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that they should do according to every mans mefore the fabuo Lens

519. I Abasuerus maketb royal feasts. 10 Valbti fent pleasure. 321 pould be shut,

for, refufeth to come. 13 Ahasuerus by the coun- 9 Allo Vashti the queen made a feast for the
sel of Merucan, maketh the decree of mens fove- women, in the royal house which belonged to
reignty.

king Ahasuerus :
OW it came to pass in the 10 g On the seventh day, when the heart of
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days of Ahasuerus (this is the king was merry with wine, he commanded
Ahasuerus which reigned Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and d Chap.
* from India even unto E- Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the seven (cham-702:
thiopia, bover an hundred berlains that served in the presence of Ahasuerus eunuchs.
and seven and twenty pro- the king,
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11 To bring Vashti the queen before the king 2 That in those days, when the king Ahasue- with the crown royal, to thew the people and Eb

rus sat on the throne of his kingdom, which was the princes her beauty : for she was t'fair to + Heb. in Shushan the palace,

3 In the third year of his reign, he made a 12 But the queen Vashti refused to come at nance. 519. fealt unto all his princes, and his servants; the the kings commandment by bis chamberlains : + Heb.

power of Persia and Media, the nobles and prin- therefore was the king very wroth, and his anger which was ces of the provinces being before him.

burned in him. 4 When he shewed the riches of his glorious 13 Then the king faid to the wise-men, ennuchion, kingdom, and the honour of his excellent ma- e which knew the times, (for so was the kings 12. 32. jesty, many days, even an hundred and fourscore manner towards all that knew law and judgdays.

5 And when these days were expired, the 14 And the next unto him was Carshena, king made a feast unto all the people tbat were Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena,

+ present in Shushan the palace, both unto great and Memucan, the fleven princes of Persia and f Ezra 7. found.

and small, seven days, in the court of the garden Media, & which saw the kings face, and which 14.
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fat the first in the kingkom)
6 Where were white, green, and I blue han- 15+ What shall we do unto the

queen
Ezek. 23. gings, fastned with cords of fine linen and pur- ti, according to law, because she hath not per- What to do.

ple, to silver rings, and pillars of marble : the formed the commandinent of the king Ahasue8.& 6.4. beds were of gold, and silver, upon a pavement rus, by the chamberlains ;

Il of red, and blue, and white, and black mar- 16 And Memucan answered before the king of porphyre, and marble, ble:

and the princes, Valhti the queen hath not done ond ala

7 And they gave them drink in vessels of gold, wrong to the king only, but also to all the prinKone of blue (the vessels being divers one from another) and ces, and to all the people that are in all the pro

7 royal wine in abundance, t according to the vinces of the king Ahasuerus. wine of the state of the king.

17 For this deed of the queen shall come 8 And the drinking was according to the abroad unto all women, so that they shall deaccording to law, none did compel: for so the king had spise their husbands in their eyes, she hand of

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queen to be chosen. Before manded Vashti the queen to be brought in before 6 a Who had been carried away from Jerusa- Before Christ him, but she came not. lem, with the captivity which had been carried

Christ 519. 18 Likewise fhall the ladies of Persia and away with ! Jeconiah king of Judah, whom Ne- 518.

Media fay this day unto all the kings princes, buchadnezzar the king of Băbylon had carried 21 King;
which have heard of the deed of the queen. away.
Thus shall there arise too much contempt and

7 And he + brought up Hadassah (that is jer. 24. 1. wrath.

Esther) b his uncles daughter, for she had nei-or; 19 + If it please the king, let there go a royal ther father nor mother, and the majd was + fair skinen commandment + from him, and let it be written and beautiful, whom Mordecai (when her fa-24.6. among the laws of the Persians and the Medes, ther and mother were dead) took for his own nourished

. + Heb. + that it be not altered, that Vashti come nó daughter. more before king Ahasuerus, and let the king

8 g So it came to pass, when the kings com- fair of form, that it pass give her royal estate + unto another that is better mandment and his decree was heard, and when and good of than she.

