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CH A P. VI.

i Ahasuerus reading in the Chronicles of the good Service den

by Mordecai, taketh Care for his Reward. 4 Haman LEing to sue that Mordecai might be hanged, unawares giveth Counsel that he might do him Honour. 12 Complaining of his Misfortune his Friends tell him of his final Destiny.

Ver. In N n that Night " Pfal. Ixxiii. I was envious at the

foolish, when I saw the Prosperity of couldnot theKing the Wicked. seep, and he commanded to 17 Until I went into the San&uabring the Book of Records ry of God, then underftood I their

End. of the Chronicles; and they 18 Surely thou didit fer them in were read before the King. nippery Places: thou caftedf them 2 And it was found writ- down into Deftru&ion.

19 How are they brought icto Deten, that Mordecai had told folation, as in a Moment! they are of Bigthana and Tercíh, two utterly consumed with Terrors. of the King's Chamberlains, of old, since Man was plac'd upon

amberline Job xx. 4 Knoweft thou not this the Keepers of the Door, who the Earth sought to lay Hand on the That the Triumphing of the

Wicked is short, and the Joy of the King Ahasuerus.

Hypocrite but for a Moment. 3. And the King said, What 6 Though his Excelleacy mogat Honour and Dignity hath up to the Heavens, and his Hesi

reach unto the Clouds. been done to Mordecai for

7 Yet he shall perish for ever, like this? Then said the King's his own Dung : they which have seen Servants, There is nothing There is nothing him shall say, Where is he?

noms 8 He shall fly away as a Dream, done for him.

and shall not be found: yea, he tull 4 And the King said, Who be chased away as the Vicon of the is in the Court? (Now Ha- Night.

5 The Eye also which see him, man was come into the out- shall see him no more; neither thall ward Court of the King's his Place any more behold him. House. to speak unto the 10 His Children thall seek to please

the Poor, and his Hands shall settore King; to hang Mordecai on their Goods. the Gallows that he had pre- 11 His Bones are full of the sia

of his Youth, which shall lie dows pared for him.)

with him in the Dust. 5 And the King's Servants. 12. Though Wickedness be (seet ia faid unto him, Haman stand- his Mouth, though he hide it andes eth in the Court. And the his Tongue.

13 Though he spare it, and ferKing said, Let him come in. fake it nor; but keep it still with's 6. And the King said unto his Mouth.

nacle.

him, What shall be done unto the Man whom the King

14 Yet this Meat in his Bowels

ine sing is turned, it is the Gall of Alps deligheth to honour? (Now within him. Haman thought in his Heart, Is He hath swallowed down Riches,

and he shall vomit them up again : To whom would the King de

God shall cast them out of his Belly. light to do Honour more 18 That which he laboured for than my self?)

shall he restore, and shall not swal

low it down : according to his Sub7 Ana ne aniwerca me stance shall the Reftitution be, and King, For the Man whom he shall not rejoice therein. the King delighteth to ho- .19 Because he hath oppressed, and

hath forsaken the Poor, because he nour,

hath violently taken away ao House 8 Let the Royal Apparel which he builded not. be brought which the King 23 When he is about to fill his

Belly, God shall cast the Fury of his useth to wear, and the Horse w ulein to wear, and the monie Wrath upon him, and shall rain it that the King rideth upon, upon him while he is eating. and the Crown Royal which .36 All Darkness shall be hid in

his secret Place : a Fise not blown is set upon his Head:

shall consume him; it shall go ill 9 And let this Apparel and with him that is left in his TaberHorse be delivered to the "

27 The Heaven Thall reveal his 1Hand of one of the King's niquity : and the Earth shall rise up most noble Princes, that they against him.

21 The Increase of his House shall may aray the Man withal d

depart, and his Goods shall flow awhom the King delighteth to way in the Day of his Wrath. honour, and bring him on 29 This is the Portion of a wick

ed Man from Gov), and the Heritage Horteback through the street appointed unto him by God. of the City, and proclaim before him, Thus shall it be done to the Man whom the King delighteth to honour.

