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f ver. 2. eh. 5. 9. & Dan. 3. 19.
cir. 514 h oh. 1.3.
1 See Esther 12. 1.
Esther made queen.
Haman seeketh to destroy the Jews. c Beforest daughter, was come to go in unto the spake daily unto him, and he hearkened cir. 515.' king, she required nothing but what He not unto them, that they told Haman, to gai the king's chamberlain, the
keeper of see whether Mordecai's matters would
5 And when Haman saw that Morde-
on Mordecai alone; for they had shewed
all the women, and she obtained grace Haman sought to destroy all the Jews • Ps. 83.4 1. Or, kind and || favour tin his sight more than all that were throughout the whole king+ Heb. be' the virgins; so that he set the royal crown dom of Ahasuerus, even the people of
upon her head, and made her queen in- Mordecai.
7 9 In the first month, that is, the
unto all his princes and his servants, even Ahasuerus, i they cast Pur, that is, the lot, i ch.9. 24. + Heb. rest. Esther's feast; and he made a trelease before Haman from day to day, and from
to the provinces, and gave gifts, accord-month to month, to the twelfth month,
that is, the month Adar.
together the second time, then Mordecai suerus, There is a certain people scatter1 ver. 21. ch. sat 'in the king's gate.
ed abroad and dispersed among the peo-
to suffer them.
sat in the king's gate, two of the king's ten that they may be destroyed: and I tell hede; ** Or, Bize chamberlains, || Bigthan and Teresh, of will † pay ten thousand talents of silver them.
those which kept fthe door, were wroth, to the hands of those that have the weigh. and sought to lay hand on the king charge of the business, to bring it into Ahasuerus.
the king's treasuries. 22 And the thing was known to Mor 10 And the king 'took ► his ring from Gen. &1.42. - eh. 6.2. decai, “who told it unto Esther the his hand, and gave it unto Haman the
queen; and Esther certified the king son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the
12 "Then were the king's || scribes
called on the thirteenth day of the first laries.
month, and there was written according
to the rulers of every people of every FTER these things did king Aha- province oaccording to the writing there-.. 92. amb. . Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced guage; Pin the name of king Ahasuerus !! sa is him, and set his seat above all the princes was it written, and sealed with the king's that were with him.
ring. 2 And all the king's servants, that were 13 And the letters were 'sent by posts 9 ch. 8. 10. « ch. 2. 19 'in the king's gate, bowed, and rever- into all the king's provinces, to destroy,
enced Haman: for the king had so com to kill, and to cause to perish, all Jews,
manded concerning him. But Mordecai both young and old, little children and & Ph. bowed not, nor did him reverence. women, "in one day, even upon 'the thir- ch. 8, 12,
3 Then the king's servants, which were teenth day of the twelfth month, which is 22 Mac. 15. in the king's gate, said unto Mordecai, the month Adar, and + to take the spoil of Why transgressest thou the king's com- them for a prey. mandment?
14 "The copy of the writing for a 4 ch.8. 13, 4 Now it came to pass, when they commandment to be given in every pro
thana, ch. 6.
+ Heb. the Chreshold,
i Or, op
cb. 8. 9. 1 Or, sacre
Father € 19, 13.
1 Kings 21.
ch, 6.8 10.
15. Prov. 29.
+ Heb reepi
cir. 510. a Sam. 1.11.
ashes were laid under
Ilordecai's advice to Esther.
Esther inviteth the king, &c. vince was published unto all people, that to put him to death, except such 5to cir. 510. they should be ready against that day. whom the king shall hold out the golden
15 The posts went out, being hastened sceptre, that he may live: but I have not h ch.5.2.8 by the king's commandment, and the de- been called to come in unto the king cree was given in Shushan the palace. these thirty days.
And the king and Haman sat down to 12 And they told to Mordecai Esther's Sec ch.8. drink; but the city Shushan was per- words. plexed.
