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Epher made queen 9 Alfo Vahti the queen made a feast for the nistered unto him, Let there be fair young vir. women in the royal house which belonged to gins fought for the king: king Ahafnerus.

3 And let the king appoint officers in all the 10 On the seventh day, when the heart of provinces of his kingdom, that they may gathe king was merry with wine, he command. ther together all the tair young virgins unto cd Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigiha, and Shuhan the palace, to the house of the women, Abagtha, Zelhar, and Carcas, the seven cham. unto the custody of Hege the king's chamber. berlains that served in the presence of Ahaluc. lain, keeper of the women ; and let their things rus the king,

for puritication be given them: 11 To bring Vaihti the queen before the king * And let the maiden which p!cafeth the with the crown royal, to hew the people and king be queen inftead of aci. And the the princes her beauty': for the was tair to look thing pleated the king; and he did fo. on.

s Now in Shuhan the palace there was a 12 But the queen lahti refused to come at certain jew, whose name was Mordecai, the the king's commandinent by his chamberlains : son of Jair, the son of shimci, the son of Kih, a therefore was the king very wroth, and his an. Benjamite; ger burned in him.

6 Who had been carried away from Je. 13. Then the king raid to the wise men, rufalem with the captivity which had beca which know the times, (tor so was the king's carried away with Jeconiah king of Judah, manncr toward all that knew law and judg. whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon ment:

had carried away. 14 And the next unto him was Carthena, 7 And he brought up Hadassah, that is Eft. Shechar, Admatha, Tarshith, Meres, Marsena, her, his uncle's daughter : for the had neither an Memucan, the seven princes of Perfia and father nor mother, and the maid was fair and Media, which saw the king's face, and which beautiful : whom Mordecai, when her father fat the first in the king Tom ;)

and mother were dead, cook for his own daugh. 15 What Thall we do unto the queen Vaihti ter. according to law, because the hath not per. 8 So it came to pass, when the king's formed the commandment of the king Ahasue. commandment and his decree was heari, and ris by the chamberlains!

when many maidens were gathered together 16 And Memučan answered before the king unto Shuthan the palace, to the custody of and the princes, l'athtithe queen hath not done Hegai, that Either was brought also unto the urong to the king only, but also to all the king's house, to the custody of Hegai, kceper princes, and to all ile people that are in all the of the women. provinces of the king Ahaluerus.

9 And the maiden pleased him, and the 17 For this deed of the queen shall come obtained kindness of him; and he speedily abroad unto alt women, so that they shall de gave her her things for purificatio!), with pile thcir husbands in their eyes, when it thall such things as belonged to her, and seven be reporlea, The king Ahasuerus commanded maidens, which were moet to be given her, Vant the queen to be brought in before him, out of the king's house : and he preferred her but the came not.

and her maids auto the best place of the house 18 Likewise thall the ladies of Perfia and of the women. Media say this day unto all the king's princes,

10 Either had not thewed her people nor her !! bich have heard of the deed of the queen. kindred: for Mordecai had charged her that the Tas jall there arise tro much contempt and thould not thew it. wrath.

11 And Mordecai walked every day before in Irit plcase the king, let there go a royal the court of the women's house, to know how commandnient from him, and let it be written Ether did, and what Mould become of her. among the laws of the Persians and the Medcs, 12 G Now when every maid's turn was come that it be not altcred, that l'athti come no more to go in to king Ahasuerus, after that the had before king Ahasuerus;

and let the king give been twelve months, according to the manner her royal citate unto another that is beter than of the women, (for so were tre days of these thc.

purifications accomplished, to wit, lix months 2 And when the king's decree which he with oil of myrrh, and fix months with sweet ull male iha!! be publiihed throughout all odours, and with other things for the purifying tisempire, for it is great,) all the wives thall of the women;) give to their husbands honour, both to great 13 Then thus came every maiden unto die and imall.

king; whatsoever the defired was given her to :1 And the saying pleased the king and the gowith her out of the house of the women unto princes; and the king did according to the the king's house. word of Memucan:

14 la the evening the went, and on the 22 For he sent letters into all the king's morrow the ret uned into the second house provinces, into every province according to of the women, to the custody of Shaathgaz, nc writing thereot, and to every people the king's chamberlain, which kept the cona after their language, that every man mould cubines: the came in unto the king no more, beur rule in his own house, and that is thould except the king delighted in her, and that the be published according to the language of every were called by naine. people,

15. Now when the turn of Either, the CHA P. II

daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who Out of the choice ofvirgins a quien to be choser:. had taken her for his daughter, was come to, king Ahasucrus was appeared, he re. what Hegai the king's chamberlain, the keep

to meni bered Vaihti, and wliat she had done, and er of the women, appointed. And' Ether ob. What was decreed again't her.

