the palace,

1:3 In the third year of his reign, he made a feast unto all his princes

and his servants; the power of Persia and Media, the nobles and

princes of the provinces, being before him:

1:4 When he shewed the riches of his glorious kingdom and the honor

of his excellent majesty many days, even an hundred and fourscore

days.

1:5 And when these days were expired, the king made a feast unto all

the people that were present in Shushan the palace, both unto great

and small, seven days, in the court of the garden of the kings

palace;

1:6 Where were white, green, and blue, hangings, fastened with cords

of fine linen and purple to silver rings and pillars of marble: the

beds were of gold and silver, upon a pavement of red, and blue, and

white, and black, marble.

1:7 And they gave them drink in vessels of gold, (the vessels being

diverse one from another,) and royal wine in abundance, according

to the state of the king.

1:8 And the drinking was according to the law; none did compel: for so

the king had appointed to all the officers of his house, that they

should do according to every man’s pleasure.

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1:9 Also Vashti the queen made a feast for the women in the royal

house which belonged to king Ahasuerus.

1:10 On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with

wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and

Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the seven chamberlains that served in

the presence of Ahasuerus the king,

1:11 To bring Vashti the queen before the king with the crown royal, to

shew the people and the princes her beauty: for she was fair to

look on.

1:12 But the queen Vashti refused to come at the kings commandment

by his chamberlains: therefore was the king very wroth, and his

anger burned in him.

1:13 Then the king said to the wise men, which knew the times, (for so

was the king’s manner toward all that knew law and judgment:

1:14 And the next unto him was Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish,

Meres, Marsena, and Memucan, the seven princes of Persia and

Media, which saw the kings face, and which sat the first in the

kingdom;)

1:15 What shall we do unto the queen Vashti according to law, because

she hath not performed the commandment of the king Ahasuerus

by the chamberlains?

1:16 And Memucan answered before the king and the princes, Vashti

the queen hath not done wrong to the king only, but also to all the

princes, and to all the people that are in all the provinces of the

king Ahasuerus.

1:17 For this deed of the queen shall come abroad unto all women, so

that they shall despise their husbands in their eyes, when it shall

be reported, The king Ahasuerus commanded Vashti the queen to

be brought in before him, but she came not.

1:18 Likewise shall the ladies of Persia and Media say this day unto all

the kings princes, which have heard of the deed of the queen. Thus

shall there arise too much contempt and wrath.

1:19 If it please the king, let there go a royal commandment from him,

and let it be written among the laws of the Persians and the Medes,

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that it be not altered, That Vashti come no more before king

Ahasuerus; and let the king give her royal estate unto another that

is better than she.

1:20 And when the king’s decree which he shall make shall be published

throughout all his empire, (for it is great,) all the wives shall give to

their husbands honor, both to great and small.

1:21 And the saying pleased the king and the princes; and the king did

according to the word of Memucan:

1:22 For he sent letters into all the kings provinces, into every province

according to the writing thereof, and to every people after their

language, that every man should bear rule in his own house, and

that it should be published according to the language of every

people.

CHAPTER 2

2:1 After these things, when the wrath of king Ahasuerus was

appeased, he remembered Vashti, and what she had done, and what

was decreed against her.

2:2 Then said the kings servants that ministered unto him, Let there

be fair young virgins sought for the king:

2:3 And let the king appoint officers in all the provinces of his

kingdom, that they may gather together all the fair young virgins

unto Shushan the palace, to the house of the women, unto the

custody of Hege the king’s chamberlain, keeper of the women; and

let their things for purification be given them:

2:4 And let the maiden which pleaseth the king be queen instead of

Vashti. And the thing pleased the king; and he did so.

2:5 Now in Shushan the palace there was a certain Jew, whose name

was Mordecai, the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a

Benjamite;

2:6 Who had been carried away from Jerusalem with the captivity

which had been carried away with Jeconiah king of Judah, whom

Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away.

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2:7 And he brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncles daughter:

for she had neither father nor mother, and the maid was fair and

beautiful; whom Mordecai, when her father and mother were dead,

took for his own daughter.

