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his riches, and the multitude of his children, and all the things wherein the king had promoted him, and how he had advanced him above the

princes and servants of the_king. 12) °Haman said moreover, Yea, Esther

the queen did let no man come in with the king unto the banquet that she had prepared but myself; and to

morrow also am I invited "byl her 13 together with the king. Yet all this

availeth me nothing, so long as I see

Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king's 14 gate. °Then said Zeresh his wife and

all his friends unto him, Let a 'gallows be made of fifty cubits high, and lin the morning! speak thou unto the king that Mordecai may be hanged thereon: then go thou in merrily with the king unto the banquet. And the thing pleased Haman ; and he caused

the gallows to be made. 61 On that night {could not the king

sleep; and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles,

and they were read before the king. 2 °And it was found written, that Mor

decai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king's chamberlains, tof those that kept the door, who 'had!

sought to lay 'hands' on the king 3 Ahasuerus. "And the king said, What

honour and dignity hath been done to Mordecai for this ? Then said the king's servants that ministered unto

bim, There is nothing done for him. 1 °And the king said, who is in the

court? Now Haman was come into the outward court of the king's house, to speak unto the king to hang Mordecai on the gallows that had s prepared for him. And the king's servants said unto him, Behold, Ha

man standeth in the court. And the 6 king said, Let him come in. 'So Ha

man came in. And the king said unto him, What shall be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour? Now Haman 'saidi in his heart, To whom would the king delight to

do honour more than to myself ? 1 °And Haman isaid unto the king,

For the man whom the king delight(8) eth to honour, olet royal apparel be

brought which the king useth to wear, and the horse that the king rideth

upon, and lon' the head loft which lat 9 crown royal is set : °and let ithel ap

parel and the horse be delivered to

the hand of one of the king's most noble princes, that they, may array the man withal whom the king delighteth to honour, and Icause him Ito ridel on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaim before him, Thus shall it be done to the man

whom the king delighteth to honour. 10 °Then the king said to Haman, Make

haste, and take the apparel and the horse, as thou hast said, and do even so to Mordecai the Jew, that sitteth

at the king's gate : let nothing fail of 11 all that thou hast spoken. "Then

took Haman the apparel and the horse, and arrayed Mordecai, and 'caused' him ito ridel through the street of the city, and proclaimed before him, Thus shall be done

unto the man whom the king delight12 eth to honour. 'And Mordecai came

again to the king's gate. But Haman

hasted to his house, mourning and 13) having his head covered. 'And Ha

man 'recounted untol Zeresh his wife and all his friends every thing that had befallen him. Then said his wise men and Zeresh his wife unto him, If Mordecai, before whom thou hast begun to fall, be of the seed of the Jews, thou shalt not prevail against him,

but shalt surely fall before him. (14 °While they were yet talking with

him, came the king's chamberlains, and hasted to bring Haman unto the

banquet that Esther had prepared. 71

So the king and Haman came 5to (2) banquet with Esther the queen. °And

the king said again unto Esther on the second day at the banquet of wine, What is thy petition, queen Esther? and it shall be granted thee : and what is thy request ? even to the

half of the kingdom it shall be per3 formed. "Then Esther the queen an

swered and said, If I have found favour in thy sight, o king, and if it please the king, let my life be given

me at my petition, and my people at 4 my request : 'for we are sold, I and

my, people, to be destroyed, to be sláin, and to perish. But if we had been sold for bondmen and bondwomen, I had held my 'peacel, balthough the 'adversary could not have

compensated for the king's damage. 5 °Then ispake the king Ahasuerus

1 Heb. tree, : Heb. the king's sleep fled from him. 3 Heb. threshold.

* Or, and the crown royal which is

set upon his head 5 Heb. to drink.

and said unto Esther the queen, Who is he, and where is he, that durst

6 Or, Ifor our affliction is not to

be compared withi the king's damage

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6 presume in his heart to do so ? And

Esther said, 'An adversary and lan! enemy, leven' this wicked Haman.