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Chap. iii, iv. The decree again ihe Jew!. 16 So Either was taken unto king Ahasuerus of thy kingdom; and their laws are diversa Into his house royal in the tenth month, which from all people, neither keep they the king's is the month Tebeth, in the seventh year of laws: therefore it is not for the king's profil 10 his reign,

suffer them. 17 And the king loved Ether above all the 9 If it please the king, let it be written that women, and the oblined grace and tavour they may be destroyed; and I will pay len in his fight more than all the virgins ; so that thousand talents of silver to the hands of those hc set the royal crown upon her head, and that have the charge of the bulinets, to bring it made her queen inftead of Vathti.

into the king's treafuries. 18. Then the king, made a great feast unto 10 And the king took his ring from his hand, all his princes and his servants, eren Esther's and gave it unto Haman, the son of Hammedaa feaft; and he made a release to the provinces, tha the Agagite, the Jews' nemy. and gave gifts, according to the Itate of the 1! And the king said unto Haman, The Glver king

is given to thee, the people also, io do with 19 And when the virgins were gathered to them as it seemeth good to thee. gether the second time, then Mordecai sat in 1.2 Then were the king's scribes called on the king's gate.

the thirteenth day of the first month, and 20 Either had not yet shewed her kindred there was written, according to all that Ha. nor her people; as Mordecai had charged her : man had commanded, unto the king's lieute. for Either did the commandment of Mora nants, and to the governors that were over decai, like as when she was brought up with every province, and to the rulers of every him.

people of every province, according to the 21 In those days while Mordecai fat in writing thereof, and in every people after the kigg's gate, two of the king's chamberlains, their language; in the name of king Ahaluerus Bigthan and Tereth, of those which kept the was it wricien, and sealed with the king's door, were wroth, and sought to lay hand on ring. the king Abasuerus.

13. And the letters were sent by posts into all 22 And the thing was known to Mordecai, the king's provinces, to deftroy, to kill, and who told it unto Efther the queen; and Ett. to caule to perish, all Jews, both young and her certified thc, king rbereoj in Mordecai's old, little children and women, in one day, name.

eren upon the thirteenth day of the twelith 23 And when inquisition was made of the month, which is the month Adar, and to take matter, it was found out; therefore they were the spoil of them for a prey. both hanged on a tree and it was written 14 The copy of the writing for a commande 1. the book of the chronieles before the ment to be given in every province was pube king.

Hihed unto all people, that they thould be ready CHA P. III.

agajnit that day. Homan advanced by the king, and despised by 15. The posts went out, being haftened by the Mardecai, seeketh revenge upon all ite vows. king's commanderent, and the decree was

promote Haman, the son of Hammeda. and Haman sat dovn to drink; but the city tha the Agagite, and advanced him, and fet Shulhan was perplexed, his seat above all the princes that were with

CHA P. IV: him.

1 Mordecai and the Teu's mourn. 15 Efiber. 2 And all the king's servants, that were in

appointech a faft. the king's gate, bowed, and reverenced Ha. HEN Mordecai perceived all that was man: for the king had to commanded concern.

