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Mordecai's great maurning. Chap. iv, v. Efther obtainerh the kings favour. among the Jews, and fasting, and weep- that are present in Shushan, and fast ye ing and wailing, and many lay in sack- for me, and neither eac nor drink cloth and ashes.

three days, night or day: I also and 4. So Esthers maids, and her cham- my maidens will fast likewise, and so berlains came and cold it her. Then was will I go in unto the king, which is not the queen exceedingly grieved, and fie according to the law; and if I perish, fent raiment to clothe Mordecai, and to: I perish. take away his fackcloth from him : but 19 So Mordecai went his way, and he received it not.

did according to all that Esther had $ Then called Esther for Hatach, one commanded him. of the kings chamberlains, whom he had

CHAP. V. appointed to attend upon her, and gave Ether adventuring on the king's favour, him a commandment to Mordecai, to obtaineth the grace of the golden sceptre, to know what it was, and why it was. and inviteth the king and Haman to a

6 So Harach went forth to Mordecai, banquei. unto the streer of the city, which was Ow it came to pass on the third fene before the kings gate.

day, that Esther put on her royal 7. And Mordecai told him of all that apparel, and ftood in the inner court of had happened unto him, and of the fum che kings house, over against the kings of the money that Haman had promised house : and the king sat upon his royal to pay to the kings treasuries for the throne in the royal house, over against Jews, to destroy them.

the gate of the house. 8 Also he gave him the copy of the "? And it was so when the king faw writing of the decree, that was given ac Esther the queen standing in the court, Shushan to destroy chem, in shew it unto that she obiained favour in his fighe : Esther, and to declare it unto her, and and the king held out to Esther the golto charge her that she should go in unto den fceptre that was in his hand: fo the king, to make fupplication unto Esther drew near, and touched the top. him, and to make request before him of the sceptre. for her people. ?

3 Then said the king unto her, Whac 9 And Ha ach came and cold Efther wilt chou, queen Esther ? and what is the words of Mordecai.

chy request ? it shall be even given thee, so Again Efther spake unto Ha- to the half of the kingdom. tach, and gave him commandment unto 4 And Esther answered's If it seem Mordecai;

good unto the king, let the king and Il all the kings servants, and the Haman come this day unto the banquer people of the kings provinces do know, that I have prepared for him. char whosoeyer, whether man or wo 5 Then the king said, Cause Haman man, Nall come unto the king into the to make halte, that he may do as Esther inner court, who is not called. there is hath said. So che king and Haman came one law of his to put him to death, ex- to the banquer that Esther had prera-i cepe such to whom the king shall hold red. ou the golden scepure, that he may live: 64 And the king said unto Enher but I have not been called to come in at the banquet of wine, What i chy unto the king, these chirty days. peticion? and it shall be granted chee :

12 And they told to Mordecai Esthers and what is thy request ? even to the words.

half of the kingdom, it shall be per13 Then Mordecai commanded to an- formed. Swer Ether, Think not with thy self 7 Then answered Esther, and said, that chou shalt escape in the kings house, My petition, and my request is;, more than all the Jews.

8 If I have found favour in the fight 14 For if chou altogether holdest chy of the king, and if it please the king to peace at this time,then thall there enlarge- grant my pocition, and to perform my ment and deliverance arise to the Jews request, let the king and Haman come from another place, but thou and thy fa- to the banquet chat I shall prepare for chers house thall be destroyed : and who them, and I will do to morrow as the knoweth, whether thou art come to the king hath faid. kingdom for such a time as this?

9 Then went Haman forch that 15 Then Esther bade them return day, joyful, and with a glad heart : bur Modecai this answer,

when Hananlaw Mordecai in che k' 16 Go, gather together all the Jews gate, chat he stood not up, ror

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Mordecai honorede for him, he was full of indignation a- to do honour more than to my gainft Mordecai.

self?) 10 Nevertheless, Haman refrained 7 And Haman answered the king, himself, and when he came home, he For the man whom the king delightech fent and called for his friends, and Ze- to honour, Ich his wife.

8 Let the royal apparel be brought ni And Haman told them of the glo- which the king useth to wear, and the Ty of his riches, and the multitude of horse that the king ridech upon, and the his children, and all the things wherein crown royal which is set upon his head: the king had promoted him, and how 9 And Jer chis apparel and horse be he had advanced him above the princes delivered to the hand of one of the kings and servants of the king.

most noble princes, that they may aray 12 Haman said moreover, Yea, Esther the man withal whom the king delighithe queen did iet no man come in with ech to honour, and bring him on horsethe king unto the banquet that she had back through the street of the city, and prepared, but my self; and to morrow proclaim before him, Thus shall it be an I invited unto her also with the king. done to the man whom the king de

13 Yer all this ayailech me nothing, lighreth to honour. so long as I see Mordecai che Jew fit 10 Then che king said to Haman, ting at the kings gate.

