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CHAPTER XII.

The succession of high priests.
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the Levites, t had the oversight of the outward busi- } miel, Sherebiah, Judah, and Mattanian, which was
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over the thanksgiving, he and his brethren.
17 And Mattaniah the son of Micha, the son of 9 Also Bakbukiah and Unni, their brethren, were
totTt overZabdi, the son of ' Asaph, was the principal to begin over against them in the watches.

the thanksgiving in prayer; and Bakbukiah, the 10 1 And Jeshua begat Jojakim, Joiakim also 1 Ezra 2,2.

second among his brethren, and Abda the son of begat Eliashib, and Eliashib begat Joiada, is Chr. 9, Shammua, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun. 11 And Joiada begat Jonathan, and Jonathan be

18 All the Levites in the holy city were two hun-gat Jaddua. s 1 Kings dred fourscore and four.

12 And in the days of Jojakim were priests, the n ch. 13, 4. 19 Moreover, the porters, Akkub, Talmon, and chief of the fathers : of Seraiah, Meraiah : of JereSA 4.2.& their brethren that † kept the gates, were a hundred miah, Hananiah : Dan. 9, 24. seventy and two.

13 Of Ezra, Meshullam: of Amariah, Jehohanan: 20 1 And the residue of Israel, of the priests and 14 Of Melicu, Jonathan : of Shebaniah,"Joseph: n Ezra 10, 1 Heb. kept the Levites, were in all the cities of Judah, every one 15 Of Harim, ° Adna: of Meraioth, Helkai : the gate in his " inheritance.

16 Of Iddo, pZechariah : of Ginnethon, Meshul- Ezra 10. 21 But the Nethinims dwelt in Ophel: and Ziha lam: verse 36. and Gispa were over the Nethinims.

17. Of Abijah, Zichri: of Miniamin of Moadiah, *1 Chr. 9,2. 22 The overseer also of the Levites at Jerusalem Piltai :

was Uzzi the son of Bani, the son of Hashabiah, the 18 Of Bilgah, Shammua: of Shemaiah, Jehona

son of Mattaniah, the son of Micha. Of the sons of than: v ch. 13,9 Asaph, the singers were over the business of the y

19 And of Joiarib, Mattenai : of Jedaiah, Uzzi: Erra In, house of God.

20 Of Sallai, Kallai : of Amok, Eber:
23. For it was the king's commandment concern- 21 Of Hilkiah, Hashabiah: of Jedaiah, Nethaneel.

ing them, that a certain portion should be for the 22 1 The Levites, in the days of Eliashib, Joiada, y Ezra in, singers, due for every day.

and Johanan, and Jaddua, were recorded chief of the 24 And Pethahiah the son of Meshezabeel, of the fathers; also the priests, to the reign of Darius the *? Chr. 18, children of Zerah, the son of Judah, was at the king's ? l! Persian. hand in all matters concerning the people.

23 The sons of Levi, the chief of the fathers, were monarchy, 25 And for the villages, with their fields, some of} written in the book of the Chronicles, even until an. 8, {i, 13Jash. 15, the children of Judah dwelt at Kirjath-arba, and the days of Johanan the son of Eliashib.

in the villages thereof, and at Dibon, and in the vil- 24 And the chief of the Levites : Hashabiah, She works of lages thereof, and at Jekabzeel, and in the villages rebiah, and Jeshua the son of Kadmiel, with their Curon

. 9, Josh. 15, thereof,

brethren over against them, to praise and to give 26 And at Jeshua, and at Moladah, and at Beth-thanks according to the commandment of David the

*man of God, ' ward over against ward. 27 And at * Hazar-shual, and at Beer-sheba, and 25 Mattaniah, and Bakbukian, Obadiah, Meshul- 2Chr.8, 14 en losh. 15, in the villages thereof,

lam, Talmon, Akkub, were porters, keeping the ward 1 Chr. 25, 28 And at Ziklag, and at Mekonah, and in the at the thresholds of the gates. villages thereof,

26 These were in the days of Joiakim the son of Je- ! Or, treasu 29 And at En-rimmon, and at Zareah, and at shua, the son of Jozadak, and in the days of Nehemiah remblies 6. Josh. 21, e Jarmuth,

the governor, and of Ezra the priest, the scribe. 30 * Zanoah, Adullam, and in their villages, at 27 And at the s dedication of the wall of Jerusa- 1.Chr. 26, 51. Sam. 14, Lachish, and the fields thereof, at Azekah, and in lem they sought the Levites out of all their places, to chap. 13, 5.