10 Then the King said to Haman, Make haste, and take the Apparel and the Horse, as thou haft said, and do even so to Mordecai the Jew, that liiteth at the King's Gate : let nothing fail of all that thou hast spoken.

1 Then took Haman the Apparel and the Horse, and arayed Mordecai, and brought him on Horseback through the Street of the City, and proclaimed before him, Thus shall it be done unto the Man whom the King delighteth to honour.

12 And Mordecai came again to the King's Gate: but Haman haited to his House, mourning, and having his Head covered.

13 And Haman told his Wife, and all his Friends, every Thing that had befallen him. Then said his wife Men, and

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his Wife unto him, If Mordecai be of the Seed of the Jews, before whom thou hast begun to fall, thou shalt not prevail against him, but shalt surely fall before him.

14 And while they were yet talking with him, came the King's Chamberlains, and hasted to bring Haman unto the Banquet that Esther had prepared.

CH A P. VII. 1 Esther entertaining the King and Haman, maketh Suit for

Jer own Life and her Peoples. 5 She accuseth Haman. 7 The King in his Anger undersianding of the Gallows wbich Himan had made for Mordecai, caufeth him to be banged thereon.

So the King and Haman came to banquet with the > Queen.

2 And the King faid again to Esther, on the second Day, at the Banquet, What is thy Petition, Queen Esther? and it shall be performed even to the half of the Kingdom,

3. Then the Queen answered and said, If I have found Favour in thy Sight, O King, and if it please the king, let my Life be given me at my Petition, and my PEOPLE at my Request.

4 For we are sold, I and my People, to be destroyed, to be flain, and to perish: but if we had been sold for Bond-men and Bond-women, I had held my Tongue, although the Enemy could not countervail the King's Damage.

5 Then the King Ahasuerus answered and said unto Either, Who is he? and where is he that durst presume in bis

Heart to do ther faidan Haman w

6 And Esther said, The Adversary and Enemy is this wicked Haman. Then Haman was afraid before the King and the Queen.

7 And the King arising from the Banquet in his Wrath, went into the Palace Garden; and Haman stood up to make Request for his Life to the Queen: for he saw that there was Evil determined against him by the King.

8 Then the King returned out of the Palace Garden, into the Place of the Banquet of Wine; and Haman was fallen upon the Bed whereon Either was. Then said the King, Will he force the Queen also before me in the House? As the Word went out of the King's Mouth, they covered Haman's Face. • And Harbonah, one • Psal. ix. 15 The Heathen are

sunk down in the Pit that they made: of the Chamberlains, said be

de in the Net which they hid is their fore the King, Behold also own Foot taken. the Gallows sifty Cubits high, 16 The Lord is known by the which Haman had made for wicked are snared in the Work of his

Judgment which he executeth': the Mordecai, who had spoken owo Hands. good for the King, standeth 17 The Wicked shall be turned in

i to Hell, and all the Nations that forin the House of Haman. Then con

get GOD. the King said, Hang him 18 For the Needy shall not alway thereon.

be forgotten: the Expe&ation of the

Poor shall not perish for ever. 10 So they hangea na 10 So they hanged Ha- "

19 Arise, O LORD, let not Man man on the Gallows that he prevail, let the Heathen be judged in had prepared for Mordecai. thy Sight..

23 Put them in Fear, O LORD: Then was the King's Wrath that the Nations may know thempacified.

selves to be but Men.

CH A P. VIII.. i Mordecai is advanced. 3 Esther maketh Suit to reverse Ha

man's Letters. 7 Ahasuerus granteth to the Jews to defend themselves. 15 Mordecai's Honour, and the Jew's Joy.

