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Mordecai and the Jews mourn. CHAP. IV, V. The banquet of Esther. kill, and to cause to perish, all Jews, both king shall hold out the golden sceptre, that young and old, little children and women, he may live: but I have not been called to in one day, even upon the thirteenth day come in unto the king these thirty days. of the twelfth month, which is the month 12 And they told to Mordecai Esther's Adar, and to take the spoil of them for a prey. words.

14 The copy of the writing for a com- 13 Then Mordecai commanded to anmandment to be given in every province swer Esther, Think not with thyself that was published unto all people, that they thou shalt escape in the king's house, more should be ready against that day.

than all the Jews. 15 The posts went out, being hastened 14 For if thou altogether holdest thy by the king's commandment, and the de- peace at this time, then shall there enlargecree was given in Shushan the palace. And ment and deliverance arise to the Jews the king and Haman sat down to drink; from another place; but thou and thy fabut the city Shushan was perplexed. ther's house shall be destroyed: and who CHAP. IV.

knoweth, whether thou art come to the WH

HEN Mordecai perceived all that kingdom for such a time as this?

was done, Mordecai rent his clothes, 15 | Then Esther bade them return and put on sackcloth with ashes, and went Mordecai this answer, out into the midst of the city, and cried 16 Go, gather together all the Jews that with a loud and a bitter cry;

are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, 2 And came even before the king's gate: and neither eat nor drink three days, night for none might enter into the king's gate orday: I also and my maidens will last likeclothed with sackcloth.

wise and so will I go in unto the king, 3 And in every province whithersoever which is not according to the law; and if I the king's commandment and his decree perish, I perish. came, there was great mourning among the 17 Sa Mordecai went his way, and did Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and wail- according to all that Esther had commanding; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes. ed him. 4 T So Esther's maids and her chamber

CHAP. V. Jains came and told it her. Then was the TOW it came to pass on the third day, raiment to clothe Mordecai, and to take and stood in the inner court of the king's away his sackcloth from him: but he re- house, over against the king's house : and ceived it not.

the king sat upon his royal throne in the 5 Then called Esther for Hatach, one of royal house, over against the gate of the the king's chamberlains, whom he had ap-house. pointed to attend upon her, and gave him 2 And it was so, when the king saw à commandment to Mordecai, to know Esther the queen standing in the court, that what it was, and why it was.

she obtained favour in his sight: and the 6 So Hatach went forth to Mordecai, king held out to Esther the golden sceptre unto the street of the city, which was be-that was in his hand. So Esther drew fore the king's gate.

near, and touched the top of the sceptre. And Mordecai told him of all that had 3 Then said the king unto her, What happened unto him, and of the sum of the wilt thou, queen Esther? and what is thy money that Haman had promised to pay to request ? it shall be even given thee to the the king's treasuries for the Jews, to de- half of the kingdom. stroy them.

4 And Esther answered, If it seem good 8 Also he gave him the copy of the wri- unto the king, let the king and Haman ting of the decree that was given at Shushan come this day unto the banquet that I have to destroy them, to shew it unto Esther, prepared for him. and to declare it unto her, and to charge 5 Then the king said, Cause Haman to her that she should go in unto the king, to make haste, that he may do as Esther hath make supplication unto him, and to make said. So the king and Haman came to the request before him for her people. banquet that Esther had prepared.

9 And Hatach came and told Esther the 6 || And the king said unto Esther at words of Mordecai.

the banquet of wine, What is thy petition? 10 | Again Esther spake unto Hatach, and shall be granted thee: and what is and

gave him commandment unto Mor-thy request ? even to the half of the king. decai;

dom it shall be performed. 11 All the king's servants, and the peo- 7 Then answered Esther, and said, My ple of the king's provinces, do know, that petition and my request is: whosoever, whether man or woman, shall 8 If I have found favour in the sight of come unto the king into the inner court, the king, and if it please the king to grant who is not called, there is one law of his to my petition, and to perform my request, let put him to death, except such to whom the the king and Haman come to the banquet The counsel of Haman.