many maidens were gathered together unto Shu-nance. 20 And when the kings decree which he shall than the palace, to the custody of Hegai, that make, shall be published throughout all his em- Esther was brought also unto the kings house, to

pire, (for it is great) all the wives shall give the custody of Hegai keeper of the women. companion to their husbands honour, both to great and 9 And the maiden pleased him, and she obsmall.

tained kindness of him, and he speedily gave her 21 And the saying + pleased the king and the her things for purification, with † such things + Heb. was good in princes, and the king did according to the word as belonged to her, and seven maidens, which ber portions she eyes of of Memucan:

were meet to be given her, out of the kings house, 6 Chap 22 For he sent letters into all the kings pro- and the preferred her and her maids, unto the

+ Heb. vinces, " into every province according to the best place of the house of the women. writing thereof, and to every people after their io Esther had not shewed her people, nor · Verf. 20. language, that every man should bear rule in his her kindred : for Mordecai had charged her, that

that it should be published she should not shew it. of his people. according to the language of every people. 11 And Mordecai walked every day before CHAP. II.

the court of the womens house, t to know how + Heb. i Out of the choice of virgins a queen is to becholen. Esther did, and what should become of her. 5 Mordecai the nursing father of Esther. 8 Esther

12 Now when every maids turn was come, is preferred by Hegai before the rest. 12 The manner to go in to king Ahasuerus, after that she had of purification, and going in to the king. 15 Esther been twelve months, according to the manner best pleasing the king, is made queen, 21 Morde- of the women, (for fo were the

days of their pucai discovering a treason, is recorded in the chro- rifications accomplished, to wit, fix months nicles.

with oyl of mirrh, and six months with sweet 318. A

Fter these things, when the wrath of king odours, and with other things for the purifying

Ahasuerus was appeased, he remembred of the women)
Vashti, and what she had done, and what was 13 Then thus came every maiden unto the
decreed against her.

king; whatsoever fhe desired was given her, to
2 Then faid the kings servants, that miniftred go with her out of the house of the women, un-
unto him, 'Let there be fair young virgins fought to the kings house.
for the king.

14 In the evening she went, and on the
3 And let the king appoint officers in all the morrow she returned into the second house of the
provinces of his kingdom, that they may gather women, to the custody of Shaashgaz, the kings
together all the fair young virgins unto Shushan chamberlain, which kept the concubines : The
the palace, to the house of the women, unto came in unto the king no more, except the king
the custody of | Hege the kings chamberlain, delighted in her, and that she were called by
keeper of the women, and let their things for
purification be given them:

15 Now when the turn of Ether, d the

515. 4 And let the maiden which pleaseth the king, daughter of Abihail, the uncle of Mordecai (who a Ver1.7. be queen in stead of Vashti. And the thing plealed had taken her for his

daughter) was come to go the king, and he did fo.

in unto the king, she required nothing, but 5. Now in Shushan the palace, there was a what Hegai the kings chamberlain, the keeper certain Jew, whose name was Mordecai, the son of the women appointed: and Esther obtained of Jair, the son of Shimei, the fon of Kish, a favour in the fight of all them that looked upon Benjamite :

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Haman seeketh revenge. 16 So Esther was taken unto king Ahasue- 5 And when Haman faw that Mordecai Before Christ

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rus, into his house royal, in the tenth month bowed not, nor did him reverence, then was Babylon had carried out

514. (which is the month Tebeth) in the seventh Haman full of wrath.
year of his reign.

6 And he thought fcorn to lay hands on 17 And the king loved Esther above all the Mordecai alone; for they had shewed him er, for the bad neile

women, and she obtained grace and favour the people of Mordecai : Wherefore Haman i in vendita † in his fight, more than all the virgins ; fo fought to destroy all the Jews, that were

before that he set the royal crown upon her head, throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus, cai (when her h. 4. and made her queen instead of Vashti

. even the people of Mordecai. 514.

