[ES]   ESTHER

» Esther 1

¶ Esther 1 v1-9

{ heart }   [ES] 1v1

Now it came to pass
in the days of Ahasuerus
(this is Ahasuerus which reigned,
from India even unto Ethiopia,
over an hundred and seven and twenty provinces),

{ heart }   [ES] 1v2

That in those days, when the king, Ahasuerus,
sat on the throne of his kingdom,
which was in Shushan, the palace,

{ heart }   [ES] 1v3

In the third year of his reign,
he made a feast unto all his princes and his servants;
the power of Persia and Media,
the nobles and princes of the provinces,
being before him,

{ heart }   [ES] 1v4

When he showed the riches of his glorious kingdom
and the honor of his excellent majesty many days,
even an hundred and fourscore days.

{ heart }   [ES] 1v5

And when these days were expired,
the king made a feast unto all the people
that were present in Shushan, the palace,
both unto great and small, seven days,
in the court of the garden of the king's palace;

{ heart }   [ES] 1v6

Where were white, green, and blue, hangings,
fastened with cords of fine linen and purple
to silver rings and pillars of marble:
the beds were of gold and silver,
upon a pavement of red, and blue, and white,
and black marble.

{ heart }   [ES] 1v7

And they gave them drink in vessels of gold,
(the vessels being diverse one from another)
and royal wine in abundance,
according to the state of the king.

{ heart }   [ES] 1v8

And the drinking was according to the law;
none did compel:
for the king had appointed
to all the officers of his house,

That they should do
according to every man's pleasure.

{ heart }   [ES] 1v9

Also Vashti, the queen,
made a feast for the women in the royal house
which belonged to king Ahasuerus.

¶ Esther 1 v10-22

{ heart }   [ES] 1v10

On the seventh day,
when the heart of the king was merry with wine,
he commanded
Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha,
and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas,
the seven chamberlains
that served in the presence of Ahasuerus, the king,

{ heart }   [ES] 1v11

To bring Vashti the queen before the king
with the crown royal,
to show the people, and the princes her beauty:


For she was fair to look on.

{ heart }   [ES] 1v12

But the queen Vashti refused to come
at the king's commandment by his chamberlains:
therefore was the king very wroth,
and his anger burned in him.

{ heart }   [ES] 1v13

Then the king said to the wise men,
which knew the times
(for so was the king's manner toward all
that knew law and judgment;

{ heart }   [ES] 1v14

And the next unto him was
Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish,
Meres, Marsena, and Memucan,
the seven princes of Persia and Media,
which saw the king's face,
and which sat the first in the kingdom.)

{ heart }   [ES] 1v15

What shall we do unto the queen Vashti,
according to law,
because she hath not performed
the commandment of the king Ahasuerus,
by the chamberlains?

{ heart }   [ES] 1v16

And Memucan answered
before the king and the princes,

Vashti the queen hath not done wrong
to the king only,
but also to all the princes, and to all the people
that are in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus.

{ heart }   [ES] 1v17

For this deed of the queen
shall come abroad unto all women,
so that they shall despise their husbands in their eyes,
when it shall be reported,

The king Ahasuerus commanded Vashti the queen
to be brought in before him, but she came not.

{ heart }   [ES] 1v18

Likewise shall the ladies of Persia and Media
say this day unto all the king's princes,
which have heard of the deed of the queen.
Thus shall there arise
too much contempt and wrath.

{ heart }   [ES] 1v19

If it please the king,
let there go a royal commandment from him,
and let it be written
among the laws of the Persians and the Medes,
that it be not altered,

That Vashti come no more before king Ahasuerus,
and let the king give her royal estate
unto another that is better than she.

{ heart }   [ES] 1v20

And when the king's decree which he shall make
shall be published throughout all his empire,
(for it is great:)
all the wives shall give to their husbands honor,
both to great and small.

{ heart }   [ES] 1v21

And the saying pleased the king and the princes;
and the king did according to the word of Memucan;

{ heart }   [ES] 1v22

For he sent letters into all the king's provinces,
into every province according to the writing thereof,
and to every people after their language,

That every man should bear rule in his own house,
and that it should be published
according to the language of every people.

» Esther 2

¶ Esther 2 v1-4

{ heart }   [ES] 2v1

After these things,
when the wrath of king Ahasuerus was appeased,
he remembered Vashti, and what she had done,
and what was decreed against her.

