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Mordecai is honoured.

Haman is hanged

14 And while they were yet talking with him, 1 Ahasuerus, reading in the chronicles of the came the king's chamberlains, and hasted to good service done by Mordecai, taketh care for bring Haman unto the banquet that Esther his reward. 4 Hainan, coming to sue that had prepared. Mordecai might be hanged, unawares giveth

CHAP. V. counsel that he might do him honour. 12 Complaining of his misfortune, his friends tell him 1 Esther, entertaining the king and Haman, of his final destiny.

maketh suit for her own life and her people's.

5 She accuseth Haman. 7 The king in his anO N that night could not the king sleep, ger, understanding of the gallows whick Ha

man had made for Mordecai, causeth him to be of records of the chronicles; and they were hanged thereon. read before the king.

2 And it was found written, that Mordecai Sollicking and Haman came to banquet had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the 2 And the king said again to Esther on the king's chamberlains, the keepers of the second day at the banquet of wine, What is door, who sought to lay hand on the king thy petition, queen Esther ? and it shall be Ahasuerus.

granted thee: and what is ihy request ? and 3 And the king said, What honour and dig. it shall be performed, even to the half of the nity hath been done to Mordecai for this? kingdoin. Then said the king's servants that minister- 3 Then Esther the queen answered and ed unto him, There is nothing done for him. said, If I have found favour in thy sight, O 4 And the king said, Who is in the court? king, and if it please the king, let my life be (Now Haman was come into the outward given me at my petition, and my people at court of the king's house, to speak unto the iny request : king to hang Mordecai on the gallows that 4 For we are sold, I and my people, to be he had prepared for him.)

destroyed, to be slain, and to perish. But if 5 And the king's servants said unto him, Be- we had been sold for bond-men and bondhold, Haman standeth in the court. And the women, I had held my tongue, although the king said, Let him come in.

enemy could not countervail the king's dam6 Šo Haman came in. And the king said age. unto hin, What shall be done unto the man 59 Then the king Ahasuerus answered and whom the king delighteth to honour ? (Now said unto Esther the queen, Who is he, and Haman thought in his heart, To whom would where is he, that durst presume in his heart the king delight to do honour more than to to do so ? myself)

6 And Esther said, The adversary and ene7 And 'Haman answered the king, For the my is this wicked Harnan. Then Haman man whom the king delighteth to honour, was afraid before the king and the queen. 8 Let the royal apparel be brought which 7 And the king arising from the banquet the king useth to wear, and the horse that of wine in his wrath went into the palacethe king rideth upon, and the crown-royal garden: and Haman stood up to make rewhich is set upon his head:

quest for his life to Esther the queen; for he 9 And let this apparel and horse be deliver- saw that there was evil determined against ed to the hand of one of the king's most no- bim by the king. ble princes, that they may array the man 8 Then the king returned out of the palacewithal whom the king delighteth to honour, garden into the place of the banquet of wine; and bring him on horseback through the and Haman was fallen upon the bed where street of the city, and proclaim before bim, on Esther was. Then said the king, Will Thus shall it be done to the man whom the he force the queen also before me in the king delighteth to honour.

house? As the word went out of the king's 10 Then the king said to Haman, Make mouth, they covered Haman's face, haste, and take the apparel and the horse, 9 And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, as thou hast said, and do even so to Morde- said before the king, Behold also the gallows cai the Jew, that sitteth at the king's gate: fifty cubits high, which Haman had made let nothing fail of all that thou hast spoken. | for Mordecai, who had spoken good for the

11 Then took Haman the apparel and the king, standeth in the house of Haman. Then horse, and arrayed Mordecai, and brought the king said, Hang him thereon. him on horseback through the street of the 10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows city, and proclaimed before him, Thus shall that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then it be done unto the man whom the king de- was the king's wrath pacified. lighteth to honour.

CHAP. VIII. 12 | And Mordecai came again to the king's 1 Mordecai is advanced. 3 Estker maketh suit to gate. But Haman hasted to his house mourn- recerse Haman's letters. 7 Ahasuerus granting, and having his head covered.

eth to the Jews to defend themselves. 15 Mor13 And Haman told Zeresh his wife and all decai's honour, and the Jews' joy. his friends every thing that had befallen him. N that did the king Ahasuerus give unto him, If Mordecai be of the seed of the unto Esther the queen. And Mordecai came Jews, before whom thou hast begun to fall, before the king; for Esther had told what thou shalt not prevail against him, but shalt he was unto her. surely fall before hiin.

