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NEHEMIAH, 13.

dedication of the wall. Before thanks, , according to the commandment Malchijah, and Elam, and Ezer. And the CHRIST of David the man of God, Award over singers † sang loud, with Jezrahiah their

CHRIST cir, 536, against ward.

overseer. 91 Chr 23,

25 Mattaniah, and Bakbukiah, Obadiah, 43 Also that day they offered great sacri* 25, & 26. Meshullam, Talmon, Akkub, were porters fices, and rejoiced : for God had made

Ezra 3. 11. keeping the ward at the si thresholds of them rejoice with great joy : the wives
1 Or, trea-
the gates.

also and the children rejoiced: so that the 26 These were in the days of Joiakim joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off. assemblice.

the son of Jeshua, the son of Jozadak, 44 And at that time were some ap-120HS ich. 8. 9.

21.12. and in the days of Nehemiah the gover: pointed over the 20 chambers for the trea. k Ezra 7. 6,

ch 13.5.1 nor, and of Ezra the priest, *the 6scribe. sures, for 20 the offerings, for the first11. 445.

27 And at the dedication of the wall fruits, and for the tithes, to gather into I Deut. 20. 5.

of Jerusalem they sought the Levites out them 21 out of 21 the fields of the cities Ps. 30, title: of all their places, to bring them to Je- the portions | of the law for the priests 1 The

rusalem, to keep the dedication with glad. and Levites : +for Judah rejoiced for the m 1 Chr. 25. ness, on both with thanksgivings, and with priests and for the Levites † that waited.

singing, with cymbals, psalteries, and with 45 32 And both the singers and the por. 2 Chr. 5.13.

harps. & 7. 6.

ters kept the ward of their God, and the 28 And the sons of the singers gather. ward of the purification 3, 9 according to

+ Ech
ed themselves together, both out of the the commandment of David, and of som
7 plain country 7 round about Jerusalem, lomon his son.
and from the villages of Netophathi; 46 For in the days of David BA and Asaph

29 Also from the house of Gilgal 8, and of old there were chief ß of the singers,
out of the fields of Geba and Azmaveth: and songs of praise and thanksgiving
for the singers had builded them vil unto God.
lages round abont Jerusalem.

47 And all Israel in the days of Zerub-
30. And the priests and the Levites puri. babel, and in the days of Nehemiah, gare
fied themselves, and purified the people, the portions of the singers and the por-

91,
and the gates, and the wall.
ters, every day his portion : . and they

I TO
81 Then I brought up the princes of sanctified holy things unto the Levites;
Judah upon the wall, and appointed two k and the Levites sanctified them unto the
great companies of them that gave thanks 9, children of Aaron.
tchereo, *one went on the right hand up-

CHAPTER 13. on the wall toward the dung gate : och. 2. 13.

39 And after them went Hoshaiah, and i Upon the reading of the law separation is made & 3. 13.

from the mixed multitude. Nekemirth at his half of the princes of Judah,

return caluseth the chambers to be cleansed 10
33 And Azariah, Ezra, and Meshullam, He reforin.th the offices in the house of God.

34 Judah, and Benjamin, and Shemaiah, 15 The riolation of the sabbath, 33 and the mar
and Jeremiah,

riages with strange wives. p Num. 10.

e Deet. A. 2, 8.

11.12 trumpets ;

Zechariah the son of Moses taudience of peoof Jonathan, the son of Shemaiah, the ple; and therein was found written, that son of Mattaniah, the son of Michaiah, the Ammonite and the Moabite should the son of Zaccur, the son of Asaph : not come into the congregation of God 36 And his brethren, Shemaiah, and Aza- for ever ;

+ Heb. rael, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethaneel, 2 Because they met not the children of 91 Chr. 23. and' Judah, Hanani, with a the musical Israel with bread and with water, but 5.

instruments of David the man of God, hired Balaam against them, that he
and Ezra the scribe before them.

should curse them : d how beit our God rch. 2, 14. 37 ' And l at the fountain gate, which turned the curse into a blessing.