{ heart }   [ES] 2v2

Then said the king's servants
that ministered unto him,

Let there be fair young virgins sought for the king;

{ heart }   [ES] 2v3

And let the king appoint officers
in all the provinces of his kingdom,
that they may gather together all the fair young virgins
unto Shushan, the palace,
to the house of the women,
unto the custody of Hegai, the king's chamberlain,
keeper of the women;
and let their things for purification be given them.

{ heart }   [ES] 2v4

And let the maiden which pleaseth the king
be queen instead of Vashti.


And the thing pleased the king, and he did so.

¶ Esther 2 v5-11

{ heart }   [ES] 2v5

Now in Shushan, the palace,
there was a certain Jew, whose name was Mordecai,
the son of Jair, the son of Shimei,
the son of Kish, a Benjamite,

{ heart }   [ES] 2v6

Who had been carried away from Jerusalem
with the captivity
which had been carried away
with Jeconiah, king of Judah,
whom Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon,
had carried away.

{ heart }   [ES] 2v7

And he brought up Hadassah (that is Esther)
his uncle's daughter;
for she had neither father nor mother,
and the maid was fair and beautiful,
whom Mordecai,
when her father and mother were dead,
took for his own daughter.

{ heart }   [ES] 2v8

So it came to pass,
when the king's commandment and his decree
was heard,
and when many maidens were gathered together
unto Shushan, the palace,
to the custody of Hegai,
that Esther was brought also unto the king's house,
to the custody of Hegai, keeper of the women.

{ heart }   [ES] 2v9

And the maiden pleased him,
and she obtained kindness of him;
and he speedily gave her her things for purification,
with such things as belonged to her,
and seven maidens, which were meet to be given her,
out of the king's house;
and he preferred her and her maids
unto the best place of the house of the women.

{ heart }   [ES] 2v10

Esther had not showed

Her people nor her kindred;

For Mordecai had charged her

That she should not show it.

{ heart }   [ES] 2v11

And Mordecai walked every day before the court
of the women's house, to know

How Esther did, and what should become of her.

¶ Esther 2 v12-14

{ heart }   [ES] 2v12

Now when every maid's turn was come
to go in to king Ahasuerus,
after she had been twelve months,
according to the manner of the women
(for so were the days of their purifications accomplished,
to wit, six months with oil of myrrh,
and six months with sweet odors,
and with other things for the purifying of the women.)

{ heart }   [ES] 2v13

Then thus came every maiden unto the king;
whatsoever she desired was given her
to go with her out of the house of the women
unto the king's house.

{ heart }   [ES] 2v14

In the evening she went,
and on the morrow she returned
into the second house of the women,
to the custody of Shaashgaz, the king's chamberlain,
which kept the concubines:
she came in unto the king no more,
except the king delighted in her,
and that she were called by name.

¶ Esther 2 v15-18

{ heart }   [ES] 2v15

Now when the turn of Esther,
the daughter of Abihail, the uncle of Mordecai,
(who had taken her for his daughter)
was come to go in unto the king,
she required nothing
but what Hegai, the king's chamberlain,
the keeper of the women, appointed:
And Esther obtained favor in the sight of all them
that looked upon her.

{ heart }   [ES] 2v16

So Esther was taken unto king Ahasuerus
into his house royal
in the tenth month (which is the month Tebeth)
in the seventh year of his reign.

{ heart }   [ES] 2v17

And the king loved Esther above all the women,
and she obtained grace and favor in his sight
more than all the virgins,
so that he set the royal crown upon her head,
and made her queen instead of Vashti.

{ heart }   [ES] 2v18

Then the king made a great feast
unto all his princes and his servants,
even Esther's feast;
and he made a release from taxes to the provinces,
and gave gifts, according to the state of the king.

¶ Esther 2 v19-23

{ heart }   [ES] 2v19

And when the virgins were gathered together
the second time,
then Mordecai sat in the king's gate.

{ heart }   [ES] 2v20

Esther had not yet showed

Her kindred nor her people,

As Mordecai had charged her;
for Esther did the commandment of Mordecai,
like as when she was brought up with him.

{ heart }   [ES] 2v21

In those days,
(while Mordecai sat in the king's gate)

Two of the king's chamberlains, Bigthan and Teresh,
of those which kept the door,
were wroth, and sought to lay hand
on the king Ahasuerus.

