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Esther is chosen quecn. CHAP. III. Haman seeks to destroy the Jews. king be queen instead of Vashti. And the 16 So Esther was taken unto king Ahathing pleased the king; and he did so. suerus into his house-royal in the tenth

5 T Now in Shushan the palace there month, which is the month Tebeth, in the was a certain Jew, whose name was Mor- seventh year of his reign. decai, the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, 17 And the king loved Esther above all the son of Kish, a Benjamite;

the women, and she obtained grace and 6 Who had been carried away from Je- favour in his sight more than all the virrusalem with the captivity which had been gins; so that he set the royal crown upon carried away with Jeconiah king of Judah, her head, and made her queen instead of whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Baby- Vashti. lon had carried away.

118 Then the king made a great feast un7 And he brought up Hadassah, that is, to all his princes and his servants, crait Esther, bis uncle's daughter : for she had Esther's feast; and he made a release in neither father nor mother, and the maid was the provinces, and gave gifts, according to fair and beautiful ; whom Mordecai, when the state of the king. her father and mother were dead, took for 19 And when the virgins were gathered his own daughter.

together the second time, then Mordecai 8 So it came to pass, when the king's sat in the king's gate. commandment and his decree was heard, 20 Esther had not yet shewed her kinand when many maidens were gathered dred, nor her people, as Mordecai had together unto Shushan the palace, to the charged her : for Esther did the commandcustody of Hegai, that Esther was brought ment of Mordecai, like as when she was also unto the king's house, to the custody brought up with him. of Hegai, keeper of the women.

21 [ In those days, while Mordecai sat 9 And the maiden pleased him, and she in the king's gate, two of the king's chamobtained kindness of him; and he speedily berlains, Bigthan and Teresh, of those gare her her things for purification, with which kept the door, were wroth, and such things as belonged to her, and seven sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuemaidens which were meet to be given her, rus. out of the king's house : and he preferred 22 And the thing was known to Mordeher and her maids unto the best place of cai who told it unto Esther the queen; the house of the women.

and Esther certified the king thereof in 10 Esther had not shewed her people Mordecai's name. por her kindred : for Mordecai had charg- 23 And when inquisition was made of ed her that she should not shew it.

the matter, it was found out; therefore 11 Add Mordecai walked every day they were both hanged on a tree: and it before the court of the women's house, to was written in the book of the chronicles know how Esther did, and what should be- before the king. come of her.

CHAP. III. 12 Now when every maid's turn was AFTER these things did king Ahasuecome to go in to king Ahasuerus, after that 1 rus promote Haman the son of Hamshe had been twelve months, according to medatha the Agagite, and advanced him, the manner of the women, (for so were the and set his seat above all the princes that days of their purifications accomplished, were with him. to wit, six months with oil of myrrh, and 2 And all the king's servants that were six months with sweet odours, and with in the king's gate, bowed, and reverenced other things for the purifying of the Haman: for the king had so commanded women ;)

concerning him. But Mordecai bowed 13 Then thus came cvcry maiden unto not, nor did him reverence. the king; whatsoever she desired was 3 Then the king's servants which were given her to go with her out of the house in the king's gate, said unto Mordecai, of the women unto the king's house. Why transgressest thou the king's com

14 In the evening she went, and on the mandment ? morrow she returned into the second house 4 Now it came to pass, when they spake of the women, to the custody of Shaashgaz, daily unto him, and he hearkened not unto the king's chamberlain, which kept the them, that they told Haman, to see whether concubines : she came in unto the king no Mordecai's matters would stand: for he more, except the king delighted in her, and had told them that he was a Jew. that she were called by name.

15 And when Haman saw that Mordecai 15 . Now when the turn of Esther, the bowed not, nor did him reverence, then daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, was Haman full of wrath. who had taken her for his daughter, was 6 And he thought scorn to lay hands on come to go in unto the king, she required Mordecai alone; for they had shewed him nothing but what Hegai the king's cham- the people of Mordecai: wherefore Haman berlain, the keeper of the women, appoint- sought to destroy all the Jews that were ed. And Esther obtained favour in the throughout the whole kingdom of A hasnesight of all them that looked upon her., rus, cucn the people of Mordecai.