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was over against them ", they went up 3 Now it came to pass, when they had 8 ch. 3. 15. by the stairs of the city of David, 12 at heard the law, that they separated from

Xem the going up of 12 the wall, 13 above 4 the Israel all the '1 mixed multitude. tch. 3. 26. house of David ", even unto the water 4 | And before this, Eliashib the priest, Deut. 25 &B. 1,3, 16. gate eastward.

t having the oversight of the B chamber * See ver 31. 38 And the other company of them that of the house of our God, was allied unto avea thanks 15 went over against them. Tobiah :

+ Kelines the of 5 And he had prepared for him a great people 16 upon the wall, 17 from beyond 17 chamber, I where aforetime they laid the z ch. 3. 11. I the tower of the furnaces even unto meat offerings, the frankincense, and the 1ch. 11. ych. 3. S. y the broad wall;

vessels, and the tithes of the corn, the new . 2 Kings 14. 39 And 17 from above 17 the gate of Eph- wine, and the oil, B+ 9 which was com: 13. raim, and 17 above a the 18 old gate 18,

and manded to be given to ß the Levites, and ch. 8. 16.

above 6 the fish gate, and the tower of the singers, and the porters; and the ach. 3. 6.

Hananeel, and the tower of Meah, eren offerings of the priests. bch. 3.3. unto the sheep gate : and they stood

6 But in all this time was not I at Je. ech. 3. 1. still in the prison gate.

rusalem : A for in the two and thirtieth 14 dch. 3. 32.

40 So stood the two companies of them year of Artaxerxes king of Babylon came cir. 54 « Jer. 32.9. that gave thanks in the house of God, I unto the king, and 27 after certain days

+ Heba and I, and the half of the 19 rulers with 1 obtained I s leave of the king; me:

7 And I came to Jerusalem, and * under- es 41 And the priests; Eliakim, Maaseinh, stood of the evil that Eliashib did for 1 Or. I Miniamin, Michaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah, Tobiah, in preparing him a chamber in and Hananiah, with trumpets; the courts of the house of God.

i ver. 1.5 42 And Maaseiah, and Shemaiah, and 8 And it grieved me sore: therefore I Eleazar, and Uzzi,' and Jehohanan, and

VAR. REND. — 20 V. 44. store-rooms for. - Use VAR. REND.-5 V, 25. storehouses. 6V. 26. i.e. cording to. - 22 V. 45. And they kept the charge man of (sacred) letters. iv. 28. circle (ch. 3. 22). (lit, watch) of their God, and the charge of, de

8 V. 29. Beth-Gilgal. 9V. 31. Insert, and pro- and the singers and the doorkeepers (did their cessions. 10 V. 35. also. - il v. 37. (their course office). Cap. 13. IV. 3. Or, foreign, TA. was) unto the fountain-gate, and (going straight ? V. 6. Or, for (a period of), Hi.; lit. unto (cr, forward. 12 on the ascent of. 13 (and passed) the end of. — 3 i.e. leave of absence. —*7.1 over, Be.; or, past, ke. 14 i.e. a public place so observed. called, Beii.or; a royal palace, Kono: 38, which VAR. READ.-V. 46. B So Heb. points. Asaph

18 and which I and 'the half of the peo- of old chief, Heb. tert (consonants, partly, Sep ple followed, (went). 17 Vx. 38, 39. over, Be.; or, Be. ke- Chap. 13. V. 4. B chambers, Ee. Be. Her past, Ke. 18 V. 39. gate of the old (city), Th. Be. V. 5. B the portions of, Luz, Gei. (1.) Ke. - 19 V. 40. deputies.

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ESTHER, 1.

various abuses, Before cast forth all the household stuff of To the sabbath : a and some of my servants

Before CHRIST biah out of the chamber. set I at the gates, that there should no

CHRIST cir. 34.

cir. 34 9 Then I commanded, and they k cleans- hurden be brought in on the sabbath day, * Chr. 29. ed the chambers: and thither brought I 20 So the merchants and sellers of all

a Jer. 17.21, 4, 15, 16, 13. again the vessels of the house of God, kind of ware lodged without Jerusalem

with the meat offering and the frankin once or twice.
cense.

21 Then I " testified against II them, and
10 9 And I perceived that the portions said unto them, Why lodge ye tabout the Heb.
of the Levites had not been given them: wall ? if ye do 80 again, I will lay hands before the
for the Levites and the singers, that did on yon. From that time forth came they
the work, were fled every one to his no more on the sabbath.
field.