Ver. In NP that Day did Psal. xxxvii. 1 Fret not thy self

because of evil Doers, neither be the King Aha

thou envious against the Workers of suerus give the House of Ha- Iniquity. man the Jew's Enemy, unto 2 For they shall soon be cut down

Jike the Grass, and wither as the Esther the Queen: and Mor

morgreen Herb. decai came before the King; 3 Trust in the LORD, and do good, for Esther had told what he so shalt thou dwell in the Land, and

verily thou shalt be fed. was unto her.

4 Delight thy self also in the 2 And the King took off Lord; and he shall give thee the his Ring which he had taken Delires of thine Heart.

s Commit thy Way unto the LORD; from Haman, and gave it un- trust also in him, and he lhall bring to Mordecai. And Esther set it to pass. Mordecai over all 'the House .6 And he shall bring forth thy

Righteousness as the Light, and thy of Haman.

Judgment as the Noon Day. 7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him : frét not thy self because of him who prosperech in his way, because of the Man who bringeth wicked Devices to pass.

8 Cease from Anger, and forsake Wrath: fret not thy self in any wise to do Evil.

9 For evil Doers shall be cut off, but those that wait upon the Lord, shall inherit the Earth.

10 For yet a little while, and the Wicked shall not be: yea, thou halt diligenciy consider his Place, and it shall not be

11 But the Meek shall inherit the Earth: and thall delight themselves in the Abundance of Peace. . 12 The Wicked plotteth against the Just, and gnasheth upon him with his Teeth.

13 The Lord shall laugh at him, for he feeth that his Day is coming.

14 The Wicked have drawn out the Sword, and have bent their Bow to cast down the Poor and Needy, and co Nay such as be of uprighi Correio fation. . 15 Their Sword fall enter into their own Heart, and their Box fhall be broken.

16 A little that a Righteous Man hath, is better than the Riches of nany Wicked.

17 For the Arms of the Wicked shall be broken : but the Lord ophold cth the Righteous.

18 The Lord knoweth the Days of the Upright, and their Inheritance Thall be for ever.

19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil Time, and in the Days of Fæ mine they thall be satisfied.

21 But the Wicked shall perish, and the Enemies of the Lord fall be as the Fat of Lambs, they Thall consume: into Smoke Inall they coalum ao way.

22 For such as be blessed of him, shall inherit the Earth; and they that be cursed of him, shall be cut off :

.23 The Steps of a good Man are ordered by the LORD: and be deligbreth in his Way.

34 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down : for the LORD up holdeth him with his Hand. .

25 I have been young, and now am old: yet have I not seen the Righteous foiraken, nor his Seed begging Bread.

27 Depart from Evil, and do Good: and dwell for evermore. 28 For the Lord loveth Judgment, and forsaketh not his Saints, they are prelerved for ever: but the seed of the Wicked shall be cut off.

32 The Wicked watcherh the Righteous, and seekerh co slay him.

33 The LORD will not leave him in his Hand, nor condemo him when be is judged.

34 Wait on the Lord, and keep bis Way, and he shall exalt thee to isherit the Land: When the Wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.

35 I have seen the Wicked in great Power: and spreading himself like a green Bay-tree.

36 Yei he passed away, and lo, he was nor: yea, I fought him, bar he could not be found

37 Mark the perfe& Man, and behold the Upright: for the Eod of that Man is Peace.

38 But the Transgressors shall be destroyed together, the End of the Wicked fall be cut off.

39 But the Salvation of the Righteous is of the LORD, he is their Strength in Time of Trouble.

40 And the Lord thall help and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the Wicked, and save them because they trust in him.

3.9 And Either tpake yet I pral. x. 12 Wherefore doth the again before the King, and Wicked concemn God: he hath fand fell down at his feet, and in his Heart, Thou wilt not require it. befought him with Tears. to 14 Thou liaft seen it, for thou be

"O holdest Mischief and Spire to require put away the Mischief of Ha- it with thy Hand: the Poor cop

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