2:8 So it came to pass, when the kings commandment and his decree

was heard, and when many maidens were gathered together unto

Shushan the palace, to the custody of Hegai, that Esther was

brought also unto the kings house, to the custody of Hegai, keeper

of the women.

2:9 And the maiden pleased him, and she obtained kindness of him;

and he speedily gave her her things for purification, with such

things as belonged to her, and seven maidens, which were meet to

be given her, out of the king’s house: and he preferred her and her

maids unto the best place of the house of the women.

2:10 Esther had not shewed her people nor her kindred: for Mordecai

had charged her that she should not shew it.

2:11 And Mordecai walked every day before the court of the womens

house, to know how Esther did, and what should become of her.

2:12 Now when every maid’s turn was come to go in to king Ahasuerus,

after that she had been twelve months, according to the manner of

the women, (for so were the days of their purifications

accomplished, to wit, six months with oil of myrrh, and six months

with sweet odours, and with other things for the purifying of the

women;)

2:13 Then thus came every maiden unto the king; whatsoever she

desired was given her to go with her out of the house of the women

unto the king’s house.

2:14 In the evening she went, and on the morrow she returned into the

second house of the women, to the custody of Shaashgaz, the

kings chamberlain, which kept the concubines: she came in unto

the king no more, except the king delighted in her, and that she

were called by name.

2:15 Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of

Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to go in

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unto the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the kings

chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed. And Esther

obtained favor in the sight of all them that looked upon her.

2:16 So Esther was taken unto king Ahasuerus into his house royal in

the tenth month, which is the month Tebeth, in the seventh year of

his reign.

2:17 And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained

grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set

the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of

Vashti.

2:18 Then the king made a great feast unto all his princes and his

servants, even Esther’s feast; and he made a release to the

provinces, and gave gifts, according to the state of the king.

2:19 And when the virgins were gathered together the second time, then

Mordecai sat in the kings gate.

2:20 Esther had not yet shewed her kindred nor her people; as Mordecai

had charged her: for Esther did the commandment of Mordecai, like

as when she was brought up with him.

2:21 In those days, while Mordecai sat in the kings gate, two of the

kings chamberlains, Bigthan and Teresh, of those which kept the

door, were wroth, and sought to lay hands on the king Ahasuerus.

2:22 And the thing was known to Mordecai, who told it unto Esther the

queen; and Esther certified the king thereof in Mordecai’s name.

2:23 And when inquisition was made of the matter, it was found out;

therefore they were both hanged on a tree: and it was written in the

book of the chronicles before the king.

CHAPTER 3

3:1 After these things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman the son of

Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him, and set his seat above

all the princes that were with him.

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3:2 And all the kings servants, that were in the king’s gate, bowed,

and reverenced Haman: for the king had so commanded concerning

him. But Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence.

3:3 Then the kings servants, which were in the kings gate, said unto

Mordecai, Why transgressest thou the kings commandment?

3:4 Now it came to pass, when they spake daily unto him, and he

hearkened not unto them, that they told Haman, to see whether

Mordecai’s matters would stand: for he had told them that he was

a Jew.

3:5 And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him

reverence, then was Haman full of wrath.

3:6 And he thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for they had

shewed him the people of Mordecai: wherefore Haman sought to

destroy all the Jews that were throughout the whole kingdom of

Ahasuerus, even the people of Mordecai.

3:7 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 from

day to day, and from month to month, to the twelfth month, that

is, the month Adar.

3:8 And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, There is a certain people

scattered abroad and dispersed among the people in all the

provinces of thy kingdom; and their laws are diverse from all

people; neither keep they the king’s laws: therefore it is not for the

king’s profit to suffer them.

3:9 If it please the king, let it be written that they may be destroyed:

and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver to the hands of those

that have the charge of the business, to bring it into the king’s

treasuries.

3:10 And the king took his ring from his hand, and gave it unto Haman

the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the Jews’ enemy.

3:11 And the king said unto Haman, The silver is given to thee, the

people also, to do with them as it seemeth good to thee.