13 Then Mordecai commanded to anCHAP. IV.
swer Esther, Think not with thyself that
Jews. 4 Esther, understanding it, sendeth more than all the Jews.
the Jews from another place; but thou g. 18
Mordecai this answer, 2 And came even before the king's 16 Go, gather together all the Jews gate: for none might enter into the king's that are tpresent in Shushan, and fast +Hebfound. gate clothed with sackcloth.
ye for me, and neither eat nor drink 3 And in every province, whitherso- 'three days, night or day: I also and my i See ch. 51. ever the king's commandment and his maidens will fast likewise; and so will Í decree came, there was great mourning go in unto the king, which is not accord
among the Jews, and fasting, and weep- ing to the law: *and if I perish, I perish. She Gen. *Heb.sack. ing, and wailing; and † many lay in sack 17 So Mordecai + went his way, and Heb. pesscloth and ashes.
did according to all that Esther had com-
quet. 6 She, being encouraged by the king
in her suit, inviteth them to another banquet
the next day. 9 Haman, proud of his adtheby whom of the king's chamberlains, † whom he vancement, repineth at the contempt of fore her. had appointed to attend upon her, and Mordecai. 14 By the counsel of Zeresh he
gave him a commandment to Mordecai, buildeth for him a pair of gallows.
the king's house, over against the king's
Esther the queen standing in the court,
9 And Hatach came and told 'Esther request ? it shall be even given thee to S. Nark & the words of Mordecai.
the half of the kingdom.
gave him commandment unto Mor- good unto the king, let the king and Ha-
man come this day unto the banquet that
come unto the king into the inner court, said. So the king and Haman came to « Dan. 2 9. who is not called, there is one law of his the banquet that Esther had prepared.
dch. 3. 9.
ech. 3. 14,
e See Esther
feb. 7. 2.
the king de
She obtaineth the king's favour.
CHAP. VI. VII.
Mordecai honoured. 69'And the king said unto Esther at | this? Then said the king's servants that the banquet of wine, What is thy peti- ministered unto him, There is nothing cir. 510.
tion? and it shall be granted thee: and done for him. 5 ch.9. 12. what is thy request ? even to the half 4 | And the king said, Who is in the
of the kingdom it shall be performed. court? Now Haman was come into the See ch. 5.
7 Then answered Esther, and said, outward court of the king's house, to ch.5. 14. My petition and my request is;
speak unto the king to hang Mordecai & 'If I have found favour in the sight on the gallows that he had prepared
of the king, and if it please the king to for him.
request, let the king and Haman come him, Behold, Haman standeth in the court.
said unto him, What shall be done unto
Haman saw Mordecai in the king's gate, heart, To whom would the king delight rach35 " that he stood not up, nor moved for to do honour more than to myself?
him, he was full of indignation against 7 And Haman answered the king, For
the man t whom the king delighteth to those honour 10 Nevertheless Haman.refrained him- honour,
lightech. self: and when he came home, he sent 8 +Let the royal apparel be brought Heb. Let Heb.caused and † called for his friends, and Zeresh + which the king useth to wear, and the the room in ons his wife.
horse that the king rideth upon, and the parel. 11 And Haman told them of the glory crown royal which is set upon his head: with the hing ch. 9.76 of his riches, and “the multitude of his 9. And let this apparel and horse be sell.
children, and all the things wherein the delivered to the hand of one of the king's di Kings a.
to honour, and + bring him on horseback f. Heto cause
13 Yet all this availeth me nothing, 60 haste, and take the apparel and the horse, long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting as thou hast said, and do even so to at the king's gate.
Mordecai the Jew, that sitteth at the 14 I Then said Zeresh his wife and king's gate: + let nothing fail of all that had a lot more than + Heb. tree. all his friends unto him, Let at "gallows thou hast spoken. - ch.7.9 be made of fifty cubits high, and to mor 11 Then took Haman the apparel and Ed. &. 4 rowspeak thou unto the king that Mor- the horse, and arrayed Mordecai, and
decai may be hanged thereon: then go brought him on horseback through the
banquet. And the thing pleased Ha- him, Thus shall it be done unto the man • eks. 7. 14 man; and he caused °the gallows to be whom the king delighteth to honour. made.
