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

the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son 14 And the next unto him was Carshena, of Kish, a Benjamite ; Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Merts, Mar- 6 Who had been carried away from Jerusena, 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 bad carried away. according to law, because she hath not per- 7 And he brought up Hadassah, (that is, formed the commandment of the king Aha-Esther,) bis uncle's daughter ; for she had suerus by the chamberlains ?

neither father nor motiver, and the maid was 16 And Memucan answered before the king fair and beautiful ; whom Mordecai, wheb a nd the princes, Vashti the queen hath not her father and mother were dead, look for ! one wrong 10 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 Alasuerus. 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 Hemanded Vashti the queen to be brought in be- gai, keeper of the women. fore him, but she came not.

9 And the maiden pleased him, and shem 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 her 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 estale 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 einpire, (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, (sor so were the 21. And the saying preased the king and days of their purifications accomplished, lo the princes; and the king did according to wit, six montlis with oil of myrríı, 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 thius came every maiden unto the 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 rule in his own bouse; and that it should he women unto the king's liouse. 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 Shaashgaz FTER these things, when the wrath of the king's chamberlain, which kept the conmembered Vashti, and wliai she had done, except the king delighted in her, and thai arid what was decreed against her. she were called by naine.

22 Then said the king's servants that mi- 15 | Now, when the lurn of Esther, the nistered unto him, Let there be fair young daughter of Abihail, the uncle of Mordecai, virgins sought for the king :

(who bad taken her for liis daugliter,) was 3 And let the king appoint officers in all he come to go in unto the king, she required provinces of his kingdom, that they may ga- nothing hut what Hegai the king's chamiher together all the fair young virgins unto berlain, the keeper of the women, appoint. Shushan the palace, to the house of the wo- ed : and Esther obtained favour 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 Ahatheir things for purification he given them : suerlis, into liis house-royal, in the tenik

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 be did so. 17 And the king loved Esther above all the

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women, and she obtained grace and savour, 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 took his ring from inis feast : 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 Ilaminedatha the Agagite, the Jews'enemy. king

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

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 lier : there was written (according to all thai Hafor Esther did the commandment of lelor- man had commanded) unto the king's lieu. decai, like as when she was brought up with tenants, and to the governors that were over bim.

every province, and to the rulers of every 21.1 In those days, (while Mordecai sat in people of every province, according to the the king's gale,) eiro of the king's clamber. writing thereof, and to every people after lains, Digthian and Teresli, of those which their language; in the name of king Ana. kept the door, were wroth, and souglit to lay suerus was it written, and sealed with the I and on the king Ahasuerus.

king's ring: 24 And the thing was known to Mordecai, 13 And tlie letters were sent by posts into who told it unto Esther the queea; and Esther all the king's provinces, to destroy, to kill, certified the king thereof in Vordecai's name. and to cause to perish, all Jews, both young

23 And when inquisition was made of the land old, little children and women, in one matter, it was found out; therefore they were day, even upon the thirteenth day of the Soili banged 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. II.

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promote liaman the son of llammedaila published unto all people, that they should be The Agagile, and advanced him, and set biisieady against that day. seal above all the princes that were will din. 1. The posts went out, being liastened by

dud all the kingservants, 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 tile bir had so commanded con- king and Haman sat down to drink; but the cerning liim: but Mordecai bowed not, nor city Shuslian was perplexed. did him reverence.

CHAP. IV. 3 Then the king's servants, which were in

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TIEN Mordecai perceived all that was the king's gate, said unto Mordecai, Wlov done, Mordecai rent his clothes, and cran gressest thou the king's commandmeni? put on sackcloth with ashes, and went out

4 Now it came to pass, when they spake into the midst of the city, and cried with a laily unto him, and lie hearkened not unto loud and a bitter cry; tiem, that they told Haman, to see whether 2 And came even before the king's gate : Alordecais malters wouid stand: for lie had for none might enter into the king's gate told then that he was a Jew.

clothed with sackcloth. 5 And when Haman saw that Mordecai 3 And in every province, whiihersoever the poved noi, nor did win reverence, then was king's commandnient and his decree came, Hainan full of wrath.

there was great mourning among the Jews, 6 And lie thought scorn to lay lands on and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and Mordecai alone; for they had liewed him many lay in sackcioth and ashes. the people of Mordecai : wherefor- Haman 4 4 So Esther's maids, and her chamber. guztil to destroy all the Jews that were lains came and told it her. Then was the throughout the whole kingdom of Alasuerus, queen exceedingly grieved; and she sentiai. eve. the people of Mordecai.

