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all Judah the tithe of the corn and

the wine and the oil unto the treas13 uries. And I made treasurers over

the treasuries, Shelemiah the priest, and Zadok the scribe, and of the Levites, Pedaiah : and next to them was Hanan the son of Zaccur, the son of Mattaniah: for they were counted

faithful, and their business' was to 14 distribute unto their brethren. Re

member me, O my God, concerning this, and wipe not out my 'good deeds that I have done for the house of my

God, and for the lobservances thereof. 15 In those days saw I in Judah some

treading winepresses on the sabbath, and bringing in 2sheaves, and lading asses therewithl; as also wine, grapes, and figs, and all manner of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on the sabbath day: and I testified

against them in the day wherein they 16 sold victuals. "There dwelt men of

Tyre also therein, which brought lin! fish, and all manner of ware, and sold

on the sabbath unto the children of 17 Judah, and in Jerusalem. "Then I

contended with the nobles of Judah, an said unto them, What evil thing

is this that ye do, and profane the 18 sabbath day? Did not your fathers

thus, and did not our God bring all this evil upon us, and upon this city ?

yet ye bring more wrath upon Israel 19 by profaning the sabbath. And it

came to pass that, when the gates of Jerusalem began to be dark before the sabbath, I commanded that the Idoors! should be shut, and Icommanded that they should not be opened till after the sabbath: and some of my servants set I loveri the

gates, that there should no burden be 20 brought in on the sabbath day. So

the merchants and sellers of all kind

of ware lodged without Jerusalem 21 once

twice. "Then I testified against them, and said unto them, Why lodge ye :about the wall? if ye

do so again, I will lay hands on you.

From that time forth came they no 22 more on the sabbath. And I com

manded the Levites that they should 'purify themselves, and that they should come and keep the gates, to sanctify the sabbath day. Remember luntome, O my God, this also, and spare me according to the greatness

of thy mercy 23 In those days also saw I the! Jews

that had married women' of Ashdod, 24 of Ammon, and of Moab: "and their

children spake half in the speech of Ashdod, and could not speak in the

Jews' language, but according to the 25 language of each people. And I

contended with them, and Scursed them, and smote certain of them, and plucked off their hair, and made them swear by God, saying, Ye shall not give your daughters unto their

sons, nor take their daughters 'fori 26 your sons, or for yourselves. "Did

not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? yet among many, nations was there no king like him, land he was beloved of his God, and God made him king over all Israel:

nevertheless even him did 'strange! 27 women cause to sin. Shall we then

hearken unto you to do all this great

evil, to 'trespass against our God in 28 marrying strange Iwomen!? "And

one of the sons of Joiada, the son of Eliashib the high priest, was son in

law to Sanballat the Horonite : there29 fore I chased him from me. Re

member them, O my God, because they have defiled the priesthood, and

the covenant of the priesthood, and (30 of the Levites. "Thus cleansed I

them from all strangers, and ap; pointed wards for the priests and

ifor the Levites, every one in his 31 'work'; "and for the wood offering,

at times appointed, and for the firstfruits. Remember me, O my God, for good.

or

1 Heb. kindnesses, 2 Or, lheaps of corni 3 Heb. before.

1 Heb. had made to dwell with them.
6 Or, reviled

& Heb. for the defilings of &c. ? Or, levery thing strangel

VERSION OF 1611.-12 (new); 13 office; 14 offices; 19 gates .. charged at; 22 cleanse . concerning; 23 wives; 25 unto; 26 who .. outlandish ; 27 transgress .. wives; 30 (the).. of.. business. = [17]

THE

BOOK OF ESTHER.