18 Then the king made a great feast unto 7 In the first month (that is the month 510. all his princes and his fervants, even Esthers Nisan) in the twelfth year of king Ahasue

feaft, and he made a + release to the provin- rus, they cast Pur, that is, the lot, before a Chap. heart , and when

ces, and gave gifts, according to the Itate of Haman, from day to day, and from month 9.24 gether unto Shu- zen.

to month, to the twelfth month, that is the
19. And when the virgins were gathered month Adar

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together the second time, then Mordecai fat 8 g And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus,

There is a certain people scattered abroad, 20 e Elther had not yet shewed her kin- and dispersed among the people in all the dily gave her

dred, nor her people; as Mordecai had char- provinces of thy kingdom, and e their laws e Ezra ged her : for Esther did the commandment are divers from all people, neither keep they Xas of Mordecai, like as when she was brought the kings laws ; therefore it is not t for the 16.20,

kings profit to suffer them. unto the se

21 S In those days (while Mordecai fat 9.If it please the king, let it be written equal. in the kings gate) two of the kings chamber

two of the kings chamber- t that they may be destroyed : and I will: le , nos, The

lains, 1 Bigthan and Teresh, of those which t pay ten thousand talents of silver to the them. Bigeha- kept + the door, were wroth, and sought to busineis, to bring it into the kings treasuries.

weigh, lay hand on the king Ahasuerus.

10 And the king took & his ring from his fGen. fore

22 And the thing was known to Morde- hand, and gave it unto Haman the son of champ The theme cai, who told it unto Esther the queen, and Hammedatha the Agagite, the Jews f! enemy. Esther certified the king thereof, in Morde- 11 And the king laid unto' Haman, Theopren

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filver is given to thee, the people also, to do ad

23' And when inquisition was made of the with them as it seenieth good to thee. matter, it was found out; therefore they were 12 h Then were the kings \ fcribes called Chap.

both hanged on a tree : and it was written in on the thirteenth day of the first month, and, or, seChapo & the book of the chronicles before the king.' there was written according to all that Ha-creaties. CHAP. III.

mah had commanded unto the kings lieu, 1 Haman advanced by the king, and despised by Mor. tenants, and to the governors that were over

decai, seeketh revenge upon all the Jews 7 He every province, and to the rulers of every casteth lots : 8 He obtaineth by calumniation, a people of every province i according to the Chap. decree of the king to put the fews to death.

writing thereof, and to every people after : 42. 4 A

Fter these things did king Ahasuerus pro- their language ; in the name of king Aha

mote Haman the son of Hammedatha fuerus was it written, and sealed with the
the Agagite, and advanced him, and set his kings ring:
seat above all the princes that were with him. 13 And the letters were sent by posts into

2 And all the kings servants that were in all the kings provinces, to destroy, to kill,
the kings gate, bowed, and reverenced Ha- and to cause to perish all Jews, both young
man ; for the king had so commanded con- and old, little children and women, k in one Chap:
cerning him : but Mordecai b bowed not, day, even upon the thirteenth day of the 2 Mac.
nor did him reverence.

twelfth month, (which is the month Adar) *5. 36. 3 Then the kings servants which were in and m to take the spoil of them for a prey. the kings gate, said unto Mordecai, Why 14

of the writing for a com-
Verf.2. tranfgreffest thou the kings commandment ? mandment to be given in every province, was

4 Now it came to pals, when they spake published unto all people, that they should
daily unto him, and he hearkned not unto be ready against that day.
them, that they told Haman, to see whether 15 The posts went out, being haftned by
Mordecai his matters would stand, for he the kings commandment, and the decree
bad told them that he was a Jew.

was given in Shushan the palace : and the

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in unto the king, these thirty days.

