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among the ]ews, and fasting, and weeping and wailing, and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.

4 ^ So Esthers maids, ?nd her chamber lams came and told it her. Then was the queen exceedingly grieved, and (lie sent raiment to clothe Mordecai, and to rake away his sackcloth from him: but he received it not. •

5 Then called Esther for Hataeh, me osdie kings chamberlains, whom he had appointed to attend upon her, and gave him a commandment to Mordecai, to know what it K M, and why it

6 So Hatach went forth to Mordecai, unro the street of the city, which »<m before the kings pate.

7 And Mordecai told him of all that had happened unto him, and of the sum of the money that Haman had promised to pay to the kings treasuries for the Jews, to destroy them.

8 Also he gave him the copy of the writing of the decree, that was given at Shufhan todestroy them,to fhew/'/unto Esther, and to declare it unto her, and to charge her that she should go in unto the king, to make supplication unto him, and to make request before him for her peop'e.

9 And Ha ach tame and told Esther die words ot Mordecai;

10 f A^aifi Esther spake nnro Hatach, and gave him commandment untoMordecai;'

11 All the kings servants, and the peop'c of the kings provinces do know, chat whosoever, whether man or woiran, H all come unto the king into the inner* court, who is nor called, there it one law of his to put him co dcarh, except such ro whom the king shall hold ou the golden sceptre, that he may Jive: but I have not been called to come in unto the king, the'e thirty days.

ii And they told to Mordecai Esthers words.

13 Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thy self hat rhou shalt escape in the kings house, more rhan all the Jews.

14 For if thou altogether holdest thy 5eace at thistime,f*«inial! there enlargement and deliverance arise to the ]ews from another place, but thou and thy fa *ers house shall be destroyed : and who tnoweth. whether thou art come to the tingdom for such a time as this?

i c s Then Esther bade them return Wodecai this anjieer, 16 Go, gather togethet all the Jews

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thtrare present in Shufhan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or dav: I also and my maidens will fast likewise, and so will I go in unto the king, which » not according to the law; and if I perish, I perish.

17 So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all dat Esther had commanded him.

CHAP. V. Efihit adventuring on the kings favertr, oblaineth the grace ef the gulden sceptre, and inviteth the king and Haman to t banquet.

NOw it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on her royal apparel, and stood in the inner Court of the kings house, over against the kings house: and rhe king far upon his royal throne in the royal house, over against die gate cs the house.

i And it was so when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the courr, that she obtained favour in his sight: and the king held out to Esther the golden sceptre that wot in his hand: so Esther drew near, and touched the top of the sceptre

1 Then said the king unrobes, What wile thou, queen Esther? and what it thyreqoest ? it shall be eveh given dice,to the half of the Vngdorn. »'-■'

4 And Esther answered! if it seem good unto the king, let the king and1 Haman come this day unto the banquet that I have prepared for him.'

5 Then the king said, Cause Haman to make haste, that he mav do as Esther hath fcid. So the king and Haman came to die banquet that Esther had prepared."

6 1 And the king said unto Esther at the banquet of wine, What » thy petition!1 and it stiall be granted thee: and what is thy request ? even to the half of die kingdom, it shall be performed.

7 Then answered Esther, and said, My petition, and my request is;

8 If I have found favour in the sight of rhe king, and if it please the king to grant my petition, and to perform my request, let the king and Haman come to the banquet that I shall prepare for them, and I will do to morrow as rhe king hath said.

9 % Then went Haman fordi that day, joyful, and with a glad heart: but when Harransaw Mordecai In the kigate, that he stood not up, r.oi r

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for him, he was full of indignatTorf atainlt Mordecai.

10 Nevertheless, Haman refrained himself, and when he came home, he sent and called for his friends, and Zeicfh his wife.

| 11 And Haman told them of the glcTy of his riches, and the multitude of his children, and all the things wherein the king had promoted him, and how he had advanced him above the princes and servants of the king.

ti Haman said moreover, Yea, Esther die queen did let no man come in with the king unto the banquet that the had prepared, but my self; and to morrow am I invited unto heralso with the king.

13 Yet all this availed me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the kings gate.

14 % Then said Zeresti his wife, and #11 his friends unto him, Let a gallows be made of fifty cubic ts high, and to mor!row speak thou unto the king, that Mordecai may be hanged thereon: then go thou in merrily with me king unto the banquet. And the thing pleased Haman, and he caused the gallows to be made.