11 Now it came to pass in the days of

"Ahasuerus, (this is Ahasuerus which reigned, from India even unto Ethiopia, over an hundred and seven and ? twenty provinces :) °that in those days, when the king. Ahasuerus sat on the

throne of his kingdom, which was in 3 Shushan the palace, 'in the third year of his reign, he made a feast unto all his princes and his servants ; the power of Persia and Media, the nobles and princes of the provinces, 1 being before him: 'when he shewed the riches of his glorious kingdom and the honour of his excellent maj

esty many days, even an hundred and (5 fourscore days. "And when these

days were fulfilled', the king made a feast unto all the people that were present in Shushan the palace, both great and small, seven days, in the

court of the garden of the king's pal6) ace; "there were hangings 'ofi Swhite

'cloth, of! #green, and of blue, fastened with cords of fine linen and purple to silver rings and pillars of marble: the couches were of gold and silver, upon a pavement 5of red, and white, and yellow!, and black i marble. And they gave them drink

in vessels of gold, (the vessels being diverse one from another,) and royal wine in abundance, according to the felbounty of the king. °And the drinking was according to the law; none 'could' compel: for so the king had appointed to all the officers of his

house, that they should do according 9 to every man's pleasure. "Also Vashti

the queen made a feast for the women

in the royal house which belonged to 10 king Ahasuerus. °On the seventh

day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Me. human, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the seven 'chamberlains that ministered

in the presence of Ahasuerus the 11 king, oto bring Vashti the queen be

fore the king with the crown royal, to shew the 'peoplesand the princes her

beauty : for she was fair to look on. 12 °But the queen Vashti refused to come

at the king's commandment by 'thel chamberlains: therefore was the king

very wroth, and his anger burned in 13 him. Then the king said to the wise

men, which knew the times, (for so

was the king's manner Itoward! all (14 that knew law and judgement; °and

the next unto him was Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, and Memucan, the seven princes of Persia and Media, which

saw the king's face, and sat first in 15 the kingdom :) 'What shall we do

unto the queen Vashti according to law, because she hath not idonel the

'biddings of the king Ahasuerus by 16 the chamberlains ? And Memucan

answered before the king and the princes, Vashti the queen hath not done wrong to the king only, but also to all the princes, and to all the

'peoples' that are in all the provinces 17 of the king Ahasuerus. •For this

deed of the queen shall come abroad unto all women, 'to make their husbands icontemptiblel in their eyes, when it shall be reported, The king Ahasuerus commanded Vashti the

queen to be brought in before him, (18) but she came not. ° And! this day

shall the 'princesses! of Persia and Media which have heard of the deed of the queen say "the likel unto all

the king's princes. Sol shall there 19 arise 'much contempt and wrath. 'If

it please the king, let there go forth a royal commandment from him, and let it be written among the laws of the Persians and the Medes, 10that it be not altered, that Vashti come no more before king Ahasuerus; and let the

king give her royal estate llunto 20 another that is better than she. And

when the king's decree which he shall make shall be published throughout

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Or, I finel cloth, white and blue • Or, Icotton.

8 Or, of porphyry, and white marble,

and alabaster, and stone of blue

colour
6 Heb. hand.

? Or, eunuchs (and so in ver. 12, &c.) 8 Or, Itell it! Or, lenoughi 10 Heb. that it pass not away. 11 Heb. unto her companion.

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1611. - I. 5 expired. : (unto); 6 where . , beds .. blue; 7 state; 8 did; 10 served; 11 people; 12 his; 13 towards ; 14 (which)..

(the); 15 performed .. commandment; 16 people ; 17 so that they shall despise; 18 Likewise . . ladies. . Thus.. (too). = [25]

all his İkingdom', (for it is great,) all

the wives shall give to their husbands 21 honour, both to great and small. °And

the saying pleased the king and the

princes; and the king did according 22) to the word of Memucan: °for he

sent letters into all the king's provinces, into every, province according to the writing thereof, and to every people after their language, that every man should bear rule in his own house, and should "publish' it according to