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12 And they told to Mordecai Esthers words. 519 1 The great mourning of Mordecai and the Jews : 13

Then Mordecai commanded to answer 4 Esther understanding it, sendeth to Mordecai, Esther, Think not with thy self that thou shalt who leweth the cause, and adviseth her to un. escape in the kings house, morethan all the Jews. dertake the fuit : 10 She excusing her felf, is 14 For if thou altogether holdest thy peace threatned by Mordecai : 15 She appointing a faft at this time, then shall there + enlargement | Heb: undertaketh the suit.

and deliverance arise to the Jews from another "espiration WH done, Mordecai rent his clothes, and destroyed : and who knoweth, whether thou

all that was place, but thou and thy fathers house shall be

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put on fackcloth a with alhes, and went out art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
into the midst of the city, and cried with a 15 | Then Esther bade them return Mor-
loud and a bitter cry:

decai this answer,
2 And came even before the kings gate :

for

16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are none might enter into the kings gate clothed + present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and Founds

t Heb. with fackcloth.

neither eat nor drink d three days, night or day: -See 3 And in every province withersoever the I also and my maidens will fast likewise, and to shap. kings commandment, and his decree came,

will I go in unto the king, which is not according there was great mourning among the Jews, to the law; and if I perish, I perish.

and fasting, and weeping, and wailing, and 17 So Mordecai + went his way, and did 'Hebo Heb. + many lay in fackcloth and ashes.

according to all that Esther had commanded him.poffed 4 TSo Esthers maids, and her + chamberlains

CH A P. V. came and told it her : Then was the queen

1 Esther adventuring on the kings favour, obtain. exceedingly grieved, and she sent raiment to

eth the grace of the golden fceptre, and inviteth Ifa. 58.s. clothe Mordecai, and to take away his fack- the king and Haman to a banquet. 6 She becloth from him : but he received it not.

ing encouraged by the king in her fuity inviteth 5 Then called Esther for Hatach, one of them to another banquet the next day., 9. Ha

the kings chamberlains, + whom he had ap- man proud of his advancement, repineth at the phom he pointed to attend upon her, and gave him a

contempt of Mordecai. 14. By the counsel of Zebefore her. commandment to Mordecai, to know what it resh; he buildeth for him a pair of gallows. was, and why it was.

on it came to pass a on the third day, that are 6 So Hatach went forth to Mordecai un

Esther

put ber royal apparel, and stood Chap to the street of the city, which was before in bthe inner court of the kings house, over against. See

the kings house: and the king sat upon his royal 5.4 7 And Mordecai told him of all that had throne in the royal house, over against the gate happened unto him, and of the sum of the

the of the house. money that Haman had promised

to pay to the 2 And it was so when the king faw Esther the kings treasuries for the Jews, to destroy them. queen standing in the court that cîhe obtained fa-See 8 Also he gave him the copy of the wri

vour in his light: and the d king held out to 15. 7. ting of the decree, that was given at Shushan Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand : so 'Chap. to destroy them, to shew it unto Esther, and Esther drew near and touched the top of the to declare it unto her, and to charge her that sceptre. she fhould go in unto the king, to make fup- 3 Then said the king unto her, What wilt plication unto him, and to make request be- thou, queen Esther ? and what is thy request? ¢it e So Mark fore him for her people.

shall be even given thee,to the halfof thekingdom. 9 And Hatach came and told Esther the 4 And Either answered, If it seem good unto words of Mordecai.

the king, let the king and Haman come this day 10 Again Esther spake unto Hatach, and unto the banquer that I have prepared for him. gave him commandment unto Mordecai;

5. Then the king said, Cause Haman to make 1 All the kings servants, and the people halte, that he'may do as Esther hath said. Sothe of the kings provinces do know, that who- king and Haman came to the banquet that Esther soever, whether man or woman, shall come had prepared. unto the king into the inner court, who is 6' And the king said unto Esther at the ban- f Chap. not called, "ibere is one law of his to put quer of wine, & What is thy petition ? and it shall 7.com

him to death, except such c to whom the king, be granted thee: and what is thy request ? even 9. 12. 1.67%. Thall hold out the golden fceptre, that he to the half of the kingdom it shall be performed .

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7 Then answered Esther, and said, My pe- hang Mordecai on the gallows that he had prepaChrift

Christ red for him) tition, and my request is; 510.