Mordecai and the Jews mourn. ESTHER. Mordecai's advice to Esther.

71 In the first month, (that is, the month wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and Nisan,) in the twelfth year of king Ahasue- ashes. rus, they cast Pur, that is, the lot, before 4 So Esther's maids and her chamberHaman from day to day, and from month lains came and told it her. Then was the to month, to the twelfth month, that is, the queen exceedingly grieved ; and she sent month Adar.

raiment to clothe Mordecai, and to take 8 | And Haman said unto king Ahasue- away his sackcloth from him: but he re rus, There is a certain people scattered ceived it not. abroad and dispersed among the people in 5 Then called Esther for Hatach, one of all the provinces of thy kingdom; and their the king's chamberlains, whom he had aplaws are diverse from all people; neither pointed to attend upon her, and gave him keep they the king's laws: therefore it is a commandment to Mordecai, to know not for the king's profit to suffer them. what it was, and why it was.

9 If it please the king, let it be written 6 So Hatach went forth to Mordecai, that they may be destroyed : and I will pay unto the street of the city, which was beten thousand talents of silver to the hands fore the king's gate. of those that have the charge of the busi- 7 And Mordecai told him of all that had ness, to bring it into the king's treasu- happened unto him, and of the sum of the ries.

įmoney that Haman had promised to pay to 10 And the king took his ring from his the king's treasuries for the Jews, to destroy hand, and gave it unto Haman the son them. of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the Jews'l 8 Also he gave him the copy of the writenemy.

ing of the decree that was given at Shushan 11 And the king said unto Haman, The to destroy them, to shew it unto Esther, and silver is given to thee, the people also, toto declare it unto her, and to charge her do with them as it seemeth good to thee. that she should go in unto the king, to

on the thirteenth day of the first month, and request before him for her people, there was written according to all that Ha- 9 And Hatach came and toid Esther the man had commanded unto the king's lieu- words of Mordecai. tenants, and to the governors that were over 10 | Again Esther spake unto Hatach, every province, and to the rulers of every and gave him commandment unto Mordepeople of every province, according to the cai; writing thereof, and to every people after 11 All the king's servants, and the peo their language; in the name of king Aha-ple of the king's provinces, do know, that suerus was it written, and sealed with the whosoever, whether man or woman, shall king's ring.

come unto the king into the inner court, 13 And the letters were sent by posts who is not called, there is one law of his to into all the king's provinces, to destroy, to put him to death, except such to whom kill, and to cause to perish, all Jews, both the king shall hold out the golden sceptre, young and old, little children and women, that he may live: but I have not been called in one day, even upon the thirteenth day to come in unto the king these thirty days. of the twelfth month, which is the month 12 And they told to Mordecai Esther's Adar, and to take the spoil of them for a words. prey.

13 Then Mordecai commanded to an14 The copy of the writing for a com- swer Esther, Think not with thyself that mandment to be given in every province thou shalt escape in the king's house, more was published unto all people, that they than all the Jews. should be ready against that day.

14 For if thou altogether holdest thy 16 The posts went out, being hastened peace at this time, then shall there enlarge by the king's commandment, and the de- ment and deliverance arise to the Jews crce was given in Shushan the palace. And from another place; but thou and thy fathe king and Haman sat down to drink ; ther's house shall be destroyed : and who but the city Shushan was perplexed. Iknoweth, whether thou art come to the king. * CHAP. IV.

|dom for such a time as this? W HEN Mordecai perceived all that 15 I Then Esther bade ther return Mor

W was done, Mordecai rent his clothes, decai this answer, and put on sackcloth with ashes, and went 16 Go, gather together all the Jews that ont into the midst of the city, and cried are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, with a loud and a bitter cry:

and neither eat nor drink three days, night 2 And came even before the king's gate: or day: I also and my maidens will fast for none might enter into the king's gate likewise : and' so will I go in unto the king, clothed with sackcloth.

which is not according to the law; and if 3 And in every province whithersoever I perish, I perish. the king's commandment and his decree 17 So Mordecai went his way, and did came, there was great mourning among according to all that Esther had commanded the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and him.

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e banquet of Esther. CHAP. V, VI.

Mordecai is honoured. CHAP. V.