29 And I commanded the Levites that #ver 17. 25. 11 Then * contended I with the 5 rulers, they should cleanse themselves, and that 6 ch. 12.30, P9. 28. 4. and said, “Why is the house of God for they should come and keep the gates, to ch. 10. 33. saken? And I gathered them together, sanctify the sabbath day. • Remember c ver. 14, 31. and set them in their place.

me, my God, concerning this also, and 12 ? Then bronght all Judah the tithe of spare me according to the ll greatness of 10r, Feh.. 38 the corn and the new wine and the oil thy mercy,

mullitude, unto the treasuries.

23 | In those days also saw I 12 Jews cir. 431 13 4 And I made 7 treasurers over 7 the that † il had married wives of Ashdod, of 1 Heb. had

made to treasuries, Shelemiah the priest, and Ammon, and of Moab : 92 Chr. SI. Zadok the scribe, and of the Levites, 21 And 13 their children spake half 13 in

them. Pedaiah: and t next to them was Hanan the speech of Ashdod, 14 and 1 could not c. 12. 44.

the son of Zaccur, the son of Matta- speak in the Jews' language, but accord- + Heb. They niah: for they were counted 'faithful, and ing to the language of each people. ducerned

their office tas to distribute unto their 25 And I contended with them, and not to speek. 1 Cor. 4. 2. brethren. i cursed them, and smote certain of them, Heb. of

people and Heb.it 14 . Remember me, O my God, concern. and plucked off their hair, and 15 made

peeple, ing this, and wipe not out my $ + good them I swear 15 by God, saying, Ye shall

deeds that I have done for the house of not give your daughters unto their sons, Prov. 28. 1. • ver. 22, 31. my God, and for the 9 | offices thereof. nor take their daughters unto your sons, Or, reoiled ch. 5. 19. 15 G In those days saw I in Judah some or for yourselves.

thoma t Heb. treading wine presses on the sabbath, 26 9 Did not Solomon king of Israel sin / Ezra 10. 5.

ch. 10. 20, and bringing in 'sheaves, and lading asses; by these things ? yet among many na 10 fact

as also wine, grapes, and figs, and all tions was there no king like him, i who 12. 20. 10.

manner of burdens, " which they brought was beloved of his God, and God made 2 Kings 11. ech. 10. 31. into Jerusalem on the sabbath day: and him king over all Israel: k nevertheless ni Kings . Jr. 17. 21,

I testified against them in the day wherein even him did outlandish women cause to
they sold victuals.
sin.

2 Chr. 1.12.
16 There dwelt men of Tyre also there 27 16 Shall we then hearken unto you 16 to
in, which brongbt fish, and all manner of do all this great evil, to 'transgress against

k 1 Kings 11. ware, and sold on the sabbath unto the our God in marrying strange wives? children of Judah, and in Jerusalem. 29 And one of the song of Joiada, the 1 Ezra 10. 2.

4. &c. • Ter. 11, 17 * Then I contended with the nobles son of Eliashib the high priest, was son

ch. 12. 10, of Judah, and said unto them, What evil in law to Sanballat the Horonite : therething is this that ye do, and profane the fore I chased him from me. sabbath day?

29 » Remember them, O my God, be * ch. 6. 14. Jer. 17. 21, 18 Did not your fathers thus, and did cause they have defiled the priesthood,

for the not our God bring all this evil upon us, and the covenant of the priesthood, and

defilingi. and upon this city? yet ye bring more of the Levites.

o Mal, 2. 4, wrath upon Israel by profaning the sab 30 p Thus cleansed I them from all stran.

11, 12 bath.

gers, and appointed the 17 wards of the pch, 10.30. 19 And it came to pass, that when the priests and the Levites, every one in his 4 ch. 12. 1, •LE, 23.32 gates of Jerusalem 10: began to be dark 10 business ;

before the sabbath, I commanded that 31 And for 'the wood offering, at times rch, 10. 34. the gates should be shut, and charged appointed, and for the firstfruits. • Re I ver. 14, 22. that they should not be opened till after member me, O my God, for good.

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THE BOOK OF ESTHER.

Pefore

Before CHAPTER 1.

his servants; the power of Persia and CHRIST

CHRIST cir, 1 Ahasuerus maketh royal feasts. 10 Vashti, sene Media, the nobles and princes of the pro

cir. 519. for, refused to come. 13 Ahasuerus, by the coun. vinces, being before him : set of Merzucan, maketh the decree of men's 4 When he shewed the riches of his bereignty.

glorious kingdom and the honour of his NO Daa. 9. 1.

Ow it came to pass in the days of excellent majesty many days, even an hun.