8 If I have found favour in the light of the 5 And the kings servants faid unto him, Be- 510.

king, and if it please the king to grant my pe- hold, Haman standeth in the court. And the king | Hebo tition, and + to perform my request, let the said, Let him come in.

king and Haman come to the banquet that I 6 So Haman came in: and the king said unto

shall prepare for them, and I will do to morrow him, What shall be done unto the man + whom + Heb. e Jews from anche un as the king hath said.

the king delighteth to honour ? (Now Haman inom obale thers house hall 9 Then went Haman forth that day, joy- thought in his heart, To whom would the king the king

detightech, th, whether than

ful, and with a glad heart: but when Haman delight to do honour more than to my self?)

saw Mordecai in the kings gate, that he stood such a time as this?

7 And Haman anfwered the king, For the not up, nor moved for him, he was full of man + whom the king delighteth to honour, bem return Mar indignation against Mordecai.

8 + Let the royal

apparel be brought + which in whose 10 Neverthelefs Haman restrained himself, the king usetb to wear, and the horse that the the king the Jewstham na + Meb. and when he came home, he sent and t called for king rideth upon, and the crown royal which is set delighetsth. Z ye for me, and Canfed so his friends, and Zeresh his wife.

upon his head : Chap

* 11 And Haman told them of the glory of his 9 And let this apparel and horse be delivered bring the ikewile , ando,

riches, and h the multitude of his children, and all to the hand of one of the kings most noble princes, parel. not acording

the t bing's wherein the king had promoted him, that they may aray the man withal whom the king where with and how he had advanced him above the princes delightech to honour, and + bring him on horse- the king and fervants of the king.

back through the street of the citydand proclaim 12 Haman said, moreover, Yea, Esther the before him, Thus shall it be done to the man i King, queen did let no man come in with the king unto whom the king delighteth to honour. the banquet that she had prepared, but my self; 10 Then the king faid to Haman, Make haste, cause him and to morrow am I invited unto heralfo with the and take the apparel, and the horse, as thou hast so bides king,

said, and do even fo to Mordecai the Jew, that 41. 43. viteth 13. Yet all this availeth me nothing, so long as littech at the kings gate: + let nothing fail of all 1 Heb.

fuffer not I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the kings gate. that thou haft spoken.

14 Then said Zerefh his wife, and all his Ze

11 Then took Haman the apparel and the fail. Heb. friends unto him, Let a. t gallows be made of horse, and arayed Mordecai, and brought him

fifty cubits high, and to morrow speak thou unto on horfeback through the street of thecity, and

the king, that Mordecai may be hanged thereon: proclaimed before him, Thus shall it be done unto od 16

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. And the thing pleased Haman, and he 12. G And Mordecai came again to the kings 21 5.5 Chap. caused the gallows to be made.

pi gate: but Haman hafted to his house, mourn: 2 Chro, " CH'AP. VI.

ing, fand having his head covered.
I Ahasuerus reading in the chronicles of the good fer. 13 And Haman told Zeresh his wife and all 15. 30.

vice done by Mordecai, takerb care for his reward. his friends, every thing that had befallen him.
4 Haman coming to fue that Mordecai might be Then faid his wifemen, and Zeresh his wifeunto
banged, unawares giveth counsel that he might do him, If Mordecai be of the feed of the Jews, be-
bim bonour. 12 Complaining of bis misfortune, bis fore whom thou hast begun to fall, thou shalt not
friends tell him of bis final destiny,

prevail against him, but Ihalt surely fall before him.
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records of the chronicles ; and they wereread be- Haman unto the banquet that Esther bad prepared.
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CHA P. : VII.
1 Or, had told of || Bigthana and Teresh, two of the 1 Eflber entertaining the king and

Haman, makerb Bigsban, kings chamberlains, the keepers of the t door,

fuit for her own life and her peoples. 5 She accuseth Çbap. 2. who fought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus.

Haman. 7 The king in his anger understanding of the

gallows, which Haman bad made for Mordecai, ibr chloold.

3 And the king said, What honour and dignity hath been done to Mordecai, for this ? Then

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