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5 1 Then the king Ahivsuorus answered and said unto Esther the queen, Who is he, and where is lie, t that durst presume in his heart to do so?

0 And Esther said, t The adversary and enemy is this wieked Hainan. Then Hainan was afraid

1 before the king and the queen.

7 And the king arising from the banquet of wine in his wrath vxnt into the palace garden: and Hainan 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.

8 Then the king returned out of the palace garden into the place of the banquet of wine; and Hainan was fallen upon cthe bed whereon Esther was. Then said the king, Will he force the queen also t before me in the house? As the word went out of the king's mouth, they d covered Hainan's face.

9 And e Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said before the king, Behold also fthe tgallows fifty cubits high, which Hainan had made for Mordecai, who had spoken good for the king, standcth in the house of Haman. Then the king said, Hang him thereon.

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

CHAPTER VHI.

1 Mortlecni M a'lrnncril. 3 Esther maketh not to rereme! Hiintan'i trtter*. 7 AhtUUerus yrtinteth to the Jetnt to ilet'rufl thrmtejrea. 13 Jlordecai'e. honour, and the Jtwa' joy.

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.

2 And the king took off bhis ring, which he had taken from Hainan, and gave it unto Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Hainan.

3 If And Esther spake yet again before the king, and fell down at his feet, tand besought him with tears to put away the mischief of Hainan the Agagite, and his device that he had" devised against the Jews.

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

5 Aud said, If it please the king, aud if I have found favour in his sight, and the thing seem right before the king, aud I be pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to reverse tthe letters devised by Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, I which he wrote to destroy the Jews which are in all the king's provinces:

6 For how can 11 endure to see Jthe evil that shall come unto my people? or how can I endure to see the destruction of my kindred?

7 % 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.

8 Write ye also for the Jews, as it llketh 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.

9 e Then were the king's scribes called at that time in the third month, that is, the month Slvnn, 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 hfrom India unto Ethiopia, a 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.

10 kAnd 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:

11 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

to defend themselves.

ESTHER.

The Jews slay their enemies.

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the people and province that would assault them, both little ones and women, and Uo take the spoil of them for a prey,

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

13 "The copy of the writing for a commandment to be given in every province was t published unto all people, and that the Jews should be ready against that 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 king's commandment. And the decree was given at Shushan the palace.

15 1 And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel of I 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.

16 The Jews had plight, and gladness, and joy, and honour.

17 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 n and a good day. And many of the people of the land rbecame Jews; for 'the fear of the Jews fell upon them.

CHAPTER IX.

1 The Jews (the rulers, for fear of Mordecqt, helping them) slay their enemies, with the ten sons of Haman. 12 Ahasuerus, at the request of Esther, granteth another day of slaughter, and Haman's sons to lie hanged. 20 The two days of Purim are made festival.

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 chad rule over them that hated them,) 2 The Jews d 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.

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

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

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

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

7 And Parshandatha, and Dalphon, and Aspatha,

8 And Poratha, and Adalia, and Aridatha,

9 And Parmashta, and Arisai, and Aridai, and Vajezatha,

10 h 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.

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

13 % 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 kwhat is thy petition? and it shall be granted thee: or what is thy request further? and it shall be done.

13 Then said Esther, If it please the king, let it be granted to the Jews which are in Shushan to do to morrow also 1 according unto this day's decree, and tlct Haman's ten sons mbe hanged upon the gallows.

14 And the king commanded it be to be done: and the decree was given at Shushnn; and they hanged Haman's ten sons.

15 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;

The two days of Purim

ESTHER.

are made festival.

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»but on the prey they laid not their hand.

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

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

18 But the Jews that were at Slmshan assembled together ron 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.

19 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 agoodday.andof "sending portions one to another.

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

21 To establish this among them, that they should keep the fourteenth day of the month Adar, and the fifteenth day of the same, yearly,

22 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 i sending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor.

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

24 Because Haman the son of Haraniedatha, the Agagite, the enemy of all the Jews, 1 had devised against the Jews to destroy them, and had cast Pur, that is, the lot, to t consume them, and to destroy them;

25 But t1 when Esther came before the king, he commanded by letters that his wicked device, which he devised against the Jews, should b 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 I Par. Therefore for all the words of c this letter, and of that which they had seen concerning this matter, and which had come unto them,

27 The Jews ordained, and took upon them, and upon their seed, and upon all such as djoined themselves unto them, so as it should not tfail, that they would keep these two days according to their writing, and according to their appointed time every year;

28 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 t fail from among the Jews, nor the memorial of them t perish from their seed.