. Ahasuerns. (this is Ahasuerus which dred and fourscore days.

reigned, froin India even unto Ethiopia, 5 And when these days were expired, Heb. e Dan. 6.1. #1 Kings 1.

corer an hundred and seven and twenty the king made a feast unto all the peo- Sound. provinces :)

ple that were present in Shushan the 10r, violet. Xes. 1. l.

9 See 2 That in those days, when the king palace, both unto great and small, seven

ch. 7. 8. Ahasuerus sat on the throne of his king days, in the court of the garden of the

Ezek. 23.11. Ba Vì, . dom, which was in Shushan the palace, king's palace ;

Amnog 2.8. 3 In the third year of his reign, he 6 Where were white, green, and ! blue, * 6. 4. Mark 6. 2]. I made a feast unto all his princes and hangings, fastened with cords of fine 2 Or, o por

linen and purple to silver rings and pil. phyre, and

marble, and VAR. REND. -5v. depnties.-- V8. 12, 13. store- lars of marble: 9 the 5 beds were of gold alabaster, houses.

7 v. 18. keepers of. -8 V. 14. pious. and silver, upon a pavement of red, and done of yardig (or, watchea). - 10 v. 19. Or, had their and blue, and white, and black, marble. blue colour bella ruing. lit. tinkled, . -liv. 21. protested 19.-12 V. 23. the Jews. 13 V. 24. of their VAR. REND. V. 3. forces (ch. 8. 11). —-.V. 6. children hall spake. 14 since they. ---- 15 V. 25. ad. (hangings of) white, (variegated :) cotton, and blue. jured them. -16V, 27. Or, And is it not unheard red. --- cylinders. 5 couches. -- Galabaster (?),

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ESTHER, 2.

A new queen to be chosen. Before 7 And they gave them drink in vessels of

Belor CHRIST

CHAPTER 2.

CHEIDI gold, (the vessels being diverse one from cir. 519, another.) and t royal wine in abundance, 1 out of the choice of virgins a queen is to be

chosen. 5 Vordecai ihe nursing father of Esther. t Heb. + according to the state of the king.

8 Esther is preferred by Hegai before the rest. trine of the 8 And the drinking was according to 12 The manner of purification, and going in to Aingdom. the law; none did compel: for 80 the the king. 15 Esther best pleasing the king 68 † Heb.

king had appointed to all the officers of made gileen. 21 Jordecai discovering a treson according to

is recorded in the chronicles,
the hand of his house, that they should do according
the king.

to every man's pleasure.
9. Also Vashti the queen made a feast AFTER these things, when the wrath

of king Ahasuerus was appeased, he
for the women in the royal house which remembered Vashti, and what she had
belonged to king Ahasuerus.

done, and what was decreed against her. ch. 2. ad, A 2 Sam. 13 10 f On the seventh day, when the 2 Then said the king's servants that

heart of the king was merry with wine, he ministered unto him, Let there be fair ich. 7.9. commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, young virgins sought for the king :

Bigtha, and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, 3 And let the king appoint officers in 1 Or. the seven ? | chamberlains that served in all the provinces of his kingdom, that

the presence of Ahasuerus the king, they may gather together all the fair

11 To bring Vashti the queen before the young virgins unto Shushan the palace,
king with the crown royal, to shew the to the house of the women, tunto the + Heb unte

people and the princes her beauty: for custody of | Hege the king's chamber. Heb.good she reas tfair to look on.

lain, keeper of the women; and let their 10r, Beja, of counte.

12 But the queen Vashti refused to come 2 things for purification? be given them:

at the king's commandment t by his cham- 4 And let the maiden which pleaseth the Heb. which

berlains: therefore was by the

the king very king be quoen instead of Vashti. And the hand of his wroth, and his anger burned in him. thing pleased the king; and he did so.

13 Then the king said to the kwise 5 Nor in Shushan the palace there k Jer. 10. 7. men, 'which knew the times, (for so was was a certain Jew, whose name was Mor. Dan. 2. 12. the king's & manner toward all that decai, the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, knew law and judgment :

the son of Kish, a Benjamite ; 11 Chr. 19. 14 And the next unto him was Carshena,

6. Who had been carried away from a Kaps M. Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Mar- Jerusalem with the captivity which had Ezra 7.14. sena, and Memucan, the seven princes been carried away with 1 Jeconiah king of * 2 Kings 25. of Persia and Media, which saw the Judah. whom Nebuchadnezzar the king 19.