2 And the king took off his ring which he


msee the destruction of my kindred? N monin Aldar, on the

thirteenth day of

Haman's letters reversed.

ESTHER. The Jews slay their enemies had taken from Haman, and gave it unto 15 | And Mordecai went out from the Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over sence of the king in royal apparel of blue the house of Haman.

and white, and with a great crown of gold, 3 And Esther spake yet again before the and with a garment of fine linen and purple: king, and fell down at his feet, and besought and the city of Shushan rejoiced, and was him with tears to put away the mischief of glad: Haman the Agagite, and his device that he 16 The Jews had light, and gladness, and had devised against the Jews.

joy, and honour. 4 Then the king held out the golden scep- 17 And in every province, and in every tre toward Esther. So Esther arose, and city, whithersoever the king's commandment stood before the king,

and his decree came, the Jews had joy and 5 And said, If it please the king, and if I gladness, a feast and a good day. And many have found favour in his sight, and the thing of the people of the land became Jews; for. seem right before the king, and I be pleasing the fear of the Jews fell upon

them. in his eyes, let it be written to reverse the

CHAP. IX. letters devised by Haman the son of Ham- 1 The Jews (the rulers, for fear of Mordecai, medatha the Agagite, which he wrote to de

helping them) slay their enemies, with the ten stroy the Jews which are in all the king's sons of Haman. 12 Ahasuerus, at the request provinces :

of Esther, granteth another day of slaughter, 6 For how can I endure to see the evil that and Haman's sons to be hanged. 20 The two

? or

days of Purim are made festival.

in 7 Then the king Ahasuerus said unto Esther the queen and to Mordecai the Jew, the same, when the king's commandment Behold, I have given Esther the house of and his decree drew near to be put in execuHaman, and him they have hanged upon tion, in the day that the enemies of the Jews the gallows, because lie laid his hand upon hoped to have power over them, (though it the Jews.

was turned to the contrary, that the Jews 8 Write ye also for the Jews, as it liketh had rule over them that hated them ;) you, in the king's name, and seal it with the 2 The Jews gathered themselves together king's ring : for the writing which is written in their cities throughout all the provinces in the king's name, and sealed with the of the king Ahasuerus, to lay hand on such king's ring, may no man reverse.

as sought their hurt: and no man could with9 Then were the king's scribes called at stand them; for the fear of them fell upon all that time in the third month, that is, the people. month Sivan, on the three and twentieth 3 Ånd all the rulers of the provinces, and day thereof; and it was written, according the lieutenants, and the deputies, and officers to all that Mordecai commanded, unto the of the king helped the Jews; because the Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the depu- fear of Mordecai fell upon

them. ties and rulers of the provinces which are 4 For Mordecai was great in the king's from India unto Ethiopia, a hundred twenty house, and his fame went out throughout all and seven provinces, unto every province the provinces: for this man Mordecai waxaccording to the writing thereof, and unto ed greater and greater. every people after their language, and to 5 Thus the Jews smote all their enemies the Jews according to their writing, and with the stroke of the sword, and slaughter, according to their language,

and destruction, and did what they would 10 And he wrote in the king Ahasuerus' unto those that hated them. name, and sealed it with the king's ring, and 6 And in Shushan the palace the Jews slew sent letters by posts on horseback, and riders and destroyed five hundred men. on mules, camels, and young dromedaries: 7 And Parshandatha, and Dalphon, and

11 Wherein the king, granted the Jews Aspatha, which were in every city to gather them- 8 And Poratha, and Adalia, and Aridatha, selves together, and to stand for their life, 9 And Parmashta, and Arisai, and Aridai, to destroy, to slay, and to cause to perish, all and Vajezatha, the power of the people and province that 10 The ten sons of Haman the son of Hamwould assault them, both little ones and wo-médatha, the enemy of the Jews, slew they; men, and to take the spoil of them for a prey, but on the spoil laid they not their hand. 12 Upon one day in all the provinces of 11 On that day the numberof those that were king Ahasuerus, namely, upon the thirteenth slain in Shushan the palace was brought beday of the twelfth month, which is the month fore the king. Adar.

