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biah, in preparing him a chamber in the || not be opened till after the sabbath: and courts of the house of God..

some of my servants set I at the gates, that 8. And it grieved me sore: therefore I cast there should no burden be brought in on the forth all the household-stuff of Tobiah out sabbath-day. of the chamber.

| 20. So the merchants, and sellers of all 9. Then I commanded, and they cleansed kind of ware, lodged without Jerusalem the chambers; and thither brought I again once or twice. the vessels of the house of God, with the 21. Then I testified against them, and said meat-offering and the frankincense. unto them, Why lodge ye about the wall?

10. And I perceived that the portions of if ye do so again, I will lay bands on you. the Levites had not been given them : for From that time forth came they no more on the Levites and the singers that did the the sabbath. work were fled every one to his field.

22. And I commanded the Levites, that 11. Then contended I with the rulers, they should cleanse themselves, and that and said, Why is the house of God forsaken? | they should come and keep the gates, to And I gathered them together, and set them sanctify the sabbath-day. Remember me, in their place.

O my God, concerning this also, and spare 12. Then brought all Judah the tithe of me according to the greatness of thy mercy. the corn, and the new wine, and the oil, unto | 23, 1 In those days also saw I Jews that the treasures.

had married wives of Ashdod, of Ammon, 13. And I made treasurers over the trea- and of Moab: suries, Shelemiah the priest, and Zadok the 24. And their children spake half in the scribe; and of the Levites, Pedaiah; and speech of Ashdod, and could not speak in next to them was Hanan the son of Zaccur, the Jews' language, but according to the the son of Maitaniah: for they were counted | language of each people. faithful; and their office was to distribute 25. And I contended with them, and unto their brethren.

cursed them, and smote certain of them, and 14. Remember me, O my God, concern plucked off their hair, and made them swear ing this, and wipe not out my good deeds by God, saying, Ye shall not give your daughthat I have done for the house of my God, ters unto their sons, nor take their daughters and for the offices thereof.

unto your sons, or for yourselves. 15. | In those days saw I in Judah some 26. Did not Solomon king of Israel sin treading wine-presses on the sabbath, and by these things? yet, among many nations bringing in sheaves, and lading asses; as was there no king like him, who was beloved also wine, grapes, and figs, and all manner of | of his God, and God made him king over burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem all Israel: nevertheless even him did outon the sabbath-day: and I testified against | landish women cause to sin. them in the day wherein they sold victuals. | 27. Shall we then hearken unto you to do

16. There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, || all this great evil, to transgress against our which brought fish, and all manner of ware, God in marrying strange wives? and sold on the sabbath unto the children | 28. And one of the sons of Joiada, the son of Judah, and in Jerusalem.

of Eliashib the high priest, was son-in-law 17. Then I contended with the nobles of to Sạnballat the Horonite: therefore I Judah, and said unto them, What evil thing | chased him from me. is this that ye do, and profane the sabbath 29. Remember them, O my God, because day?

they have defiled the priesthood, and the 18. Did not your fathers thus, and did || covenant of the priesthood, and of the Lenot our God bring all this evil upon us, and || vites. upon this city? yet ye bring more wrath upon 30. Thus cleansed I them from all stranIsrael by profaning the sabbath.

gers, and appointed the wards of the priests 19. And it came to pass, that when the and the Levites, every one in his business; gates of Jerusalem began to be dark before 31. And for the wood-offering at times the sabbath, I commanded that the gates appointed, and for the first-fruits. Rememshould be shut, and charged that they should I ber me, O my God, for good,


| reigned from India even unto Ethiopia, 1 Ahasuerus maketh royal feasts. 10 Vashti sent for. over a hundred and seven and twenty pro

TOW it came to pass in the days of vinccs,) W Ahasuerus, (this is Ahasuerus which I 2. That in those days, when the king

Ahasuerus sat on the throne of his kingdom, || not performed the commandment of the king which was in Shushan the palace, || Ahasuerus by the chamberlains ?

3. In the third year of his reign, he made 16. And Memucan answered before the a feast unto all his princes and his servants ; || king and the princes, Vashti the queen hath the power of Persia and Media, the nobles | not done wrong to the king only, but also to and princes of the provinces, being before all the princes, and to all the people that him,

are in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus. 4. When he showed the riches of his glo 17. For this' deed of the queen shall rious kingdom, and the honour of his excel come abroad unto all women, so that they lent majesty, many days, even a hundred shall despise their husbands in their eyes, and fourscore days.

when it shall be reported, The king Aha5. And when these days were expired, suerus commanded Vashti the queen to be the king made a feast unto all the people brought in before him, but she came not. that were present in Shushan the palace, || 18. Likewise shall the ladies of Persia and both unto great and small, seven days, in | Media say this day unto all the king's the court of the garden of the king's palace; | princes, which have heard of the deed of