Make hafte, and take the apparel, and 14 ( Then said Zerelh his wife, and the horse, as thou hast fald, and do even all his friends unto him, Let a gallows foto Mordecai the Jew, chat fitteth at be made of fifty cubits high, and to mor- che kings gate: let noching fail of all row speak chou unto the king, chat Mor- that thou haft spoken. decai may be hanged thereon: then go

11 Then took Haman the appare! thou in merrily with the king unto the and the horse, and arayed Mordecai, and banquer. And the thing pleased Haman, brought him on horseback chrough che and he caused the gallows to be made.' ftreet of the city, and proclaimed

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him, Thus shall it be done unto che man I Ahasuerus rewardeth Mordecai. 11 Ha- whom the king delightech to honour. man doth him honour.

12 ( And Mordecai came again to N that night could not the king the kings gare : but Haman hafted to his the book of records of the chro- covered. nicles; and they were read before the 13 And Haman told Zerelh his wife king.

and all his friends, every thing that had 2 And it was found written, that befallen him. Then said his wise men, Mordecai had told of Bigchana, and Te- and Zerelh his wife unto him, If Morrelh, two of the kings chamberlains the decai be of che seed of the Jews, before keepers of the door, who sought to lay whom chou baft begun to fall, thou shalt hand on the king Ahafuerus.

not prevail against him, but Malt surely } And the king said, What honour fall before him. and dignity hath been done to Morde 14 And while they were yet talking cai for this? Then said the kings ser- with him, çame the kings chamberiains, vants that ministred unto him, There is and hasted to bring Haman unto the nothing done for him.

banquet chat Esther had prepared. 4 9 And the king said, Who in in the

CHA P. VII. court? (Now Haman was come into the 1 Esther Juseth for her own life, and for outward court of the kings house, to her peoples. 7 The king cauferh Hanan speak ,

to be hanged on his own gallows. for

came to him)

5 And the kings servants said unto 2 And the king said again to Efther, him, Behold, Haman ftandech in the on the second day, at the banquet of court. And the king said, Let him wine, What is thy petition, queen Elcome in.

her? and it shall be granted chee: and So Haman came in: and the king what is thy request? and it lhall be said unto him, What shall be done unto performed even to the half of the kingthe man whom the king delighteth todom. honour? (Now Haman thought in his 3 Then Ether the queen answered "Tt, To whom would the king delight and said, If I have found favour in thy

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Chap. viii. Mordecai advanced. Tight, o king, and if it please the king, way the mischief of Haman the Agagite, be let my life be given me at my petition, and his device that he had devised an and my people at my requeft. gainst che Jews.

4. For we are sold, I and my people, 4 Then che king held out the golden 6. to be destroyed, to be slain, and to pe- sceptre toward Esther. So Esther arose,

rish: but if we had been fold for bond- and stood before the king, * men and bond-women, I had held my s and said, If it please che king, and I tongue, although the enemy could not if í have found favour in his fight, and countervail che kings damage. the thing seem right before the king,

5 Then the king Ahafuerus an- and I be pleasing in his eyes; let it be fwered and said unto Ether the queen, written to reverse the lecters devised by Who is he? and where is he that durft Haman the son of Hammedatha che Agapresume in his heart to do so ? gite, which he wrote to destroy the Jews

6 And Esther said, The adversary and which are in all the kings provinces : enemy is this wicked Haman. Then Ha 6 For how can I endure to see the evil man was afraid before the king and che that shall come unto my people? or queen.

how can I endure to see the deftru&ion 7. And the king arising from the of my kindred? banquet of wine in his wrath, went in 7 Then the king Ahasuerus said unto che palace-garden; and Haman stood to Esther che queen, and to Mordecai che, up to make request for his life to Ether Jew, Bchold, I have given Esther the the queen: for he saw that there was house of Haman, and him they have evil determined against him by the banged upon the gallows, because he king.

laid his hand upon the Jews. 8 Then the king returned out the 8.Write ye also for the Jews, as ir lipalace-garden, into the place of the ban- kech you, in the kings name, and seal it quet of wine ; and Haman was fallen with the kings ring: for che writing upon the bed whereon Esther was. Then which is written in the kings name, and said the king, Will he force che queen sealed with the kings ring, may no man also before me in the house? As the reverse, word went out of the kings mouch, they 9. Then were the kings scribes called covered Hamans face.

