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Haman is hanged. Mordecai is promoted. Esther's Petition him by the king. 8 Then the king house of Haman, and him they have returned out of the palace garden hanged upon the gallows, because into the place of the banquet of he laid his hand upon the Jews. 8 wine; and Haman was fallen upon Write ye also 2 to the Jews, as it the couch whereon Esther was. Then pleaseth you, in the king's name, said the king, Will he even force the and seal it with the king's ring; for queen before me in the house?. As the writing which is written in the the word went out of the king's king's name, and sealed with the mouth, they covered Haman's face. king's ring, may no man reverse. 9 Then said Harbonah, one of the 9 Then were the king's scribes chamberlains that were before the called at that time, in the third king, Behold also, the gallows fifty month, which is the month Sivan, cubits high, which Haman hath on the three and twentieth day made for Mordecai, who spake good thereof; and it was written accordfor the king, standeth in the house ing to all that Mordecai commanded of Haman. And the king said, unto the Jews, and to the satraps, Hang him thereon. 10 So they and the governors and princes of hanged Haman on the gallows that the provinces which are from India he had prepared for Mordecai. Then unto Ethiopia, a hundred twenty was the king's wrath pacified. and seven provinces, unto every 8 On that day did the king province according to the writing

Ahasuerus give the house_of thereof, and unto every people after Haman the Jews' enemy unto Es: their language, and to the Jews ac

And Mordecai cording to their writing, and accordcame before the king; for Esther ing to their language. 10 And he had told what he was unto her. 2 wrote in the name of king AhasuAnd the king took off his ring, which erus, and sealed it with the king's he had taken from Haman, and gave ring, and sent letters, by posts on it unto Mordecai. And Esther set horseback, riding on 3 swift steeds Mordecai over the house of Haman. that were used in the king's service,

3 And Esther spake yet again be- bred of the stud: 11 wherein the fore the king, and fell down at his king granted the Jews that were in feet

, and besought him with tears every city to gather themselves to-
to put away the mischief of Haman gether, and to stand for their life,
the Agagite, and his device that he to destroy, to slay, and to cause to
had devised against the Jews. 4 perish, all the power of the people
Then the king held out to Esther and province that would assault
the golden sceptre. So Esther arose, them, their little ones and women,
and stood before the king. 5 And and to take the spoil of them for
she said, If it please the king, and a prey, 12 upon one day in all
if I have found favor in his sight, the provinces of king Ahasuerus,
and the thing seem right before the namely, upon the thirteenth day of
king, and I be pleasing in his eyes, the twelfth month, which is the
let it be written to reverse the let month Adar. 13 A copy of the
ters devised by Haman, the son of writing, 4 that the decree should be
Hammedatha the Agagite, which given out in every province, was
he wrote to destroy the Jews that published unto all the peoples, and
are in all the king's provinces : 6 for that the Jews should be ready
that shall come unto my people or selves on their enemies. 14 So the
how can I endure to see the destruc- posts that rode upon swift steeds
tion of my kindred? 7 Then the that were used in the king's service
king Ahasuerus said unto Esther went out, being hastened and
the queen and to Mordecai the Jew,
Behold, I have given Esther the

2 Or, concerning
3 Or, swift steeds, mules, and young dromeda-

4 Or, to be given out for a decree

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The Jews authorized to resist their Enemies. The Jews destroy their Enemies pressed on by the king's command | Aridai, and Vaizatha, 10 the 'ten ment; and the decree was given out sons of Haman the son of Hammedin Shushan the palace.

atha, the Jews' enemy, glew they; 15 And Mordecai went forth from but on the spoil they laid not their the presence of the king in royal hand. apparel of blue and white, and with 11 On that day the number of a great crown of gold, and with a those that were slain in Shushan robe of fine linen and purple: and the palace was brought before the the city of Shushan shouted and was king. 12 And the king said unto glad. 16 The Jews had light and Esther the queen, The Jews have gladness, and joy and honor. 17 slain and destroyed five hundred And in every province, and in every men in Shushan the palace, and the city, whithersoever the king's com- ten sons of Haman; what then have mandment and his decree came, the they done in the rest of the king's Jews had gladness and joy, a feast provinces !. Now what is thy petiand a good day. And many from tion? and it shall be granted thee: among the peoples of the land be- or what is thy request further? and came Jews; for the fear of the Jews it shall be done. * 13 Then said Eswas fallen upon them.