Je. A king's face, and which sat the first in of Babylon had carried away. the kingdom :)

7 And he t brought up Hadassah, that + Heb.

15 What shall we do unto the queen is, Esther, chis uncle's daughter: for she What to do. Vashti according to law, because she hath had neither father nor mother, and the

not performed the commandment of the maid † fair and beautiful ; whom
king Ahasuerus by the chamberlains ? Mordecai, when her father and mother

Eps 64
16 And Memucan answered before the were dead, took for his own daughter.
king and the princes, Vashti the queen 8 [ So it came to pass, when the king's | Helsing
hath not done wrong to the king only, commandment and his decree was heard.
but also to all the princes, and to all and when many maidens were gathered
the people that are in all the provinces together unto Shushan the palace, to
of the king Ahasuerus.

the custody of Hegai, that Esther was a rete 17 For this deed of the queen shall come brought also unto the king's house, to the

abroad unto all women, so that they custody of Hegai, keeper of the women, . Eph. 5. 33. shall

despise their husbands in their 9 And the maiden pleased him, and she eyes, when it shall be reported , The obtained

kindness of him; and he speedily king Ahasuerus commanded Vashti the gave her her le things for purification leves, 11. queen to be brought in before him, but with tsuch things as belonged to her, Heh her she came not.

and seven maidens, which were meet to 18 Likevise shall the ladies of Persia and be given her, out of the king's house : + Heb. If Media 10 say this day unto all the king's and the preferred her and her maids begud szita princes, which have heard of the deed of unto the best place of the house of the the king

the queen 10. Thus shall there arise too 1 Heb. from much contempt and wrath,

10 / Esther had not shewed her people / rece before Ain. | Heb. tha!

19 If it please the king, let there go a por her kindred : for Mordecai had charged il pass net royal commandment + from him, and let her that she should not shew it.

it be written among the laws of the Per- 11 And Mordecai walked every day be

sians and the Medes, † that it be not fore the court of the women's house, tto Hed Dan. 6. 8, 12, 15.

altered. That Vashti come no more be- know how Esther did, and what should t Heb. fore king Ahasuerus; and let the king become of her.

give her royal estate punto another that 12 | Now when every maid's turn was companion. is better than she.

come to go in to king Ahasuerus, after p Eph. 5. 33.

20 And when the king's decree which he that she had been Stwelve months, acCol. 3. 19.

shall make shall be published through cording to the manner of the women, 1 Pet. 3. 1. + Heb. wa

out all his empire, (for it is great.) all (for so were the days of their purificagood in the

the wives shall give to their husbands tions accomplished, to weit, six months Cyrt of the honour, both to great and small.

with oil of myrrh, and six months with king.

21 And the saying + pleased the king and sweet odours, and with other things for Och 8.9.

the princes; and the king did according the purifying of the women ;) Eph. 5. 22, to the word of Memucan :

13 Then thus * came every maiden unto 1 Tim. 2.12.

22 For he sent letters into all the king's the king ; whatsoever she desired was Heb that

provinces, 9 into every province according given her to go with her ont of the house
to the writing thereof, and to every peo- of the women unto the king's house.
ple after their language, that every man

14 In the evening she went, and on the according

should bear rule in his own house, and morrow she returned into the second s to the Junge of his 11† that it should be published according house of the women, to the custody of people. to the language of every people II.

Shaashgaz, the king's chamberlain, which

kept the concubines: she came in unto VAR. REND. 7. 10. Lit. eunuchs; 80 always. the king no more, except the king deBV. 13. business (conducted before, Ke. Kamp. 9V. 17. to bring their husbands into contempt in VAR. REND.-Chap. 2. 1 Vs. 3,5. Or, fortress. their eyes, in that they shall say. 10 V. 18. which 2 V8. 3, 9, 12. i.e. ointments, -3 V. 19. treated for have heard of the queen's matter, tell (it) this twelve months according to. – V. 13. When at (very) day, &c. v. 22. Lit. be speaking according this time (or, in this guise).- Sv. 14. Or, a second to the tongue of his people. (Text probably corrupt.) | time into the, Be. Ke.

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ESTHER, 3, 4.

Haman is advanced. Before lighted in her, and that she were called Ahasuerus, they cast Pur, that is, the Before CHRIST by name.