12 And Mordecai came again to the CHAP. VI.
king's gate. But Haman 'hasted to his 22 | Ahasuerus, reading in the chronicles of the house mourning, and having his head g 2 Sam. 15. good service done by Mordecai, taketh care
13 And Haman told Zeresh his wife
and Zeresh his wife unto him, If Mor-
sleep, and he commanded to bring whom thou hast begun to fall, thou shalt the book of records of the chronicles; not prevail against him, but shalt surely and they were read before the king. fall before him.
2 And it was found written, that Mor 14 And while they were yet talking . Or, Biça decai had told of || Bigthana and Teresh, with him, came the king's chamberlains,
two of the king's chamberlains, the keep- and hasted to bring Haman unto the
.. 3, 4
+ Heb. to drink.
bch. 3.9. & 4. 7.
kill, and cause to perish.
+ Heb. ehuse heart
Prof. 13. 12.
presence of the queen.
The Jews defend themselves. 5 She accuseth Haman. 7 The king in his , Esther had told what he was unto her.
CHRIST anger, understanding of the gallows which
2 And the king took off his ring, Haman had made for Mordecai, causeth
which he had taken from Haman, and cha; him to be hanged thereon.
gave it unto Mordecai. And Esther set bch. 3. 10. O the king and Haman came + to Mordecai over the house of Haman.
banquet with Esther the queen. 3 And Esther spake yet again before 2 And the king said again unto Esther the king, and fell down at his feet, 7 and 1 Heb. end on the second day at the banquet of besought him with tears to put away the and besong ke wine, What is thy petition, queen Esther? mischief of Haman the Agagite, and his and it shall be granted thee: and what is device that he had devised against the thy request ? and it shall be performed, Jews. even to the half of the kingdom.
4 Then the king held out the golden ch.4. 11. & 3 Then Esther the queen answered sceptre toward Esther. So Esther arose, and said, If I have found favour in thy and stood before the king, sight, o king, and if it please the king, 5 And said, If it please the king, and let my life be given me at my petition, if I have found favour in his sight, and and my people at my request:
the thing seem right before the king, and 4 For we are sold, I and my people, I be pleasing in his eyes, let it be written Heb. that tto be destroyed, to be slain, and to to reverse + the letters devised by Haman Heb, the destroy, and perish. But if we had been 'sold for the son of Hammedatha the Agagite,
bondmen and bondwomen, I had held || which he wrote to destroy the Jews ! Or, vko
6 For how can I tendure to see the + Heb.ber 5f Then the king Ahasuerus answered evil that shall come unto my people? or may see. and said unto Esther the queen, Who is how can I endure to see the destruction de
he, and where is he, † that durst presume of my kindred ? Aalh filled in his heart to do so ?
7 Then the king Ahasuerus said unto 6 And Esther said, † The adversary Esther the queen and to Mordecai the man adver- and enemy is this wicked Haman. Then Jew, Behold, °I have given Esther the 1 Or, alipe Haman was afraid || before the king and house of Haman, and him they have
hanged upon the gallows, because he laid
8 Then the king returned out of the reverse.
Then said the king, Will he force the tieth day thereof; and it was written acHeb.with queen also + before me in the house? cording to all that Mordecai commanded
Ås the word went out of the king's unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants, a Job g. 24. mouth, they covered Haman's face. and the deputies and rulers of the pro
9 And Harbonah, one of the cham- vinces which are from India unto Ethi-ch. I. de
berlains, said before the king, Behold opia, an hundred twenty and seven proCch.524 also, the tgallows fifty cubits high, which vinces, unto every province 'according ich. 1.2 & Prov. 11.5,6. Haman had made for Mordecai, who had to the writing thereof, and unto every
spoken good for the king, standeth in the people after their language, and to the
cording to their language.
. lows that he had prepared for Mordecai. erus's name, and sealed it with the king's is Then was the king's wrath pacified. ring, and sent letters by posts on horseCHAP. VIII.
back, and riders on mules, camels, and
suit to reverse Haman's letters. 7 Aha 11 Wherein the king granted the Jews
life, to destroy, to slay, and to cause to
N that day did the king Ahasuerus perish, all the power of the people and
give the house of Haman the Jews' province that would assault them, both enemy unto Esther the queen. And little ones and women, and to take the sun Mordecai came before the king; for spoil of them for a prey,
ech. 1. 6.
e ch. 1. 10.
gDan. 6. 24. Ps. 37.35, 36.
nch. 3. 14, 15.
i See ch.8. 11.
