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and with a great crown of gold, cause the fear of Mordecai fell and with a garment of fine linen upon them. and purple : and the city of 4 For Mordecai was great in Shushan rejoiced and was glad: the king's house, and his fame

16 The Jews had light, and went out throughout all the progladness, and joy, and honour. vinces : for this man Mordecai

17 And in every province, waxed greater and greater. and in every city, whithersoever 5 Thus the Jews smote all the king's commandment and their enemies with the stroke of his decree came, the Jews had the sword, and slaughter, and joy and gladness, a feast and a destruction, and did what they good day. And many of the would unto those that hated people of the land became Jews; them. for the fear of the Jews fell upon

6 And in Shushan the palace them.

the Jews slew and destroyed

five hundred men. CHAP. IX.

7 And Parshandatha, and Dal

phon, and Aspatha, HAMAN'S TEN SONS HANGED.

8 And Poratha, and Adalia, NOW in the twelfth month, and Aridatha. that is, the month Adar, on the 9 And Parmashta, and Arisai, thirteenth day of the same, when and Aridai, and Vajezatha, the king's commandment and 10 The ten sons of Haman his decree drew near to be put the son of Hammedatha, the in execution, in the day that enemy of the Jews, slew they; the enemies of the Jews hoped but on the spoil laid they not to have power

over them, their hand. . (though it was turned to the 11 On that day the number contrary, that the Jews had rule of those that were slain in Shuover them that hated them;) shan the palace was brought be

2 The Jews gathered them- |fore the king. selves together in their cities 12 And the king said unto throughout all the provinces of Esther the queen, The Jews the king Ahasuerus, to lay hand have slain and destroyed five on such as sought their hurt: hundred men in Shushan the and no man could withstand palace, and the ten sons of Hathem; for the fear of them fell man; what have they done in upon all people.

the rest of the king's provinces? 3 And all the rulers of the now what is thy petition? and provinces, and the lieutenants, | it shall be granted thee: or what and the deputies, and officers of is thy request further? and it the king, helped the Jews; be- || shall be done.

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13 Then said Esther, If it day of gladness and feasting, please the king, let it be grant- and a good day, and of sending ed to the Jews which are in portions one to another. Shushan to do to-morrow also ac. 20 And Mordecai wrote these cording unto this day's decree, things, and sent letters unto all and let Haman's ten sons be the Jews that were in all the hanged upon the gallows. provinces of the king Ahasue

14 And the king commanded rus, both nigh and far, it so to be done: and the de. 21 To stablish this among cree was given at Shushan; and them, that they should keep the they hanged Haman's ten sons. fourteenth day of the month

15 For the Jews that were in Adar, and the fifteenth day of Shushan gathered themselves the same, yearly, together on the fourteenth day 22 As the days wherein the also of the month Adar, and Jews rested from their enemies, slew three hundred men at Shu- and the month which was turnshan; but on the prey they laid ed unto them from sorrow to not their hand.

joy, and from mourning into a 16 But the other Jews that good day; that they should were in the king's provinces ga- make them days of feasting and thered themselves together, and joy, and of sending portions stood for their lives, and had one to another, and gifts to the rest from their enemies, and poor. slew of their foes( seventy and 23 And the Jews undertook five thousand, (but they laid not to do as they had begun, and their hands on the prey.)

as Mordecai had written unto 17 On the thirteenth day of them ; the month Adar; and on the 24 Because Haman the son of fourteenth day of the same rest- Hammedatha the Agagite, the ed they, and made it a day of enemy of all the Jews, had defeasting and gladness.

vised against the Jews to de18 But the Jews that were at stroy them, and had cast Pur, Shushan assembled together on that is, the lot, to consume the thirteenth day thereof, and them, and to destroy them ; on the fourteenth thereof; and 25 But when Esther came beon the fifteenth day of the same fore the king, he commanded they rested, and made it a day | by letters that his wicked deof feasting and gladness. vice, which he devised against

19 Therefore the Jews of the the Jews, should return upon villages, that dwelt in the un his own head, and that he and walled towns, made the four- his sons should be hanged on teenth day of the month Adar a the gallows.