, log him. Bul Mordecai bowed not, nor did put on sackcloth with athes, and went out into bin reverence.

the midst of the city, and cried with a loud and 3 Then the king's servants, which were in a bitter cry; the king's gate, said unto Mordecai, Why tran 2 And came even before the king's gate : for gretlett thou the king's commandment? nore might enter into the king's gate clothed

Now it came to pass, when they spake with fackcloth. daily unto him, and he hearkened not unto 3 And in every province, whitherfoćver the them, that they told Haman, to see whether king's commandcient and his decrec cume, Mordecai's matters would tand: for he had there was great mourning among the Jews, told them that he was a Jew.

and rafting, and weeping, and wailing, and And when Haman saw that Mordecai bow- many lay in fackcloth and afies. cd not, nor did him reverence, then was Ha.. 4 So Either's maids and her chamberlains man tull of wrath.

came and told it her. Then was the queen ex. 6 And he thought scorn tolay hands on Mor. ceedingly grieved; and the sent raiment decai alone ; for they had thewed him the peo- to cluihe Morckcal, and to take away his ple of Mordecai: wherefore Haman fought to fackcioch from him ; but he received it destroy all the Jews that were throughout the not. whole kingdom of Ahasuerus, even the people s Then called Ether for Hatach, one of the of Mordecai.

king's chamberlains, whom he had appointed. 1. In the first month, that is the month to attend upon her, and gave

him a command. Nilan, in the twelfth year of king Ahafuerus, ment to Mordecai, to know what it was, and they caft Pur, that is, the lot, before Haman why it was. from day to day, and from menth to month, 6 So Hatach went forth to Mordecai unto to the twelfth month, that is the month the street of the city, which was betore the Adar.

king's gate. 8 4 And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, 7 And Mordecai told him of all that had. There is a certain people scattered abroad and happened unto him, and of the sum of the alessed among the peopts in all the provinces money that Haman had promised to pay to

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Epheres banquet. the king's trealuries for the Jews, to destroy be granted thee: and what is thy requeft? even them :

to the half of the kingdom it thall be perform. 8 Alfo he gave him the copy of the writing ed. of the decree that was given at Shufhan to de 9 Then answered Efther, and said, My peti. froy them, to thew it unto E Ather, and to de. tion and my requcit is; clare it into her, and to charge her that ihe 8 If I have found favour in the right of the mhould go in unto the king, to make fupplica. king, and if it please the king to grant my tion unto him, and to make requeft befoie him petition, and to perform my request, let the for her people,

king and Haman come to the banquet that I » And Hatach came and told Esther the fall prepare for them, and I will do tomorrow words of Mordecai.

as the king hath said. 10 Again Either spake unto Hatach, and 91 Then went Haman forth that day joyful gave him commandment unto Mordecai; and with a glad heart; but when Haman save

11 All the king's servants, and the people of Mordecai in the king's gate, that he itood not the king's provinces, do know, that whosoever, up, nor moved for him, he was full of indigna. whether man or woman, shall come unto the tion againtt Mordecai. king into the inner couri, who is not called, JO Nevertheless, Haman refrained himself: there is one law of his to put him to death, ex. and when he came home, he sent and called for cept such to whom the king thall hold out the his friends, and Zereth his wite. golden sceptre, that he may live: but I have !1 And Haman told them of the glory of his not been called to come in unto the kirg these riches, and the multitude of his children, and thirty days.

all the things wherein the king had promoted 12 And they told to Mordecai Enher's words. him, and how he had advanced him above the 13 Then Mordecai commanded to answer princes and servants of the king. Father, Think pot with thyself that thou 12 Haman said moreover, yea, Eiher the Malt escape in the king's house more than all queen did let no man come in with the king the Jews.

unto the barquet that the had prepared but 14 For if thou altogether holdest thy peace myself; and to-morrow am I invited unto her at this time, then ihall there enlargement ano with the king. and deliverance arise to the Jews from ano. 13 Yet all this availeth me nothing, so long ther place; but thou and thy father's house shall as I see Mordecai the Jew titling at the king's be deftroyed : and who knoweth whether thou gore. art come to the kingdom for such a time as 14 Then said Zeren his wife and all his this!

friends unto him, Let a gallows be made of 15 Then l'Ather bade them return Morde. fifty cubits high, and tomorrow feak thou cai this answer,

unto the king that Mordecai may be hang. 16 Go, gather together all the Jews that cd thereon: then go thou in merrily with are present in Shathan, and taft ye for me, and the king unto the banquet. And the thing neither cat nor drink three days; night or pleased Flamaa; and he caused the gallows to day: I also and my maidens will fart like. be made. wile; and fo will I go in uno the king, which