3:12 Then were the kings scribes called on the thirteenth day of the

first month, and there was written according to all that Haman had

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commanded unto the kings lieutenants, and to the governors that

were over every province, and to the rulers of every people of

every province according to the writing thereof, and to every

people after their language; in the name of king Ahasuerus was it

written, and sealed with the kings ring.

3:13 And the letters were sent by posts into all the kings provinces, to

destroy, to kill, and to cause to perish, all Jews, both young and

old, little children and women, in one day, even upon the thirteenth

day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, and to take the

spoil of them for a prey.

3:14 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 that day.

3:15 The posts went out, being hastened by the king’s commandment,

and the decree was given in Shushan the palace. And the king and

Haman sat down to drink; but the city Shushan was perplexed.

CHAPTER 4

4:1 When Mordecai perceived all that was done, Mordecai rent his

clothes, and put on sackcloth with ashes, and went out into the

midst of the city, and cried with a loud and a bitter cry;

4:2 And came even before the kings gate: for none might enter into the

kings gate clothed with sackcloth.

4:3 And in every province, whithersoever the king’s commandment

and his decree came, there was great mourning among the Jews, and

fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and

ashes.

4:4 So Esthers maids and her chamberlains came and told it her. Then

was the queen exceedingly grieved; and she sent raiment to clothe

Mordecai, and to take away his sackcloth from him: but he

received it not.

4:5 Then called Esther for Hatach, one of the kings chamberlains,

whom he had appointed to attend upon her, and gave him a

commandment to Mordecai, to know what it was, and why it was.

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4:6 So Hatach went forth to Mordecai unto the street of the city,

which was before the king’s gate.

4:7 And Mordecai told him of all that had happened unto him, and of

the sum of the money that Haman had promised to pay to the

kings treasuries for the Jews, to destroy them.

4:8 Also he gave him the copy of the writing of the decree that was

given at Shushan to destroy them, to shew it unto Esther, and to

declare it unto her, and to charge her that she should go in unto the

king, to make supplication unto him, and to make request before

him for her people.

4:9 And Hatach came and told Esther the words of Mordecai.

4:10 Again Esther spake unto Hatach, and gave him commandment unto

Mordecai;

4:11 All the kings servants, and the people of the king’s provinces, do

know, that whosoever, whether man or women, shall come unto

the king into the inner court, who is not called, there is one law of

his to put him to death, except such to whom the king shall hold

out the golden sceptre, that he may live: but I have not been called

to come in unto the king these thirty days.

4:12 And they told to Mordecai Esther’s words.

4:13 Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with

thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the

Jews.

4:14 For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall

there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another

place; but thou and thy fathers house shall be destroyed: and who

knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as

this?

4:15 Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer,

4:16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and

fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I

also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the

king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.

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4:17 So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that Esther had

commanded him.

CHAPTER 5

5:1 Now it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on her royal

apparel, and stood in the inner court of the kings house, over

against the kings house: and the king sat upon his royal throne in

the royal house, over against the gate of the house.

5:2 And it was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the

court, that she obtained favor in his sight: and the king held out to

Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand. So Esther drew

near, and touched the top of the sceptre.

5:3 Then said the king unto her, What wilt thou, queen Esther? and

what is thy request? it shall be even given thee to the half of the

kingdom.

5:4 And Esther answered, If it seem good unto the king, let the king

and Haman come this day unto the banquet that I have prepared

for him.

5:5 Then the king said, Cause Haman to make haste, that he may do as

Esther hath said. So the king and Haman came to the banquet that

Esther had prepared.

5:6 And the king said unto Esther at the banquet of wine, What is thy

petition? and it shall be granted thee: and what is thy request? even

to the half of the kingdom it shall be performed.

5:7 Then answered Esther, and said, My petition and my request is;

5:8 If I have found favor in the sight of the king, and if it please the

king to grant my petition, and to perform my request, let the king

and Haman come to the banquet that I shall prepare for them, and I

will do to morrow as the king hath said.

5:9 Then went Haman forth that day joyful and with a glad heart: but

when Haman saw Mordecai in the kings gate, that he stood not

up, nor moved for him, he was full of indignation against Mordecai.

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5:10 Nevertheless Haman refrained himself: and when he came home, he

sent and called for his friends, and Zeresh his wife.