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510. i5 ? Now when the turn of Esther, " the from month to month, to the twelfth cir. 515, daughter of Abihail the uncle of Morde- month, that is, the month Adar.

ch. 9. 24. ITE. 7.

cai, who had taken her for his daughter, 8 And Haman said unto king Ahasue-
was come to go in unto the king, she re rus, There is a certain people scattered
quired nothing but what Hegai the king's abroad and dispersed among the people
chamberlain, the keeper of the women, in all the provinces of thy kingdom; and
appointed. And Esther obtained favour " their laws are diverse from all people ; * Ezra 4. 13.
in the sight of all them that looked upon neither keep they the king's laws : there. Acts 16. 20.
her.

fore it is not t for the king's profit to 1 Heb. muret, 16 So Esther was taken unto king Aha suffer them.

or, cqual. saerns into his house royal in the tenth 9 If it please the king, let it be written month, which is the month Tebeth, in that they may be destroyed : and I will + Heb.so dothe seventh year of his reign.

† pay ten thousand talents of silver to stroy them. 17 And the king loved Esther above all the hands of those that have the charge lieb.

weigh. the women, and she obtained grace and of the business, to bring it into the 1 Or, 1 farour † in his sight more than all the king's treasuries.

virgins; so that he set the royal crown 10 And the king 'took his ring from Gen. 41. 42.

upon her head, and made her queen in his hand, and gave it into Haman the mch. 8. 2, 8. bejere bin. stead of Vashti.

of Hammedatha the Agagite, the 18 Then the king made a great feast Jews' | enemy.

1 Or, het 1.3. unto all his princes and his servants, even 11 And the king said unto Haman, The oppressor,

ch. 7. 6. 1 Heb. rat. Esther's feast; and he made a trelease 6 silver is given to thee, the people also, to

to the provinces, and gave gifts, accord- do with them as it seemeth good to thee.
ing to the state of the king.

12 * Then were the king's | scribes called ach. 8. 9. 19 And when the virgins were gathered on the thirteenth day of the first month, 1 Or,

secretaries together the second time, then Mordecai and there was written according to all i rer. 21. sat in the king's gate.

chat Haman had commanded unto the 20 * Esther had not yet shewed her kin. king's Plieutenants, and to the governors in ver. 19.

dred nor her people ; 23 Mordecai had that were over every province, and to the
charged her : for Esther did the com- rulers of every people 3 of every province
mandment of Mordecai, like as when she according to the writing thereof, and to och. 1. 22,
was brought up with him.

every people after their language ; pin
21 In those days, while Mordecai sat the name of king Ahasuerus was it writ. P. Kinga
in the king's gate, two of the king's ten, and sealed with the king's ring.

ch. 8., 10. I OI, chamberlains, 1 Bigthan and Teresh, of 13' And the letters were 4 sent by posts ach. 8. 10. Figthens, those which kept the door, were wroth, into all the king's provinces, to destroy,

and sought to lay hand on the king to kill, and to cause to perish, all Jews, Heb. the Ahasuerus.

both young and old, little children and 12 And the thing was known to Morde- women,' in one day, even upon the thir-ch. & 12, cai, * who told it unto Esther the queen; teenth day of the twelfth month, which and Esther certified tle king thereof in is the month Adar, and 'to take the spoilch. 8. 11. Mordecai's name.

of them for a prey. 23 And when inquisition was made of 14 * The copy of the writing for a com uch. 8. 13, the matter, it was found out; therefore mandment to be given in every province

they were both hanged on a tree : and was published unto all 5 people, that they uch. 6. 1.

it was written in the book of the chro- should be ready against that day,
nicles before the king.

15 The posts went out, being hastened
CHAPTER 3.

by the king's commandment, and the 1 llaman, advanced by the king, and despised by And the king and Haman sat down to

decree was given in Shushan the palace.
He ea steth lots. 8 le obtaineth by calumniation drink; but * the city Shushan was per-
a decree of the king to put the cros to death. plexed.

Prov. 29. 2.
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FTER these things did king Aha-

CHAPTER 4.
suerus promote Hainan the son of
6X2,24:. Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanc- | 1 The great mourning of Mordecai and the Jeres.

4 Escher, understanding it, sendeth to Mordecai, 1 Sam. 13.8. ed him, and set his seat above all the

who showeth the cause, and adriseth her to un. princes that were with him.

dertake the suit. 10 She excusing herself is 2 And all the king's servants, that toere

threatened by Mordecai. 15 She appointing a sch. 2. 10. • in the king's gate, bowed, and rever.

fast undertaketh the suit, had so com.