{ heart }   [ES] 2v22

And the thing was known to Mordecai,
who told it unto Esther, the queen;
and Esther certified the king thereof
in Mordecai's name.

{ heart }   [ES] 2v23

And when inquisition was made of the matter,
it was found out;
therefore, they were both hanged on a tree;
and it was written in the book of the chronicles
before the king.

» Esther 3

¶ Esther 3 v1-4

{ heart }   [ES] 3v1

After these things
did king Ahasuerus promote Haman,
the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite,
and advanced him,
and set his seat above all the princes
that were with him.

{ heart }   [ES] 3v2

And all the king's servants,
that were in the king's gate,
bowed, and reverenced Haman;
for the king had so commanded concerning him:
but Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence.

{ heart }   [ES] 3v3

Then the king's servants,
which were in the king's gate,
said unto Mordecai,

Why transgressest thou the king's commandment?

{ heart }   [ES] 3v4

Now it came to pass,
when they spake daily unto him,
and he hearkened not unto them;
that they told Haman,
to see whether Mordecai his matters would stand,
for he had told them

That he was a Jew.

¶ Esther 3 v5-7

{ heart }   [ES] 3v5

And when Haman saw
that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence,
then was Haman full of wrath.

{ heart }   [ES] 3v6

And he thought scorn

To lay hands on Mordecai alone;

For they had showed him

The people of Mordecai.

Wherefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews
that were throughout the whole kingdom
of Ahasuerus,
even the people of Mordecai.

{ heart }   [ES] 3v7

In the first month (that is, the month Nisan)
in the twelfth year of king Ahasuerus,
they cast Pur, that is, the lot, before Haman,
from day to day, and from month to month,
to the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar.

¶ Esther 3 v8-11

{ heart }   [ES] 3v8

And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus:

There is a certain people scattered abroad
and dispersed among the people
in all the provinces of thy kingdom;
and their laws are diverse from all people;
neither keep they the king's laws;
therefore it is not for the king's profit to suffer them.

{ heart }   [ES] 3v9

If it please the king, let it be written

 ‘That they may be destroyed’: 

And I will pay ten thousand talents of silver
to the hands of those
that have the charge of the business,
to bring it into the king's treasuries.

{ heart }   [ES] 3v10

And the king took his ring from his hand,
and gave it unto Haman,
the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite,
the Jews' enemy.

{ heart }   [ES] 3v11

And the king said unto Haman,

The silver is given to thee, the people also,
to do with them as it seemeth good to thee.

¶ Esther 3 v12-15

{ heart }   [ES] 3v12

Then were

The king's scribes

Called on the thirteenth day of the first month,
and there was written
according to all that Haman had commanded
unto the king's lieutenants,
and to the governors, that were over every province,
and to the rulers of every people of every province
according to the writing thereof,
and to every people after their language;
in the name of king Ahasuerus was it written,
and sealed with the king's ring.

{ heart }   [ES] 3v13

And the letters were sent by posts
into all the king's provinces,

To destroy, to kill, and to cause to perish, all Jews,
both young and old, little children and women,
in one day,
even upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month,
which is the month Adar,
and to take the spoil of them for a prey.

{ heart }   [ES] 3v14

The copy of the writing for a commandment

To be given in every province

Was published unto all people,

That they should be ready against that day.

{ heart }   [ES] 3v15

The posts went out,
being hastened by the king's commandment,
and the decree was given in Shushan the palace:
and the king and Haman sat down to drink,
but the city Shushan was perplexed.

» Esther 4

¶ Esther 4 v1-3

{ heart }   [ES] 4v1

When Mordecai perceived all that was done,
Mordecai rent his clothes,
and put on sackcloth with ashes,
and went out into the midst of the city,
and cried with a loud and a bitter cry,

{ heart }   [ES] 4v2

And came even before the king's gate;
for none might enter into the king's gate
clothed with sackcloth.

{ heart }   [ES] 4v3

And in every province,
whithersoever the king's commandment
and his decree came,
there was great mourning among the Jews,
and fasting, and weeping, and wailing;
and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.

¶ Esther 4 v4-8

{ heart }   [ES] 4v4

So Esther's maids and her chamberlains
came and told it to her:
then was the queen exceedingly grieved;
and she sent raiment to clothe Mordecai,
and to take away his sackcloth from him;
but he received it not.

{ heart }   [ES] 4v5

Then called Esther for

Hathach,

One of the king's chamberlains,
whom he had appointed

To attend upon her,

And gave him a commandment to Mordecai,

To know what it was, and why it was.