6. Where were white, green, and blue | the queen. Thus shall there arise too much hangings, fastened with cords of fine linen contempt and wrath. and purple to silver rings and pillars of mar 19. If it please the king, let there go a ble: the beds were of gold and silver, upon | royal commandment from him, and let it a pavement of red, and blue, and white, be written among the laws of the Persians and black marble.

and the Medes, that it be not altered, That 7. And they gave them drink in vessels | Vashti come no more before king Ahasueof gold, (the vessels being diverse one from rus; and let the king give her royal estate another,) and royal wine in abundance, ac- | unto another that is better than she. cording to the state of the king.

20. And when the king's decree which 8. And the drinking was according to the he shall make shall be published throughlaw; none did compel: for so the king hadap- out all his empire, (for it is great,) all the pointed to all the officers of his house, that wives shall give to their husbands honour, they should do according to every man's | both to great and small. pleasure.

21. And the saying pleased the king and 9. Also Vashti the queen made a feast for || the princes; and the king did according to the women in the royal house which belonged | the word of Memucan: to king Ahasuerus.

22. For he sent letters into all the king's 10. T On the seventh day, when the heart provinces, into every province according to of the king was merry with wine, he com- | the writing thereof, and to every people after manded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Big- their language, that every man should bear tha, and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the rule in his own house; and that it should seven chamberlains that served in the pre- be published according to the language of sence of Ahasuerus the king,

every people. 11. To bring Vashti the queen before the

CHAP. II. king, with the crown royal, to show the Out of the choice of virgins, a queen is to be chosen. people and the princes her beauty : for she | 1. AFTER these things, when the wrath was fair to look on.

Al of king Ahasuerus was appeased, he 12. But the queen Vashti refused to come remembered Vashti, and what she had done, at the king's commandment by his cham- and what was decreed against her. berlains: therefore was the king very wroth, 2. Then said the king's servants that and his anger burned in him.

ministered unto him, Let there be fair young 13. Then the king said to the wise men, virgins sought for the king: which knew the times, (for so was the king's || 3. And let the king appoint officers in all manner toward all that knew law and judg. || the provinces of his kingdom, that they may ment:

gather together all the fair young virgins unto 14. And the next unto him was Carshena, Shushan the palace, to the house of the woShethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Mar- men, unto the custody of Hege the king's sena, and Memucan, the seven princes of chamberlain, keeper of the women; and let Persia and Media, which saw the king's their things for purification be given them: face, and which sat the first in the king. 4. And let the maiden which pleaseth the dom ;)

king be queen instead of Vashti. And the 15. What shall we do unto the queen thing pleased the king, and he did so. Vashti according to law, because she hath || 5. Now in Shushan the palace there was

a certain Jew, whose name was Mordecai, ji berlain, the keeper of the women, appointed: the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of and Esther obtained favour in the sight of Kish, a Benjamite,

all them that looked upon her. . 6. Who had been carried away from Je | 16. So Esther was taken unto king Aharusalem with the captivity which had been suerus into his house royal in the tenth carried away with Jeconiah king of Judah, month, which is the month Tebeth, in the whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon seventh year of his reign. had carried away.

17. And the king loved Esther above all 7. And he brought up Hadassah (that is the women, and she obtained grace and faEsther) his uncle's daughter; for she had vour in his sight more than all the virgins; neither father nor mother, and the maid was so that he set the royal crown upon her fair and beautiful; whom Mordecai, when head, and made her queen instead of Vashti. her father and mother were dead, took for '. Then the king made a great feast unto his own daughter.

all his princes and his servants, even Esther's 3. So it came to pass, when the king's feast; and he made a release to the procommandment and his decree was heard, vinces, and gave gifts according to the state and when many maidens were gathered to- of the king. gether unto Shushan the palace, to the cus- 19. And when the virgins were gathered tody of Hegai, that Esther was brought also together the second time, then Mordecai sat tinto the king's house, to the custody of in the king's gate. Hegai, keeper of the women.