the villages thereof. And they dwelt from Beer- bring them to Jerusalem, to keep the dedication with
sheba unto the valley of Hinnom.

y gladness, both with thanksgivings, and with singing,
31 The children also of Benjamin from "Geba dwell with cymbals, psalteries, and with harps.
at ' Michmash, and Aija, and 'Beth-el, and in their 28 And the sons of the singers gathered themselves John 10, 22

together, both out of the plain country round about y 2 Chr. 36, 32 And at Anathoth, Nob, Ananiah,

Jerusalem, and from the villages of Netophathi ; 33. Hazor, .Ramab, P Gittaim,

29 Also from the house of Gilgal, and out of the si 34 Hadid, “ Zeboim, Neballat,

fields of Geba and Azmaveth: for the singers had 35 Lod, and 'Ono, the valley of craftsmen. builded them villages round about Jerusalem. 82 Sam. 2

36 And of the Levites were divisions in Judah, 30 And the priests and the Levites e purified them- b.Josh. 21, 91 Sam. 13, and in Benjamin.

selves, and purified the people, and the gates, and CHAPTER XII.

the wall. The solemnity of the dedication of the walls.

31 Then I brought up the princes of Judah upon 2Cbr. 25, 5. Tow these are the priests and the Levites that the wall, and appointed two great companies of them 42 Chr. 22. OW

went up with Zerubbabel the son of "Shea!tiel, that gave thanks, whereof one went on the right hand $ 22, 3, 6, and Jeshua: Serajah, Jeremiah, Ezra,

upon the wall, toward the 'dung-gate: 2 °Amáriah, Malluch,' Hatush,

32 And after them went Hoshaiah, and half of the 3. Shechaniah, Rehúm, Meremoth,

princes of Judah, 4 Iddo, Ginnethon, 6 Abijah,

33 And $ Azariah, Ezra, and Meshullam, 5 Miamin, Maadiah, Bilgah,

34. Judah, and Benjamin, and Shemaiah, and 6 Shemaiah, and Jojarib, Jedajah,

Jeremiah ; (Ezra 8, 17.

7 Sallu, Amok,'Hilkiah, Jedaiah. These were 35 And certain of the priests' sons with trumpets; 1.6, 4: 3 ch . 19,7

. the chief of the priests, and of their brethren, in the namely, Zechariah the son of Jonathan, the son of a cur: 13, h ek. 10, & days of Jeshua.

Shemaiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Michaiah, 12 8 Moreover, the Levites : Jeshua, Binnui, Kad- } the son of Zaccur, the son of Asaph;

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The offices of the priests and Levites.

NEHEMIAH.

Divers abuses reformed by Nehemiah. 36 And his brethren, Shemaiah, and Azarael, Mi-Scorn, the new wine, and the oil, (which was " comlalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethancel, and Judah, Hanani, manded to be given to the Levites, and the singers, cir. 432.

with the musical instruments of David the man of and the porters,) and the offerings of the priests. 22. Chr. 16, God, and Ezra the scribe before them.

6 But in all this time was not I at Jerusalem : for 2. 37 And at the fountain-gate, which was over in the P two and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes king of against them, they went up by the stairs of the city Babylon came I unto the king, and after certain days ihr 21.

of David, at the going up of the wall, above the house obtained I leave of the king. m ch. e, 16. of David, cven unto the water-gate eastward. 7 And I came to Jerusalem, and understood of

38 And the other company of them that gave thanks the evil that Eliashib did for Tobiah, in preparing him !! went over against them, and I after them, and the a chamber in 'the courts of the house of God.

half of the people upon the wall, from beyond the 8 And it grieved me sore: therefore I cast forth n ch. 2, 8, tower of the " furnaces even unto the broad wall; all the household-stuff of Tobiah out of the chamber. 52 Sam.

39 And from above the gate of Ephraim, and 9 Then I + commanded, and they cleansed the iz kings above P the old gate, and above the fish-gate, and the chambers; and thither brought I again the vessels of 2 Chr. 29, chap. 8, 16. tower of Hananeel, and the tower of Meah, even the house of God, with the meat-offering and the John 2, 11. p ch.3, 6. unto the sheep-gate: and they stood still in the frankincense. Jer. 99,2 prison-gate.

