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Book 17        Esther

17:001:001 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:)

17:001:002 That in those days, when the king Ahasuerus sat on the throne
           of his kingdom, which was in Shushan the palace,

17:001:003 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:

17:001:004 When he shewed the riches of his glorious kingdom and the
           honour of his excellent majesty many days, even an hundred and
           fourscore days.

17:001:005 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;

17:001:006 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.

17:001:007 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.

17:001:008 And the drinking was according to the law; none did compel:
           for so the king had appointed to all the officers of his
           house, that they should do according to every man's pleasure.

17:001:009 Also Vashti the queen made a feast for the women in the royal
           house which belonged to king Ahasuerus.

17:001:010 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,

17:001:011 To bring Vashti the queen before the king with the crown
           royal, to shew the people and the princes her beauty: for she
           was fair to look on.

17:001:012 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.

17:001:013 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

17:001:014 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;)

17:001:015 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?

17:001:016 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.

17:001:017 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.

17:001:018 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.

17:001:019 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.

17:001:020 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 honour, both to great
           and small.

17:001:021 And the saying pleased the king and the princes; and the king
           did according to the word of Memucan:

17:001:022 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.

17:002:001 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.

17:002:002 Then said the king's servants that ministered unto him, Let
           there be fair young virgins sought for the king:

17:002:003 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 Hege the king's chamberlain, keeper of the
           women; and let their things for purification be given them:

17:002:004 And let the maiden which pleaseth the king be queen instead of
           Vashti. And the thing pleased the king; and he did so.

17:002:005 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;

17:002:006 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.

17:002:007 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.

17:002:008 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.

17:002:009 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.

17:002:010 Esther had not shewed her people nor her kindred: for Mordecai
           had charged her that she should not shew it.

17:002:011 And Mordecai walked every day before the court of the women's
           house, to know how Esther did, and what should become of her.

17:002:012 Now when every maid's turn was come to go in to king
           Ahasuerus, after that 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 odours, and with other things
           for the purifying of the women;)

17:002:013 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.

17:002:014 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.

17:002:015 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 favour in the sight of all them that looked
           upon her.

17:002:016 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.

17:002:017 And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she
           obtained grace and favour 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.

17:002:018 Then the king made a great feast unto all his princes and his
           servants, even Esther's feast; and he made a release to the
           provinces, and gave gifts, according to the state of the king.

17:002:019 And when the virgins were gathered together the second time,
           then Mordecai sat in the king's gate.

17:002:020 Esther had not yet shewed 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.

17:002:021 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 hands on the king

17:002:022 And the thing was known to Mordecai, who told it unto Esther
           the queen; and Esther certified the king thereof in Mordecai's

17:002:023 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.

17:003:001 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.

17:003:002 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.

17:003:003 Then the king's servants, which were in the king's gate, said
           unto Mordecai, Why transgressest thou the king's commandment?

17:003:004 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's matters would stand: for he had told them that he
           was a Jew.

17:003:005 And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him
           reverence, then was Haman full of wrath.

17:003:006 And he thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for they
           had shewed 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.

17:003:007 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.

17:003:008 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.

17:003:009 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.

17:003:010 And the king took his ring from his hand, and gave it unto
           Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the Jews' enemy.

17:003:011 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.

17:003:012 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

17:003:013 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.

17:003:014 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.

17:003:015 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

17:004:001 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;

17:004:002 And came even before the king's gate: for none might enter
           into the king's gate clothed with sackcloth.

17:004:003 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.

17:004:004 So Esther's maids and her chamberlains came and told it 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.

17:004:005 Then called Esther for Hatach, 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.

17:004:006 So Hatach went forth to Mordecai unto the street of the city,
           which was before the king's gate.

17:004:007 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.

17:004:008 Also he gave him the copy of the writing of the decree that
           was given at Shushan to destroy them, to shew 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.

17:004:009 And Hatach came and told Esther the words of Mordecai.

17:004:010 Again Esther spake unto Hatach, and gave him commandment unto

17:004:011 All the king's servants, and the people of the king's
           provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or women,
           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 sceptre, that
           he may live: but I have not been called to come in unto the
           king these thirty days.

17:004:012 And they told to Mordecai Esther's words.

17:004:013 Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with
           thyself that thou shalt escape in the king's house, more than
           all the Jews.

17:004:014 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?

17:004:015 Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer,

17:004:016 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.

17:004:017 So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that Esther
           had commanded him.

17:005:001 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.

17:005:002 And it was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing in
           the court, that she obtained favour in his sight: and the king
           held out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand. So
           Esther drew near, and touched the top of the sceptre.