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done, Mordecai « rent his clothes, a 9 Sam. 1. 4 bowed not, nor did him reverence. and put on sackcloth with ashes, and 3 Then the king's servants, which toere went out into the midst of the city, and sh. 7.6

. in the king's gate, said unto Mordecai, cried with a loud and a bitter cry;

cGen. 27.34.
Why transgressest thou the king's com 9 And came even before the king's
mandment?

gate: for none might enter into the king's
4 Now it came to pass, when they spake gate clothed with sackeloth.
daily unto him, and he hearkened not 3 And in every province, whithersoever
unto them, that they told Haman, to the king's commandment and his decree
see whether Mordecai's ' matters would came, there was great mourning among
stand: for he had told them that he was the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and
a Jew

wailing; and it many lay in sackcloth 1 Heb. sack.
5 And when Haman saw that Mordecai and ashes.
Sbowed not, nor did him reverence, then 4 So Esther's maids and her † cham. laid under
wag Haman full of wrath.

berlains came and told it her. Then was many. DA 3.19. 6 And he thought scorn to lay hands the queen exceedingly grieved; and she

Dan. 9.3. on Mordecai alone; for they had shewed sent raiment to clothe Mordecai, and to

+ Heb. him the people of Mordecai : wherefore take away his sackcloth from him : but eunucho. PL 2. Harnan

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songht to destroy all the Jews he received it not. that

# Heb. thronghout the whole king. 5 Then called Esther for Hatach, one of

tehon he dom of Ahasuerus, even the people of the king's chamberlains, † whom he had had act Mordecai.

appointed to attend upon her, and gave before her. 7 In the first month, that is, the month Nigan, in the twelfth year of king VAR. REXD.-2 V. 12. Lit. satraps. So in ch. 8. 9;

ch. 9. 3. 3 to. *V. 14. to be given as a law. VaR. REND.-7. 18. Or, granted a holiday, Be. 5 peoples. -6 V. 15. went out in haste, at. Ke, Chap. 3. IV. 4. words.

Chap. 4. ly. 3. (even) the great ones, Cassel.

See ch. & 13

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manded concerning him. But Mordecai WHEN Mordecai perceived all that was

11.

Ps. 15.

eter. 2

cloth and asha bere

eh. 3.9

Isai. 38. 5.

15.

+ Heb.

Esther inviteth the king

ESTHER, 5, 6.

and Haman to a banquet. Before him a

commandment to Mordecai, to unto the king, let the king and Haman Berre CHRIST know what it was, and why it was. come this day unto the banquet that I CHRIST clr. 510.

6 So Hatach went forth to Mordecai un- have prepared for him.
to the 2 street of the city, which 2008 5 Then the king said, Cause Haman to
before the king's gate.

make haste, that he may do as Esther 7 And Mordecai told him of all that had hath said. So the king and Haman came 4 ch. 3. 9. happened unto him, and of the sum of to the banquet that Esther had prepared.

the money that Haman had promised to 6 S And the king said unto Esther at ch.7.2. pay to the king's treasuries for the Jews, the banquet of wine, 9 What is thy peti. ch. 8. 12 to destroy them.

tion ? and it shall be granted thee; and ech. 3. 14, 8 Also he gave him the copy of the what is thy request? even to the half of

writing of the decree that was given at the kingdom it shall be performed.
Shushan to destroy them, to shew it 7 Then answered Esther, and said, My
unto Esther, and to declare it unto her, petition and my request is ;
and to charge her that she should go in 8 If I have found favour in the sight
unto the king, to make supplication unto of the king, and if it please the king to
him, and to make request before him for grant my petition, and † to perform my + Bed to šs
her people.

request, let the king_and Haman come
9 And Hatach came and told Esther the to the banquet that I shall prepare for
words of Mordecai.

them, and I will do tomorrow as the
10 [ Again Esther spake unto Hatach, king hath said.
and gave him commandment unto Mor. 9 Then went Haman forth that day
decai;

joyful and with a glad heart: but when
11 All the king's servants, and the peo. Haman saw Mordecai in the king's gate,
ple of the king's provinces, do know, that that he stood not up, nor mored for Ach..

whosoever, whether man or woman, shall him, he was full of indignation against ch. 5. I.

come unto the king into the inner Mordecai. , Dan. 2. 9.