Mordecai is honoured: that I shall prepare for them, and I will do which the king useth to wear, and the horse to-morrow as the king hath said. that the king rideth upon, and the crown

9 | Then went Haman forth that day royal which is set upon bis head: joyful and with a glad beart: but when 9 And let this apparel and horse be deHaman saw Mordecai in the king's gate, livered to the hand of one of the king's that he stood not up, nor moved for him, he most noble princes, that they may array was full of indignation against Mordecai. the man withal whom the king delighteth

10 Nevertheless, Haman refrained him- to honour, and bring him on horseback self: and when he came home, he sent and through the street of the city, and proclaim called for his friends, and Zeresh his wife. before him, Thus shall it be done to the

11 And Haman told them of the glory man whom the king delighteth to honour. of his riches, and the multitude of his chil- 10 Then the king said to Haman, Make dren, and all the things wherein the king haste, and take the apparel and the horse, had promoted bim, and how he had ad- as thou hast said, and do even so to Morvanced him above the princes and servants decai the Jew, that sitteth at the king's of the king.

gate : let nothing fail of all that thou bast 12 Haman said moreover, Yea, Esther spoken. the queen did let no man come in with the 11 Then took Haman the apparel and the king unto the banquet that she had pre- horse, and arrayed Mordecai, and brought pared but myself; and to-morrow am I him on horseback through the street of the invited unto her also with the king: city, and proclaimed before him, Thus

13 Yet all this availeth me nothing, so shall it be done unto the man whom the long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at king delighteth to honour. the king's gate.

12 | And Mordecai came again to the 14 T Then said Zeresh his wife and all king's gate. But Haman hasted to his house his friends unto him, Let a gallows be mourning, and having his head covered, made of fifty cubits high, and to-morrow 13 And Haman told Zeresh his wife and speak thou unto the king that Mordecai may all his friends every thing that had befallen be hanged thereon: then go thou in mer- bim. Then said his wise men and Ze. rily with the king unto the banquet. And resh his wife unto him, If Mordecai be of the thing pleased Haman; and be caused the seed of the Jews, before whom thcu the gallows to be made.

hast begun to fall, thou shalt not prevail CHAP. VI.

against him, but shaltsurely fall before him. ON

; 14 And while they were yet talking with and he commanded to bring the book' him, came the king's chamberlains, and of records of the Chronicles ; and they hasted to bring Haman unto the banquet were read before the king:

that Esther had prepared. 2 And it was found written, that Mor

CHAP. VII. two of the king's chamberlains, the keep quet with Esther the queen.

: So to baners of the door, who sought to lay hand on 2 And the king said again to Esther on the king Ahasuerus.

the second day at the banquetof wine, What 3 And the king said, What honour and is thy petition, queen Esther? and it shall dignity hath been done to Mordecai for be granted thee: and what is thy request? this? Then said the king's servants that and it shall be performed, even to the half ministered unto him, There is nothing of the kingdom. done for him.

3 Then Esther the queen answered and 4 And the king said, Who is in the court ? said, If I have found favour in thy sight, (Now Haman was come into the outward O king, and if it please tbe king, let my court of the king's house, to speak unto life be given me at my petition, and my the king to hang Mordecai on the gallows people at my request : that he had prepared for him.).

4 For we are sold, I and my people, to 5 And the king's servants said unto him, be destroyed, to be slain, and to perish, Behold, Haman standeth in the court. But if we had been sold for bond-men and And the king said, Let him come in. bond-women, I had held my tongue, al

6 So Haman came in. And the king though the enemy could not countervail said unto him, What shall be done unto the king's damage. the man whom the king delighteth to ho- 5 T Then the king Ahasuerus answered nour? (Now Haman thought in his heart, and said unto Esther the queen, Who is To whom would the king delight to do he, and where is he, that durst presume in honour more than to myself?)

his heart to do so ? 7 And Haman answered the king, For 6 And Esther said, The adversary and the man whom the king delighteth to enemy is this wicked Haman. Then Hahonour,

man was afraid before the king and the 8 Let the royal apparel be brought queen.