ar chat time in the third month (that is 9 And Harbonah, one of the cham- che month Sivan) on the three and berlains, faid before the king, Behold twentieth day thereof, and it was write also the gallows fifty cubits high, which ten (according to all that Mordecai comHaman ħad made for Mordecai, who manded) unto the Jews, and to che lieuhad spoken good for the king, ftandech tenants, and the deputies and rulers of in che house of Haman. Then the king the provinces which are from India unsaid, Hang him chereon.

to Ethiopia, an hundred cwenty and 10 So they hanged' Haman on the seven provinces, unto every province acgallows that he had prepared for Mor- cording to the writing thereof, and unto decai. Then was che kings wrath pa- every people after their language, and cified.

to the Jews according to their writing, CHA P. VIII.

and according to their language. i Mordecai is advancedt 7 Ahasuerus 10 And he wrote in the king Ahasue

granteth to the Fews to defend them- rus name, and fealed ic with the kings Jelves.. 15 Mordccai's honour, and the ring, and sent letters by posts on horrow Jews joy.

back, and ridcrs on mules, camels, and N chat day did the king Ahasue- young dromedaries :

rus give the house of Haman the 1 Wherein the king granted the Jews enemy, unto Esther the queen : Jews, which were in every city, to gaand Mordecai came before che king; ther themselves together, and to stand for Esther had told what he was unto for their life, to deftroy, to Nay, and to her.

caule to perilh all the power of the peo2. And the king took off his ring ple and province, chat would aflauit which he had taken from Haman, and then, both little ones, and women, and gave it unto Mordecai. And Esther set to take the spoil of chem for a prey : Mordecai over the house of Haman. 12 Upon one day, in all the provinces

3 And Esther (pake yet again be- of king Ahasuerus, namely, upon the fore the king, and lell down at his feet thirteenth day of the twelfin mouch and berought him with cars, to put a which is the month Adar.

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their enemies. 13 The copy of the writing, for a few and destroyed five hundred commandment to be given in every men. province, was published unto all people, 2 And Parshandatha, and Dalphon; and that the Jews should be ready a- and Aspacha, gainst rhat day, to avenge themselves 8 And Poracha, and Adalia, and Arion their enemies.

datha, 14 So che posts that rode upon mules . And Parma Ahta, and Arisai, and and camels went out, being haftened, Aridai, and Vajezatha, and pressed on by the kings command 10 The ten sons of Haman the son of ment; and the decree was given at Hammedatha, the enemy of the Jews, Shushan che palace.

flew chey, but on the spoil laid they 15 And Mordecai went out from not their hand. the presence of the king, in royal appa It On that day, the number of those rel of blue and white, and with a that were slain in Shushan the palace, great crown of gold, and with a garment was brought before the king. of finelinen and purple; and the city of 12 And the king said unto Ether Shushan rejoyced and was glad : the queen, The Jews have flain and de

16 The Jews had light and gladness, ftroyed fíve hundred men in Shuban and joy, and honour.

the palace, and the ten fons of Haman; 17 And in every province, and in what have they done in the rest of the every city, whithersoever the kings kings provinces? now what is thy peticommandment and his decree came, the tion? and it shall be granted chee: or Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and what a chy request further and it shall a good day: and many of the people of be done.

1 the land became Jews; for chic fear of 13 Then said Esther, If it please the the Jews fell upon them.

king, let it be granted to the Jews which CHA P. IX.

are in Shushan, to do to morrow also 1 The Jews say their enemies, with the according unto this days decree, and let!

ten Tons of Haman. 12 Ahasuerus Hamans ten sons be hanged upon the granteth another day of laughter. 20 The gallows. days of Purim made festival.