{ heart }   [ES] 4v6

So Hathach went forth to Mordecai
unto the street of the city,
which was before the king's gate.

{ heart }   [ES] 4v7

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 king's treasuries for the Jews,
to destroy them’.

{ heart }   [ES] 4v8

Also, he gave him
the copy of the writing of the decree
that was given at Shushan to destroy them,

To show it 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 people’.

¶ Esther 4 v9-11

{ heart }   [ES] 4v9

And Hathach came and told Esther
the words of Mordecai.

{ heart }   [ES] 4v10

Again Esther spake unto Hathach,
and gave him commandment unto Mordecai,
saying:

{ heart }   [ES] 4v11

All the king's servants,
and the people of the king's provinces do know,

 ‘That whosoever, whether man or woman,
shall come unto the king into the inner court,
who is not called, there is one law of his

To put him to death,
except such to whom the king
shall hold out the golden scepter,
that he may live’: 

But I have not been called to come in unto the king
these thirty days.

¶ Esther 4 v12-17

{ heart }   [ES] 4v12

And they told to Mordecai Esther's words.

{ heart }   [ES] 4v13

Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther:

Think not with thyself
that thou shalt escape in the king's house,
more than all the Jews.

{ heart }   [ES] 4v14

For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time,
then shall there enlargement and deliverance
arise to the Jews from another place,
but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed:
And who knoweth
whether thou art come to the kingdom
for such a time as this?

{ heart }   [ES] 4v15

Then Esther bade them

To return Mordecai this answer:

{ heart }   [ES] 4v16

Go, gather together all the Jews
that are present in Shushan,
and fast ye for me,
and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day;
I also, and my maidens, will fast likewise,
and so will I go in unto the king,
which is not according to the law,
and if I perish, I perish.

{ heart }   [ES] 4v17

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

» Esther 5

¶ Esther 5 v1-8

{ heart }   [ES] 5v1

Now it came to pass on the third day,
that Esther put on her royal apparel,
and stood in the inner court of the king's house,
over against the king's house;
and the king sat upon his royal throne
in the royal house, over against the gate of the house.

{ heart }   [ES] 5v2

And it was so, when the king saw Esther, the queen,
standing in the court,
that she obtained favor in his sight;
and the king held out to Esther
the golden scepter that was in his hand.
So Esther drew near,
and touched the top of the scepter.

{ heart }   [ES] 5v3

Then said the king unto her,

What wilt thou, queen Esther?
and what is thy request?
it shall be even given thee to the half of the kingdom.

{ heart }   [ES] 5v4

And Esther answered,

If it seem good unto the king,
let the king and Haman come this day
unto the banquet that I have prepared for him.

{ heart }   [ES] 5v5

Then the king said,

Cause Haman to make haste,
that he may do as Esther hath said.


So the king and Haman came to the banquet
that Esther had prepared.

{ heart }   [ES] 5v6

And the king said unto Esther at the banquet of wine,

What is thy petition, and it shall be granted thee?
and what is thy request?
even to the half of the kingdom it shall be performed.

{ heart }   [ES] 5v7

Then answered Esther,
and said,

My petition and my request is:

{ heart }   [ES] 5v8

If I have found favor in the sight of the 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 tomorrow as the king hath said.

¶ Esther 5 v9-14

{ heart }   [ES] 5v9

Then went Haman forth that day
joyful and with a glad heart;
but when Haman saw Mordecai in the king's gate,
that he stood not up, nor moved for him,
he was full of indignation against Mordecai.

{ heart }   [ES] 5v10

Nevertheless, Haman refrained himself;
and when he came home, he sent and called for

His friends, and Zeresh, his wife.

{ heart }   [ES] 5v11

And Haman told them

Of the glory 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.

{ heart }   [ES] 5v12

Haman said moreover,

Yea, Esther, the queen,
did let no man come in with the king
unto the banquet that she had prepared, but myself;
and tomorrow am I invited unto her also with the king.

{ heart }   [ES] 5v13

Yet all this availeth me nothing,
so long as I see Mordecai, the Jew,
sitting at the king's gate.

{ heart }   [ES] 5v14

Then said Zeresh, his wife, and all his friends
unto him,

Let a gallows be made of fifty cubits high,
and tomorrow speak thou unto the king

 ‘That Mordecai may be hanged thereon’: 

Then go thou in merrily with the king
unto the banquet.