5:11 And Haman told them of the glory of his riches, and the multitude

of his children, and all the things wherein the king had promoted

him, and how he had advanced him above the princes and servants

of the king.

5:12 Haman said moreover, Yea, Esther the queen did let no man come

in with the king unto the banquet that she had prepared but

myself; and to morrow am I invited unto her also with the king.

5:13 Yet all this availeth me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew

sitting at the kings gate.

5:14 Then said Zeresh his wife and all his friends unto him, Let a

gallows be made of fifty cubits high, and to morrow speak thou

unto the king that Mordecai may be hanged thereon: then go thou

in merrily with the king unto the banquet. And the thing pleased

Haman; and he caused the gallows to be made.

CHAPTER 6

6:1 On that night could not the king sleep, and he commanded to bring

the book of records of the chronicles; and they were read before the

king.

6:2 And it was found written, that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and

Teresh, two of the king’s chamberlains, the keepers of the door,

who sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus.

6:3 And the king said, What honor and dignity hath been done to

Mordecai for this? Then said the kings servants that ministered

unto him, There is nothing done for him.

6:4 And the king said, Who is in the court? Now Haman was come into

the outward court of the kings house, to speak unto the king to

hang Mordecai on the gallows that he had prepared for him.

6:5 And the kings servants said unto him, Behold, Haman standeth in

the court. And the king said, Let him come in.

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6:6 So Haman came in. And the king said unto him, What shall be done

unto the man whom the king delighteth to honor? Now Haman

thought in his heart, To whom would the king delight to do honor

more than to myself?

6:7 And Haman answered the king, For the man whom the king

delighteth to honor,

6:8 Let the royal apparel be brought which the king useth to wear, and

the horse that the king rideth upon, and the crown royal which is

set upon his head:

6:9 And let this apparel and horse be delivered to the hand of one of

the king’s most noble princes, that they may array the man withal

whom the king delighteth to honor, and bring him on horseback

through the street of the city, and proclaim before him, Thus shall

it be done to the man whom the king delighteth to honor.

6:10 Then the king said to Haman, Make haste, and take the apparel and

the horse, as thou hast said, and do even so to Mordecai the Jew,

that sitteth at the kings gate: let nothing fail of all that thou hast

spoken.

6:11 Then took Haman the apparel and the horse, and arrayed

Mordecai, and brought him on horseback through the street of the

city, and proclaimed before him, Thus shall it be done unto the

man whom the king delighteth to honor.

6:12 And Mordecai came again to the kings gate. But Haman hasted to

his house mourning, and having his head covered.

6:13 And Haman told Zeresh his wife and all his friends every thing that

had befallen him. Then said his wise men and Zeresh his wife unto

him, If Mordecai be of the seed of the Jews, before whom thou

hast begun to fall, thou shalt not prevail against him, but shalt

surely fall before him.

6:14 And while they were yet talking with him, came the kings

chamberlains, and hasted to bring Haman unto the banquet that

Esther had prepared.

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CHAPTER 7

7:1 So the king and Haman came to banquet with Esther the queen.

7:2 And the king said again unto Esther on the second day at the

banquet of wine, What is thy petition, queen Esther? and it shall be

granted thee: and what is thy request? and it shall be performed,

even to the half of the kingdom.

7:3 Then Esther the queen answered and said, If I have found favor in

thy sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be given me

at my petition, and my people at my request:

7:4 For we are sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be slain, and

to perish. But if we had been sold for bondmen and bondwomen, I

had held my tongue, although the enemy could not countervail the

kings damage.

7:5 Then the king Ahasuerus answered and said unto Esther the queen,

Who is he, and where is he, that durst presume in his heart to do

so?

7:6 And Esther said, The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman.

Then Haman was afraid before the king and the queen.

7:7 And the king arising from the banquet of wine in his wrath went

into the palace garden: and Haman stood up to make request for his

life to Esther the queen; for he saw that there was evil determined

against him by the king.

7:8 Then the king returned out of the palace garden into the place of

the banquet of wine; and Haman was fallen upon the bed whereon

Esther was. Then said the king, Will he force the queen also before

me in the house? As the word went out of kings mouth, they

covered Hamans face.