14 And the king commanded it foto low in the twelfth monch (that is be done; and the decree was given at

che month Adar) on the thirteench Shushan, and they banged Hamans ten day of the same, when the kings com- fons. mandment and his decree drew near to 15 For che Jews that were in Shebe put in execution, in the day that the shan, gathered themselves together on enemies of the Jews hoped to have pow- the fourteenth day also of the month er over them, (though it was turned to Adar, and flew three hundred men at she contrary, that the Jews had rule o- Shushan; bat on the prey they laid not ver them that haced them)

their hand. 2. The Jews gathered themselves to 16 But the other Jews that were in gether in their cities, throughout all the the kings provinces, gathered thenprovinces of the king Ahasuerus, to lay felves together, and stood for their lives, hand on such as fought their hurt; and and had rest from their enemies, and no man could withstand them: for the flew of their foes seventy and five thoufear of them fell upon all people. sand; but they laid not their hands on

3 And all the rulers of the provinces, che prey. and the lieutenants, and the deputies, 19 On the thirteenth day of the month and officers of the king, helped the Adar, and on the fourteenth day of the Jews: because the fear of Mordecai fell fame, rested chey, and made it a day of

feasting and gladness. 4 For Mordecai was great in the kings 18 Bur che Jews that were ar Shushan, houfe, and his fame went out through- assembled together on the thirteenth out all the provinces : forthisman Mor- day thereof, and on the fourtcenth decai waxed greater and greater.

thereof; and on the fifteenth day of the 5 Thus the Jews fmote all their ene- fame they rested, and made it a day of mies with the stroke of the sword, and feasting and gladness. Naughter and deftru&ion, and did 19 Therefore the Jews of the villa: what they would unto those that hated ges, char dwelt in the unwalled towns, then.

made the fourteenth day of the month And in Shushan the palace the Jews Adar, a day of gladness, and feasting,

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The days of Purim made festival. Chap. i. Ahasuerus his greatness. and a good day, and of sending portions writing, and according to their appointed one to another.

cime every year : 20 JAnd Mordecai wrote these things, 28 And that chese days should be reand rent letters unto all the Jews chat membred, and kept throughout every were in all the provinces of the king A- generation, every family,every

province, hasuerus, both nigh and far,

and every city; and chat chese days of 21 To stablish ihis among them, char Purim should not fail from among the they should keep the fourteenth day of Jews, nor the memorial of thein perish the month Adar, and the fifteenth day from their feed. of the same yearly:

29 Then Esther the queen the daugh22 As the days wherein the Jews ter of Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew, rested from their enemies, and the wrote with all authority, to confirm month which was turned unto them this second letter of Purim. from sorrow to joy, and from mourn 30 And he sent the letters unto all the ing into a good day that they should Jews, to the hundred twenty and seven make them days of feasting and joy, and provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, of sending portions one to another, and with words of peace and truth: gifts to the poor.

31 To confirm these days of Purim in 23. And the Jews undertook to do as their times appointed, according a5 More they had begun, and as Mordecai had decai the Jew, and Ether the queen had written unto them.

enjoined them, and as they had decreed 24 Because Haman the son of Hame for themselves and for their feed, the medacha the Agagite, the enemy of all matters of the fastings and their cry. the Jews, had devised against the Jews 32 And the decree of Esther confirme to destroy themi, and had cast Pur (that ed these matters of Purim, and it was is che lot) to consume chem, and to de- written in the book. stroy them:

CHAP. X. 25 But when Esther came before the 1 Ahasuerus his greatness: 3 Mordecai's king, he commanded by letters, that his advancement. the Jews, should return upon his own bute upon the land, and upon the head, and that he and his sons (hould isles of the sea. be hanged on the gallows.

2 And all the aểs of his power, and 26 Wherefore they called these days of his might, and the declaration of the Purim, after the name of Pur: chere- greatness of Mordecai, whereunto the fore for all the words of this letter, and king advanced him, are they not writof that which they had seen concerning ten in the book of thechronicles of the this matter, and which had come unto kings of Media and Persia? chem,

3 For Mordecai che Jew was next un27 The Jews ordained, and took up- to king Ahasuerus, and great among on them, and upon their seed, and upon the Jews, and accepted of the multitude all such as joined themselves unto them, of his brethren, seeking the wealth of so as it should not fail, chat they would his people, speaking peace to all his keep chose two days, according to their feed.

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fand sheep, and three thousand camels, The holiness, riches, and religious care and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five of Fob for his children., o Satan apa hundred fhe-asses, and a very great pearing before God, by calumniarion eb- houshold; fo that this man was the taineth leave to tempe him.

greatest of all the men of the east. Here was a man in the band of 4. And his sons went and feasted in

uz, whose name was Job, and their houses, every one his day, and sent thar man was perfect and up and called for their three fifters, to eat

right, and one chat fcarca and to drink with me, Gou, and eschewed evil.

5. And it was fo, when the days of 2 And there were born anto him re- their feafting, were gone about, tha ven fons,and three daughters.

Job sent and fan&ified them, and 3 His substance also was leven chou- up early in the morning, and

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