CHAP. VI. I Akafuerut rewzrdetb Mordecai. n Hainan doth him honour,

ON that night could not the king sleep, and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chroides; and they were read before the

*B And it was found written, that Mordecai had told of Bigthana, and TeTesti, two of the kings chamberlains, the keepers of the door, who sought to lay nd on the king Ahafuerus. And the king said, What honour ,dignity hath been done to Mordefor this ) Then said the kings scrants that ministered unto him, There is >thing done for him.

4 1 And the king said, Who it in the court ? (Now Haman was come into the outward court of the kings house, to speak unto the king, to hang Mordecai on the gallows that he had prepared for him)

5 And the kings servants said unto him, Behold, Haman standeth in the court. And the king said, Let him come in.

6 So Haman came in: and the king said unto him, What (lull be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour? (Now Haman thought in his heart, To whom would the king delight

to do honour more than to si) selfr)

7 And Haman answered the kfc For the man whom the king delights to honour,

8 Let the royal apparel bebroop-which the king ufeth to wear, and tic horse that the kingrideth upon, and tr:

: crown royal which is set upon his hea -.

9 And let rbis apparel and horse be delivered to the hand of one ot the ki^ most noble princes, that they may ar.the man withal whom the king dcligh> erh to honour, and bring him on her back through the street of the city, ad proclaim before him, Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king cxlighteth to honour.

to Then the king said to Hamas. Make haste, and take the apparel, and the horse, as thou hast (aid, and do eves so to Mordecai the Jew, that fitterh a: the kings gate: let nothing fail of all that thou hast spoken.

11 Then took Haman the apparel and the horse, and arayed Mordecai, and brought him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaimed oefo'! him, Thus shall it be done unto the ma: whom the king delighteth to honour.

ii f And Mordecai came again the king's gate : but Haman hasted to his house, mourning, and having his head covered.

13 And Haman told Zereshhis wife and all his friends, every thing that had befallen him. Then said his wise roer, and Zeresh his wife unto him, If Mordecai be of the seed of the Jews, before whom thou hast begun to fall,thou slu t not prevail against him, but shalt siirclj fall before him.

14 And while they were yet talking with him, came the kings chamberlains, and hasted to bring Haman unto the banquet that Esther had prepared.

CHAP. VII. I Estherfiuth for her own life, and fir her peoples. 7 The kjn£ cv.selh Htmn to be hanged on his own gallows.

SO the king and Haman came to banquet with Esther the queen. 2 And die king said again to Esther, on the second day, at the banquet os wine, What »thy petition, queen Esther i and it shall be granted thee: and what a thy request? and it shall be performed even to the half of the kingdom.

j Then Esther the queen answered and said) If I have found favour in thy

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light, O king, anct If Tt please the king,! way œemilchief of Haman the Agagite, let my life be given me ac my petition, and his device that he had devised aand my people at my request. !gainstdie Jews.

4 For we are fold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to.be stain, ana co perish: but if we had been sold for bondmen and bond-women, I had held my tongue, although the enemy could not countervail the king's damage.

4 Then the king held out the golden sceptre toward Esther. So Esther arose, and stood before the king, • j

5 And said, If it please the king, and if I have found savour in his sight, and the thing seem right before the king,

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6 And Esther said, The adversary andl, which are in all the king's provinces: enemy is this wicked Haman. Then Ha- j 6 For how can I endure to fee the evil man was afraid beforethe king and the j that shall come unto my people? or queen. j how can I endure to fee the destruction

7 4 And the king arising from the of my kindred?

banquet of wine in his wrath, Kent in- 7 % Then the king Ahasuerus laid upto the pa'ace-garden; and Haman stood |W Esther the queen, and to Mordecai the up to make request for his life to Esther Jew, Behold, I have given Esther the the queen: for he (saw that there was house of Haman, and him rhey have evil determined against him by the j hanged upon the gallows, because he king. I laid his hand upon the Jews.

8 Then the king returned out of the palace-garden, into the place of the ban- i queeofwinc; and Haman was fallen upon the bed whereon Esther wot. Then said the king, Will he force rhe queen also before me in the house? As the word went out of the kings mouth, they covered Hamans face.