the language of this people. 21 After these things, when the wrath

of king Ahasuerus was 'pacified', he remembered Vashti, and what she had

done, and what was decreed against 2 her. "Then said the king's servants

that ministered unto him, Let there

be fair young virgins sought for the 3 king : 'and let the king appoint officers

in all the provinces of his kingdom, that they may gather together all the fair young virgins unto Shushan the palace, to the house of the women, unto the custody of 1sIHegail the king's chamberlain, keeper of the women;

and let their things for purification be 4 given them : 'and let the maiden which

pleaseth the king be queen instead of Vashti. And the thing pleased the

king; and he did so. (5) There was a certain Jew in Shushan

the palace, whose name was Mordecai,

the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the 6 son of Kish, a Benjamite; "who had

been carried away from Jerusalem with the 'captivesi which had been carried away with ?Jeconiah king of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar the

king of Babylon had carried away. 7) °And he sbrought up Hadassah, that

is, Esther, his uncle's daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and the maidenl was fair and beautiful; land when her father and mother

were dead, Mordecai took 'herl for his 8 own daughter.

"So it came to pass, when the king's commandment and his decree was heard, and when many maidens were gathered together unto Shushan the palace, to the custody of Hegai, that Esther was taken into!

the king's house, to the custody of 9 Hegai, keeper of the women. ° And

the maiden pleased him, and she obtained kindness of him; and he speedily gave her her things for purification, with her 'portions, and the seven maidens, which were meet to be

given her, out of the king's house: and he fremoved her and her Imaids

ens tol the best place of the house of 10 the women. °Esther had not shewed

her people nor her kindred: for Mor

decai had charged her that she should 11 not shew it. And Mordecai walked

every day before the court of the women's house, to know how Esther

did, and what should become of her. 12) °Now when Ithel turn of every

Imaiden' was come to go in to king Ahasuerus, after that it had been Idone to her according to the law for the women, twelve months, (for so were the days of their purifications accomplished, to wit, six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with sweet odours, and with the things

for the purifying of the women,) 13 °then lin this wisel came Ithel maiden

unto the king, whatsoever she desired was given her to go with her out of

the house of the women unto the 14 king's house. 'In the evening she

went, and on the morrow she returned into the second house of the women, to the custody of Shaashgaz, the king's chamberlain, which kept the concubines : she came in unto the king no more, except the king delighted in

her, and that she were called by name. 15 °Now when the turn of Esther, the

daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to go in unto the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the king's chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed. And Esther obtained favour in the

sight of all them that looked upon 16 her. So Esther was taken unto king

Ahasuerus into his house royal in the tenth month, which is the month

Tebeth, in the seventh year of his * 17 reign. °And the king loved Esther

above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the

royal crown upon her head, and made 18 her queen instead of Vashti. 'Then

the king made a great feast unto all his princes and his servants, even Esther's feast; and he made a 'release to the provinces, and gave gifts, ac

cording to the bounty of the king. 19 °And when the virgins were gathered

together the second time, then Mor20 decai sat in the king's gate. Esther

had not yet shewed her kindred nor

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4 Heb. rest.

6 Heb, hand.

VERSION OF 1611.-20 empire ; 22 that.. be published . . every. - II. 1 appeased; 3 Hege ; 5 (Now); 6 captivity: 7 maid.. whom; 8 brought also unto ; 9 such things as belonged to .. preferred .. maids unto; 12 maid's .. she .. manner of .. other; 13 thus .. every; 18 state. = [30]