СНАР. ТІ. is not according to the law: and if i perish, i Abafuerus rewardesh Mordecai: 11 Haman perih.

doeth him bonour. 17 So Mordecai went his way, and did ac. N that right could not the king sleep, and cording to all that Esther had commanded he commanded to bring the book of re. him.

cords of the chronicles; and they were read be, CHA P. V.

fore the king. Ffler, obtaining the king's favour, invitelb 2 And it was found written that Mordecai

the king and Hanan to a banquet. had told of Bigthana and Tereth, two of the

Enher put on her royal appare!, and stood who fought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus. in the inner court of the king's houte, over 3 And the king said, Whát honour and dig. against the king's house and the king rat upon nity hath been done to Mordecai for this? his royal throne in the royal house, over against Then said the king's fervants that ininistered the gate of the house.

unto hini, There is nothing done for him. 2 And it was so, when the king faw Ether 4 | And the king laid, Who is in the court! the queen standing in the couri, thut the ob. Now "Haman was come into the outward court tained favour in his right: and the king held of the king's house, to speak anto the king to out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hang Mordecai on the gallows that he had pre. band. So Efther drew near, and touched the pared for him. top of the fceptre.

5 And the king's fervants faid unto him, Be. Then said the king unto her, What wilt hold, Haman taudeth in the court. And the thou, queen Either and what is thy requeft? king faid, Let him come in. it mall be even given thee to the half of the 6 So Haman came in. And the king raid kingdom.

unto him, What Thall be done anto tbe man 4"And Ether answered, If it seem good unto whom the king devizhteth 10 bonourt Now the king, let the king and Haman come this Haman thought in his heart, To whom would diy unto the banquet ihat I have prepared for the king delight to do honour more than to hin.

myfelt! 5 Then the king said, Caule Haman to make 7 and Haman answered the king, For the haite, lliat he may do as Either hath faid. So man whom the king delighteth to honoer, the king and Haman came to the banquer that 8 Let the royal apparel be brought which Either had prepare i.

the king userhio wear, and the horic that the 69 And the king laid unto Ether at the ban. king ridern upon, and the crown royal which quet of wine, What is thy petition / and it shall is set upon his head:


Mordecai honoured.

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Haman hanged. 9 And let this apparel and horse be delivered king's mouth, they covered Haman's face. to the hand of one of the king's moft noble y And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, princes, that they may array the man withal said before the king, Behold also, the gallons whoin the king' delighteth to honour, and fitty cubits high, which Haman had made for bring him on horseback through the street of Mordecai, who had spoken good for the king, the city, and proclaim before him, Thus thall tandeth in the house of Haman. Then the it be done to the man whom the king delight. king said, Hang hini thereon. eth to honour.

10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows 10 Then the king said to Haman, Make that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was haite, and take the apparel and the horse, as the king's wrath pacified. thou hatt said, and do even so to Mordecai the

CHA P. VII. Jew, that fitteth at the king's gate : let nothing 1 Mordecai is advanced. 7 dbafuerus grant. fuil of all that thou hart spoken.

eth to the Tews to defend themselves, 1; 11 Then took Haman the apparel and the Mordecai's honour, and the ws'}} borfe, and arrowed fordecare and brought him ohonae day did the king Ahasuerus giventis prociaimed before him, Thus thall it be done Enher the queen. Anu Mordecai came before unto the man whom the king delighteth to the king; for Either had told what he was u.i. honour.

to her. 12 And Mordecai came again to the king's 2 And the king took off his ring which ke gate. "But Haman iafted to his house nourn. had taken from Haman, and gave it unto Mora ing, and having his head covered.

decai, And Ether set Mordecai over the house 13 And Haman tol 1 Zereth his wife and all of Haman. his íriends every thing that had befallen him. 3 1 and Enher spake yet again before the Then laid his wife men ard Zereta his wite un- king, and fell down at his feci, and befought to him, If Mordecai be of the feed of the Jews, him with tears to put away the mischiet of Ha. before whom thou hatt begun to fall, thou man the Agagite, ani nis device that he had halt not prevail against him, but thalt surely durifed against the fews. fall before him.