ther, If it please the king, let it 9

Now in the twelfth month, be granted to the Jews that are in

which is the month Adar, on Shushan to do to-morrow also acthe thirteenth day of the same, cording unto this day's decree, and when the king's commandment and let Haman's ten sons be hanged his decree drew near to be put in upon the gallows. 14 And the king execution, on the day that the ene- commanded it so to be done: and a mies of the Jews hoped to have rule decree was given out in Shushan ; over them (whereas it was turned to and they hanged Haman's ten sons. the contrary, that the Jews had 15 And the Jews that were in Shurule over them that hated them), 2 shan gathered themselves together the Jews gathered themselves to- on the fourteenth day also of the gether in their cities throughout all month Adar, and slew three hunthe provinces of the king Ahasuerus, dred men in Shushan; but on the to lay hand on such as sought their spoil they laid not their hand. 16 hurt; and no man could withstand | And the other Jews that were in them; for the fear of them was fallen the king's provinces gathered themupon all the peoples. 3 And all the selves together, and stood for their princes of the provinces, and the sa- lives, and had rest from their enetraps, and the governors, and they mies, and slew of them that hated that did the king's business, helped them seventy and five thousand; the Jews; because the fear of Mor- but on the spoil they laid not their decai was fallen upon them. 4 For hand. Mordecai was great in the king's 17 This was done on the thirteenth house, and his fame went forth day of the month Adar; and on the throughout all the provinces; for fourteenth day of the same they the man Mordecai waxed greater rested, and made it a day of feastand greater. 5 And the Jews smote ing and gladness. 18 But the Jews all their enemies with the stroke of that were in Shushan assembled tothe sword, and with slaughter and gether on the thirteenth day thereof, destruction, and did what they and on the fourteenth thereof; and would unto them that hated them. on the fifteenth day of the same they 6 And in Shushan the palace the rested, and made it a day of feasting Jews slew and destroyed five hun- and gladness. 19 Therefore do the cred men,

7 And Parshandatha, Jews of the villages, that dwell in and Dalphon, and Aspatha, 8 and the unwalled towns, make the four

tha, and Adalia, and Aridatha, teenth day of the month Adar a day
| Parmashta, and Arisai, and of gladness and feasting, and a good

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The Feast of Purim instituted. Mordecai's Greatness day, and of sending portions one to the writing, thereof, and according another.

to the appointed time thereof, every 20 And Mordecai wrote these year; 28 and that these days should things, and sent letters unto all the be remembered and kept throughJews that were in all the provinces out every generation, every family, of the king Ahasuerus, both nigh every province, and every city; and and far, 21 to enjoin them that they that these days of Purim should not should keep the fourteenth day of fail from among the Jews, nor the the month Adar, and the fifteenth remembrance of them perish from day of the same, yearly, 22 as the their seed. days wherein the Jews had rest from 29 Then Esther the queen, the their enemies, and the month which daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai was turned unto them from sorrow the Jew, wrote with all 2

2 authority to gladness, and from mourning into to confirm this second letter of a good day; that they should make Purim. 30 And he sent letters them days of feasting and gladness, unto all the Jews, to the hundred and of sending portions one to an- twenty and seven provinces of the other, and gifts to the poor. 23 And kingdom of Ahasuerus, with words the Jews undertook to do as they of peace and truth, 31 to confirm had begun, and as Mordecai had these days of Purim in their apwritten unto them ; 24 because Ha- pointed times, according as Mordeman the son of Hammedatha, the cai the Jew and Esther the queen Agagite, the enemy of all the Jews, had enjoined them, and as they had had plotted against the Jews to de- ordained for themselves and for stroy them, and had cast Pur, that their seed, in the matter of the is, the lot, to consume them, and to fastings and their cry. 32 And the destroy them ; 25 but when the mat- commandment of Esther confirmed ter came before the king, he com- these matters of Purim ; and it was manded by letters that his wicked written in the book. de vie, which he had devised against 10 And then thing Ahasuerus own head, and that he and his sons and upon the isles of the sea. 2 And should be hanged on the gallows. all the acts of his power and of his

26 Wherefore they called these might, and the full account of the days Purim, after the name of Pur. greatness of Mordecai, whereunto Therefore because of all the words the king advanced him, are they not of this letter, and of that which written in the book of the chronicles they had seen concerning this mat- of the kings of Media and Persia ? ter, and that which had come unto 3 For Mordecai the Jew was next them, 27 the Jews ordained, and unto king Ahasuerus, and great took upon them, and upon their among the Jews, and accepted of seed, and upon all such as joined the multitude of his brethren, seekthemselves unto them, so that it ing the good of his people, and should not fail

, that they would speaking peace to all his seed. keep these two days according to

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Job's Uprightness and Wealth. Job's Afflictions and Patience 1