And the thing pleased Haman,
and he caused the gallows to be made.

» Esther 6

¶ Esther 6 v1-5

{ heart }   [ES] 6v1

On that night could not the king sleep,
and he commanded

To bring the book of records of the chronicles;

And they were read before the king.

{ heart }   [ES] 6v2

And it was found written,

That Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh,
two of the king's chamberlains,
the keepers of the door,
who sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus.

{ heart }   [ES] 6v3

And the king said,

What honor and dignity hath been done to Mordecai
for this?


Then said the king's servants
that ministered unto him,

There is nothing been done for him.

{ heart }   [ES] 6v4

And the king said,

Who is in the court?

Now Haman was come
into
the outward court of the king's house,
to speak unto the king

To hang Mordecai on the gallows

That he had prepared for him.

{ heart }   [ES] 6v5

And the king's servants said unto him,

Behold, Haman standeth in the court.

And the king said,

Let him come in.

¶ Esther 6 v6-11

{ heart }   [ES] 6v6

So Haman came in, and the king said unto him,

What shall be done unto the man
whom the king delighteth to honor?


Now Haman thought in his heart,

To whom would the king delight to do honor
more than to myself?

{ heart }   [ES] 6v7

And Haman answered the king,

For the man whom the king delighteth to honor,

{ heart }   [ES] 6v8

Let the royal apparel be brought
which the king useth to wear,
and the horse that the king rideth upon,
and the crown royal which is set upon his head;

{ heart }   [ES] 6v9

And let this apparel and horse be delivered
to the hand of one of the king's most noble princes,
that they may array the man withal
whom the king delighteth to honor,
and bring him on horseback
through the street of the city,
and proclaim before him,

 ‘Thus shall it be done to the man
whom the king delighteth to honor’.

{ heart }   [ES] 6v10

Then the king said to Haman,

Make haste, and take the apparel and the horse,
as thou hast said,
and do even so to Mordecai, the Jew,
that sitteth at the king's gate:
let nothing fail of all that thou hast spoken.

{ heart }   [ES] 6v11

Then took Haman the apparel and the horse,
and arrayed 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 honor.

¶ Esther 6 v12-13

{ heart }   [ES] 6v12

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

{ heart }   [ES] 6v13

And Haman told Zeresh, his wife, and all his friends

Every thing that had befallen him.

Then said his wise men and Zeresh, 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.

¶ Esther 6 v14

{ heart }   [ES] 6v14

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.

» Esther 7

¶ Esther 7 v1-10

{ heart }   [ES] 7v1

So the king and Haman came to banquet
with Esther, the queen.

{ heart }   [ES] 7v2

And the king said again unto Esther,
on the second day at the banquet of wine,

What is thy petition queen Esther,
and it shall be granted thee?
and what is thy request? and it shall be performed,
even to the half of the kingdom.

{ heart }   [ES] 7v3

Then Esther the queen answered,
and said;

If I have found favor 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’.

{ heart }   [ES] 7v4

For we are sold, I and my people,
to be destroyed, to be slain, and to perish:
but if we had been sold for
bondmen, and bondwomen,
I had held my tongue,
although the enemy could not countervail
the king's damage.

{ heart }   [ES] 7v5

Then the king Ahasuerus answered
and said unto Esther the queen:

Who is he? and where is he,
that durst presume in his heart to do so?

{ heart }   [ES] 7v6

And Esther said,

The adversary and enemy, is this wicked Haman.

Then Haman was afraid
before the king and the queen.

{ heart }   [ES] 7v7

And the king arising from the banquet of wine
in his wrath, went into the palace garden:
and Haman stood up to make request for

His life

To Esther, the queen;
for he saw that there was evil determined against him
by the king.

{ heart }   [ES] 7v8

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 Esther 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.

{ heart }   [ES] 7v9

And Harbonah one of the chamberlains
said before the king;

Behold also the gallows fifty cubits high,
which Haman had made for Mordecai,
who had spoken good for the king,
standeth in the house of Haman.


Then the king said,

Hang him thereon.

{ heart }   [ES] 7v10

So they hanged Haman on the gallows
that he had prepared for Mordecai.
Then was the king's wrath pacified.

» Esther 8

¶ Esther 8 v1-2

{ heart }   [ES] 8v1

On that day did the king Ahasuerus
give the house of Haman, the Jews' enemy,
unto Esther the queen;
and Mordecai came before the king;
for Esther had told

What he was unto her.

