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ESTHER.

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unto all the kind's princes, ! stead ofVashti. And the thing
which have heard ot the deed of pleased the king; and he did so.
the queen. Thus shall there arise 5 U ASn> in Shushan the palace
too much contempt and wrath. there was a certain Jew, whose
19 tlf it please the king, let name was Mordeeai, the son of
there go a royal commandment Jair, the sou of Shimei, the son
tfrom him, and let it be written i of Kish, a Benjamite;
among the laws of the Persians' (5 b Who had been carried away
and the Medes, tthat it be not from Jerusalem with the captiv-
altered, That Vashti come no ity which had been carried away
more before king Ahasuerus; with IJeeouiah king of Judah,
and let the king give her royal ' whom Nebuchadnezzar the king
estate tuuto another that is bet- j of Babylon had carried awav.
ter than she. I 7 And he t brought up lladas

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20 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 pgive to their bus

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21 And the saying tpleased the king and the princes; and the king did according to the word of Memucan:

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

mlhtkT man fl'ould 'near rule in his aeranting own house, and tthat it should guag'tofhu ')0 published according to the people. ;language of every people.

own daughter.

8 If So it came to pass, when the king's commandment and his decree was heard, and when many maidens were 6 gathered together unto Shushan the palace, to the custody of Hcgai, that Esther was brought also unto the king's house, to the custody of Hcgai, keeper of the women.

9 And the maiden pleased him, and 6he obtained kindness of him; and he speedily gave her her "things for purification, with tsuch things as belonged to her, and seven maidens, which were meet to be given her, out of the king's house: and the preferred her and her maids unto the best

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CHAPTER II.

1 Out of the choice of virgins a queen is
to tie. chosen. 5 Jlortlrrm the. nursing fa-
ther of Either. 8 Esther is pi-tfcrrcd by I
llcgiii before the rest. 12 The manner of
purification, ami going in to the l ing. 15'
JCsther best jileasino the limi is inmle!
queen. 21 Mordeeai disciirering a trtason .place ot the llOUSe of the WOmeil,

is recorded in the chronicles. 10 'Esther had not shewed her

AFTER these things, when people nor her kindred: for
the wrath of king Ahasue- Mordeeai had charged her that
rus was appeased, he remem- she should not shew it.
bered Vashti, and what she had 11 And Mordeeai walked every
done, and >what was decreed day before the court of the
airainst her. j women's house, tto know how

2 Then said the king's servants | Esther did, and what 6hould be-
that ministered unto him. Let! come of her.

there be fair young virgins | 12 U Now when every maid's
sought for the king: j turn was come to go in to king

3 And let the king appoint offl- ' Ahasuerus, after that she had
cere in all the provinces of his : been twelve months, according
kingdom, that they may gather to the manner of the women, (for
together all the fair young vir- | 60 were the days of their puritl-
gins unto Shushan the palace, to ' cations accomplished, to wit, six
the house of the women, tunto j months with oil of myrrh, and

the custody of I Hege the king'i
chamberlain, keeper of the wo-
men; and let their things for
purification be given than:
j 4 And let the maiden which
l pleaseth the king be queen in-

six months with sweet odours,
and with other things for the
purifying of the women,)
13 Then thus came every maiden
unto the king; whatsoever she
desired was given her to go with

Esther is made queen.

ESTHER.

Hainan seeketh to

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her out of the house of the women unto the kiug's house.

14 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.

15 If Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordeeai, 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.

16 So Esther was taken unto king Ahasuerus into his house royal in the tenth month, which is the month Tcbeth, in the seventh year of his reign.

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

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

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

20 k 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.

21 if In those days, while Mordeeai sat in the king's gate, two of the king's chamberlains, llBigthan and Teresh, of those which kept tthe door, were wroth, and sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus.

22 And the thing was known to Mordecai, 1 who told it unto Esther the queen; and Esther certified the king thereof in Mordecai's name.

23 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.

CHAPTER III.

1 Hainan, advanced b& the ling, and despised by Mordecai, seeketh revenge upon all the Jew*. 7 He custeth mm. 8 He obtaineth by calumniation a decree of the king to put the Jews to death.

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

2 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 Mordeeai c bowed not, nor did him reverence.

3 Then the king's servants, which were in the king's gate, said unto Mordecai, Why transgressest thou the "king's commandment f

4 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.

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

6 And he thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for they had shewed him the people of Mordecai: wherefore Hainan ssought to destroy all the Jews that were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus, even the people of Mordecai,

7 1 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.

8 % 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.

destroy the Jews.

ESTHER.

The great mourning of the Jews,

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9 If it please the king, let it be written tthat they may be destroyed: and I will tpay 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.

10 And the king1 took 1 his ring from his hand, and gave it unto Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the Jews' II enemy.

11 And the king said unto Haman, The silver is given to thee, the people also, to do with them as it scemeth good to thee.

12 ""Then were the king's I scribes called on the thirteenth day of the first month, and there I was written according to all that i 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 j sealed with the king's ring.

13 And the letters were Psent j 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, lln 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.

14 "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.

15 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.

CHAPTER IV.