7:9 And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said before the king,

Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman had made

for Mordecai, who spoken good for the king, standeth in the house

of Haman. Then the king said, Hang him thereon.

7:10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for

Mordecai. Then was the kings wrath pacified.

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CHAPTER 8

8:1 On that day did the king Ahasuerus give the house of Haman the

Jews’ enemy unto Esther the queen. And Mordecai came before

the king; for Esther had told what he was unto her.

8:2 And the king took off his ring, which he had taken from Haman,

and gave it unto Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the

house of Haman.

8:3 And Esther spake yet again before the king, and fell down at his

feet, and besought him with tears to put away the mischief of

Haman the Agagite, and his device that he had devised against the

Jews.

8:4 Then the king held out the golden sceptre toward Esther. So Esther

arose, and stood before the king,

8:5 And said, If it please the king, and if I have favor in his sight, and

the thing seem right before the king, and I be pleasing in his eyes,

let it be written to reverse the letters devised by Haman the son of

Hammedatha the Agagite, which he wrote to destroy the Jews

which are in all the kings provinces:

8:6 For how can I endure to see the evil that shall come unto my

people? or how can I endure to see the destruction of my kindred?

8:7 Then the king Ahasuerus said unto Esther the queen and to

Mordecai the Jew, Behold, I have given Esther the house of

Haman, and him they have hanged upon the gallows, because he

laid his hand upon the Jews.

8:8 Write ye also for the Jews, as it liketh you, in the kings name, and

seal it with the kings ring: for the writing which is written in the

kings name, and sealed with the kings ring, may no man reverse.

8:9 Then were the kings scribes called at that time in the third month,

that is, the month Sivan, on the three and twentieth day thereof;

and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded unto

the Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the deputies and rulers of the

provinces which are from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty

and seven provinces, unto every province according to the writing

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thereof, and unto every people after their language, and to the Jews

according to their writing, and according to their language.

8:10 And he wrote in the king Ahasuerus name, and sealed it with the

kings ring, and sent letters by posts on horseback, and riders on

mules, camels, and young dromedaries:

8:11 Wherein the king granted the Jews which were in every city to

gather themselves together, and to stand for their life, to destroy,

to slay and to cause to perish, all the power of the people and

province that would assault them, both little ones and women, and

to take the spoil of them for a prey,

8:12 Upon one day in all the provinces of king Ahasuerus, namely,

upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month

Adar.

8:13 The copy of the writing for a commandment to be given in every

province was published unto all people, and that the Jews should

be ready against that day to avenge themselves on their enemies.

8:14 So the posts that rode upon mules and camels went out, being

hastened and pressed on by the king’s commandment. And the

decree was given at Shushan the palace.

8:15 And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal

apparel of blue and white, and with a great crown of gold, and with

a garment of fine linen and purple: and the city of Shushan rejoiced

and was glad.

8:16 The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honor.

8:17 And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king’s

commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness,

a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became

Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them.

CHAPTER 9

9:1 Now in the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar, on the

thirteenth day of the same, when the king’s commandment and his

decree drew near to be put in execution, in the day that the enemies

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of the Jews hoped to have power over them, (though it was turned

to the contrary, that the Jews had rule over them that hated them;)

9:2 The Jews gathered themselves together in their cities throughout all

the provinces of the king Ahasuerus, to lay hand on such as sought

their hurt: and no man could withstand them; for the fear of them

fell upon all people.

9:3 And all the rulers of the provinces, and the lieutenants, and the

deputies, and officers of the king, helped the Jews; because the fear

of Mordecai fell upon them.

9:4 For Mordecai was great in the kings house, and his fame went out

throughout all the provinces: for this man Mordecai waxed greater

and greater.

9:5 Thus the Jews smote all their enemies with the stroke of the

sword, and slaughter, and destruction, and did what they would

unto those that hated them.

9:6 And in Shushan the palace the Jews slew and destroyed five

hundred men.