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her people; as Mordecai had charged her : for Esther did the commandment

of Mordecai, like as when she was 21 brought up with him. °In those days,

while Mordecai sat in the king's gate, two of the king's chamberlains, Bigthan and Teresh, of those which kept the 'door, were wroth, and sought to

lay 'hands on the king Ahasuerus. 22 °And the thing was known to Mor

decai, who ishewed it unto Esther

the queen; and Esther itoldi the king 3 thereof in Mordecai's name. "And

when inquisition was made of the matter, 'and' it was found Ito be sol, they were both hanged on a tree : and it was written in the book of the

chronicles before the king. 31 After these things did king Ahas

uerus promote Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes that were with him. 2 °And all the king's servants, that were

in the king's gate, bowed down', and 'did reverence toi Haman: for the king had so commanded concerning him. But Mordecai bowed not downl, 3 nor did him reverence. "Then the king's servants, 'that were in the king's gate, said unto Mordecai, Why

transgressest thou the king's comAmandment?°Now it came to pass, when they spake daily unto him, and he hearkened not unto them, that they told Haman, to see whether Mordecai's ?matters would stand: for he had told them that he was a Jew. 5 °And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not downl, nor did him reverence, then was Haman full of 6 wrath. Buti he thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone ; for they had shewed him the people of Mordecai: wherefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews that were throughout the whole kingdom of

Ahasuerus, even the people of Mor7 decai. 'In the first month, Iwhich is

the month Nisan, in the twelfth year of king Ahasuerus, they cast Pur, that is, the lot, before Haman from day to day, and from month to month, to the

twelfth month, 'which is the month 8 Adar. 'And Haman said unto king

Ahasuerus, There is a certain people scattered abroad and 3dispersed among the 'peoples in all the provinces of thy kingdom; and their laws

are diverse from those of every people; neither keep they the king's laws:

therefore it is not for the king's profit (9 to suffer them. 'If it please the king,

let it be written that they be destroyed: and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver linto the hands of those that have the charge of the king's' busi

ness, to bring it into the king's treas10 uries. °And the king took his ring

from his hand, and gave it unto

Haman the son of Hammedatha the 11 Agagite, the Jews' enemy. 'And the

king said unto Haman, The silver is given to thee, the people also, to do

with them as it seemeth good to thee. (12 °Then were the king's bscribes called

lin' the first month, on the thirteenth day Ithereofl, and there was written according to all that Haman commanded unto the king"s 'satraps!, and to the governors that were over every province, and to the 'princes of every people; Ito' every province according to the writing thereof, and to every people after their language; in the name of king Ahasuerus was it written,

and lit was sealed with the king's ring. (13 °And letters were sent by posts into

all the king's provinces, to destroy, to
Islay!, and to cause to perish, all Jews,
both
young

and old, little children and women, in one day, even upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month,

which is the month Adar, and to take 14 the spoil of them for a prey. °Al copy

of the writing, 6?that the decree shouldı be given 'out' in every province, was published unto all 'the peoples', that

they should be ready against that day. 15 °The posts went 'forth in hastel by the

king's commandment, and the décree was given 'out' in Shushan the palace : and the king and Haman sat down to drink; but the city lof! Shushan was

perplexed. 41 Nowl when Mordecai 'knew all

that was done, Mordecai rent his clothes, and put on sackcloth with ashes, and went out into the midst

of the city, and cried with a loud and 2 a bitter cry: °and 'hel came even

before the king's gate: for none might

enter 'within the king's gate clothed 3 with sackcloth. 'And in every prov

ince, whithersoever the king's commandment and his decree came, there was great mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and wailing;

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VERSION OF 1611.- 21 hand; 22 told .. certified ; 23 out; therefore. - III. 2 reverenced; 3 which ; 6 And; 7 that .. that; 8 people .. all; 9 (may).. to; 12 of .. (had). lieutenants ., rulers

of; 13 (the).. kill; 14 The .. for a commandment to .. people; 15 out, being hastened. IV. 1 perceived ; 2 into. =(32]

and 'many lay in sackcloth and ashes. 4)°1 Andi Esther's maidens! and her

chamberlains came and told it her; landthe queen was exceedingly grieved : and she sent raiment to clothe Mordecai, and to take his sack

cloth from Toffi him: but he received 5 it not. "Then called Esther for 'Ha

thach', one of the king's chamberlains, whom he had appointed to attend upon her, and 'charged' him 'to gol

to Mordecai, to know what Ithis' was, 6 and why it was. °So 'Hathach! went

forth to Mordecai unto the 'broad

place! of the city, which was before 7 the king's gate.