12 | And the king said unto Esther the 13 The

copy of the writing for a command.queen, The Jews have slain and destroyed ment to be given in every province was pub- five hundred men in Shushan the palace, lished unto all people, and that the Jews and the ten sons of Haman; what have they should be ready against that day to avenge done in the rest of the king's provinces ? themselves on their enemies.

now what is thy petition ? and it shall be 14 So the posts that rode upon mules and granted thee: or what is thy request fur-: camels went out, being hastened and pressed ther? and it shall be done. on by the king's commandment. And the 13 Then said Esther, If it please the king, decree was given at Shushan the palace. let it be granted to the Jews which are in


They establish a festival.

CHAP. X. The days of Purim confirmed. Shushan to do to-morrow also according 25 But when Esther came before the king, unto this day's decree, and let Haman's ten he commanded by letters that his wicked sons be hanged upon the gallows.

device, which he devised against the Jews, 14 And the king commanded it so to be should return upon his own head, and that he done: and the decree was given at Shu- and his sons should be hanged on the gallows. shan; and they hanged Haman's ten sons. 26 Wherefore they called these days Purim

15 For the Jews that were in Shushan after the name of Pur. Therefore for all the gathered themselves together on the four- words of tiis letter, and of that which they teenth day also of the month Adar, and slew had seen concerning this matter, and which three hundred men at Shushan; but on the had come unto them, prey they laid not their hand.

27 The Jews ordained, and took upon thein, 16 But the other Jews that were in the and upon their seed, and upon all such as king's provinces gathered themselves to joined themselves unto them, so as it should gether, and stood for their lives, and had not fail, that they would keep these two days rest from their enemies, and slew of their according to their writing, and according to foes seventy and five thousand, but they laid their appointed time every year; not their hands on the prey,

28 And that these days should be remem17 On the thirteenth day of the month Adar; bered and kept throughout every generation, aud on the fourteenth day of the same rested every family, every province, and every city; they, and made it a day of feasting and glad- and that these days of Purim should not fail

from among the Jews, nor the memorial of 18 But the Jews that were at Shushan as- them perish from their seed. sembled together on the thirteenth day there- 29 Then Esther the queen, the daughter of of, and on the fourteenth thereof; and on the Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew, wrote with fifteenth day of the same they rested, and all authority, to confirm this second letter of made it a day of feasting and gladness. Purim. 19 Therefore the Jews of the villages, that 30 And he sent the letters unto all the Jews, dwelt in the unwalled towns, made the four to the hundred twenty and seven provinces teenth day of the month Adar a day of glad- of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, with words of ness and feasting, and a good day, and of peace and truth, sending portions one to another.

31 To confirm these days of Purim in their 20 | And Mordecai wrote these things, and times appointed, according as Mordecai the sent letters unto all the Jews that were in all Jew and Esther the queen had enjoined the provinces of the king Ahasuerus, both them, and as they had decreed for themnigh and far,

selves and for their seed, the matters of the A To establish this among them, that they fastings and their cry. should keep the fourteenth day of the month 32 And the decree of Esther confirmed Adar, and the fifteenth day of the same, these matters of Purim; and it was 'written yearly,

in the book. 22 Ås the days wherein the Jews rested

CHAP. X. from their enemies, and the month which 1 Ahasuerus his greatness. 3 Mordecai's adwas turned unto them from sorrow to joy, and from mourning into a good day: thai AND the king Alasuerus laid a tribute up: joy, and of sending portions one to another, 2 And all the acts of his power and of his and gifts to the poor.

might, and the declaration of the greatness 23 Ånd the Jews undertook to do as they of Mordecai, whereunto the king advanced had begun, and as Mordecai had written him, are they not written in the book of the unto them;

Chronicles of the kings of Media and Persia? 24 Because Haman the son of Hammeda- 3 For Mordecai the Jew was next unto tha, the Agagite, the enemy of all the Jews, king Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews, had devised against the Jews to destroy and accepted of the multitude of his brethren, them, and had cast Pur, that is, the lot, to seeking the wealth of his people, and speak. consume them, and to destroy them; ing peace to all his seed.

| The Book of JOB. CHAP. I.

hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she. i The holiness, riches, and religious care of Job asses, and a very great household; so that

for his children. 6 Satan, appearing before this man was the greatest of all the men of God, by calumniation obtaineth leave to tempt the east. Job. 13 Understanding of the loss of his goods 4 And his sons went and feasted in their and children, in his mourning he blesseth God. houses, every one bis day; and sent and callT THERE was a man in the land of Uz, ed for their three sisters to eat and to drink

whose name was Job; and that man with them. was perfect and upright, and one that feared 5 And it was so, when the days of their God, and eschewed evil.

feasting were gone about, that Job sent and 2 And there were born unto him seven sons sanctified them, and rose up early in the and three daughters.

morning, and offered burnt-offerings accord3 His substance also was seven thousanding to the number of them all: for Job said, sheep, and three thousand camels, and five. It may be that my sons have sinned, and



Satan has leave to tempt Job.