10 1 And I perceived that the portions of the Le- 1 ch. 10, 87. 40 So stood the two companies of them that gave vites had not been given them : for the Levites and thanks in the house of God, and I, and the half of the singers that did the "work were fled every one is the rulers with me:

to his field. 41 And the priests; Eliakim, Maaseiah, Miniamin, 11 Then contended I with the rulers, and said, . ver.17, Michaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah,

and Hananiah, with Why is the house of God forsaken ? And I gathered
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them together, and set them in their place.
42 And Maaseiah, and Shemaiah, and Eleazar, 12 Then brought all Judah the tithe of the corn,

and Uzzi, and Jehohanan, and Malchijah, and Elam, and the new wine, and the oil, unto inc treasuries. aice to be and Ezer. And the singers † sang loud, with Jezra- 13 And I made a treasurers over the treasuries, 1.1 Ubr. 9 biah their overseer. Shelemiah the priest, and Zadok the scribe; and of 2Chr.SI

, 43 Also that day they offered ' great sacrifices, and the Levites, Pedaiah ; and next to them was Hanan 2.Chr . 49, rejoiced; for God had made them rejoice with great the son of Zaccur, the son of Mattaniah: for they

joy: the wives also and the children rejoiced ; so that were counted faithful ; and their office was to distri- a chap. , : col.3 , 16. the joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off

. bute unto their brethren. 44 And at that time were some appointed over the 14 . Remember me, O my God, concerning this, Fleb li se 1 1424 « chambers for the treasures, for the offerings, for the and wipe not out my good deeds that I have done

first-fruits, and for the tithes, to gather into them, for the house of my God, and for the offices thereof. theoLind out of the fields of the cities, the portions of the law 15 1 In those days saw I in Judah some treading Chr.35

, for the priests and Levites: fur Judah rejoiced for the wine-pressesonthe sabbath, and bringingin" sheaves, priests and for the Levites that waited.

and lading asses; as also wine, grapes, and figs, and 45 And both the singers and the porters kept the all manner of burdens, which they brought into ward of their God, and the ward of the purification, Jerusalem on the sabbath-day: and I testified against e Jer. 17,21

according to the commandment of David, and of them in the day wherein they sold victuals. vi Chr. 25, Solomon his son.

16 There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, which 11 Kings 46 For in the days of David and Asaph, of old, brought fish, and all manner of ware, and sold on there were y chief of the singers, and songs of praise the sabbath unto the children of Judah, and in Jeru- Ezek.ST, and thanksgiving unto God.

salem. 47 And all Israel, in the days of Zerubbabél, and 17 Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, thing of: diy in'hie in the days of Nehemiah, gave the portions of the and said unto them, What evil thing is this that'ye il Tim. 5. 1.4*.23

, s7. singers and the porters every + day his portion , and do, and profane the sabbath-day ? 2 Kings 24, they sanctified holy things unto the Levites, and the 18 Did not your fathers thus, and did not our a: a sinn.is, Levites sanctified them unto the children of Aaron. God bring all this evil upon us, and upon this city ? CHAPTER XIII.

yet ye t bring more wrath upon Israel by profaning Heb erked Divers abuses reformed by Nehemiah.

the sabbath. N that day they read in the book of Moses in 19 And it came to pass, that when the gates of Je- ? br. 36, the audience of the people; and therein was {rusalem began

to be dark before the sabbath, I com- Zech. 1, 4,5 1. Dent. 23, found written, that the Ammonite and the Moabite manded that the gates should be shut, and charged i Ps. 125. 2

should not come into the congregation of God for ever; that they should not be opened till after the sabbath :

2 Because they," met not the children of Israel and some of my servants set I at the gates, that there

with bread and with water, but ® hired Balaam against should no burden be brought in on the sabbath-day. Num. 22, them, that he should curse them; howbeit our God

20 So the merchants, and sellers of all kind of
'turied the curse into a blessing.

ware, lodged without Jerusalem once or twice.
3 Now it came to pass, when they had s heard the 21 Then I testified against them, and said unto
law, that they separated from Israel all the "mixed them, Why lodge ye about the wall ? if ye do so again,
multitude.