court, who is not called, 9 there is one 10 Nevertheless Haman i refrained him. i Soss.

law 3 of his 3 to put him to death, except self: and when he came home, he sent Ach. 5. 2. * such to whom the king shall hold out and called for his friends, and Zeesh Het

the golden sceptre, that he may live: but his wife.
I have not been called to come in unto 11 And Haman told them of the glory
the king these thirty days.

of his riches, and the multitude of his ch. %.
12 And they told to Mordecai Esther's children, and all the things wherein the
words,

king had promoted him, and how he had 13 Then Mordecai commanded to answer 'advanced him above the princes and ser. I ch.3.1 Esther, Think not with thyself that thou vants of the king. shalt escape in the king's house, more 12 Haman said moreover, Yea, Esther than all the Jews.

the queen did let no man come in with 14 For if thou altogether holdest thy the king unto the banquet that she had

peace at this time, then shall there ten- prepared but myself; and to morrow am trupiration, largement and deliverance arise to the I invited l unto her also with the king. Job ), 18.

Jews from another place; but thou and 13 Yet all this availeth me nothing, so
thy father's house shall be destroyed : long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting
and who knoweth whether thou art come at the king's gate.
to the kingdom for such a time as this? 14 Then said Zeresh his wife and all

15 ! Then Esther bade them return Mor. his friends unto him, Let a + gallows + Bek tret
decai this answer,

be made of fifty cubits high, and to mor. 16 Go, gather together all the Jews that row * speak thou unto the king that + Heb.

are t present in Shushan, and last ye for Mordecai may be hanged thereon: then found.

me, and neither eat nor drink three go thou in merrily with the king unto i Sec ch. 5.

days, night or day: I also and my maid- the banquet. And the thing pleased Ha1.

ens will fast likewise ; and so will I go man; and he caused the gallows to be

in unto the king, which is not according made. & See Gen. to the law : kand if I perish, I perish.

CHAPTER 6. 43. 14. 17 So Mordecai # went his way, and did leh according to all that Esther had com

1 Ahameru, reading in the chronicles of the good pdated.

serrice done by Mordecai, takoth care for Ais manded him.

researd. 4 lamin, coming to sue that Nordeari

miyhe be hanged, rinancarea giveth counsel that
CHAPTER 5.

ho might do him honour. 12 Complaining of his
1 Esther, adventuring on the king's farour, od. miafortune, his friends tell him of his final destiny.
taineth the grace of the golden sceptre, and
invitoth the king and Haman to a binguet. 6

N that night † could not the king | Heb :
She, being encouraged by the king in her suit,

sleep, and he commanded to bring
inviteth them to another banquet the next day. . the book of records of the chronicles;
9 Haman, proud of his, adrancement, repineth and they were read before the king.
at the contempt of Mordecai 14 By the counsel

2 And it was found written, that Mordeof Zeresh he buildeth for him a pair of galloros. cai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, 10, e See ch. 4.

OW it came to pass a on the third two of the king's chamberlains, the keep16.

day, that Esther put on her royal ers of the † door, who sought to lay hand See eh. 4. apparel, and stood in the inner court of on the king Ahasuerus.

threast 11.

the king's house, over against the king's 3 And the king said, What honour and & ch. 6. 4.

house: and the king sat upon his royal dignity hath been done to Mordecai for
throne in the royal house, over against this? Then said the king's servants that
the gate of the house.

ministered unto him, There is nothing
2 And it was so, when the king saw Es done for him.

ther the queen standing in the court, 4 And the king said, Who is in the • Prov. 21. 1. that she obtained favour in his sight: court ? Now Haman was come into the seeds deh. +. 11. and the king held out to Esther the outward court of the king's house, to

golden sceptre that was in his hand. So speak unto the king to hang Mordecai scà. I. A
Esther drew near, and touched the top on the gallows that he had prepared for
of the sceptre.

him.
3 Then said the king unto her, What 5 And the king's servants said unto him,
wilt thou, queen Esther? and what is thy Behold, Haman standeth in the court.

+ Heb So Mark request ? " it shall be even given thee And the king said, Let him come in. 6. 23. to the half of the kingdom.

6 So Haman came in. And the king 4 And Esther answered, If it seem good said unto hiin, What shall be done unto

heer

the man whom the king delighteth to lagkita? VAR. Rend. - V. 6. public place. 3 V. 11. with respect to him, the king hold out to him.

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