{ heart }   [ES] 8v2

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.

¶ Esther 8 v3-8

{ heart }   [ES] 8v3

And Esther spake yet again before the king,
and fell down at his feet, and besought him with tears,

To put away the mischief of Haman, the Agagite,
and his device, that he had devised against the Jews.

{ heart }   [ES] 8v4

Then the king held out the golden scepter
toward Esther.
So Esther arose, and stood before the king,

{ heart }   [ES] 8v5

And said,

If it please the king,
and if I have found favor in his sight,
and the thing seem right before the king,
and I be pleasing in his eyes,

 ‘Let it be written
to reverse the letters devised by Haman,
the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite,
which he wrote to destroy the Jews
which are in all the king's provinces’.

{ heart }   [ES] 8v6

For how can I endure to see
the evil that shall come unto my people?
or how can I endure to see
the destruction of my kindred?

{ heart }   [ES] 8v7

Then the king Ahasuerus said unto Esther the queen,
and to Mordecai the Jew,

Behold, I have given Esther the house of Haman,
and him they have hanged upon the gallows,
because he laid his hand upon the Jews.

{ heart }   [ES] 8v8

Write ye also for the Jews, as it pleaseth you,
in the king's name, and seal it with the king's ring;
for the writing which is written in the king's name,
and sealed with the king's ring, may no man reverse.

¶ Esther 8 v9-17

{ heart }   [ES] 8v9

Then were

The king's scribes

Called at that time, in the third month,
(that is, the month Sivan)
on the three and twentieth day thereof;
and it was written
(according to all that Mordecai commanded)
unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants,
and the deputies and rulers of the provinces
which are from India unto Ethiopia,
an hundred twenty and seven provinces,
unto every province according to the writing thereof,
and unto every people after their language,
and to the Jews, according to their writing,
and according to their language.

{ heart }   [ES] 8v10

And he wrote in the king Ahasuerus name,
and sealed it with the king's ring,
and sent letters by posts on horseback,
and riders on mules, camels, and young dromedaries,

{ heart }   [ES] 8v11

Wherein the king granted the Jews
which were in every city

To gather themselves together,
and to stand for their life,
to destroy, to slay, and to cause to perish
all the power of the people and province
that would assault them,
both little ones and women,
and to take the spoil of them for a prey,

{ heart }   [ES] 8v12

Upon one day
in all the provinces of king Ahasuerus,
namely upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month,
which is the month Adar.

{ heart }   [ES] 8v13

The copy of the writing for a commandment

To be given in every province

Was published unto all people,

And that the Jews should be ready against that day
to avenge themselves on their enemies.

{ heart }   [ES] 8v14

So the posts that rode upon mules and camels
went out, being hastened,
and pressed on by the king's commandment,
and the decree was given at Shushan the palace.

{ heart }   [ES] 8v15

And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king
in royal apparel of blue and white,
and with a great crown of gold,
and with a garment of fine linen and purple;
and the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad.

{ heart }   [ES] 8v16

The Jews had light and gladness, and joy and honor.

{ heart }   [ES] 8v17

And in every province, and in every city,
whithersoever the king's commandment
and his decree came,
the Jews had joy and gladness,
a feast and a good day:
And many of the people of the land became Jews;
for the fear of the Jews fell upon them.

» Esther 9

¶ Esther 9 v1-4

{ heart }   [ES] 9v1

Now in the twelfth month (that is the month Adar)
on the thirteenth day of the same,
when the king's 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 over them that hated them.)

{ heart }   [ES] 9v2

The Jews gathered themselves together in their cities
throughout all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus,
to lay hand on such as sought their hurt,
and no man could withstand them:
for the fear of them fell upon all people.

{ heart }   [ES] 9v3

And all the rulers of the provinces,
and the lieutenants, and the deputies,
and officers of the king, helped the Jews:
because the fear of Mordecai fell upon them.

{ heart }   [ES] 9v4

For Mordecai was great in the king's house,
and his fame went out throughout all the provinces;
for this man Mordecai waxed greater and greater.

¶ Esther 9 v5-10

{ heart }   [ES] 9v5

Thus the Jews smote all their enemies
with the stroke of the sword,
and slaughter, and destruction,
and did what they would unto those that hated them.