Job is smitten wrth biles cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job with sore biles. 9 Job reproveth his wife, mo: continually.

ving him to curse God. 11 His three friends

condole with him in silence. 6 | Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the A GAGNdere was a day when the sons

7 And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence fore the LORD, and Satan came also among
cornest thou? Then Satan answered the them to present himself before the LORD.
LORI), and said, From going to and fro in the 2 And the LORD said unto Satan, From
earth, and from walking up and down in it. whence comest thou? And Satan answered

& And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou the LORD, and said, From going to and fro
considered my servantJob, that there is none in the earth, and from walking up and down
like him in the earth, a perfect and an up- in it.
riglit man, one that feareth God, and eschew- 3 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou
eth evil?

considered my servant Job, that there is none 9 Then Satan answered the Lord and said, like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright Doth Job fear God for nought?

man, one that feareth God, and escheweth 10 Hast not thou made a hedge about him, evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, and about his house, and about all that he although thou movedst me against him, to hath on every side? thou hast blessed the destroy him without cause. work of his hands, and his substance is in- 4 And Satan angwered the Lord, and said, creased in the land.

Skin for skin, yea all that a man hath will 11 But put forth thy hand now, and touch be give for his life. all that lie hatlı, and he will curse thee to thy 5 But put forth thiy hand now, and touch face,

his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee 12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, to thy face. all that he hath is in thy power; only upon 6 And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, 1 himself put not forth thy hanit. So Satan he is in thy hand; but save his life. went forth from the presence of the LORD. 7 || So went Satan forth from the presence

13 | And there was a day when his sons of the Lord, and smote Job with sore biles and his daughters were eating and drinking from the sole of his foot unto his crown. wine in their eldest brother's house:

8 And he took him a potsherd to scrape 14 And there came a messenger unto Job, himself withal; and he sat down among and said, The oxen were ploughing, and the ashes. asses feeding beside them :

9 ? Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou
15 And the Sabeans fell upon them, and still retain thine integrity ? curse God, and
took them away; yea, they have slain the die.
servants with the edge of the sword; and I 10 But he said unto her, Thou speakest as
only am escaped alone to tell thee. one of the foolish women speaketh What!
16 While he was yet speaking, there came shall we receive good at the hand of God,
also another, and said, The fire of God is and shall we not receive evil ? In all this did
fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the not Job sin with his lips.
sheep and the servants, and consumed them; 11 Now when Job's three friends heard
and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. of all this evil that was come upon him, they

17 While he was yet speaking, there came came every one from his own place; Eliphaz
also another, and said, The Chaldeans made the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and
out three bands, and fell upon the cainels, Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made
and have carried them away, yea, and slain an appointment together to come to mourn
the servants with the edge of the sword; and with him, and to comfort him.
I only am escaped alone to tell thee. 12 And when they listed up their eyes afar

18 While he was yet speaking, there came off, and knew him not, they lifted up their
also another, and said, Thy sons and thy voice, and wept; and they rent every one his
daughters were eating and drinking wine in mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads
their eldest brother's liouse :

toward heaven. 19 And behold, there came a great wind from 13 So they sat down with him upon the the wilderness, and smote the four corners ground seven days and seven nights, and of the house, and it fell upon the young men,

none spake a word unto him: for they saw and they are dead; and I only am escaped that his grief was very great. alone to tell thee.

CHAP. III. 20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and 1 Job curseth the day and services of his birth. shaved his head, and fell down upon the 13 The ease of death. 20 He complaineth of ground, and worshipped,

life, because of his anguish. 21. And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thicher: A TER this opened Job his mouth, and The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken 2 And Job spake, and said, away; blessed be the name of the LORD. 3 Let the day perish wherein I was born,

22 In all this Job sinned not, vor charged and the night in which it was said, There is God foolishly.

a man child conceived. CHAP. II.

4 Let that day be darkness ; let not God re1 Satan appearing again before God obtaineth gard it from above, neitber let the light shine further leave to tempt Job. 7 He smiteth him upon it.