And the thing pleased Haman; and he DW it came to pass on the third day, caused the gallows to be made. that Esther put on her royal ap

CHAP. VI, y, and stood in the inner court of the DN that night could not the king sleep,

s house, over against the king's house: U and he commanded to bring the book the king sat upon his royal throne in the of records of the chronicles; and they were I house, over against the gate of the read before the king.

2 And it was found written, that MorAnd it was so, when the king saw decai had told of Bigthana and I'eresh, two her the queen standing in the court, that of the king's chamberlains, the keepers of

obtained favour in his sight: and the the door, who sought to lay hand on the g held out to Esther the golden sceptre king Ahasuerus. was in his hand. So Esther drew near, l 3 And the king said, What honour and

touched the top of the sceptre. dignity hath been done to Mordecai for B Then said the king unto her, What this? Then said the king's servants that

t thou, queen Esther? and what is thy ministered unto him, There is nothing done quest? it shall be even given thee to the for him. If of the kingdom.

| 4 | And the king said, Who is in the 4 And Esther answered, If it seem good court? Now Haman was come into the ato the king, let the king and Haman outward court of the king's house, to speak me this day unto the banquet that I have unto the king to hang Mordecai on the galTepared for him.

lows that he had prepared for him. 5 Then the king said, Cause Haman tol 5 | And the king's servants said unto wake haste, that he may do as Esther hath him, Behold, Haman standeth in the court. aid. So the king and Haman came to the And the king said, Let him come in. anquet that Esther had prepared. I 6 So Haman came in. And the king

6 [ And the king said unto Esther at the said unto him, What shall be done unto anquet of wine, What is thy petition ? the man whom the king delighteth to hond it shall be granted thee: and what is nour ? Now Haman thought in his heart, hy request ? even to the half of the king- To whom would the king delight to do lom it shall be performed.

honour more than to myself? 17 Then answered Esther, and said, My 7 And Haman answered the king, For Detition and my request is:

the man whom the king delighteth to ho8 If I have found favour in the sight of nour, he king, and if it please the king to grant 8 Let the royal apparel be brought which ny petition, and to perform my request, let the king useth to wear, and the horse that he king and Haman come to the banquet the king rideth upon, and the crown royal hat I shall prepare for them, and I will do which is set upon his head: o-morrow as the king hath said.

9 And let this apparel and horse be de9 1 Then went Haman forth that day livered to the hand of one of the king's oyful and with a glad heart: but when most noble princes, that they may array Haman saw Mordecai in the king's gate, the man withal whom the king delighteth that he stood not up, nor moved for him, he to honour, and bring him on horseback Aras full of indignation against Mordecai. through the street of the city, and proclaim

10 Nevertheless, Haman refrained him- before him, Thus shall it be done to the self: and when he came home, he sent and man whom the king delighteth to honour. called for his friends, and Zeresh his wife. 10 Then the king said to Haman, Make

11 And Haman told them of the glory haste, and take the apparel and the horst, of his riches, and the multitude of his chil- as thou hast said, and do even so to Mordren, and all the things wherein the king decai the Jew, that sitteth at the king's had promoted him, and how he had ad- gate : let nothing fail of all that thou hast vanced him above the princes and servants spoken. of the king.

11 Then took Haman the apparel and 12 Haman said moreover, Yea, Esther the horse, and arrayed Mordecai, and the queen did let no man come in with the brought him on horseback through the king unto the banquet that she had pre- street of the city, and proclaimed before pared but myself; and to-morrow am I in- him, Thus shall it be done unto the man vited unto her also with the king.

whom the king delighteth to honour. 13 Yet all this availeth me nothing, so 12 | And Mordecai came again to the long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at king's gate. But Haman hasted to his the king's gate.

house mourning, and having his head co14 Then said Zeresh his wife and all vered. his friends unto him, Let a gallows be 13 And Haman told Zeresh his wife and made of fifty cubits high, and to-morrow all his friends every thing that had befallen speak thou unto the king that Mordecai him. Then said his wise men and Zeresh may be hanged thereon: then go thou in his wife unto him, If Mordecai be of the merrily with the king unto the banquet. Iseed of the Jews, before whom thou hast Hanan is hangul.