I will lay hands on you. From that time forth camé m2Chr.si 4 I And 'before this, Eliashib the priest, having they no more on the sabbath. i Prov. 6,23. the * oversight of the chamber of the house of our God, 22 And I commanded the Levites, that they was 'allied unto Tobiah : should"cleanse themselves, and that they should come ? Chr. 15

2 5 And he had prepared for him a great chamber, and keep the gates, to sanctify the sabbath-day,

where aforetime they laid the meat-offerings, the Remember me, O my God, concerning this also, and 2 Chr. si na 2Cbr. 7, frankincense, and the vessels and the tithes of the spare me according to the greatness of thy mercy,

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CHAPTER 1.... II.

Vashti's disobedience, Sc. 23 1 In those days also saw I P Jews that t hads 27 Shall we then bearken unto you to do all this Bedre CHRT married wives of Ashdod, of Ammon, and of Moab:{great evil, to transgress against our God in marrying cir. tsa.

21 And their children spake half ir: the speech of strange wives! pllom. 2, 4 Ashdod, and could not speak in the Jews' language, 28 And one of the sons of Joiada, the son of EliaFlieb. had but according to the language of each people. shib the high priest, was son-in-law to ? Sanballat the 2ch. 2. 20.

25 And I contended with them, and cursed them, Horonite: therefore I chased him from me. Tizra 10, 2 and smote certain of them, and "plucked off their 29 · Remember them, O my God, because they 14. che 9,12 hair, and made them 'swear by God, saying, Yeshall have defiled the priesthood, and the covenant of the v ler 8, 38 4 1 Sam. sy not give your daughters unto their sons, nor take their priesthood, and of the Levites. daughters unto your sons, or for yourselves.

30 Thus cleansed I them from all strangers, and 26 Did not “ Solomon king of Israel sin by these {appointed the wards of the priests and the Levites,

things ? yet among many nations was there * no king every one in his business ; s Deut. 25,2 like him, who was y beloved of his God, and God 31 And for the wood-offering at times appointed, e ch 10, 34. Dew: Ma made him king over all Israel: nevertheless even him and for the first-fruits. «Remember me, O my God, deh, 5, 12

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I The BOOK of ESTHER.
CHAPTER 1.

14 And the next unto him was Carshena, Shethar,
1 Ahasuerus maketh royal feasts....10 Vashti sent for. Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, and Memucan,
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15'What shall we do unto the queen Vashti ac

b Mal. 2,14. 2 That in those days, when the king Ahasuerus cording to law, because she hath not performed the

sat on the throne of his kingdom, which was in commandment of the king Ahasuerus by the chamd Nel. 1, 1. "Shushan the palace,

berlains ? 3 In the third year of his reign, he made a feast 16 And Memucan answered t before the king and Heb.

before che unto all his princes and his ' servants; the power of the princes, Vashti the queen hath not done wrong face. 1 Tim. 4. 4 Persia and Media, the nobles and princes of the to the king only, but also to all the princes, and to all

c!Cor. 7, Kings provinces, being before him;

the people that are in all the provinces of the king
4 When he 'shewed the riches of his glorious king- Ahasuerus.
& Ps. 16, & dom, and the honour of his excellent majesty, many
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17 For this deed of the queen shall come abroad
1. Luke 14 days, even a hundred and fourscore days.

unto all women, so that they shall “despise their hus- d Eph. 5,8 5 And when these days were expired, the king bands in their eyes, when it shall be reported, The made a feast unto all the people that were present in king Ahasuerus commanded Vashti the queen to be Shushan the palace, both unto great and small, seven brought in before him, but she came not. days, in the court of the garden of the king's palace ; 18 Likewise shall the ladies of Persia and Media

6 Where were white, green, and blue hangings, say this day unto all the king's princes, which have

fastened with cords of fine linen and purple to silver heard of the deed of the queen. Thus shall there
Ichap. 7, 8. rings and pillars of marble : the 'beds were of gold arise too much contempt and wrath.
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, and silver, upon a pavement of red, and blue, and 19 If it please the king, let there go a royal com-
white, and black marble.

mandment from him, and let it be written among the
7 And they gave them drink in vessels of gold, (the laws of the Persians and the Medes, that it be not
tleh, mine vessels being diverse one from another,) and t royal s altered, that Vashti come no more before king is
Lorele king wine "in abundance, according to the state of the king. į Ahasuerus; and let the king give her royal estate unto

8 And the drinking was according to the law; none another that is better than she.
did || compel: for the king had appointed to all the 20 And when the king's decree which he shall make


officers of his house, that they should do according to shall be published throughout all his empire, (for it is
bau. 4, a. every man's pleasure.