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Hecurseth the day of his birth. CHAP. IV, V.

Eliphaz reproveth Job. 5 Let darkness and the shadow of death | 6 Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the hope, and the uprightness of thy ways ? blackness of the day terrify it.

7 Remember, I pray thee, who ever perislı6 A8 for that night, let darkness seize uponed, being innocent? or where were the rightit; let it not be joined unto the days of the year; eous cut off? let it not come into the number of the months. 8 Even as I have seen, they that plough ini. 7 Lo, let that night be solitary; let no joy- quity, and sow wickedness, reap the same. ful voice come therein.

9 By the blast of God they perish, and by
8 Let them curse it that curse the day, who the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.
are ready to raise up their mourning. 10 The roaring of the lion, and the voice of
9 Let the stars of the twilight thereof be the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young
dark; let it look for light, but hare none; lions, are broken.
neither let it see the dawning of the day. 11 The old lion perisheth for lack of prey,

10 Because it shut not up the doors of my and the stout lion's whelps are scattered
mother's womb, nor hid sorrow from mine abroad.

12 Now a thing was secretly brought to me, il Why died I not from the womb ? why and mine ear received a little thereof. did I not give up the ghost when I came out 13 In thoughts from the visions of the nighi, of the belly ?

when deep sleep falleth on men, 12 Why did the knees prevent me ? or why 14 Fear came upon me, and trembling, the breasts that I should suck?

which made all my bones to shake. 13 For now should I have lain still and been 15 Then a spirit passed before my face; the quiet, I should have slept: then had I been hair of my flesh stood up: at rest,

16 It stood still, but I could not discern the 14 With kings and counsellors of the earth, form thereof: an image was before mine eyes, which built desolate places for themselves; there was silence, and I heard a voice,saying,

15 Or with princes that had gold, who filled 17 Shall mortal man be more just than God? their houses with silver:

shall a man be more pure than his Maker ? 16 Or as a hidden untimely birth I had not '18 Behold, he put no trust in his servants been; as infants which never saw light. and his angels hie charged with folly:

17 There the wicked cease from troubling; 19 Flow much less in them that dwell in and there the weary be at l'est.

houses of clay, whose foundation is in the 18 There the prisoners rest together; they Cust, which are crushed before the moth? hear not the voice of the oppressor.

20 They are destroyed from morning to 19 The small and great are there; and the evening; they perish for ever without any reservant is free from his master.

garding it. 20 Wherefore is light given to him that is A Doth not their excellency which is in in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul; them go away? they die, even without wisdom. 21 Which long for death, but it cometh not;

CHAP. V. and dig for it more than for hid treasures; 1 The harm of inconsideration. 3 The end of

22 Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, the wicked is misery. 6 God is to be regardeil. when they can find the grave?

in affliction. 17 The happy end of God's cor23 Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in ?


if there be any that will an24 For my sighing cometh before I eat, and swer thee; and to which of the saints my roarings are poured out like the waters. wilt thou turn ?

25 For the thing which I greally feared is 2 For wrath killeth the foolish man, and ena do come upon me, and that which I was afraid vy slayeth the silly one. of is come unto me.

3 I have seen the foolish taking root: but 26 I was not in safety, neither had I rest, suddenly I cursed his habitation. neither was I quiet; yet trouble came. 4 His children are far from safety, and they CHAP. IV.

are crushed in the gate, neither is there any 1 Eliphaz reproveth Job for want of religion. 7 to deliver them. He teacheth God's judgments to be not for the 5 Whose harvest the hungry eateth up,

and righteous, but for the wicked. 12 His fearful taketh it even out of the thorns, and the rob-< vision, to humble the excellency of creatures ber swallowreth up their substance. before God.

6 Although affliction cometh not forth of T THEN Eliphaz the Temanite answered the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of and said,

the ground; 2 If we assay to commune with thee, wilt 7 Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks thou be grieved ? but who can withhold him- fly upward. self froin speaking ?

8 I would seek unto God, and unto God 3 Behold, thou hast instrurted many, and would I commit my cause : thou hast strengthened the weak hands. 9 Which doeth great things and unsearch4 Thy words have upholden hiun that was able; marvellous things without number: falling, and thou hast strengthened the fec- 10 Who giveth rain upon the earth, and ble knees.

sendeth waters upon the fields: 5 But now it is come upon thee, and thou 11 To set up on high those that below; that faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art trou- those which mourn may be exalted to safety bled.

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