ESTIIER,

Mordecai is advanced. begun to fall, thou shalt not prevail against 3 1 And Esther spake yet again before him, but shalt surely fall before him. the king, and fell down at his feet, and be

14 And while they were yet talking with sought him with tears to put away the mishim, came the king's chamberlains, and chief of Haman the Agagite, and his device hasted to bring Haman unto the banquet that he had devised against the Jews. that Esther had prepared.

I 4 Then the king held out the golden CHAP. VII.

sceptre toward Esther. So Esther arose, So the king and Haman came to ban- and stood before the king. quet with Esther the queen.

5 And said, If it please the king, and 2 And the king said again unto Esther on if I have found favour in his sight, and the the second day at the banquet of wine, thing seem right before the king, and I be What is thy petition, queen Esther? and it pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to reshall be granted thee : and what is thy re-verse the letters devised by Haman the son quest? and it shall be performed, even to the of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he half of the kingdom.

wrote to destroy the Jews which are in all 3 Then Esther the queen answered and the king's provinces : said, If I have found favour in thy sight, 6 For how can I endure to see the evil O king, and if it please the king, let my that shall come unto my people ? or how life be given me at my petition, and my can I endure to see the destruction of my people at my request :

kindred? 4 For we are sold, I and my people, to 7 I Then the king Ahasuerus said unto be destroyed, to be slain, and to perish. But Esther the queen and to Mordecai the Jew, if we had been sold for bond-men and bond- Behold, I have given Esther the house of women, I had held my tongue, although Haman, and him they have hanged upon the enemy could not countervail the king's the gallows, because he laid his hand upon damage.

the Jews. *5 41 Then the king Ahasuerus answered8 Write ye also for the Jews, as it liketh and said unto Esther the queen, Who is he, you, in the king's name, and seal it with and where is he, that durst presume in his the king's ring : for the writing which is heart to do so?

written in the king's name, and sealed with 6 And Esther said, The adversary and the king's ring, may no man reverse. enemy is this wicked Haman. Then Ha-l 9 Then were the king's scribes called man was afraid before the king and the at that tiine in the third month, that is, the queen.

month Sivan, on the three and twentieth 7.1 And the king arising from the ban-day thereof; and it was written, according quot of wine in his wrath went into the to all that Mordecai commanded, unto the pulace-garden; and Haman stood up to Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the depumake request for his life to Esther the ties and rulers of the provinces which are queen; for he saw that there was evil de- from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twentermined against him by the king.

ty and seven provinces, unto every pro8 Then the king returned out of the pa- vince according to the writing thereof, and lace-garden into the place of the banquet unto every people after their language, and of wine ; and Haman was fallen upon the to the Jews according to their writing, and bed whereon Esther was. Then said the according to their language. kiny, Will he force the queen also before me 10 And he wrote in the king Ahasuerus' in the house? As the word went out of the name, and sealed it with the king's ring, king's mouth, they covered Haman's face. and sent letters by posts on horseback, and

9 And Harbonah, one of the chamber- riders on mules, camels, and young dromelains, said before the king, Behold also the dariés : gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman 11 Wherein the king granted the Jews had made for Mordecai, who had spoken which were in every city to gather themgood for the king, standeth in the house of selves together, and to stand for their life, Haman. Then the king said, Hang him to destroy, to slay, and to cause to perish, thereon.

all the power of the people and province 10 So they hanged Haman on the gal. that would assault them, both little ones lows that he had prepared for Mordecai. and women, and to take the spoil of them Then was the king's wrath pacified for a prey, CHAP. VIII.

1 12 Upon one day in all the provinces of O n that day did the king Ahasuerus king Ahasuerus, namely, upon the thir

give the house of Haman, the Jews' teenth day of the twelfth month, which is enemy, unto Esther the queen And Mor-the month Adar. decai came before the king; for Esther had 13 The copy of the writing for a comtold what he was unto her.

mandment to be given in every province 2 And the king took off his ring which was nublished unto all people, and that the he had taken from Haman, and gave it unto Jews should be ready against that day to Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over avenge themselves on their enemies. the liouse of Haman.