4 Then the king held cut the golden rreptre 14 And while they were yet talking with toward Cather. So Either arose, and took be. him, came the king's chamberlains, and hasted fore the king, to bring Haman unto the banquet that Esther ş Anu raid, if it please the king, and it had prepared.

I have found favour in his fight, and the CHAP. VII.

thing seeni right before the king, and the i Fiber furth for her own life and her pene plealing in his eyes, let it be written to re.

ple's. 7 The king couleth Haman he verse the letters devised b; Haman the fun barked on his own gailows.

of Hammedatha tire Agagite which he wrote O the king and Haman came to banquet with to deftroy the Jews which are in all the king's

provinces. 2 And the king laid again unto Efther on the 6 For how can I endare to see the evil that second day at the banquet of wine, What is shall come unto my people or how can I en. thy petition), queen Enner! and it mhait be dure to see the destruction of my kindred! granted thee: and what is thy requeft! and it 7. Then the king Ahasuerus faid untu ihall be performed, even to the half of the Enhei the queen, and to Moruecai the Jew, kingdom.

Behold, I have given Either the house of Ha. 3 Then Ether the queen answered and said, man, and him they have hanged upon the If I have found favour in thy fight, o king, gallows, because he laid his hand upon the and if it please the king, let iny life be given jews. me at my petition, and my people at my re- 8 Write ye also for the Jews, as it liketh queft:

you, in the king's name, and feal it with the 4 For we are sold, I and my people, to be king's ring : for the writing which is written deitroyed, to be Main, and to perin. But it in the king's name, and sealed with the king's we had been fold for bondmen and bond ring, may no man reverse,

Women, I had held my tongue, although 9 Thed were the king's feribes called at • the enemy could not countervail the king's that time in the third month, (that is the damage.

nionth Sivan,) on the three and twentieth s Then the king Ahasuerus answered and day, thereof; and it was written, (according laid unto Lither the queen, who is he, and to all that Mordecai commanded,) unto the where is he, that dusit prefume in his heart to Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the depu. do so

ties and rulers of the provinces, which are 6 And Esther said, The alverfary and enemy from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twen. is this wicked Haman. Then Hanian was afraid ty and seven provinces, unto every province before the king and the queen.

according to the writing thereof,' and unto 7 And the king ariling from the banquet every people after their layguage, and to the of wine in his wrath went into the palace Jews according to their writing, and accordgardeo: and Haman itood up to make requeft ing to their language. for his life to Either the queen, for de la v that 10 And he wrote in the king Ahasuerus's there was evil determined against him by the name, and sealed it with the king's ring; and king.

sent letters by poll on horseback, and riders 8" Then the king returned out of the pa. on mules, canels, and young dromedaries: face garden into the place of the banquet In Whertin the king grante ithe Jews which of wine; and Haman was fallen upon the were in every cit; to gather themselves toe bed whereon Either was. Then laid the gether, and to 4.ind tor their lite, lo destroy, king, Will he force the queen also before me to Nay, and to cauic to perith, all the power in the housc! As the word went out o she of the people and province that woulu a

Senter the queen.

10 Jets pay their enemies. ESTHER

The feat » Purin. Rult them, butt little ones and women, and to the ten fons of Haman; what have they dous take the spoil of them wr a prey ;

in the rest of the king's provinces? Now what 12 l'pon one day, in ail the provinces of is thy petition ? and it ihall be granted thee: king Ahasuerus, namely', upon the thirteenth or whai is thy request further and it mall be day of the twelfth month, which is the month done., Adar.

13 Then said Efther, If it please the king, 13 The copy of the writing, for a com- let it be granted to the Jews which are in mandment to be given in every province, was shuihan to do to-morrow also according unto publithed unto all people, and that the Jews this day's decree, and let Haman's ten oas be Hould be ready against that day to avenge hanged upon the gallo'vs. themselvervon their enemies.