He is advanced.

CHAP. VIII, IX. The joy of the Jews. 7 | And the king arising from the ban- 9 Then were the king's scribes called quet of wine in his wrath went into the at that time in the third month, that is, the palace-garden : and Haman stood up to month Sivan, on the three and twentieth make request for his life to Esther the day thereof; and it was written, accordqueen; for he saw that there was evil de- ling to all that Mordecai commanded, unto termined against him by the king: the Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the

8 Then the king returned out of the pa-deputies and rulers of the provinces which lace-garden into the place of the banquet are from India unto Ethiopia, a hundred of wine ; and Haman was fallen upon the twenty and seven provinces, unto every bed whereon Esther was. Then said the province according to the writing thereot, king, Will he force the queen also before and unto every people after their language, me in the house? As the word went out of and to the Jews according to their writing, the king's mouth, they covered Hainan's and according to their language. face.

10 And he wrote in the king Ahasuerus' 9 And Harbonah, one of the chamber- name, and sealed it with the king's ring, Jains, said before the king, Behold also the and sent letters by posts on horseback, gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman and riders on mules, camels, and young had made for Mordecai, who had spoken dromedaries : good for the king, standeth in the house of 11 Wherein the king granted the Jews Haman. Then the king said, Hang him which were in every city to gather themthereon.

selves together, and to stand for their life, 10 So they hanged Haman on the gal- to destroy, to slay, and to cause to perish, lows that he had prepared for Mordecai. all the power of the people and province Then was the king's wrath pacified. that would assault them, both little ones CHĂP. VIII.

and women, and to take the spoil of them ON N that day did the king Ahasuerus for a prey,

give the house of Haman, the Jews' 12 "Upon one day in all the provinces of enemy, unto Esther the queen. And Mor-king Ahasuerus, namely, upon the thirdecai came before the king; for Esther had teenth day of the twelfth month, which is told what he was unto her.

the month Adar. 2 And the king took off his ring which 13 The copy of the writing for a comhe had taken from Haman, and gave it un- mandment to be given in every province to Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai was published unto all people, and that over the house of Haman.

the Jews should be ready against that day 3 | And Esther spake yet again before to avenge themselves on their enemies. the king, and fell down at his feet, and be- 14 So the posts that rode upon mules sought him with tears to put away the mis- and camels went out, being hastened and chief of Haman the Agagite, and his device pressed on by the king's commandment. that he had devised against the Jews. And the decree was given at Shushan the

4 Then the king held out the golden palace. sceptre toward Esther. So Esther arose, 15 | And Mordecai went out from the and stood before the king,

presence of the king in royal apparel of 5 And said, If it please the king, and blue and white, and with a great crown of if I have found favour in his sight, and the gold, and with a garment of fine linen thing seem right before the king, and I be and purple : and the city of Shushan repleasing in bis eyes, let it be written to joiced, and was glad: reverse the letters devised by Haman the 16 The Jews had light, and gladness, son of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he and joy, and honour. wrote to destroy the Jews which are in all 17 And in every province, and in every the king's provinces :

city, whithersoever the king's command6 For how can I endure to see the evil ment and his decree came, the Jews had that shall come unto my people? or how joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. can I endure lo see the destruction of my And many of the people of the land be. kindred ?

came Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell 7 T Then the king Ahasuerus said unto upon them. Esther the queen and to Mordecai the Jew,

CHAP. IX. Behold, I have given Esther the house of N month thgar, on the thirteenth day of Haman, and him they have hanged upon the gallows, because he laid his hand upon the same, when the king's commandment the Jews.

and his decree drew near to be put in exe8 Write ye also for the Jews, as it liketh cution, in the day that the enemies of the you, in the king's name, and seal it with Jews hoped to have power over them, the king's ring : for the writing wbich is (though it was turned to the contrary, that written in the king's name, and sealed the Jews had rule over them that hated with the king's ring, may po man reverse.them ;)

The Jews slay their enemies. ESTHER. They establish a festival.