20. Esther had not yet showed her kin9. And the maiden pleased him, and she dred nor her people, as Mordecai had obtained kindness of him; and he speedily charged her: for Esther did the commandgave her her things for purification, with ment of Mordecai, like as when she was such things as belonged to her, and seven brought up with him. maidens, which were meet to be given her, 21. In those days, wbile Mordecai sat in out of the king's house: and he preferred her the king's gate, two of the king's chamberand her maids unto the best place of the lains, Bigthan and Teresh, of those which house of the women.

kept the door, were wroth, and sought to lay 10. Esther had not showed her people nor hand on the king Ahasuerus. her kindred: for Mordecai had charged her 22. And the thing was known to Morthat she should not show it.

|| decai, who told it unto Esther the queen, 11. And Mordecai walked every day be- and Esther certified the king thereof in fore the court of the women's house, to Mordecai's name. know how Esther did, and what should 23. And when inquisition was made of become of her.,

the matter, it was found out; therefore they 12. Now, when every maid's turn was were both hanged on a tree: and it was come to go in to king Ahasuerus, after that written in the book of the Chronicles before she had been twelve months, according to the king. the manner of the women, (for so were the

CHAP. III. days of their purifications accomplished, to Haman seeketh revenge upon all the Jews. wit, six months with oil of myrrh, and six 1. AFTER these things did king Ahasuemonths with sweet odours, and with other | A rus promote Haman the son of Ham. things for the purifying of the women,) medatha the Agagite, and advanced him,

13. Then thus came every maiden unto and set his seat above all the princes that the king; whatsoever she desired was given were with him. her, to go with her out of the house of the 2. And all the king's servants, that were women unto the king's house.

| in the king's gate, bowed and reverenced 14. In the evening she went, and on Haman: for the king had so commanded the morrow she returned into the second concerning him: but Mordecai bowed not, house of the women, to the custody of nor did him reverence. Shaashgaz the king's chamberlain, which 3. Then the king's servants, which were in kept the concubines: she came in unto the the king's gate, said unto Mordecai, Why king no more, except the king delighted in transgressest thou the king's commandment? her, and that she were called by name. 4. Now it came to pass, when they spake

15. Now when the turn of Esther, the daily unto him, and he hearkened not unto daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, them, that they told Haman, to see whether who had taken her for his daughter, was Mordecai's matters would stand: for he had come to go in unto the king, she required told them that he was a Jew. nothing but what Hegai the king's cham- 5. And when Haman saw that Mordecai

kept the more, ce were called of Estherdecai

bowed not, nor did him reverence, then was ||

CHAP. IV. Haman full of wrath.

The great mourning of Mordecai and the Jews. 6. And he thought scorn to lay hands on 1. W H EN Mordecai perceived all that Mordecai alone; for they had showed him v was done, Mordecai rent bis the people of Mordecai: wherefore Haman clothes, and put on 'sackcloth with ashes, sought to destroy all the Jews that were | and went out into the midst of the city, and throughout the whole kingdom of Abasue- cried with a loud and a bitter cry; rus, even the people of Mordecai.

2. And came even before the king's gate: 7. In the first month, (that is the month || for none might enter into the king's gate Nisan,) in the twelfth year of king Ahasue- clothed with sackcloth. rus, they cast Pur, that is, the lot, before 3. And in every province, whithersoHaman, from day to day, and from month ever the king's commandment and his deto month, to the twelfth month, that is the cree came, there was great mourning among month Adar.

theJews, and fasting, and weeping, and wail8. And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, ing: and many lay in sackcloth and ashes. There is a certain people scattered abroad 4. So Esther's maids and her chamberand dispersed among the people in all the lains came and told it her. Then was the provinces of thy kingdom ; and their laws queen exceedingly grieved; and she sent are diverse from all people, neither keep they raiment to clothe Mordecai, and to take the king's laws, therefore it is not for the away his sackcloth from him : but he reking's profit to suffer them.

ceived it not. 9. If it please the king, let it be written 5. Then called Esther for Hatach, one that they may be destroyed; and I will pay of the king's chamberlains, whom he had ten thousand talents of silver to the hands of appointed to attend upon her, and gave him those that have the charge of the business, || a commandment to Mordecai, to know to bring it into the king's treasuries.

what it was, and why it was. 10. And the king took his ring from his 6. So Hatach went forth to Mordecai hand, and gave it unto Haman the son unto the street of the city, which was before of Hammedatha the Agagite, the Jews' | the king's gate: enemy.

7. And Mordecai told him of all that had 11. And the king said unto Haman, The happened unto him, and of the sum of the silver is given to thee, the people also, to do money that Haman bad promised to pay to with them as it seemeth good to thee. the king's treasuries for the Jews, to destroy

12. Then were the king's scribes called them: on the thirteenth day of the first month, and 8. Also he gave him the copy of the there was written according to all that Ha- writing of the decree that was given at man had commanded, unto the king's lieu-Shushan to destroy them, to show it unto tenants, and to the governors that were over Esther, and to declare it unto her, and to every province, and to the rulers of every charge her that she should go in unto the people of every province, according to the king, to make supplication unto him, and writing thereof, and to every people after to make request before him for her people. their language; in the name of king Aha- 9. And Hatach came and told Esther the suerus was it written, and sealed with the words of Mordecai; king's ring.