14 And the king commanded it so to be 14 So the posts that rorle upon mules and done; and the decree was gives at Shuthan; camels went out, being haftened and pressed on and they hanged Haman's ten sons. by the king's commandment. And the decree 15 For the Jews that were in Shuthan ga. was given at Shushan the palace.

thered themselves together on the fourteenth 159 And Mordecai went out from the pre. day also of the month Adar, and dew three sence of the king, in royal apparel of blue hundred men at Shuthan; but on the prey they and white, and with a great crown of gold, laid not their hand. and with a garment of fine linen and purple:

16 But the other Jews that were in the and the city of Shuhaa rejoiced and was king's provinces gathered themselves together, glad.

and stood for their lives, and had reit from their 16 The "ews had light, and gladness, and joy, enemies, and few of their fres feventy and five and honour.

thousand, but they laid not their hands on thu 17 And in every province, and in every cie prey, ty, whithersoever the king's commandment 19 On the thirteenth day of the month Adar; and his decree came, the Jews hai joy and and on the fourteenth lay of the same reftco gladness, a feast and a good day. And inany of they, and made it a day of fearling and glad. the people of 'the land became Jews; for the nefs. fear of the Jews fell upon them.

18 But the Jews that were at Shushan are CHAP. IX.

sembled together on the thirteenth day thercof, 1 The Jews say their enemies, with the ten and on the fourteenth thereof; and on the fil. Sons of Hunar. 20 The rwo days of Purim teenth day of the rame they reilcd, alid made it are made fopival.

a day of feasting and gladness. N.

Ow in the twelfth month, that is the 10 Therefore the Jews of the villages, that

month Adar, on the thirteenth day of the dwelt in the unwalled towns, made the fourfame, when the king's commandment and his teenth day of the month Adar a day of gladness decree drew near to be put in execution, in the and feasting, and a good day, and or sending

por. day that the enemies of the Jews hoped to have tions one to another. power over them, I though it was turned to the 20 9 And Mordecai wrote these things, and contrary, that the Jews had rule over them sent letters un to all the Jews that avere in all that hate them;)

the provinces of the king Ahasuerus, both nigh 2 The Jews gathered themselves together in and far, their cities throughout all the provinces of the 21 To ftablint this among them, that king Ahafuerus, to lay land on tuch as fought they hould keep the fourteenth day of the their hurt; and no man could withstand month Adar, and the fitteenth day of the fare, them; for the fear of them fell upon all peo. yearly ple.

22 As the days wherein the Jews refted į And all the rulers of the provinces, and from their enemies, and the month which the lieutenants, and the deputies, and officers was turned unto them from forrow to joy, and of the king, helped the Jews; because the fear from mourning into a good day: that they of Mordecai fell upon them.

should make themn days of fearting and joy, 4 For Mordecai was great in the king's and of sending portions one to another, and house, and his fame went out throughout all the gifts to the poor. provinces : for this man Mordecai waxed 23. And the Jews undertook to do as they greater and greater.

had begun, and as Mordecai had written unto s. Thus the Jews fmote all their enemics then; with the froke of the sword, and laughter, and 24. Because Haman the son of Hammedatla destruction, and did what they would unto the Agagite, the enemy of all the Jews, had thore that hated them.

devised againft the Jews to destroy them, and, 6 And in Shuthan the palace the Jews new had caft Pur, that is, the lot, to consume them, and dettroyed five hundred men.

and to destroy them : And Parihandatlia, and Dalphon, and 25 But when Ejiher camc before the king, he Aspatha,

commanded by létters that his wicked device, 8 And Poratha, and Adalia, and Arjdatha, which he devised aga nft the Jews, thould rea

9 And Parmahta, and Arifai, and Aridai, turn upon his own head, and that he and his and Vajezatha,

sons thould be hanged on the gallows. 10 The ten rons of Haman the son of Ham.

20 Wherefore they called these days Purim, me latha, the enemy of the Jews, new they; after the naine of Pur. Therefore for all the but on the spoil laid they not their hand. words of this letter, and of that which they

!1 On that day the nuinber of those that were had seen concerning this matter, and which had Nain in Shuthan the palace was brought before come unto them, the king:

27 The Jews ordained, and took upon themy 12 And the king said unto Esther the and upon their feed, and upon all such as queen, The Jews have rain and ucitroyet joined themselves unto them, so as it should five hundred meo in Shulhan the palace, and notfail, that they would keep these two days

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