9:7 And Parshandatha, and Dalphon, and Aspatha,

9:8 And Poratha, and Adalia, and Aridatha,

9:9 And Parmashta, and Arisai, and Aridai, and Vajezatha,

9:10 The ten sons of Haman the son of Hammedatha, the enemy of the

Jews, slew they; but on the spoil laid they not their hand.

9:11 On that day the number of those that were slain in Shushan the

palace was brought before the king.

9:12 And the king said unto Esther the queen, The Jews have slain and

destroyed five hundred men in Shushan the palace, and the ten

sons of Haman; what have they done in the rest of the king’s

provinces? now what is thy petition? and it shall be granted thee:

or what is thy request further? and it shall be done.

9:13 Then said Esther, If it please the king, let it be granted to the Jews

which are in Shushan to do to morrow also according unto this

day’s decree, and let Haman’s ten sons be hanged upon the

gallows.

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9:14 And the king commanded it so to be done: and the decree was given

at Shushan; and they hanged Haman’s ten sons.

9:15 For the Jews that were in Shushan gathered themselves together on

the fourteenth day also of the month Adar, and slew three hundred

men at Shushan; but on the prey they laid not their hand.

9:16 But the other Jews that were in the kings provinces gathered

themselves together, and stood for their lives, and had rest from

their enemies, and slew of their foes seventy and five thousand, but

they laid not their hands on the prey,

9:17 On the thirteenth day of the month Adar; and on the fourteenth

day of the same rested they, and made it a day of feasting and

gladness.

9:18 But the Jews that were at Shushan assembled together on the

thirteenth day thereof, and on the fourteenth thereof; and on the

fifteenth day of the same they rested, and made it a day of feasting

and gladness.

9:19 Therefore the Jews of the villages, that dwelt in the unwalled

towns, made the fourteenth day of the month Adar a day of

gladness and feasting, and a good day, and of sending portions one

to another.

9:20 And Mordecai wrote these things, and sent letters unto all the

Jews that were in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus, both

nigh and far,

9:21 To stablish this among them, that they should keep the fourteenth

day of the month Adar, and the fifteenth day of the same, yearly,

9:22 As the days wherein the Jews rested from their enemies, and the

month which was turned unto them from sorrow to joy, and from

mourning into a good day: that they should make them days of

feasting and joy, and of sending portions one to another, and gifts

to the poor.

9:23 And the Jews undertook to do as they had begun, and as Mordecai

had written unto them;

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9:24 Because Haman the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the enemy of

all the Jews, had devised against the Jews to destroy them, and had

cast Pur, that is, the lot, to consume them, and to destroy them;

9:25 But when Esther came before the king, he commanded by letters

that his wicked device, which he devised against the Jews, should

return upon his own head, and that he and his sons should be

hanged on the gallows.

9:26 Wherefore they called these days Purim after the name of Pur.

Therefore for all the words of this letter, and of that which they

had seen concerning this matter, and which had come unto them,

9:27 The Jews ordained, and took upon them, and upon their seed, and

upon all such as joined themselves unto them, so as it should not

fail, that they would keep these two days according to their

writing, and according to their appointed time every year;

9:28 And that these days should be remembered and kept throughout

every generation, every family, every province, and every city; and

that these days of Purim should not fail from among the Jews, nor

the memorial of them perish from their seed.

9:29 Then Esther the queen, the daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai the

Jew, wrote with all authority, to confirm this second letter of

Purim.

9:30 And he sent the letters unto all the Jews, to the hundred twenty

and seven provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, with words of

peace and truth,

9:31 To confirm these days of Purim in their times appointed, according

as Mordecai the Jew and Esther the queen had enjoined them, and

as they had decreed for themselves and for their seed, the matters

of the fastings and their cry.

9:32 And the decree of Esther confirmed these matters of Purim; and it

was written in the book.

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CHAPTER 10

10:1 And the king Ahasuerus laid a tribute upon the land, and upon the

isles of the sea.

10:2 And all the acts of his power and of his might, and the declaration

of the greatness of Mordecai, whereunto the king advanced him, are

they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of

Media and Persia?

10:3 For Mordecai the Jew was next unto king Ahasuerus, and great

among the Jews, and accepted of the multitude of his brethren,

seeking the wealth of his people, and speaking peace to all his seed.