great,) all the wives shall give to their husbands 9 Also Vashtithe queen made a feast for the women honour, both to great and small. in the royal house which belonged to king Ahasuerus. 21 And the saying t pleased the king and the 1 Heb. was

10 10. the seventh day, when the heart of the princes; and the king did according to the word of select the Ecel 10,8 king was merry with wine,' he commanded Mehu- Memucan: man, Bizcha, Harbona, Bigtha, and Abagtha, Zethar, 22 For he sent letters into all the king's provinces,

gt.ph. 5, 22 "Col 3, 12. the presence of Ahasuerus the king, and Carcas, the seven chamberlains that served in into every province according to the writing thereof,

and to every people after their language, that every according 11 To bring Vashti the queen before the king, with man should bear rule in his own house ; and † that it Janes 1,20

. the crown roya!, to shew the people and the princes should be published according to the language of people. Jonah 4,9. her beauty: for she was fair to look on.

every people.
12 But the queen Vashti 'refused to come at the

CHAPTER II.
Dan. 3:2 king's commandment by his chamberlains: therefore Out of the choice of virgins, a queen is to be chosen.

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ward all that knew y law and judgment:

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Haman's advancement, unto him, Let there be fair young virgins sought for women, and she obtained grace and favour fin his Before the king:

sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal cir 515 3 And let the king appoint officers in all the pro-śt crown upon her head, and made her queen instead Eph. 5, 26. vinces of his kingdom, that they may gather together of Vashti.

all the fair young virgins unto Shushan the palace, to 18 Then the king made a great feast unto all his et the house of the women, unto the custody of Hege the princes and his servants, even * Esther's feast; and he 2. king's chamberlain, keeper of the women; and let made a release to the provinces, and gave " gifts actheir || things for purification be given them: cording to the state of the king.

4 And let the maiden which pleaseth the king 'be 19 And when the virgins were gathered together ano.2,.. Isa 3, 10, queen instead of Vashti. And the thing pleased the the second time, then Mordecai sat in the king's Psal. 175, 7

118 Ejlı 5, 26. king, and he did so.

gate. 5 1 Now in Shushan the palace there was a certain 20 Esther had not yet shewed her kindred nor her .Gen. 28,

8 Jew, whose name was Mordecai, the son of Jair, the people, as Mordecai had charged her : for Esther did chap. 1, 8: $ Ezra 2,1. son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjamite, the commandment of Mordecai, like * as when she u Ps. 68, 18

6 Who had been carried away from Jerusalem with was brought up with him.
2.2 Kings the captivity wbich had been carried away with "Je- 21 1 In those days, while Mordecai sat in the king's

coniah king of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar the gate, two of the king's chamberlains, Bigthan and
king of Babylon had carried away.

Teresh, of those which kept the door, were wroth,
7 And he + brought up Hadassah (that is Esther) and sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus.

y Epb., 4. his uncle's daughter; for she had neither 'father nor 22 And the thing was ’ known to Mordecai, who 13.148,10 i Jolin 14, mother, and the maid was fair and beautiful; whom told it unto Esther the queen, and Esther certified the

Mordecai, when her father and mother were dead, }king thereof in Mordecai's name. k 1 Tim., took for his own daughter.

23 And when inquisition was made of the matter,
8 So it came to pass, when the king's command- it was found out; therefore they were both hanged a Gen. 60
ment and his decree was heard, and when many on a tree : and it was written in the book of the
maidens were gathered together unto Shushan theo Chronicles before the king.
palace, to the custody of Hegai, that Esther was

CHAPTER III.
brought also unto the king's house, to the custody of Haman seeketh revenge upon all the Jews.
Hegai, keeper of the women.
9 And the maiden pleased him, and she obtained AFTER these things did king Ahasuerus-promote

Haman the son of Hammedatha the "Agagite, Mat. 3,15

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kindness of him; and he speedily gave her her things and advanced him, and set his seat o above all the
Kings 8, for purification, with such things as belonged to her, { princes that were with him.
N"!. 2, 8. and seven maidens, which were meet to be given her, 2 And all the king's servants, that were in the king's

de out of the king's house and he preferred her and her gate, bowed and reverenced Haman: for the king had £. °*:** Daniel 1, 9. maids unto the best place of the house of the women. so commanded concerning him: but Mordecai