1 The great mouniinn of Morilerai and the Jews. 4 E»thert understanding it, sendeth to Mordecai, who shrvrth the eatue, and adi'beth her to undertake the. flat. 10 She ensuring herself'u threatened by Montreal, Is She appointing a font undertaketh the twit.

WHEN Mordecai perceived all that was done, Mordecai "rent his clothes, and put on sackcloth bwith ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and c cried with a loud and a bitter err;

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

3 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 tmany lay in sackcloth and ashes.

4 H So Esther's maids and her t 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.

5 Then called Esther for Hatach, one of the king's chamberlains, twhom he had appointed to attend upon her, and gave him a commandment to Mordecai, to know what it was, and why it teas.

6 So Hatach went forth to Mordecai unto the street of the city, which may before the king's gate.

7 And Mordecai told him of all that had happened unto him, and of 11 the sum of the money that Haman had promised to pay to the king's treasuries for the Jews, to destroy them.

8 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 suppliestion unto him, and to make request before him for her people.

9 And Hatach came and told Esther the words of Mordecai.

10 "j Again Esther spake unto Hatach, and gave him commandment unto Mordecai;

11 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, s there is one law of his to put him to death, except such hto 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.

12 And they told to Mordecai Esther's words.

13 Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not

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ESTHER.

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with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king's house, more than all the Jews.

14 For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there t enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knowetb whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

15 H Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer,

16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are t 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: kand if I perish, I perish.

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

CHAPTER V.

1 Esther, adventuring on the king's favour, obtameth the grace of the golden sceptre, and inviteth the king and Haman to a banquet, 6 She, being encouraged btf the kind in her suit, mriteth them to another banquet the Next day. 9 Human, proud of h is advancement, repineth at the contempt of Mordecai, 14 By the counsel of Zeresh he buildethfor him a pair of gallows.

NOW it came to pass aon the third day, that Esther put on her royal apparel, and stood in bthe 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.

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

3 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.

4 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.

I 5 Then the king said, Cause HaI man to make haste, that he may

do as Esther hath said. So the king and Haman came to the banquet that Esther had prepared.

6 If '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.

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

8 If I have found favour in the sight of the king, and if it please the king to grant my petition, and tto 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.

9 % 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.

10 Nevertheless Haman 'refrained himself: and when he came home, he sent and t called for his friends, and Zeresh his wife.

11 And Haman told them of the glory of his riches, and kthc 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.

12 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 king.

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

14 H Then said Zeresh his wife and all his friends unto him, Let a tmgallows 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.

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CHAPTER VI. 1 Ahasuents, reading in the chronicles of the. good nervier done tig Jlordecai, taketh care for his reward. 4 Hainan, coming to sue. that ilordecai might be hanged, unawares giveth counsel that he might do him honour. V2 Complaining of his misfortune, his friends tell him of his final destiny.

OX that night t could not the king Bleep, and lie commanded to bring athe book of records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king. 2 And it was found written, that Mordeeai had told of 'Bigthiinn and Teresh, two of the king's chamberlains, the keepers | of the tdoor, who sought to lay I hand on the king Ahasucrus. I 3 And the king said, What hon| our and dignity hath been done to Mordeeai for this? Then said the king's servants that ministered unto him, There is nothing done for him.

4 1 And the king 6aid, Who (a in the court? Now Hainan was come into Mhe outward court of the king's house, cto speak unto the king to hang Mordeeai on the gallows that he had prepared for him.

5 And the king's servants said unto him, Behold, Hainan standeth in the court. And the king said, Let him come in.

6 So Haman came in. And the king said unto him, What shall be done unto the man twhom the king dclighteth to honour? Now Haman thought in his heart, To whom would the king delight to do honour more than to myself?

7 And llaman answered the king, For the man twhom the king dclighteth to honour,

8 tLet the royal apparel be brought twhich the king nseth to wear, and dthe horse that the king rideth upon, and the crown royal which is set upon his head:

9 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 dclighteth to honour, and tbring him on horseback through the street of the city, eand proclaim before him, Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king dclighteth to honour.

10 Then the kiuir said to lla

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

11 Then took llaman the a]>parel and the horse, and arrayed Mordeeai, 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 dclighteth to honour.

12 11 And Mordeeai came again to the king's gate. But Haman 'hasted to his house mourning, « and having his head covered.

13 And Hainan told Zercsh his wife and all his friends every thing that had befallen him. Then 6aid his wise men and Zercsh his wife unto him, If Mordeeai 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 Hainan unto hthe banquet that Esther had prepared.

CHAPTER VII.

1 Esther, entertaining the l ing and fTaman, maketh suit for her own life and her Jfeol>le's. 5 She arcuscth Hainan. 7 The king in his anger, understanding of the gallons trhich llaman had made for Hordecai, causeth him to be hangid thereon.

SO the king and Hainan came tto banquet with Esther the queen.

2 And the king said again unto Esther on the second day » at the banquet of wine, What in 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.

3 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:

4 lor we are bsold, I and my people, tto be destroyed, to be slain, and to perish. But if we had linn sold for bondmen and bondwomen, I had held my tongue, although the enemy could not countervail the king's damage.

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