10. Again Esther spake unto Hatach, and 13. And the letters were sent by posts gave him commandment unto Mordecai; into all the king's provinces, to destroy, to 11. All the king's servants, and the peokill, and to cause to perish all Jews, both ple of the king's provinces, do know, that young and old, little children and women, whosoever, whether man or woman, shall in one day, even upon the thirteenth day w..come unto the king into the inner court, the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, who is not called, there is one law of his to and to take the spoil of them for a prey. put him to death, except such to whom the

14. The copy of the writing, for a com- king shall hold out the golden sceptre, that mandment to be given in every province, he may live: but I have not been called to was published unto all people, that they come in unto the king these thirty days. should be ready against that day.

12. And they told to Mordecai Esther's 15. The posts went out, being hastened words. by the king's commandment; and the de- |13. Then Mordecai commanded to an cree was given in Shushan the palace. And swer Esther, Think not with thyself that the king and Haman sat down to drink; but thou shalt escape in the king's house more the city Shushan was perplexed.

Il than all the Jews.

spoil orch is the month day., w

14. For if thou altogether holdest thy | joyful and with a glad heart: but when peace at this time, then shall there enlarge- Haman saw Mordecai in the king's gate, ment and deliverance arise to the Jews that he stood not up, nor moved for him, he from another place; but thou and thy father's was full of indignation against Mordecai. house shall be destroyed: and who know- 10. Nevertheless, Haman refrained himeth whether thou art come to the kingdomself: and when he came home, he sent and for such a time as this?

called for his friends, and Zeresh his wife. 15. Then Esther bade them return Mor- 11. And Haman told them of the glory decai this answer;

of his riches, and the multitude of his chil16. Go, gather together all the Jews | dren, and all the things wherein the king had that are present in Shushan, and last ye promoted him, and how he had advanced for me, and neither eat nor drink three him above the princes and servants of the days, night or day: I also and my maidens king. will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto 12. Haman said moreover, Yea, Esther the king, which is not according to the law; the queen did let no man come in with the and if I perish, I perish.

king unto the banquet that she had prepared 17. So Mordecai went his way, and did | but myself; and to-morrow am I invited according to all that Esther had command- unto her also with the king. ed him.

13. Yet all this availeth me nothing, so CHAP. V.

| long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at Esther obtaineth the grace of the golden sceptre. the king's gate. , 1. NTOW it came to pass on the third day 14. Then said Zeresh his wife and all his

| that Esther put on her royal ap- friends unto him, Let a gallows be made of parel, and stood in the inner court of the fifty cubits high, and to-morrow speak thou king's house, over against the king's house : unto the king that Mordecai may be banged and the king sat upon his royal throne in thereon: then go thou in merrily with the the royal house, over against the gate of the king unto the banquet. And the thing house.

pleased Haman; and he caused the gal2. And it was so, when the king saw || lows to be made. Esther the queen standing in the court, that

CHAP. VI. she obtained favour in his sight : and the king

Ahasuerus rewardeth Mordecai. held out to Esther the golden sceptre that 1. ON that night could not the king sleep; was in his hand. So Esther drew near, and

and he commanded to bring the touched the top of the sceptre.

book of records of the Chronicles; and they 3. Then said the king unto her, What wilt were read before the king. thou, queen Esther ? and what is thy re- 2. And it was found written, that Morquest? it shall be even given thee to the decai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two half of the kingdom.

of the king's chamberlains, the keepers of 4. And Esther answered, If it seem good the door, who sought to lay hand on the unto the king, let the king and Haman come king Ahasuerus. this day unto the banquet that I have pre || 3. And the king said, What honour and pared for him.

dignity hath been done to Mordecai for 5. Then the king said, Cause Haman to this? Then said the king's servants that make haste, that he may do as Esther hath | ministered unto him, There is nothing done said. So the king and Haman came to the for him. banquet that Esther had prepared.

4. And the king said, Who is in the court? 6. And the king said unto Esther at the (Now Haman was come into the outward banquet of wine, What is thy petition ? and court of the king's house, to speak unts the it shall be granted thee: and what is thy king to hang Mordecai on the gallows that request ? even to the half of the kingdom it he had prepared for him.) shall be performed.

| 5. And the king's servants said unto him, 7. Then answered Esther, and said, My Behold, Haman standeth in the court. And petition and my request is;

the king said, Let him come in. 8. If I have found favour in the sight of 16. So Haman came in. And the king said the king, and if it please the king to grant my unto him, What shall be done unto the man petition, and to perform my request, let the whom the king delighteth to honour? (Now king and Haman come to the banquet that || Haman thought in his heart, To whom I shall prepare for them, and I will do to-would the king delight to do honour more morrow as the king hath said.

than to myself ?) 9. Then went Haman forth that day I 7. And Haman answered the king, For

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