9 And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, laid before the king, Behold

8 Write ye also for die Jews, as it H. kechyou, in the kings name, and seal it with the kings ring: for the writing which is written in die kings name, and sealed with die kings ring, may no man reverse.

9 Then were the kings scribes called at that time in the third month (that' s the month Sivan) on the three and twentieth day thereof, andic waswric

also, the gallows fifty cubits high, which step (according to all that Mordecai com' Haman bad made for Mordecai, who anandeu) unto die Jews, and to the lieuhad spoken good for the king, ftandcrh 'tenants, and the deputies and rulers of

in rhe house of Haman. Then the king said, Hang him thereon.

to So they hanged Haman on the

the provinces which are from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto every province ac

gallows that he had prepared for Mor- |cording to the writing thereof, and unto decai. Then was the kings wrath pa- every people after their language, and

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CHAP. VIII.

jeo the Jews according to their writing, (and according to their language.

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grmteth te the sens le defend them- Irusname, and sealed it with the kings selves. _ 15 Merdccai's honeur, and the ;ring, and sent letters by posts on horse- Jevsjey, bade, and riders on mules, camels, and

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rus give che house of Haman the j 11 Wherein the king granted the

Jews enemy, unto Esther the queen:! Jews, which were in every city, to gaand Mordecai came before the king; |diet themselves together, and to stand for Esther had told what he wtu unto lr-- -' - : * -- 1'■• ■'' her.

a And the king took off his ring which he had taken from Haman, and gave it unto Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman.

j ^ And Esther spake yet again be fore che king, and fell down ac bis feet, and besought him with tears, to put a

for their life, co destroy, to slay, and to cause to perifliall che power of che people and province, that would afliulc | them, both little ones, and women, andi to take the spoil of them for a prey:

ii Upon one day, in all the provinces j of king Ahasuerus, namely, upon die' thirteenth day of the twelfth month which u the month Adar.

1} The copy of the writing, for a commandment to be given in every province, teat published unto all people, and mat the Jews should be ready against 'I at day, to avenge themselves on their enemies.

14 So, the posts that rode upon mules and camels went out, being hastened, and pressed on by the kings commandment; and the decree was given at Shuflian the palace.

15 q And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king, in royal apparel of blue and white, and with a greatcrown of gold, and with a garment osfinelinen. and purple; and thecityofj Shuflian reioyced and was glad: I itf The Jews had light and gladness, [and joy, and honour.

iy And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the kings commandment and his decree ca ne,the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day: and many of me people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them.

CHAP. IX. I Toe jrvw/ stay their enemies, with the ten -fens ej Human. Ahasuerus granteth another day of stjughter. 20 The days efPurim made festival. N I Ow in the twelfth month (thatit IN the month Adar)onrhcthirteenrh day of be fame, when the kings commandment and his decree drew near to be put in execution, in the day that the enemies of the Jews hoped to have power over them, (though it was turned to the contrary, that the Jews had rule o- ver them thathated them)

2 The Jews gathered themselves together in their cities, throughout all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus, to lay hand on such at. sought their hurt; and

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slew and destroyed five hundrc men.

7 And Parshandatha, and Dalphoa and A parha.

8 And Porarha, and Ad alia, and Aridatha,

9 And Parmafhra, and Arisai, and Aridai, and Vajezatha,

10 The ten sons of Ham an the son of Hammedatha, the enemy of the Jews, slew they; but on the Ipoil laid they not their hand.

11 On that day, the number of most that were slain in Shushan the palace was brought before the king.

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no man could withstand them: for the jflew of their foes seventy and five thou

sear of them fell upon all people.

? Andalltlieruletsof tlie provinces, and the lieutenants, and the deputies, and officers of the king.. helped the Jews: because the fear of Mordecai fell upon them.

4 For Mordecai w* great in the kings house, and his fame went outthroughout all the provinces: forthisman Mordecai waxed greater and greater.

J Thus the Jews smote all their enemies with the stroke of the sword, and slaughter and

the queen, The Jews have slain and destroyed five hundred men in Shulhan the palace, and the ten sons of Haman ; wl at have they done in me rest of die kings provinces ? now what is thy pedtion? and it shall be granted thee: or what's thy request further i and it Dull be done.