And Mordecai told him of all that had happened unto him, and the lexacti sum of the money that Haman had promised to pay to the king's treasuries for the Jews, to 8 destroy them. °Also he gave him the

copy of the writing of the decree that was given 'out in' Shushan to destroy them, to shew it unto Esther, and to declare it unto her; and to charge her that she should go in unto the king, to make supplication unto him, and to make request before him, for her 9 people. And 'Hathach came and

told Esther the words of Mordecai. 10 Theni Esther spake unto 'Hathach',

and gave him 'a messagel unto Mor11 decai, 'saying' : °All the king's serv

ants, and the people of the king's provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or woman, shall come unto the king into the inner court, who is not called, there is one law Ifor him, that he bel put to death, except such to whom the king shall hold out the golden sceptre, that he may live : but I have not been called

to come in unto the king these thirty 12 days. °And they told to Mordecai 13 Esther's words. "Then Mordecai

Ibade them return' answer untol
Esther, Think not with thyself that

thou shalt escape in the king's house, 14 more than all the Jews. °For if thou

altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall 'relief and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place, but thou and thy father's house shall 'perishl: and who knoweth whether thou art 'not! come to the

kingdom for such a time as this? 15)°Then Esther bade them return an16 swer kuntol Mordecai, Go, gather

together all the Jews that are present

in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast lin like manner!; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not accord

ing to the law: and if I perish, I perish. 17 °So Mordecai went his way, and did

according to all that Esther had

commanded him. 51 Now it came to pass on the third

day, that Esther put on her royal apparel, and stood in the inner court of the king's house, over against the king's house: and the king sat upon his royal throne in the royal house,

over against the lentrance of the 2 house. And it was so, when the king

saw Esther the queen standing in the court, that she obtained favour in his sight: and the king held out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand. So Esther drew near, and

touched the top of the sceptre. 3) °Then said the king unto her, What

wilt thou, queen Esther? and what is thy request? it shall be given thee

even to the half of the kingdom. 4 °And Esther 'said!, If it seem good

unto the king, let the king and Haman

come this day unto the banquet that 5 I have prepared for him. °Then the

king said, Cause Haman to make haste, that liti may 'be donel as Esther hath said. So the king and Haman

came to the banquet that Esther had 6 prepared. °And the king said unto

Esther at the banquet of wine, What is thy petition ? and it shall be granted thee: and what is thy request ? even

to the half of the kingdom it shall be 7 performed. "Then answered Esther,

and said, My petition and my request 8 is; 'if I have found favour in the

sight of the king, and if it please the king to grant my petition, and to perform my request, let the king and Haman come to the banquet that I shall prepare for them, and I will do

to-morrow as the king hath said. 9 °Then went Haman forth that day joy

ful and glad 'of' heart: but when Haman saw Mordecai in the king's gate, that he stood not up nor #moved for

him, he was 'filled with wrath' against 10 Mordecai. Nevertheless Haman re

frained himself, and lwent home ;

land' he sent and 'fetched' his friends 11 and Zeresh his wife. °And Haman

"recounted unto them the glory of

1 Heb. sackcloth and ashes were spread under many.

? Or, Itrembled beforel him

VERSION OF 1611.-4 So .. maids .. Then .. away ; 5 Hatach gave . .. a commandment .. it; 8 Hatach street ; 7 of; 8 at; 9 Hatach; 10 Again . . Hatach . . commandment; 1l of his to .. him; 13 commanded to; 14 there enlargement be destroyed ; 15 this; 16 likewise.

V. 1 gate; 4 answered ; 5 he ..do; 9 with a .. full of indignation; 10 when he came.. called for; 11 told.. of. =(45)

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