17:005:003 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.

17:005:004 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.

17:005:005 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.

17:005:006 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

17:005:007 Then answered Esther, and said, My petition and my request is;

17:005:008 If I have found favour 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 to morrow as the king
           hath said.

17:005:009 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

17:005:010 Nevertheless Haman refrained himself: and when he came home,
           he sent and called for his friends, and Zeresh his wife.

17:005:011 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.

17:005:012 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 to morrow am I invited unto her also with the

17:005:013 Yet all this availeth me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai
           the Jew sitting at the king's gate.

17:005:014 Then said Zeresh his wife and all his friends unto him, Let a
           gallows be made of fifty cubits high, and to morrow 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.

17:006:001 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.

17:006:002 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.

17:006:003 And the king said, What honour and dignity hath been done to
           Mordecai for this? Then said the king's servants that
           ministered unto him, There is nothing done for him.

17:006:004 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

17:006:005 And the king's servants said unto him, Behold, Haman standeth
           in the court. And the king said, Let him come in.

17:006:006 So Haman came in. And the king said unto him, What shall 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 myself?

17:006:007 And Haman answered the king, For the man whom the king
           delighteth to honour,

17:006:008 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:

17:006:009 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 honour, 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 honour.

17:006:010 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.

17:006:011 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 honour.

17:006:012 And Mordecai came again to the king's gate. But Haman hasted
           to his house mourning, and having his head covered.

17:006:013 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.

17:006:014 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.

17:007:001 So the king and Haman came to banquet with Esther the queen.

17:007:002 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.

17:007:003 Then Esther 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:

17:007:004 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.

17:007:005 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?

17:007:006 And Esther said, The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman.
           Then Haman was afraid before the king and the queen.

17:007:007 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.

17:007:008 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
           king's mouth, they covered Haman's face.

17:007:009 And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said before the king,
           Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman had
           made for Mordecai, who spoken good for the king, standeth in
           the house of Haman. Then the king said, Hang him thereon.

17:007:010 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for
           Mordecai. Then was the king's wrath pacified.

17:008:001 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.

17:008:002 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.

17:008:003 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.

17:008:004 Then the king held out the golden sceptre toward Esther. So
           Esther arose, and stood before the king,

17:008:005 And said, If it please the king, and if I have favour 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

17:008:006 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

17:008:007 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.

17:008:008 Write ye also for the Jews, as it liketh 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.

17:008:009 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.

17:008:010 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:

17:008:011 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,

17:008:012 Upon one day in all the provinces of king Ahasuerus, namely,
           upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the
           month Adar.

17:008:013 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

17:008:014 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.

17:008:015 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.

17:008:016 The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour.

17:008:017 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.

17:009:001 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;)

17:009:002 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.

17:009:003 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.

17:009:004 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.

17:009:005 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.

17:009:006 And in Shushan the palace the Jews slew and destroyed five
           hundred men.

17:009:007 And Parshandatha, and Dalphon, and Aspatha,

17:009:008 And Poratha, and Adalia, and Aridatha,

17:009:009 And Parmashta, and Arisai, and Aridai, and Vajezatha,

17:009:010 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.

17:009:011 On that day the number of those that were slain in Shushan the
           palace was brought before the king.

17:009:012 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

17:009:013 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 day's decree, and let Haman's ten sons be hanged
           upon the gallows.

17:009:014 And the king commanded it so to be done: and the decree was
           given at Shushan; and they hanged Haman's ten sons.

17:009:015 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

17:009:016 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,

17:009:017 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

17:009:018 But the Jews that were at Shushan assembled together on the
           thirteenth day 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.

17:009:019 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.

17:009:020 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,

17:009:021 To stablish this among them, that they should keep the
           fourteenth day of the month Adar, and the fifteenth day of the
           same, yearly,

17:009:022 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.

17:009:023 And the Jews undertook to do as they had begun, and as
           Mordecai had written unto them;

17:009:024 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;

17:009:025 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.

17:009:026 Wherefore they called these days Purim after 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

17:009:027 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

17:009:028 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.

17:009:029 Then Esther the queen, the daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai
           the Jew, wrote with all authority, to confirm this second
           letter of Purim.

17:009:030 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,

17:009:031 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.

17:009:032 And the decree of Esther confirmed these matters of Purim; and
           it was written in the book.

17:010:001 And the king Ahasuerus laid a tribute upon the land, and upon
           the isles of the sea.

17:010:002 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?

17:010:003 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.

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