Then Haman was afraid before the 7) king and the queen. °And the king

larosel in his wrath from the banquet of wine fandl went into the palace garden: and Haman stood up to make request for his life to Esther the queen; for he saw that there was

evil determined against him by the 8 king. Then the king returned out

of the palace garden into the place of the banquet of wine ; and Haman was fallen upon the Icouch' whereon Esther was. Then said the king, Will he leven' force the

queen before me in the house? As the word went

out of the king's mouth, they covered 9) Haman's face." Then said Harbonah,

one of the chamberlains that were! before the king, Behold also, the Igallows fifty cubits high, which Haman Thath' made for Mordecai, who ispakel good for the king, standeth in the

house of Haman. And the king said, 10 Hang him thereon. °So they hanged

Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai.

Then was the king's wrath pacified. 81 On that day did the king Ahasuerus

give the house of Haman the Jews' enemy unto Esther the queen. And Mordecai came before the king; for

Esther had told what he was unto 2 her. °And the king took off his ring,

which he had taken from Haman, and gave it unto Mordecai. And Esther

set Mordecai over the house of Ha3 man. °And Esther spake yet again

before the king, and fell down at his feet, and besought him with tears to put away the mischief of Haman the

Agagite, and his device that he had 4) devised against the Jews. "Then the

king held out 'to! Esther the golden

sceptre. So Esther arose, and stood 5 before the king. And she said, If

it please the king, and if I have found favour in his sight, and the thing seem right before the king, and I be pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to reverse the letters devised by Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he wrote to destroy

the Jews which are in all the king's 6 provinces : °for how can I endure to

see the evil that shall come unto my people ? or how can I endure to

see the destruction of my kindred ? 7 °Then the king Ahasuerus said unto

Esther the queen and to Mordecai the Jew, Behold, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and him they have hanged upon the gallows, be

cause he laid his hand upon the Jews. * 8 °Write ye also 21tol the Jews, as it

liketh you, in the king's name, and seal it with the king's ring : for the writing which is written in the king's

name, and sealed with the king's ring, 9 may no man reverse. "Then were the

king's scribes called at that time, in the third month, Iwhich is the month Sivan, on the three and twentieth day thereof; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded unto the Jews, and to the Isatraps', and the 'governors' and 'princesi of the provinces which are from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto every province according to the writing thereof, and unto every people after their language, and to the Jews accord

ing to their writing, and according 10) to their language. And he wrote

in the name of king Ahasuerus', and sealed it with the king's ring, and sent letters by posts on horseback, 'riding' on 3iswift steeds that

were used in the king's service, bred 11 of the stud! : owherein the king

granted the Jews which were in every city to gather themselves together, and to stand for their life, to destroy, to slay, and to cause to perish, all the power of the people and province that would assault them, 'theirt little ones

and women, and to take the spoil of 12 them for a prey, oupon one day in

all the provinces of king Ahasuerus, namely, upon the thirteenth day of

the twelfth month, which is the month 13 Adar. Al copy of the writing, 4that the decree should be given 'out' in every province, was published unto all the peoples', and that the Jews should be ready against that day to

avenge themselves on their enemies. 14 °So the posts that rode upon Iswift

steeds that were used in the king's service! went out, being hastened and pressed on by the king's command

ment; and the decree was given tout 15 in' Shushan the palace. "And Mor

decai went 'forthi from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue

1 Heb. tree. ? Or, Iconcerningi

3 Or, swift steeds, mules, and young

dromedaries

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and purple : and the city of Shushan 13 "Then said Esther, If it please the 16 Ishouted and was glad. "The Jews king, let it be granted to the Jews

had light and gladness, and joy and which are in Shushan to do to-morrow 17) honour. °And in every province, and also according unto this day's decree,

in every city, whithersoever the king's and let Haman's ten sons be hanged commandment and his decree came, 14 upon the gallows. And the king the Jews had gladness and joy, a commanded it so to be done: and 'al defeast and a good day. And many cree was given 'out in! Shushan ; and 'from among the 'peoples of the land 15 they hanged Haman's ten sons. "And! became Jews; for the fear of the Jews the Jews that were in Shushan gathered Iwas fallen' upon them.