26 Wherefore they called | 31 To confirm these days of these days | Purim, after the Purim in their times appointed, name of Pur. Therefore for all according as Mordecai the Jew the words of this letter, and of and Esther the queen had en. that which they had seen con- | joined them, and as they had cerning this matter, and which decreed for themselves and for had come unto them,

their seed, the matters of the 27 The Jews ordained, and fastings and their cry. took upon them, and upon 32 Ånd the

decree of Esther their seed, and upon all such confirmed these matters of Pu. as joined themselves unto them, rim; and it was written in the so as it should not fail, that book. they would keep these two days according to their writing,

CHAP. X. and according to their appoint

MORDECAI'S ADVANCE. ed time, every year ;

28 And that these days should be remembered and kept through AND the king Ahasuerus out every generation, every fa- laid a tribute upon the land, mily, every province, and every and upon the isles of the city; and that these days of sea. Purim should not fail from 2 And all the acts of his

powamong the Jews, nor the me. er and of his might, and the morial of them perish from declaration of the greatness of their seed.

Mordecai, whereunto the king 29 Then Esther the queen, advanced him, are they not the daughter of Abihail, and written in the book of the chroMordecai the Jew, wrote with nicles of the kings of Media all authority, to confirm this and Persia ? second letter of Purim.

3 For Mordecai the Jew was 30 And he sent the letters || next unto king

unto king Ahasuerus, unto all the Jews, to the hun- and great among the Jews, and dred twenty and seven pro- accepted of the multitude of vinces of the kingdom of Aha- his brethren, seeking the wealth suerus, with words of peace of his people, and speaking and truth,

peace to all his seed.




6 Now there was a day when

the sons of God came to preJOB'S LOSSES AND TEMP

sent themselves before the

LORD, and Satan came also THERE was a man in the among them. land of Uz, whose name was

7 And the LORD said unto Job; and that man was perfect Satan, Whence comest thou ? ånd upright, and one that fear. Then Satan answered the LORD, ed God, and eschewed evil. and said, From going to and

2 And there were born unto him fro in the earth, and from walk. seven sons and three daughters. ing up and down in it.

3 His substance alsol was se 8 And the LORD said unto ven thousand sheep, and three Satan, Hast thou considered thousand camels, and five hun- my servant Job, that there is dred yoke of oxen, and five hun- pone like him in the earth, a dred she-asses, and a very great perfect and an upright man, household; so that this man one that feareth God, and eswas the greatest of all the men cheweth evil? of the east.

9 Then Satan answered the 4 And his sons went and feast. Lord, and said, Doth Job fear ed in their houses, every one God for nought? his day; and sent and called 10 Hast not thou made an for their three sisters to eat hedge about him, and about and to drink with them.

his house, and about all that he 5 And it was so, when the hath on every side? thou hast days of their feasting were gone blessed the work of his hands, about, that Job sent and sanc- and his substance is increased tified them, and rose up early in the land. in the morning, and offered 11 But put forth thine hand burnt-offerings according to the now, and touch all that he hath, number of them all : for Job and he will curse thee to thy face. said, It may be that my sons 12 And the LORD said unto have sinned, and cursed God Satan, Behold, all that he hath in their hearts: thus did Job is in thy power; only upon continually.

himself put not forth thine hand.




So Satan went forth from the || the house, and it fell upon the presence of the LORD.

young men, and they are dead; 13 And there was a day when and I only am escaped alone to his sons and his daughters were tell thee. eating and drinking wine in 20 Then Job arose, and rent their eldest brother's house : his mantle, and shaved his

14 And there came a messen- head, and fell down upon the ger unto Job, and said, The ground, and worshipped, oxen were ploughing, and the 21 And said, Naked came I asses feeding beside them : out of my mother's womb,

15 And the Sabeans fell upon and naked shall I return thither: them, and took them away; yea, the Lord gave, and the LORD they have slain the servants hath taken away ; blessed be with the edge of the sword; the name of the LORD, and I only am escaped alone to 22 In all this Job sinned not, tell thee,

nor charged God foolishly: 16 While he was yet speaking, there came also another,

CHAP. II. and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath

JOB burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them ; AGAIN there was a day and I only am escaped alone to when the sons of God came tell thee.

present themselves before 17. While he was yet speak- the LORD, and Satan came also ing, there came also another, among them to present himself and said, The Chaldeans made before the LORD. out three bands, and fell upon

2 And the LORD said unto the camels, and have carried Satan, From whence comest them away, yea, and slain the thou ? and Satan answered the servants with the edge of the LORD, and said, From going to sword; and I only am escaped and fro in the earth, and from alone to tell thee.

walking up and down in it. 18 While he was yet speak 3 And the LORD said unto ing, there came also another, Satan, Hast thou considered and said, Thy sons and thy my servant Job, that there is daughters were eating and drink- | none like him in the earth, a ing wine in their eldest bro- perfect and an upright man, ther's house :

one that feareth God, and es19 And, behold, there came a cheweth evil ? and still he great wind from the wilderness, holdeth fast his integrity, aland smote the four corners of though thou movedst me against

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