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10 Nevertheless, Haman refrained himself: and when he came home, he sent o called for his friends, and Zeresh his Wife. * * 11 And Haman told them of the glo 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. . . . . 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 § gate. * , , 14 || Then said Zeresh his wife and all his friends unto him, Let a gallows be made of fifty cubits high, and tomorrow speak thou unto the king that Mordecai may be hanged thereon : then go thou in merrily with the king unto the banquet. And the thing pleased Haman ; and he caused the gallows to be made. - CHAP. VI. 1 Joshasuerus reotardeth Mordecai. Haman doeth him honour. N 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. 2 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, 3 And the king said, What honour and dignity hath been done to Mordecai for this 2 Then said the king's servants that ministered unto him, There is noting done for him. * * * * * 4 And the king said, Who is in the tourt? Now Haman was come into the outward court of the king's house, to speak unto the king to hang Mordecai on the gallows that he had prepared for him.

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him, Behold, Haman 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 whom the king delighteth to honour 2 Now Haman thought in his heart, To whom would the king delight to do honour more than to myself 2 7 And Haman answered the king, For the man whom the king delighteth to lionour, 8 Let the royal apparel be brought which the king useth to wear, and the horse that the king rideth upon, and the crown towai which is set upon his head : 9 And let this apparel and horse be de

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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 shals it be done to the man whom the king delighteth to honour. - - - 10 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. . ." 11 Then took Haman theo 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 delightetlı to honour. . . 12 || And Mordecai came again to the king's gate. But Haman hasted to his house mourning, and having his head covered. is . . . . . . 13 And IHaman 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 sect 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 overe yet talking with him, came the king's chamberlains, and hasted to bring Haman unto the banquet that Esther had prepared. - CHAP. VII. 1 Esther sueth for her own life, and her scofile. 7 The king causeth Haman to ^e hanged on his own gallows. S. ) the king and Haman came to banquet with Esther the queen. 2 And the king said again to 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. 3. Then Esther the queen answered and said, If I have found favour in thy sight, () king, and if it please the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request: 4. For we are sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be slain, and to perish. But if we had been sold for bond-men and bond-women, I had held my tongue, although the enemy could not countervail the king's damage. 5 || 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? 6 And Iostlıcr said, The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman. Then

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Haman hanged. CHAP. v III, Ix. Mordecai's honour. 439 °

7 'And the king arising from the ban- the king's wing : for the writing which olet of wine in his wrath went into the , is written in the king's name, and sealed palace-garden : and Haman stood up to j with the king's ring, may no man reverse. make, request for his life to Esther the 9. Then were the king's scribes called queen; for he saw that there was evil dc- at that time in the third month, that is, termined against him by the king. the month Sivan, on the three and twen8 Then the king returned out of the tieth day thereof; and it was written, arpalace-garden into the place of the ban icording to all that Mordecai commandquet of wine; and Haman was fallen up- || ed, unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants, on the bed whereon Esther was. Then and the deputies and rulers of the provsaid the king, Will he force the queen also || inces which are from India unto Ethiobefore me in the house As the word | pia, an hundred twenty and seven provwent out of the king’s mouth, they cov- || inces, unto every province according to ered Haman's face. - the writing thereof, and unto every peo9 And Harbonah, one of the chamber- || pie after their language, and to the Jews lains, said before the king, Behold also, according to their writing, and according the gallows fifty cubits high, which Ha- to their language. man had made for. Mordccai, who had 10 And he wrote in the king Ahasuespoken good for the king, standeth in the rus' name, and sealed it with the king's house of Haman. Then the king said, ring, and sentietters by posts on horseHang him thereon. - - back, and riders on mules, cancis, and , 10 So they hanged Haman on the gal- || young dromedaries: lows that he had prepared for Mordecai. 11 Wherein the king granted the Jews Then was the king's wrath pacified. . . which were in every city to gather them... • CHAP. VIII. selves together, and to stand for their 1 Mordecai is advanced. 7 Ahasuerus || life, to destroy, to slay, and to cause to granteth to the Jews to defond them- || perish, all the power of the people and selves. 15 A/ardecai's honour and the province that would assault lo. both Jews joy. * -- iittle ones and women, and to take the N that day did the king Ahasuerns poil of them for a prey, give the house of Isaman, the Jews 12 Upon one day in all the provinces rnemy, unto Fosther the queen. And Mor- of king Ahasuerus, namely, upon the thirdecai came before the king ; for Esther | teenth day of the twcifth month, which is had told what he was unto her. - the month Adar. 2 And the king took off his ring which 13 The copy of the writing for a comhe had taken from Haman, and gave it mandment to be given in every province unto Mordecai. And Estherset Moidecai was published unio all people, and that

over the house of Haman. the Jews should be ready against that day 3. And Esther spake yet again before to avenge themselves on their enemies. the king, and fell down at his feet, and be- 14 So the posts that rode upon mules and

soight him with tears to put away, the camels went gut, beinghastened and pressmischief of Haman the Agagite, and his cd on by the king's commandment. All device that he had devised against the Jews. || the decree was given at Shushan the paiace. 4 Then the king held out the golden 15 1. And Mordecai went out from th: sceptre toward Esther. So Esther arose, presence of the king in royal apparel cf and stood before the king, plue and white, and with a great drown of 5 And said, If it please the king, and if gold, and with a garment of fine linea I have found favour in his sight, and the and purple: and the city of Shushan rething seem right before the king, and 1 be joiced, and was glad: pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to re- 16. The Jews had light, and gladness, verse, the letters devised by Haman the and joy, and honour. Son of Hammediatha the Agagite, which 17 And in every province, and in every he wrote to destroy the Jews which are in |city, whitherseever the king's commandall the king's provinces: ment and his decree came, the Jews had 6 For how can I endure to see the evil ||joy and giviness, a feast and a good day. that shall come unto my people 2 or how || And many of the people of the land béton I endue to see the destruction of my came Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell

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430 The Jews slay their encinies, ESTHER.