29 Then Esther the queen, ethe daughter of Abilniil, and Mordecai the Jew, wrote with tall authority, to confirm this 'second letter of Purim.

30 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,

31 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 tfor themselves and for their seed, the matters of h the fastings and their cry.

32 And the decree of Esther eonfirmed these matters of Purim; and it was written in the book.

CHAPTER X.

1 Ahasuerlts' greatness. 3 MordecaCs advancement.

AN D the king Ahasuerus laid a tribute upon the land, and upon The isles of the sea.

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

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

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•THE

BOOK OF JOB.

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CHAPTER I.

1 The holiness, riches, and religious care of Job for his children, 6 Satan, appearing before God, bj/ealniMnitltion ohtaineth leave to tempt Job, 13 Cmlerstandina of the loss of his goods and children, in his mourning he blesseth God.

'"pHERE was a man »in the X land of Uz, whose name was b Job; and that man wasc perfect and upright, and one thatd feared God, and eschewed evil.

2 And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.

3 His I substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great I household; so that this man was the greatest of all the t men of the east.

4 And his sons went and feasted | in their houses, every one his

day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.

5 And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, eand offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job t continually.

6 1[ Now sthere was a day '■when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and t Satan came also t among them.

7 And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From 'going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

8 And the Lord said unto Satan, t* Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth,1 a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?

9 Then Satan answered the

Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?

10 mHast not thou made a hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? "thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his I substance is increased in the land.

11 "But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, tand he will P curse thee to thy face.

12 And tho Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy t power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.

13 IT And there was a day i when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:

14 And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were ploughing, and the asses feeding beside them:

15 And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

10 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, I The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

17 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and t fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

18 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, rThy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:

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19 And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

20 Then Job arose, "and rent his 1 mantle, and shaved his head, and •fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,

21 And said, Naked came I
out of my mother's womb, and
naked shall I return thither: the
Lord * _

J taken away; 'blessed be the
name of the Lord.

22 aIn all this Job sinned not,
nor I charged God foolishly.

CHAPTER II.

1 Satan appearing again before Gorl obtain-
eth further leave to tempt Job. 7 lie smit-
eth him with /tore. hoih. 9 Job reproveth
his wife, moriiig him to curse God. 11 His
threej'riends condole with him in silence.

AGAIN 'there was a day
when the sons of God came
to present themselves before
the Lord, and Satan came also
among them to present himself
before the Lord.

2 And the Lord said unto Sa-
tan, From whence comest thou?
And b Satan answered the Lord,
and said, From going to and fro
in the earth, and from walking
up and down in it.

3 And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, c a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he d holdeth fast his integrity, although thou inovedst me against him, t»to destroy him without cause.

4 And Satan answered the Lord, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.

5 r But put forth thine hand now, and touch his & bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.

6 h And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; I but save his life.

7 I So went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.

8 And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; kand he sat down among the ashes.

9 7 Then said his wife unto him, 1 Dost thou still m retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.

10 But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speakcth. What? "shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? "In all this did not Job Psin with his lips.

11 t Now when Job's three
i friends heard of all this evil
that was come upon him, they

ive, and the Lord hath | came every one from his own
place; Eliphaz the 'Temanite,
and Bildad the 'Shuhite, and
Zophar the Naamathite: for they
had made an appointment to-
gether to come 1 to mourn with
him, and to comfort him.

12 And when they lifted up
| their eyes afar off, and knew him

not, they lifted up their voice,
and wept; and they rent every
one his mantle, and "sprinkled
dust upon their heads toward
heaven.

18 So they sat down with him
upon the ground 'seven days
and seven nights, and none
spake a word unto him: for they
saw that his grief was very great.

CHAPTER ni.

1 Job curses the day and services of his
birth. 1.1 The ease of death. 20 He com-
plaineth of life, because of his anguish.

AFTER this opened Job his
. mouth, and cursed his day.
2 And Job t spake, and said,

3 "Let the day perish wherein
I was born, and the night in
which it was said, There is a man
child conceived.

4 Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it.

5 Let darkness and b the shadow of death I stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; I let the blackness of the day terrify it.

6 As for that night, let darkness seize upon it; I let it not be joined unto the days of the year; let it not come into the number of the months.

7 Lo, let that night be solitary; let no joyful voice come therein.

8 Let them curse it that curse the day, c who are ready to raise up I their mourning.

9 Let the stars of the twilight thereof be dark; let it look for

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