2 The Jews gathered themselves toge-thereof, and on the fourteenth thereof; and ther in their cities throughout all the pro- on the fifteenth day of the same they restvinces of the king Ahasuerus, to lay handed, and made it a day of feasting and on such as sought their hurt : and no man gladness. could withstand then; for the fear of them 19 Therefore the Jews of the villages, fell upon all people.

that dwelt in the unwalled towns, made 3 Ånd all the rulers of the provinces, the fourteenth day of the month Adar a day and the lieutenants, and the deputies, and of gladness and feasting, and a good day, officers of the king helped the Jews; be- and of sending portions one to another. cause the fear of Mordecai fell upon them. 20 | And Mordecai wrote these things,

4 For Mordecai was great in the king's and sent letters unto all the Jews that were bouse, and bis fame went out throughout in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus, all the provinces : for this man Mordecai both nigh and far, waxed greater and greater.

21 To establish this among them, that 5 Thus the Jews smote all their ene- they should keep the fourteenth day of the mies with the stroke of the sword, and month Adar, and the fifteenth day of the slaughter, and destruction, and did what same, yearly, they would unto those that hated them. 22' Ås the days wherein the Jews rested

6 And in Shushan the palace the Jews from their enemies, and the month which slew and destroyed five hundred men. was turned unto them from sorrow to joy,

7 And Parshandatha, and Dalphon, and and from mourning into a good day : that Aspatha,

they should make them days of feasting 8 And Poratha, and Adalia, and Ari- and joy, and of sending portions one to datha,

another, and gifts to the poor. 9 And Parmashta, and Arisai, and Ari- 23 And the Jews underlook to do as they dai, and Vajezatha,

had begun, and as Mordecai had written 10 The tensons of Haman the son of Ham- unto them medatha, the enemy of the Jews, slew they; 24 Because Haman the son of Hamme. but on the spoil laid they not their hand. datha, the Agagite, the enemy of all the

11 On that day the number of those that Jews, had devised against the Jews to dewere slain in Shushan the palace was stroy them, and had cast Pur, that is, the brought before the king.

lot, to consume them, and to destroy them; 12 T And the king said unto Esther the 25 But when Esther came before the queen, The Jews have slain and destroyed king, he commanded by letters that his five hundred men in Shushan the palace, wicked device, which he devised against and the ten sons of Haman; what have the Jews, should return upon his own head, they done in the rest of the king's pro- and that he and his sons should be hanged vinces ? now what is thy petition and it on the gallows. shall be granted thee: or what is thy re- 26 Wherefore they called these days quesi further ? and it shall be done. Purim after the pame of Pur. Therefore

13 Then said Esther, If it please the for all the words of this letter, and of that king, let it be granted to the Jews which which they had seen concerning this matare in Shushan to do to-morrow also ac- ter, and which had come unto them, cording unto this day's decree, and let Ha- 27 The Jews ordained, and took upon man's ten sons behanged upon thegallows. them, and upon their seed, and upon all

14 And the king commanded it so to be such as joined themselves unto them, so done : and the decree was given at Shu- as it should not fail, that they would keep shan; and they hanged Haman's ten sons. these two days according to their writing,

15' For the Jews that were in Shushan and according to their appointed time evegathered themselves together on the four- ry year; teenth day also of the month Adar, and 28 And that these days should be reslew three hundred men at Shushan; but membered and kept throughout every geon the prey they laid not their hand.

neration, every family, every province, and 16. But the other Jeres that were in every city; and that these days of Purim the king's provinces gathered themselves should not fail from among the Jews, nor the together, and stood for their lives, and had memorial of them perish from their seed. rest from their enemies, and slew of their 29 Then Esther the queen, the daughfoes seventy and five thousand, but they ter of Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew, laid not their hands on the prey,

wrote with all authority, to confirm this 17 On the thirteenth day of the month second letter of Purim. Adar; and on the fourteenth day of the 30 And he sent the letters unto all the same rested they, and made it a day of Jews, to the hundred twenty and seven feasting and gladness.

provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, 18 But the Jews that were at Shushan with words of peace and truth, assembled together on the thirteenth day! 31 To confirm these days of Purim in Satan appears before God: CHAP. I. He obtains leave to tempt Job. their times appointed, according as Mor- 2 And all the acts of his power and of decai the Jew and Esther the queen bad his might, and the declaration of the greatenjoined them, and as they had decreed ness of Mordecai, whereunto the king adfor themselves and for their seed, the mat- vanced him, are they not written in the ters of the fastings and their cry. book of the Chronicles of the kings of Me

32 And the decree of Esther confirmed dia and Persia ? these matters of Purim ; and it was writ- 3 For Mordecai the Jew was next ten in the book.

unto king Ahasuerus, and great among CHAP. X.

the Jews, and accepted of the multitude upon the land, and upon the isles people, and speaking peace to all bis of the sea.



1 The Book of JOB. CHAP. I.

12 And the LORD said unto Satan, BeTHERE was a man in the land of Uz, hold, all that he hath is in thy power; only T

whose name was Job; and that man upon himself put not forth thy band. So was perfect and upright, and one that Satan went forth from the presence of the feared God, and eschewed evil.

Lord. 2 And there were born unto him seven 13 | And there was a day when his sons and three daughters.

sons and his daughters were eating, and 3 His substance also was seven thou- drinking wine in their eldest brother's sand sheep, and three thousand camels, house : and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five 14 And there came a messenger unto hundred she-asses, and a very great Job, and said, The oxen were ploughing, household; so that this man was the great- and the asses feeding beside them: est of all the men of the east.

15 And the Sabeans fell upon them, and 4 And his sons went and feasted in their took them away; yea, they have slain the houses, every one his day; and sent and servants with the edge of the sword; and called for their three sisters to eat and to I only am escaped alone to tell thee. drink with them.

16 While he was yet speaking, there 5 And it was so, when the days of their came also another, and said, The fire of feasting were gone about, that Job sent God is fallen from heaven, and hath burnand sanctified them, and rose up early in ed up the sheep and the servants, and conthe morning, and offered burnt-offerings sumed them; and I only am escaped alone according to the number of them all: for to tell thee. Job said, It may be that my sons have 17 While he was yet speaking, there sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. came also another, and said, The ChalThus did Job continually.

deans made out three bands, and fell up6. Now there was a day when the on the camels, and have carried them sons of God came to present themselves away, yea, and slain the servants with the before the LORD, and Satan came also edge of the sword; and I only am escaped

alone to tell thee. 7 And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence 18 While he was yet speaking, there comest thou ? Then Satan answered the came also another, and said, Thy LORD, and said, From going to and fro in sons and thy daughters were eating, and the earth, and from walking up and down drinking wine in their eldest brother's in it.

house : 8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast 19 And behold, there came a great wind thou considered my servant Job, that there from the wilderness, and smote the four is none like him in the earth, a perfect corners of the house, and it fell upon the and an upright man, one that feareth God, young men, and they are dead; and I onand escheweth evil?

ly am escaped alone to tell thee. 9 Then Satan answered the LORD and 20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, said, Doth Job fear God for nought? and shaved his head, and fell down upon

10 Hast not thou made a hedge about the ground, and worshipped, him, and about his house, and about all 21 And said, Naked came I out of my that he hath onevery side? thou hast bless- mother's womb, and naked shall I return od the work of his hands, and his substance thither: The Lord gave, and the LORD is increased in the land.

hath taken away; blessed be the name of 11 But put forth thy hand now, and the LORD. touch all that he bath, and he will curse 22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charg. tee to thy face.

ed God foolishly.

among them.

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