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;) 2 The Jews gathered themselves together in their cities throughout all the rovinces of the king Ahasuerus, to lay and 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 officers of the king helped the Jews; because the fear of Mordccai fell upon them. 4 For Mordccai was grcat in the king's house, and his fame went out throughout all the provinces: for this man Mordecai waxed greater and greater. 5 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.

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 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 was brought before the king. 12 of 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 thce: or what is thy request further 2 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 according, unto this day’s decree, and let Haman's ten sons be hanged upon the gallows. 14 And the king commanded it so to be done: and the decree was given at Shushan; 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 ; but on the prey they laid not their hand. 16 But the other Jews that were in the king's provinces gathered themselves together, and stood for their lives, and had rest from their encomics, and slew of their foes seventy and five thousand, but they laid not their hands on the prey,

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17. On the thirteenth day of the month Adar; and on the fourteenth day of the same rested they, and made it a day of feasting and gladness. 18 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. 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 a good day, and sending of politions one to another. 20 " And Mordecai wrote these things, and sent letters unto all the Jews that overe in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus, both high and far, 21 To stablish this among them, that

they should keep the fourteenth day of the month Adar, and the fifteenth day 6 And in Shushan the palace the Jews

of the same, yearly, 22 As the days wherein the Jews rest

ed 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. 23 And the Jews undertook to do as they had begun, and as Mordecai had written unto them ; 24 Because Haman the son of Hammedatha, the A agite, 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 de

stroy them; 25 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 banged on the gallows. 26 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 them, 27 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, alo 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 fail from among the Jews, nor the memorial of them perish from thcir sectl,

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CHAP. I. 1 The holiness, riches, and religious care of Job for his children. 6 Satan aftfearing before God, obtaineth leave to tem/ht him. HERE was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job ; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. 2 And there were born unto him seven Sons and three daughters. 3His substance also was seventhousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she-asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the 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, and offered burntoffering 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 continually. 6 s Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LoRD, and Satan came also 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 “R. down in it. 8 And the lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a Perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and esciieweth evil?

and said, Doth Job fear God for nought 2 | 10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all. that he hath on every side 2 thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. 11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. 12 And the Lo R D said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So, Satan went forth from the presence of the LoRD. 13 || And there was a day when his soñs and his daughters overe 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 fellusion 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. 16 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, 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. is While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans, made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried then | away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only an cscaped alone to tell thee. 18 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house: 19 And behold, there came a great, wind from the wilderness, and smote the

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upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. 20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shavcd 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 gave, and the LoRD hath taken away ; blessed be the name of the Lorp. 22. In all this Job sinned not, nor chargcd God foolishly. CHAP. II. 1 Satan assiearing again before God, obtaineth further leave to tempt Job. 7. He smiteth him quith wore boils. 9 Job refiroveth his wife, moving him to curse God. Ao there was a day when the sons of God came to present thernselves before the Lok D, and Satan came also among them to prescht himself before || the Lof d. | 2 And the Lon D said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satanatowered the Lon D, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. w t 3 And the Lo R D said unto Satan, IHast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the carth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil 2 and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him || without causc. 4 And Satan answered the Lok p, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a silan hath will he give for his life. 5 But put forth tiline hand now, an touch his bone and his flesh, and he will Curse thce to thy face. 6 And the Lok D said unto Satan, Beo he is in thine hand; but save lis' ilc. 7 's So went Satan forth from the pres-, ence of the Lon. D, and smote Job with

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er to come to mourn with him, and to comfort him. 12 And when they lifted up their eye 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. 13 So they sat down with him u the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him : for they saw that his grief was very great. CHAP. III. 1 Job curseth the day and services of his birth. 13 The ease of death. FTPR this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day. 2 And Job spake, and said, 3 Let the day perish wherein I was horn, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived. 4 Let that day be darkness; let not God regurd it from above, neither let the light shine upon it. 5 Let darkness and the shadow of death. stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it. 6 -ss for that night, let darkness seize upon it; 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

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8 Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to raise up their mourning. 9 Let the stars of the twilight thereof be dark; let it look for light, but have

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his crown. 8 And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down annong the ashes. 9 || Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity curse God, and die. 10 But he said unto her, Thou speakest || as one of the foolish women speaketh. What, shah we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil In all this did not Job sin with liis lips. 11 * Now when Joi)'s three friends || heard of all this evil that was come upon || iiim, they came every one from his own place ; Fliphaz the Tehranite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zohar the Naauhathite: ior they had made win oppointment togeth- ||

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14 With kings and counsellors of the earth, which built desolate places for themselves ; 15 Or with princes that had gold, who filled their houses with silver: 16 Or as an hidden untimely, birth I had not been ; as infants which never saw light. 17. There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest: is There the prisoners rest together: they hear not the voice of the oppressor. 19 The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master. . . 20 Wherefore is light given to him that is in mistry, and life unto the bitter

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