themselves together on the fourteenth 91 Now in the twelfth month, 'which! day also of the month Adar, and slew

is the month Adar, on the thirteenth three hundred men lin! Shushan; but day of the same, when the king's com- on the 'spoill they laid not their hand. mandment and his decree drew near 16) ° And the other Jews that were in to be put in execution, in the day that the king's provinces gathered themthe enemies of the Jews hoped to selves together, and stood for their have 'rulel over them; Iwhereasi it lives, and had rest from their enemies, was turned to the contrary, that the and slew of them that hated them! Jews had rule over them that hated

seventy and five thousand; but on 2 them; "the Jews gathered themselves the 'spoill they laid not their "handl. together in their cities throughout all 17This was donel on the thirteenth the provinces of the king Ahasuerus, day of the month Adar; and on the to lay hand on such as sought their fourteenth day of the same they rested, hurt : and no man could withstand and made it a day of feasting and them; for the fear of them iwas fallen! 18 gladness. °But the Jews that were 3 upon all the peoples'. 'And all the lin! Shushan assembled together on

'princesl of the provinces, and the the thirteenth day thereof, and on the Isatraps!, and the 'governors!, and fourteenth thereof; and on the fifthey that did the 'king's business!, teenth day of the same they rested, helped the Jews; because the fear and made it a day of feasting and of Mordecai iwas fallen' upon them. 19 gladness. °Therefore 'do! the Jews 1 °For Mordecai was great in the king's of the villages, that Idwell' in the un

house, and his fame went forthi walled towns, 'make the fourteenth throughout all the provinces : for the day of the month Adar a day of

man Mordecai waxed greater and gladness and feasting, and a good 5 greater. Andi the Jews smote all day, and of sending portions one to their enemies with the stroke of the another. sword, and 'with' slaughter and de- 20 And Mordecai wrote these things, struction, and did what they would and sent letters unto all the Jews 6 unto Ithem that hated them. And that were in all the provinces of the

in Shushan the palace the Jews slew king Ahasuerus, both nigh and far, and destroyed five hundred men. 21 °to lenjoin! them that they should 1 °And Parshandatha, and Dalphon, and keep the fourteenth day of the month $ Aspatha, "and Poratha, and Adalia, Adar, and the fifteenth day of the 9 and Aridatha, 'and Parmashta, and 22 same, yearly, 'as the days wherein the

Arisai, and Aridai, and Vaizathal, Jews ihad resti from their enemies, 10) othe ten sons of Haman the son of and the month which was turned unto

Hammedatha, the Jews' enemy, slew them from sorrow to 'gladness', and

they; but on the spoil they laid not from mourning into a good day : that 11 their hand. On that day the number they should make them days of feast

of those that were slain in Shushan ing and Igladness!, and of sending

the palace was brought before the portions one to another, and gifts to 12 king. 'And the king said unto Esther 23 the poor. And the Jews undertook

the queen, The Jews have slain and to do as they had begun, and as Mordestroyed five hundred men in Shu- 24 decai had written unto them ; obecause shan the palace, and the ten sons of Haman the son of Hammedatha, the Haman; what Ithen' have they done Agagite, the enemy of all the Jews, in the rest of the king's provinces ! had devised against the Jews to de

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came before the king, he commanded by letters that his wicked device, which he 'had! devised against the Jews, should return upon his own head; and that he and his sons

should be hanged on the gallows. 26 °Wherefore they called these days

Purim, after the name of Pur. Therefore because of all the words of this letter, and of that which they had

seen concerning this matter, and that! 27 which had come unto them, "the Jews

ordained, and took upon them, and upon their seed, and upon all such as joined themselves unto them, so as it should not fail, that they would keep these two days according to Ithel writing 'thereofl, and according to 'thel

appointed time thereofl, every year; 28 'and that these days should be re

membered and kept throughout every generation, every family, every province, and every city; and that these days of Purim should not fail from

among the Jews, nor the memorial of 29 them perish from their seed. Then

Esther the queen, the daughter of
Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew, wrote

with all ?authority to confirm this (30 second letter of Purim. And he sent

letters unto all the Jews, to the hundred twenty and seven provinces of

the kingdom of Ahasuerus, with words 31) of peace and truth, °to confirm these

days of Purim in their appointed times, according as Mordecai the Jew and Esther the queen had enjoined them, and as they had lordained for themselves and for their seed, Blin! the imatter of the fastings and their

"And the commandment of Esther confirmed these matters of Purim ; and it was written in the

book. 101 And the king Ahasuerus laid a

tribute upon the land, and upon the 2 isles of the sea. °And all the acts of his power and of his might, and the 'full account of the greatness of Mordecai, whereunto the king advanced him, are they not written in the book

of the chronicles of the kings of 3 Media and Persia ? For Mordecai

the Jew was next unto king Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews, and accepted of the multitude of his brethren; seeking the 'good' of his people, and speaking peace to all his seed.

