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Then said the king unto her, What will thou Queen Esther, and what

is thy request ? it shall be even given thee to the half of the kingdom.” -Esther, CHAP. VII. ver. 2.

the man whom the king delighteth to ho- 1 5. Then the king Ahasuerus answered nour,

and said unto Esther the queen, Who is he, 8. Let the royal apparel be brought which and where is he, that durst presume in his the king useth to wear, and the horse that heart to do so? the king rideth upon, and the crown-royal 6. And Esther said, The adversary and which is set upon his head:

enemy is this wicked Haman. Then Ha. 9. And let this apparel and horse be man was afraid before the king and the queen. delivered to the hand of one of the king's 7. And the king, arising from the banquet most noble princes, that they may array the of wine in his wrath, went into the palaceman withal whom the king delighteth to garden: and Haman stood up to make rehonour, and bring him on horseback through quest for his life to Esther the queen; for he the street of the city, and proclaim before saw that there was evil determined against him, Thus shall it be done to the man him by the king. whom the king delighteth to honour.

8. Then the king returned out of the 10. Then the king said to Haman, Make palace-garden into the place of the banquet haste, and take the apparel and the horse, of wine; and Haman was fallen upon the as thou hast said, and do even so to Mor- bed whereon Esther was. Then said the decai the Jew that sitteth at the king's gate: king, Will he force the queen also before me at nothing fail of all that thou hast spoken in the house? As the word went out of the

11. Then took Haman the apparel, and king's mouth, they covered Haman's face. be horse, and arrayed Mordecai, and 9. And Harbonah, one of the chamberrought him on horseback through the lains, said before the king, Behold also, the street of the city, and proclaimed before gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman bad him, Thus shall it be done unto the man made for Mordecai, who had spoken good whom the king delighteth to honour. for the king, standeth in the house of Haman.

12. And Mordecai came again to the Then the king said, Hang him thereon. king's gate: but Haman hasted to his house 10. So they hanged Haman on the gallows mourning, and having his head covered that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then

13. And Haman told Zeresh his wife and was the king's wrath pacified, all his friends every thing that had befallen

CHAP. VIII. hin. Then said his wise men and Zeresh Esther maketh suit to reverse Haman's letters. his wife unto him, If Mordecai be of the seed 1. D N that day did the king Ahasuerus of the Jews, before whom thou hast begun give the house of Haman, the Jews' to fall, thou shalt not prevail against him, i enemy, unto Esther the queen: and Morbut shalt surely fall before him.

decai came before the king; for Esther had 14. And while they were yet talking with told what he was unto her. him, came the king's chamberlains, and 2. And the king took off bis ring, which hasted to bring Haman unto the banquet he had taken from Haman, and gave it that Esther had prepared.

unto Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai CHAP. VII.

over the house of Haman. Esther maketh suit for her oion life and her people's.

3. And Esther spake yet again before 1. SO the king and Haman came to ban- | the king, and fell down at his feet, and

quet with Esther the queen. besought him with tears to put away the 2. And the king said again unto Esther, mischief of Haman the Agagite, and his on the second day, at the banquet of wine, | device that he had devised against the Jews. What is thy petition, queen Esther? and it 4. Then the king held out the golden shall be granted thee: and what is thy re- sceptre toward Esther. So Esther arose, quest? and it shall be performed, even to the and stood before the king, half of the kingdom.

5. And said, If it please the king, and if 3. Then Esther the queen answered and I have found favour in his sight, and the said, If I have found favour in thy sight, O thing seem right before the king, and I be king, and if it please the king, let my life be pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to regiven me at my petition, and my people at verse the letters devised by Haman the son my request :

of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he 4. For we are sold, I and my people, to wrote to destroy the Jews which are in all be destroyed, to be slain, and to perish: but the king's provinces : if we had been sold for bondmen and bond- 6. For how can I endure to see the evil women, I had held my tongue, although that shall come unto my people ? or how the enemy could not countervail the king's || can I endure to see the destruction of my

Il kindred ?

damage.

7. Then the king Ahasuerus said unto | and gladness, a feast and a good day. And Esther the queen, and to Mordecai the Jew, many of the people of the land became Behold, I have given Esther the house of Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them. Haman, and him they have hanged upon

CHAP. IX. the gallows, because he laid his hand upon The Jews slay their enemies, and the sons of Haman. the Jews.

8. Write ye also for the Jews, as it liketh N the month Adar, on the thirteenth you, in the king's name, and seal it with the day of the same, when the king's comking's ring: for the writing which is written mandment and his decree drew near to be in the king's name, and sealed with the put in execution, in the day that the eneking's ring, may no man reverse.

mies of the Jews hoped to have power over 9. Then were the king's scribes called at them, (though it was turned to the contrary, that time in the third month, that is, the that the Jews had rule over them that hated month Sivan, on the three and twentieth them,) day thereof: and it was written, according. 2. The Jews gathered themselves together to all that Mordecai commanded, unto the in their cities, throughout all the provinces Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the depu- of the king Ahasuerus, to lay hand on such ties and rulers of the provinces which are as sought their hurt; and no man could from India unto Ethiopia, a hundred twenty withstand them; for the fear of them fell and seven provinces, unto every province upon all people. according to the writing thereof, and unto 3. And all the rulers of the provinces, every people after their language, and to the and the lieutenants, and the deputies, and Jews according to their writing, and accord officers of the king, helped the Jews; being to their language.

cause the fear of Mordecai fell upon them. 10. And he wrote in the king Ahasuerus' 4. For Mordecai was great in the king's name, and sealed it with the king's ring; and house, and his fame went out throughout all sent letters by posts on horseback, and riders the provinces: for this man Mordecai, waxed on mules, camels, and young dromedaries: greater and greater.