10 Esther had not shewed her people nor her kin- e bowed not, nor did him reverence. dred: for Mordecai had “ charged her that she should 3 Then the king's servants, which were in the king's e Ps. 15, 4 not shew it.

gate, said unto Mordecai, "Why transgressest thou ( Ex. 1, 17. 11 And Mordecai walked † every day before the the king's commandment? John 10,23. court of the women's house, to t know how Esther 4 Now it came to pass, when they spake daily unto did, and what should become of her.

him, and he hearkened not unto them, that they told Prov. 19, 12 Now, when fevery maid's turn was come to go Haman, to see whether · Mordecai's matters would in to king Ahasuerus, after that she had been "twelve stand: for he had told them that he was a Jew. months, according to the manner of the women, (for 5 And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed

so were the days of their purifications accomplished, {not, nor did him reverence, then was Haman 'full 1Thess

. 1,4. to wit, six months with oil of myrrh, and six months of wrath. a cho 5. with sweet odours, and with other things for the puri- 6 And he thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai Dan. 3,18 fying of the women,)

alone; for they had shewed him the people of Mor13 Then thus came every maiden unto the king;} decai : wherefore Haman sought " to destroy all the in Psal. 25, whatsoever she desired was given her, to go with her Jews that were throughout the whole kingdom of out of the house of the women unto the king's house. { Ahasuerus, even the people of Mordecai.

14 In the evening she went, and on the morrow 7 In the first month, (that is the month "Nisan,) in n Gen. 7,11 she returned into the second house of the women, to the otwelfth year of king Ahasuerus, they cast P Pur, o ch. 2, 16. the custody of Shaashgaz the king's chamberlain, that is, the lot, a before Haman, from day to day, and which kept the concubines: she came in unto the from month to month, to the twelfth month, that is the king no more, except the king delighted in her, and month Adar. that she were called by name.

8 And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, There is 15 Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter a certain people & scattered abroad and dispersed r Ex. 19, 6. of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her among the people in all the provinces of thy kingdom; s Deut. 3

for his daughter, was come to go in unto the king, she and their laws are diverse from all people, neither p Ps. 131,1. required P nothing but what Hegai the king's cham-u keep they the *king's laws, therefore it is not for the 36.

berlain, the keeper of the women, appointed : and king's profit to suffer them.

Esther obtained favour in the sight of all them that 9 If it please the king, let it be written that they x Ex. 1, 10 4. Ps. 113, 7, looked upon her. .

may be destroyed; and I will pay y ten thousand 16 So Esther was taken unto king Ahasuerus into talents of silver to the hands of those that have the 14 his house royal in the tenth month, which is the charge of the business, to bring it into the king's inonti Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign. treasuries. 17 And the king loved Esther s above all the 10 And the king took his ? ring from his hand, and thap ek

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Esther appointeth a fast. Before gave it unto Haman the son of Hammedatha theş his to put him to death, except such to whom the CHRIST Agagite, the Jews' enemy.

king sha!l hold out the golden sceptre, that he may 11 And the king said unto Haman, The silver is live : but I have not been called to come in unto the

given to thee, the people also, tu do with them as it} king these 'thirty days. b Ps233 seemeth good to thee.

12 And they told to Mordecai Esther's words. 12 Then were the king's scribes called on the thir- 13 Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, a Prov. 29, Etek. 6, s. teenth day of the first month, and there was writtenThink not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the 25. & 30

, 24. according to all that Haman had commanded, unto{king's house more than all the Jews. the king's lieutenants, and to the governors that were 14 For if thou altogether holdest thy peace "at this liels over every province, and to the rulers of every people time, then

shall there + enlargement and deliverance gole

, 13 of every province, according to the writing thereof, arise to the Jews from another place ; but thou lieb. 13, 3

and to every people after their language; in the and thy father's house shall be destroyed : and who clien. 22, si, kung name of king Ahasuerus was it written, and sealed knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for Titus 1, 2 with the king's ring.

such a time as this?
13 And the letters were sent by posts into all the 15 Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this
king's provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to cause to answer ;

perish'all Jews, both young and old, little children 16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are pre- (Acts 12, 5. Han and women, in one day, even upon the thirteenth day sent in Shushan, and ' fast ye for me, and neither eat

of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, and nor drink three days, night or day: % I also and my is. to take the spoil of them for a prey.

maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto h Mul. 16, 14 The copy of the writing for a commandment to the king, which is not according to the law; and 'if 24

be given in every province, was published unto all{ I perish, 1 perish. 4 Gen. 37, people, that they should be ready against that day. 17 So Mordecai went his way, and did according lleb. 11, 24.