meut to cluthe Mordecai, and to take away 7s In the first month, (that is, the month his sackcloth from bim: but lie received it noi. Nisan,)in the twelfth year of king Ahasuerus, 5 Then called Esther for Batach, one of the they cast Pur, that is, the loe, before llaman, king's chamberlains, whom he had appoined froin day to day, and from month to month, to attend upon her,and gave him a commande to the twelfdlı month, what is, the month Adar. ment to Mordecai, to know what it was, and

811 And Haman said untoking Ahasuerus, why it was. Tiere is a certain people scattered abroad, 6 So Halach went forth to Mordecai untu and dispersed among the people in all the the street of the city, which wus before the provinces oftly 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 lans: therefore it is not for the king's 'bappened unto him, and of the sum of the pruhi to suffer them.

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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. 61 And the king said unto Esther at the of the decree that was given at Shushan to 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 balf of the kingdoin in should go in unto the king, to make supplica- shall be performed. tion en 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 lo grant my pe10 11 Again Esther spake unto Hatach, andlition and to perform my request, let the king gave him commandment unto Mordecai : and Haruan 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, whellier man or woman, shall come 91 Then went Haman forth that day joy. unto 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'sgate, that he stood to leath, 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 Estler's for his friends, and Zeresh his wife. words.

11 And Haman told them of the glory of 13 Then Mordecai commanded to answer his riches, and the multitude of his children, Esther, Think not with thyself that thou and all the things wherein the king had proslialt escape in the king's bióuse more than noted liim, 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 tie 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 to-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 the Stw sitting at the king i 15 | Then Esther bade them return Mor- gate. decai this answer ;

14 | Then said Zeresh bis wife and all bis J6 Go, gather together all the Jews that are friends vnto lim, Let a gallows be made of present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and fifty cubits "higli, and to-morrow speak thou neither eat nor drink three days, nightor day: Junio the king that Mordecai may be liang: I also and my maidens will fast likewise ; and ed thereon ; iven go thou in merrily wiit. so willl go in unto the king, which is not ac- the king unto the banquet. And the thing cording to the law; and it I perislı, ! perish. pleased Haman; and lie caused the gallows

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

CHAP. VI. CHAP. V. NO TOW it came to pass, on the third day, that ON that niglit could not the king skepp.

and be coinmanded to bring the book of 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 house: and ihe king sat up- 2 And it was found written, that Mordecar oń his royal throne in the royal house, over had told of Bigtlana 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 hand on the king Ahasuerus the queen standing in the court, that she ob- 3 And the king said, What honour and dig. Lained favour in his sight: and the king teld nity hath been done to Mordecai for this ; oui to Esil: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. une lor of the sceptre.

41 And the king said, Who is in the courts S Then said the king unto her, What wilt (Now Haman was come into the outward thou, qurea Estler? and what is thy request? court of the king's house, to speak unto de it shall 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 auswered, If it seem good un- 5 And the king's servants said unto him, in the king, let the king and Haman come Behold, Haman slandeth in the court. And diis day unto the banquet Hat 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 nake baste, that be may do as Esther hath the king delighteth to bonour? (Now Hamas

fought in his heart, To whom would the king quet of wine in his wrath, went into the paldelight to do lionour more than to myseli?) ace-garden: and Haman stood up to make

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 roval apparel be brought which lim hy the king. the king useth to wear, and the horse that 8 Then the king relurned out of the palacethe king rideth upon, and the crown-royal garden into the place of the banquet of wine , wbich is set upon his head:

and Haman was fallen upon the bed where 9 And let this apparel and lorse 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 tlie king delightech io lionour, and inouth, they covered Haman's face. bring him ou horseback througb the street of 9 And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, the city, and proclaim before him, Thus shall said before the king, behold also, the galIt be done to the man whom the king delighi- lows, fifty cubits high, which Haman had etb to honour.

made for Mordecai, who had spuken god 10 Then the king said 10 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 silletli at the king's gale: let that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then nothing fail of all that thou hast spoken. was the king's wrath pacified. 11 Then look Haman the apparel and the

CHAP. VIII. horse, and arranged Mordecai, and brought On dat day did the king Ahasuerus give

through the streets of the house of Haman, the Jews' enemy, city, and proclaimed belore 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 had told what lie lighteth to honour.

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

13 And Haman told Zereshi 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 shall 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 has - before the king ed to bring Haman unto the banquet that 5 And said, If it please the king, and if I Esther bad prepared.