{ heart }   [ES] 9v6

And in Shushan the palace,
the Jews slew and destroyed five hundred men.

{ heart }   [ES] 9v7

And Parshandatha, and Dalphon, and Aspatha,

{ heart }   [ES] 9v8

And Poratha, and Adalia, and Aridatha,

{ heart }   [ES] 9v9

And Parmashta, and Arisai, and Aridai, and Vaizatha,

{ heart }   [ES] 9v10

The ten sons of Haman, the son of Hammedatha,
the enemy of the Jews, slew they;
but on the spoil laid they not their hand.

¶ Esther 9 v11-15

{ heart }   [ES] 9v11

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

{ heart }   [ES] 9v12

And the king said unto Esther the queen,

The Jews have slain and destroyed five hundred men
in Shushan the palace, and the ten sons of Haman;
what have they done
in the rest of the king's provinces?
now what is thy petition? and it shall be granted thee:
or what is thy request further? and it shall be done.

{ heart }   [ES] 9v13

Then said Esther,

If it please the king,

 ‘Let it be granted to the Jews which are in Shushan
to do tomorrow also according unto this day's decree,
and let Haman's ten sons
be hanged upon the gallows’.

{ heart }   [ES] 9v14

And the king commanded it so

To be done;

And the decree was given at Shushan;
and they hanged Haman's ten sons.

{ heart }   [ES] 9v15

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

¶ Esther 9 v16-19

{ heart }   [ES] 9v16

But the other Jews that were in the king's provinces
gathered themselves together,
and stood for their lives,
and had rest from their enemies,
and slew of their foes seventy and five thousand,
but they laid not their hands on the prey,

{ heart }   [ES] 9v17

On the thirteenth day of the month Adar;
and on the fourteenth day of the same, rested they,
and made it a day of feasting and gladness.

{ heart }   [ES] 9v18

But the Jews that were at Shushan
assembled together
on the thirteenth day of the month thereof,
and on the fourteenth thereof;
and on the fifteenth day of the same, they rested,
and made it a day of feasting and gladness.

{ heart }   [ES] 9v19

Therefore, the Jews of the villages,
that dwelt in the unwalled towns,
made the fourteenth day of the month Adar
a day of gladness and feasting, and a good day,
and of sending portions one to another.

¶ Esther 9 v20-28

{ heart }   [ES] 9v20

And Mordecai wrote these things,
and sent letters unto all the Jews
that were in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus,
both nigh and far,

{ heart }   [ES] 9v21

To establish this among them,

 ‘That they should keep
the fourteenth day of the month Adar,
and the fifteenth day of the same, yearly’:

{ heart }   [ES] 9v22

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

{ heart }   [ES] 9v23

And the Jews undertook to do as they had begun,
and as Mordecai had written unto them;

{ heart }   [ES] 9v24

Because Haman,
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.

{ heart }   [ES] 9v25

But when Esther came before the king,
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.

{ heart }   [ES] 9v26

Wherefore, they called these days

Purim

Ater the name of

Pur.

Therefore, for all the words of this letter,
and of that which they had seen
concerning this matter,
and which had come unto them,

{ heart }   [ES] 9v27

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 their appointed time every year;

{ heart }   [ES] 9v28

And that these days should be remembered and kept
throughout every generation, every family,
every province, and every city;
and that these days of Purim
should not fail from among the Jews,
nor the memorial of them perish from their seed.

¶ Esther 9 v29-32

{ heart }   [ES] 9v29

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

{ heart }   [ES] 9v30

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

{ heart }   [ES] 9v31

To confirm these days of Purim,
in their times appointed,
according as Mordecai, the Jew,
and Esther the queen had enjoined them,
and as they had decreed for themselves
and for their seed,
the matters of the fastings and their cry.

{ heart }   [ES] 9v32

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

» Esther 10

¶ Esther 10 v1-3

{ heart }   [ES] 10v1

And the king Ahasuerus laid a tribute upon the land,
and upon the isles of the sea.

{ heart }   [ES] 10v2

And all the acts of his power and of his might,
and the declaration of the greatness of Mordecai,
whereunto the king advanced him,
are they not written in the book of the chronicles
of the kings of Media and Persia?

{ heart }   [ES] 10v3

For Mordecai the Jew was next unto king Ahasuerus,
and great among the Jews,
and accepted of the multitude of his brethren,
seeking the wealth of his people,
and speaking peace to all his seed.