11. Wherein the king granted the Jews 5. Thus the Jews smote all their enemies which were in every city to gather them with the stroke of the sword, and slaughter, selves together, and to stand for their life, to and destruction, and did what they would destroy, to slay, and to cause to perish, all unto those that hated them. . the power of the people and province that 6. And in Shushan the palace the Jews would assault them, both little ones and wo- slew and destroyed five hundred men. men, and to take the spoil of them for a prey, 7. And Parshandatha, and Dalphon, and

12. Upon one day, in all the provinces Aspatha, of king Ahasuerus, namely, upon the thir- || 8. And Poratha, and Adalia, and Aridteenth day of the twelfth month, which is | atha, the month Adar.

1 9. And Parmashta, and Arisai, and Ari13. The copy of the writing, for a com- dai, and Vajezatha, mandment to be given in every province, 10. The ten sons of Haman, the son of was published unto all people, and that the Hammedatha, the enemy of the Jews, slew Jews should be ready against that day to they; but on the spoil laid they not their avenge themselves on their enemies. hand.

14. So the posts that rode upon mules 11. On that day the number of those that and camels went out, being hastened and were slain in Shushan the palace was pressed on by the king's commandment. brought before the king. And the decrce was given at Shushan the 12. And the king said unto Esther the queen, palace.

The Jews have slain and destroyed five 15. And Mordecai went out from the hundred men in Shushan the palace, and presence of the king in royal apparel of the ten sons of Haman; what have they done blue and white, and with a great crown of in the rest of the king's provinces! Now gold, and with a garment of fine linen and what is thy petition? and it shall be grantpurple: and the city of Shushan rejoiced ed thee; or what is thy request further? and and was glad.

it shall be done. 16. The Jews had light, and gladness, and | 13. Then said Esther, If it please the joy, and honour.

king, let it be granted to the Jews which are 17. And in every province, and in every in Shushan to do to-morrow also according city, whithersoever the king's command unto this day's decree, and let Haman's ten ment and his decree came, the Jews had joy il sons be hanged upon the gallows.

14. And the king commanded it so to be the Jews, should return upon his own head, • done; and the decree was given at Shu- and that he and his sons should be hanged shan; and they hanged Haman's ten sons. | on the gallows.

15. For the Jews that were in Shushan 26. Wherefore they called these days gathered themselves together on the four-Purim, after the name of Pur: therefore, teenth day also of the month Adar, and for all the words of this letter, and of that slew three hundred men at Shushan; but which they had seen concerning this matter on the prey they laid not their hand, and which had come unto them,

16. But the other Jews that were in the 27. The Jews ordained, and took upon king's provinces gathered themselves to-them, and upon their seed, and upon all gether, and stood for their lives, and had rest such as joined themselves unto them, so as from their enemies, and slew of their foes it should not fail, that they would keep seventy and five thousand (but they laid not these two days according to their writing, their hands on the prey)

and according to their appointed time, every 17. On the thirteenth day of the month || year; Adar: and on the fourteenth day of the ! 28. And that these days should be rememsame rested they, and made it a day of bered and kept throughout every generation, feasting and gladness.

every family, every province, and every city; 18. But the Jews that were at Shushan and that these days of Purim should not fail assembled together on the thirteenth day from among the Jews, nor the memorial of thereof, and on the fourteenth thereof; and them perish from their seed. on the fifteenth day of the same they rested, 29. Then Esther the queen, the daughter and made it a day of feasting and gladness. of Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew, wrote

19. Therefore the Jews of the villages, with all authority, to confirm this second that dwelt in the unwalled towns, made the letter of Purim. fourteenth day of the month Adar a day of 30. And he sent the letters unto all the gladness and feasting, and a good day, and Jews, to the hundred twenty and seven proof sending portions one to another.

vinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, with 20. And Mordecai wrote these things, words of peace and truth, and sent letters unto all the Jews that were | 31. To confirm these days of Purim in in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus, their times appointed, according as Morboth nigh and far,

decai the Jew and Esther the queen had en21. To stablish this among them, that joined them, and as they had decreed for they should keep the fourteenth day of the themselves, and for their seed, the matters month Adar, and the fifteenth day of the of the fastings and their cry. same yearly,

| 32. And the decree of Esther confirmed 22. As the days wherein the Jews rested these matters of Purim; and it was written from their enemies, and the month which in the book. was turned unto them from sorrow to joy,

CHAP. X. and from mourning into a good day; that Ahasuerus' greatness. 3 Mordecai's advancement. they should make them days of feasting and 1. AND the king Ahasuerus laid a tribute joy, and of sending portions one to another, | A upon the land, and upon the isles of and gifts to the poor.

the sea. 23. And the Jews undertook to do as they. 2. And all the acts of his power, and of had begun, and as Mordecai had written his might, and the declaration of the greatunto them;

ness of Mordecai, whereunto the king ad24. Because Haman the son of Ham- || vanced him, are they not written in the medatha the Agagite, the enemy of all the book of the Chronicles of the kings of Media Jews, had devised against the Jews to de- || and Persia? stroy them, and had cast Pur (that is, the 3. For Mordecai the Jew was next unto lot) to consume them, and to destroy them: || king Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews,

25. But when Esther came before the and accepted of the multitude of his breking, he commanded by letters, that his thren, seeking the wealth of his people, and wicked device, which he devised against Il speaking peace to all his seed.

| The BOOK of JOB. CHAP. I.

| man was perfect and upright, and one that The holiness, and religious care of, Job-for his children. || feared God, and eschewed evil. 1. THERE was a man in the land of || 2. And there were born unto him seven

1 Uz, whose name was Job; and that sons and three daughters.

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