15 The posts went out, being hastened by the king's {to all that Esther had commanded him. John 18 , 20. commandment; and the decree was given

in Shushan

CHAPTER V.
the palace. And the king and Haman sat down to Esther obtaineth the grace of the golden sceptre.
drink ; but the city Shushan was perplexed.

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COW it came to pass on the third day that Esther Ach. 4,46 CHAPTER IV.

put on her royal apparel, and stood in the inThe great mourning of Mordecai and the Jews. ner court of the king's house, over against the king's .

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Mordecai "rent his clothes, and put on sack- } royal house, over against the gate of the house.

the cecha, 11 Joel 2,1% cloth with ashes, and went out into the midst of 2 And it was so, when the king saw Esther the Jonab jt. the city, and cried with a loud and a bitter cry; queen standing in the court, that she obtained favoui 27. 21. 1

2 And came even before the king's gate : for none in his sight: and the king held out to Esther the ech. 4 11. e. Gen. 37, might enter into the king's gate clothed with sackcloth.golden sceptre that was in his hand. So Esther drew I'wal.lis.. 3 And in every province, whithersoever the king's near, and touched the top of the sceptre.

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. Ps. 135. commandment and his decree came, there was' great 3 Then said the king unto her, What wilt thou, şZerbi, Zech es mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, queen Esther ? and what is thy request ? it shall be John 16, 24.

and wailing: and many lay in sackcloth and ashes. even given thee to the half of the kingdom.

4 So Esther's maids and her chamberlains came 4 And Esther 'answered, If it seem good unto the *. and told it her. Then was the queen exceedingly king, let the king and Haman come this day unto the i. Prov. 29, grieved ; and she sent raiment to clothe Mordecai, banquet that I have prepared for him.

and to take away the sackcloth from him : but he 5 Then the king said, Cause Haman to make £ 10,42 b Hom. 37. received it not.

haste, that he may do as Esther bath said. So the 1Thess

. s. 5 Then called Esther for Hatach, one of the king's king and Haman came to the banquet that Esther Janus 313

chamberlains, whom he had appointed to attend upons had prepared. Rom. 12,15 her, and gave him a commandment to Mordecai, i to 6 And the king said unto Esther at the banquet of Heb. 13,2 know what it was, and why it was.

wine, What is thy petition ? and it shall be granted 6 So Hatach " went forth to Mordecai unto the thee: and what is thy request ? even to the half of the holy ciar. 17, street of the city, which was before the king's gate: kingdom it shall be performed.

7 And Mordecai told him of all that had happened 7 Then answered Esther, and said, - My petition m Gien. 52 Ichap. 1,9. unto him, and of the sum of the money that Haman and my request is;

had proinised to pay to the king's treasuries for the 8 If I have found favour in the sight of the king, Is 1,21. Jews, to destroy them :

and if it please the king to grant my petition, and to 3 Álso he gave him the copy of the writing of the perform my request, let the king and Haman come to 2 Thess.5, decree that was given at Shushan to destroy them, the banquet that I shall prepare for them, and I will 2 Tim. 4, 1. to shew it unto Esther, and to declare it onto her, and do to-morrow as the king hath said. 1 Kings 2, to charge her that she should go in unto the king, to 9 Then went Haman forth that day "joyful and 13. make supplication unto him, and to make P request with a glad heart: but when Haman saw Mordecai lüke 6, 25,

o Prov. 16, before him for her people.

{ in the king's gate, that he stood not up, nor moved ... 15.4 9 And Hatach came and told Esther the words for him, he was ó full of indignation against MorActs 20, 21. of Mordecai:

decai. 10 'Again Esther spake unto Hatach, and gave 10 Nevertheless, Haman ? refrained himself: and 9,2 Sam. 13, him commandment unio Mordecai ;

when he came home, he sent and called for his 11 All the king's servants, and the people of the friends, and * Zeresh his wife. king's provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether 11 And Haman told them of the glory of his s Dan. 4, 50. man or woman, shall come unto the king into the riches, and the multitude of his children, and all the ac. 9. 10. ' inner court, who is not called, there is one law of things wherein the king had promoted him, and how chap. 8, 1

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