15. . . 2.
Deut. 2,25 & 11.25. ch.
The Jews slay their enemies,
with the ten sons of Haman. 12 "Upon one day in all the provinces slew and destroyed five hundred men.
of king Ahasuerus, namely, upon the 7 And Parshandatha, and Dalphon, cir. 509. mch: 3. 13, thirteenth day of the twelfth month, and Aspatha, &e. &qi, which is the month Adar.
8 And Poratha, and Adalia, and Ari13 "The copy of the writing for a datha,
commandment to be given in every pro 9 And Parmashta, and Arisai, and to Hotellitevince was published unto all people, Aridai, and Vajezatha,
and that the Jews should be ready against 10 The ten sons of Haman the son h ch.5. 11.
slew they; but on the spoil laid they not 18.
12 | And the king said unto Esther
presence of the king in royal apparel of troyed five hundred men in Shushan the ( Or, violet. Il blue and white, and with a great crown palace, and the ten sons of Haman; what
of gold, and with a garment of fine linen have they done in the rest of the king's • See ch.3 and purple: and the city of Shushan provinces? now " what is thy petition ? k ch.5.6. & rejoiced and was glad.
and it shall be granted thee: or what is + P. 9. 11. 16 The Jews had Plight, and gladness, thy request further? and it shall be done. and joy, and honour.
13 Then said Esther, If it please the 17 And in every province, and in every king, let it be granted to the Jews which city, whithersoever the king's command- are in Shushan to do to morrow also lac. 1 ch. 8. 11.
ment and his decree came, the Jews had cording unto this day's decree, and †let Mehalet So joy and gladness, a feast and a good Haman’s ten sons " be hanged upon the
day. And many of the people of the gallows. Ps. 18. 43. land 'became Jews; for Sthe fear of the 14 And the king commanded it so to Exod. 15 & Jews fell upon them.
be done: and the decree was given at CHAP. IX.
Shushan; and they hanged Haman's ten
helping them) slay their enemies, with the 15 For the Jews that were in Shushan
°but on the prey they laid not their hand. o ver. 10. TOW
16 But the other Jews that were in the month Adar, on the thirteenth the king's provinces gathered themselves 2. * bct 3 13 day of the same, when the king's com- together, and stood for their lives, and
mandment and his decree drew near to had rest from their enemies, and slew of
over them, (though it was turned to the 17 On the thirteenth day of the month Sam. He contrary, that the Jews had rule over Adar; and on the fourteenth day tof the + Heb. in il. them that hated them ;)
same rested they, and made it a day of
provinces of the king Ahasuerus, to lay shan assembled together' on the thirteenth rver. 11, 13. :P71, 13. hand on such as sought their hurt: and day thereof, and on the fourteenth there
no man could withstand them; for 'the of; and on the fifteenth day of the same
3 And all the rulers of the provinces, and gladness.
and the lieutenants, and the deputies, and 19 Therefore the Jews of the villages, Helse fofficers of the king, helped the Jews; be that dwelt in the unwalled towns, made
cause the fear of Mordecai fell upon them. the fourteenth day of the month Adar
4 For Mordecai was great in the king's 'a day of gladness and feasting, and a house, and his fame went out throughout good day, and of sending portions one e ch. 8. 17.
all the provinces: for this man Mordecai to another. Sam.31. Swaxed greater and greater.
20 ( And Mordecai wrote these things, 5 Thus the Jews smote all their ene- and sent letters unto all the Jews that mies with the stroke of the sword, and were in all the provinces of the king Ahaslaughter, and destruction, and did + what suerus, both nigh and far, they would unto those that hated them. 21 To stablish this among them, that 6 And in Shushan the palace the Jews they should keep *the fourteenth day of 13.30
cie. 503 • cb. 8. 12.
Nowe mio the twelfth month, that is,
Jch 8. 11. &
* Heb. Lhase
* Deut. 16. 11, 14.
u ver. 22. Nob. 8. 10, 12.
x See 2 Mac.