THE

BOOK OF JOB.

1*1 THERE was a man in the land of

Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one

that feared God, and eschewed evil. 2 °And there were born unto him seven 3 sons and three daughters. His 6sub

stance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred shé-asses, and a very great household ; so that this man was the greatest of all the Ichildren' of the 4 east. And his sons went and Theld

a feasti in the house of each one lupon his day; and they' sent and

called for their three sisters to eat and 5 to drink with them. And it was so,

when the days of their feasting were

gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all : for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and flrenouncedi God in their hearts. Thus did Job

continually. * 6 Now there was a day when the sons

of God came to present themselves

before the LORD, and 7Satan came 7 also among them. And the LORD

said unto Satan, Whence comest thou ? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and

fro in the earth, and from walking up * 8 and down in it. And the LORD said

unto Satan, Hast thou considered my

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servant Job? Ilfort there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, 9 and escheweth evil. "Then Satan an

swered the LORD, and said, Doth Job 10 fear God for nought ? 'Hast not thou

made land hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath, on every side? thou hast blessed the

work of his hands, and his 'substance | 11 is increased in the land. °But put

forth thine hand now, and touch all

that he hath, and he will 'renounce! 12 thee to thy face. And the LORD

said unto Satan, Behold, all that he
hath is in thy spower; only upon him-
self put not forth thine hand.
Satan went forth from the presence

of the LORD.
13 And lit fell on' a day when his sons

and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's 14 house, that there came a messenger

unto Job, and said, The oxen were

plowing, and the asses feeding beside 15 them: and the Sabeans fell upon

them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the 5servants with the edge

of the sword; and I only am escaped 16 alone to tell thee. "While he was yet

speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath 'burned up the sheep, and the bservants, and con

sumed them; and I only am escaped (17 alone to tell thee. While he was yet

speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have taken' them away, yea, and slain the bservants with the edge of the

sword; and I only am escaped alone 18 to tell thee. "While he was yet speak

ing, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eat

ing and drinking wine in their eldest 19 brother's house: 'and, behold, there

came a great wind 7from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young

men, and they are dead; and I only * 29 am escaped alone to tell thee. "Then

Job arose, and rent his mantle, and

shaved his head, and fell down upon 21 the ground, and worshipped ; and

Thel said, Naked came I out of my

mother's womb, and naked shall I re1 turn thither : the LORD gave, and the

LORD hath taken away; blessed be

* 22 the name of the LORD. 'In all this

Job sinned not, nor charged God 'with

foolishnessi. 2*1 Again there was a day when the

sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan

came also among them to present 2 himself before the LORD. And the

LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou ? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to

and fro in the earth, and from walk* 3) ing up and down in it. And the

LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job ? 11for there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil: and he still holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against

him, sto destroy him without cause. 4 °And Satan answered the LORD, and

said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man 5 hath will he give for his life. °But

put forth thine hand now, and touch

his bone and his flesh, and he will 6 'renouncel thee to thy face. °And

the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he

is in thine hand; slonly! Isparel his 7) life. 'So Satan went forth from the

presence of the Lord, and smote Job

with sore boils from the sole of his (8 foot unto his crown. °And he took

him a potsherd to scrape himself

withal; and he sat among the ashes. 9 °Then said his wife unto him, Dost

thou still 'hold fast! thine integrity ? 10 Trenounce! God, and die. °But he

said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the 'foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil ? In all this did not Job sin with

his lips. (11 Now when Job's three friends heard

of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite : land! they made an

appointment together to come to "be12 moan' him and to comfort him. °And

when they 'lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his mantle, and sprinkled

dust upon their heads toward heaven. 13 °So they sat down with him upon the

ground seven days and seven nights,

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1 Or, that * Heb. Sheba.

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