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

seem right before the king, and I be pleasing in So the kingende Maman came to banquet die vergeet het Hilabe an inte son revenemineleners with Esther the queen.

devised by Haman of Hammedatha 2 And the king said again unto Esther on the Agagite, which be wrote to destroy the the second day, at the banquet of wine, What Jews which are in all the king's provinces : is thy petition, queen Esther? and it shall 6 For bow can I endure to see 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 ball of dure lo see the destruction of my kindred ? the kingdom.

71 Then the king Ahasuerus said unto Es. 3 Then Esther the queen anzwered and ther the queen, and io Mordecai the Jew, Be. said, if I have found favour in thy sight, o 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 gallous, given me at my petition, and my people at because he laid his liand upon the Jews. my request :

8 Write ye also for the Jews, us it likelh 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-men and bond-women, in the king's name, and sealed with the king's i had beld my longue, although the enemy ring, may no man reverse. could not countervail the kirg's damage. 9 Thea 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 his heart uvereof: 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. Jualo Ethiopia, an hundred twenty and seves 71 And the king, arising from the ban-i provinces, unio every province according

writing thereof, and unto every people. 6 Ang in Shushan the palace the Jews ter their language, and to the Jews accord- slew and destroyed five hundred men. g to their writing, and according to their 7 And Parshandatha, and Dalphon, and nguage.

Aspatha, 10 and he wrote in the king Ahasuerus' 8 And Poratha, and Adalia, and Aridatba, ame, and sealed it with the king's ring; and 9 And Parmasina, and Arisai, and Aridai, ant letters by posts on horseback, anul riders and Vayzatha, ninules, camels, and young drome.laries; 10 Ile ten sons of Haman the son of

11 Wlierein the king granted the Jews Hammedatha, the enemy of the Jews, slew rhich were in every city to yather themselves they; tui on the spoil laid they not their band ogether, and to stand for their life, to de. Ú'On that day the number of those that troy, to slay, and to cause to perisı, all the were slain in Shushan the palace was brouglit lower of the people and province that would before the king. issault th:ein, both little ones and women, and 12 . And the king said unto Esther the o take the spoil of them for a prey, queen, The Jews have slain and destroyed

12 Upon one day, in all the provinces of five hundred men in Shushan the palace, and ting Ahasuerus, namely, upon the thirteenth the ten sons of Hamar; what have they done lay of the twelfth monili, 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, sliall 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 avenge themselves on their enemies. Shushan to do to-inorrow also according un.

1 °So the posts that rode upon mules and to this day's decree, and let Haman's tea sons camels went out, being hastened and pressed be hanged upon the gallows. on hy the king's commandment. And the 14 And the king commanded it so to be decree was given at Shushan the palace. done: and the decree was given at Shushan;

15 1 And Mordecai went out from the pre- and they banged Haman's ten sons. sence of the king in royal apparel of blue and 15 For the Jews that were in Shushan ga. 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 prey

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

jo 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 resh and his decree came, the Jews had joy and from their enemies, and slew of their foen gladness, a feast and a good day. And irany seventy and five thousand (but they laid nol 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 N monin adlare on the thireeenth day of and gladures.

TOW, in the twelfth month, (that is, the rested they, and made it a day of feasting the same, wilen the king's commandment 18 But the Jews that were at Shushan and his decree drew near io 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 !o lave power over them, (though it on the fifteenth day of the same they'rest was turned to the contrary, thai the Jews ed, and made it a day of feasting and glad gad rule over them that hated them,)

2 The Jews gathered theinselves together 19 Therefore the Jews of the villages, that in their cities, throughout all the provinces dwelt in the unwalled towns, made the four of the king Ahasuerus, to lay hard on such teenth day of the month Adar a day of glad as souglit their burt: and no man could with ness and sea-ting, and a good day, and of stand ihem; for the sear of them fell upon sending portions one to another. all people.

20 And 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 stablisis this among them that they 4 For Mordecai was great in the king's should keep the fourteenth day of thie house, and his fame weni ont througliout all inonth Adar, and the fifteenth day of the the provinces : for this man Mordecai waxed same, yearly, greater and greater.

22 As die days wlierein the Jews restrd 5 Thus the Jews smore all their enemies from their enemies, and the month which with the stroke of the sword, and siaughter, was turned unto them from sorrow to joy, and destruction, and did what they would and from mvurning into a good day; thus into those that hated them.

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