15 Then said Esther, If it please the king, let it be granted to the Jews which are in Shushan, to do to morrow also according unto this days decree, and let Hamans ten sons be hanged upon the gallows.

14 And the king commanded it sera be done; and the decree was given at Shushan, and they hanged Haman's ten sons.

ij For the Jews that were in Shcshan, gathered themselves together on the fourteenth day also of the month Adar, and flew three hundred men at Shuflian; but on the prey they laid not their hand.

itf But the other Jews that were ia the kings provinces, gathered themselves together, and stood for their lives, and had rest from their enemies, and

sand; but they laid not their hands 011 the prey.

17 On the thirteenth day of the month Adar, and on the fourteenth day of the fame, rested they, and made it a day ot feasting and gladness.

18 But the Jews that were at Shuflian, assembled together on the thirteenth day thereof, and on the fourteenth thereof; and on the fifteenth dayof the fame they rested, and made it a day ot feasting and gladness.

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20 ^And Mnrdecai wrote these things,, and feat letters unto all the Jews rhatj were in all the provinces of the king Ahasiierus, both niph and far,

at TostablishrWj among mem, that] tliey slioold keep the fourteenth day of] the month Adar, and the fifteenth day, of the fame yearly:

21 As the days wherein the Jews rested from their enemies, and the month which was turned unto them from sorrow to joy, and fiom mourning into a good day: that they (hould make them days of feasting and joy, and) of sending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor.

13 And die Jews undertook to do as! they had begun, and as Mordecai had written unto them.

24 Because Hainan the son of Hammedatha the Agagite. the enemy of all the Jews, had devised against the Jews to destroy them, and had cast Pur ([that is the lot) to consume them, and to destroy them:

25 But when Esther came before the k'ng, he commanded by letters, that his wicked device which he devised against the Jews, should return upon his own head, and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows.

26 Wherefore they called these days Purim, after the name of Pur: theresore for all the words of this letter, and of that which they had (ecn concerning mis matter, and which bad come unto them,

27 The Jews ordained, and took upon them, and upon their seed, and upon all such as joined themselves unto them, so as it should not fail, that they would keep these two days, according to their

writing, and according to tht\t appoint! i time every year:

28 And that these days fco-dd be remembred, and kept -throughout every generation,every family,evcry province, and every city; and chat these days et Purim should not sail from among the Jews, norche memorial of chem perish from their seed.

29 Then Esther the queen the daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai die Jew, wrote with ail authority, to confirm this second letter of Purim.

30 And he sent che letters unto all the Jews, to che hundred twenty and seven provinces of the kingdom ot Ahasuerus, vith words of peace and truth:

31 Toconfirm rhesedays of Purim in cheir t\mesappeinted, according as Mordecai the Jew, and Esther the queen had enjoined them, and as they had decreed for themselves and for their feed, the matters of the fastings and their cry.

3 2 And the decree of Esther confirmed these matters of Purim, and it was written in the book.

CHAP. X. 1 lAhtfutrtu hiigrtatness: 3 Mordecai's

advancement.

A NJ the king Ahasuerus laid a trir\ bute upon the land, and upon the isles of the sea.

2 And all che acts of his power, and of his might, and the declaration of che greatness of Mordecai, wheteunto die king advanced him, are they not written in the book of chcchronicles of the kings of Media and Persia?

3 For Mordecai the Jew trn next unto king Ahasuerus, and gteat among the Jews, and accepted of the multitude of his brethren, seeking rhewcalch of his people, and speaking peace to all his

^ The Book of JOB.

CHAP. I.

j The holiness, riches, and religious cart of Job for his children. 6 Satan appearing before God, by calumniation obtaineth leave to tempt him.

THere was a man in che land of Uz, whose namew« Job,and that man was perfect ami upright, and one that feared Gou,and eschewed evil.

2 And there were born ante him seven sons,and three daughters. } His lubstance also was seven thou

sand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred (he-asses, and a very great houshold; so that this man was che greatest of all che men of che east.

4 And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day, and sent ;nd called for rtieir three sisters, to cat and to drink With tniiii.

y And it was so, when the diyt of their feasting were gone about, d at Job sent and sanctified them, ant1 up early in the morning, -and

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