114 So the posts that rode upon mules The Jews slay their enemies. CHAP. IX. They establish a festival. red camels went out, being hastened and vinces ? now what is thy petition ? and it ressed on by the king's commandment. shall be granted thee: or what is thy reInd the decree was given at Shushan the quest further ? and it shall be done. Palace.

| 13 Then said Esther, If it please the 15 [ And Mordecai went out from the king, let it be granted to the Jews which presence of the king in royal apparel of are in Shushan to do to-morrow also acblue and white, and with a great crown of cording unto this day's decree, and let Hacold, and with a garment of fine linen, and man's ten sons be hanged upon the galJurple : and the city of Shushan rejoiced, lows. and was glad :

14 And the king commanded it so to be 16 The Jews had light, and gladness, done : and the decree was given at Shuand joy, and honour.

shan; and they hanged Haman's ten sons. 17 And in every province, and in every 15 For the Jews that were in Shushan city, whíthersoever the king's command-gathered themselves together on the fourment and his decree came, the Jews had teenth day also of the month Adar, and Gov and gladness, a feast and a good day. slew three hundred inen at Shushan; but And many of the people of the land be-on the prey they laid not their hand. carne Jews ; for the fear of the Jews fell 16 But the other Jews that were in upon them.

the king's provinces gathered themselves CHAP. IX.

together, and stood for their lives, and had T O W in the twelfth month, that is, the rest from their enemies, and slew of their

1 month Adar, on the thirteenth day of foes seventy and five thousand, but they the same, when the king's commandment laid not their hands on the prey, and his decree drew near to be put in exe- 17 On the thirteenth day of the month cation, in the day that the enemies of the Adar; and on the fourteenth day of the Jews hoped to have power over them, same rested they, and made it a day of feast(though it was turned to the contrary, that ing and gladness. the Jews had rule over them that hated 18 But the Jews that were at Shushan them ;)

| assembled together on the thirteenth day 2 The Jews gathered themselves toge- thereof, and on the fourteenth thereof; and ther in their cities throughout all the pro- on the fifteenth day of the same they restvinces of the king Ahasuerus, to lay hand ed, and made it a day of feasting and on such as sought their hurt: and no man gladness. could withstand them; for the fear of them 19 Therefore the Jews of the villages, fell upon all people.

that dwelt in the unwalled towns, made 3 And all the rulers of the provinces, the fourteenth day of the month Adar a day and the lieutenants, and the deputies, and of gladness and feasting, and a good day, officers of the king helped the Jews; be- and of sending portions one to another. cause the fear of Mordecai fell upon them. 20 I And Mordecai wrote these things,

4 For Mordecai was great in the king's and sent letters unto all the Jews that were house, and his fame went out throughout in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus, all the provinces : for this man Mordecai both nigh and far, waxed greater and greater.

21 To stablish this among them, that 5 Thus the Jews smote all their enemies they should keep the fourteenth day of the with the stroke of the sword, and slaughter, month Adar, and the fifteenth day of the and destruction, and did what they would same, yearly, unto those that hated them.

| 22 As the days wherein the Jews rested 6 And in Shushan the palace the Jews from their eneinies, and the month which slew and destroyed five hundred men. was turned unto them from sorrow to joy,

7 And Parshandatha, and Dalphon, and and from mourning into a good day : that Aspatha,

they should make them days of feasting 8 And Poratha, and Adalia, and Ari- and joy, and of sending portions one to datha,

another, and gifts to the poor. 9 And Parmashta, and Arisai, and Ari-| 23 And the Jews undertook to do as they dai, and Vajezatha,

had begun, and as Mordecai had written 10 The ten sons of Haman the son of unto them; Hammedatha, the enemy of the Jews, slew 24 Because Haman the son of Hammethey ; but on the spoil laid they not their datha, the Agagite, the enemy of all the

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were slain in Shushan the palace was lot,) to consume them, and to destroy them; brought before the king.

125 But when Esther came before the 12 And the king said unto Esther the king, he commanded by letters that his queen, The Jews have slain and destroyed wicked device, which he devised against fire hundred men in Shushan the palace, the Jews, should return upon his own head, and the ten sons of Haman ; what have and that he and his sons should be hanged they done in the rest of the king's pro-lon the gallows.

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