There was a man in the land of one that feareth God, and turneth

Uz, whose name was 1 Job; and away from evil. 9 Then Satan an. that man was perfect and upright, swered Jehovah, and said, Doth Job and one that feared God, and turned fear God for nought? 10 Hast not away from evil. 2 And there were thou made a hedge about him, and born unto him seven sons and three about his house, and about all that daughters. 3 His 2 substance also he hath, on every side? thou hast was seven thousand sheep, and three blessed the work of his hands, and thousand camels, and five hundred his 2 substance is increased in the yoke of oxen, and five hundred she- land. 11 But put forth thy hand asses, and a very great household ; now, and touch all that he hath, so that this man was the greatest of and he will renounce thee to thy all the children of the east. 4 And face. 12 And Jehovah said unto his sons went and held a feast in the Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in house of each one upon his day; and thy 6 power; only upon himself put they sent and called for their three not forth thy hand. So Satan went sisters to eat and to drink with them. forth from the presence of Jehovah. 5 And it was so, when the days of 13 And it fell on a day when his their feasting were gone about, that sons and his daughters were eating Job sent and sanctified them, and and drinking wine in their eldest rose up early in the morning, and brother's house, 14 that there came offered burnt-offerings according to a messenger unto Job, and said, The the number of them all: for Job oxen were plowing, and the asses said, It may be that my sons have feeding beside them; 15 and the sinned, and 3 renounced God in their Sabeans fell upon them, and took hearts. Thus did Job continually. them away: yea, they have slain

6 Now it came to pass on the day the 8 servants with the edge of the whe the sons of God came to pre- sw rd; and I only am escaped alone sent themselves before Jehovah, that to tell thee. 16 While he was yet 4 Satan also came among them. 7 speaking, there came also another, And Jehovah said unto Satan, and said, The fire of God is fallen Whence comest thou? Then Satan from heaven, and hath burned up answered Jehovah, and said, From the sheep and the 8 servants, and going to and fro in the earth, and consumed them; and I only am from walking up and down in it. escaped alone to tell thee. 17 While 8 And Jehovah said unto Satan, he was yet speaking, there came also Hast thou considered my servant another, and said, The Chaldeans Job? 5 for there is none like him in made three bands, and 'fell upon the earth, a perfect and upright man, the camels, and have taken them

away, yea, and slain the 8 servants 1 Heb. Iyob. 3 Or, blasphemed So ver. 11 ; ch. 2.5, 9.

8 Heb. young men, That is, the Adversary.

7 Heb. Sheba. 9 Or, made ü raid

2 Or, cattle

6 Heb. hand.

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Job smitten with Boils. His Three Friends visit him. His First Speech with the edge of the sword; and I foot unto his crown. 8 And he took only am escaped alone to tell thee. him a potsherd to scrape himself 18 While he was yet speaking, there therewith: and he sat among the came also another, and said, Thy ashes. 9 Then said his wife unto sons and thy daughters were eating him, Dost thou still hold fast thine and drinking wine in their eldest integrity ? renounce God, and_die. brother's house ; 19 and, behold, 10 But he said unto her, Thou there came a great wind 1 from the speakest as one of the 5 foolish wilderness, and smote the four cor women speaketh. What? shall we ners of the house, and it fell upon receive good at the hand of God, the young men, and they are dead; and shall we not receive evil? In and I only am escaped alone to tell all this did not Job sin with his thee.

lips. 20 Then Job arose, and rent his 11 Now when Job's three friends robe, and shaved his head, and fell heard of all this evil that was come down upon the ground, and wor upon him, they came every one shipped ; 21 and he said, Naked from his own place : Eliphaz the came I out of my mother's womb, Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and naked shall I return thither : and Zophar the Naamathite ; and Jehovah gave, and Jehovah hath they made an appointment together taken away ; blessed be the name of to come to bemoan him and to comJehovah. 22 In all this Job sinned fort him. 12 And when they lifted not, nor - charged God foolishly. up their eyes afar off, and knew 2 Again it came to pass on the him not, they lifted up their voice,

day when the sons of God came and wept; and they rent every one to present themselves before Jeho his robe, and sprinkled dust upon vah, that Satan came also among their heads toward heaven. 13 So them to present himself before Je- they sat down with him upon the hovah. 2 And Jehovah said unto ground seven days and seven nights, Satan, From whence comest thou ? and none spake a word unto him : And Satan answered Jehovah, and for they saw that his 6grief was very said, From going to and fro in the great. earth, and from walking up and down in it.

3 And Jehovah said 3 After this opened Job his unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job! 3 for there is none 2 And Job answered and said: like him in the earth, a perfect and 3 Let the day perish wherein I an upright man, one that feareth was born, God, and turneth away from evil : And the night which said, There and he still holdeth fast his integ is a man-child conceived. rity, although thou movedst me 4 Let that day be darkness; against him, 4 to destroy him with

Let not God from above seek 4 And Satan answered for it, Jehovah, and said, Skin for skin,

Neither let the light shine upon yea, all that a man hath will he give it. for his life. 5 But put forth thy

5 Let darkness and 7 the shadow of hand now, and touch his bone and death claim it for their own ; his flesh, and he will renounce thee Let a cloud dwell upon it; to thy face. 6 And Jehovah said Let all that maketh black the unto Satan, Behold, he is in thy day terrify it. hand; only spare his life.

6 As for that night, let thick dark7 So Satan went forth from the ness seize upon it: presence of Jehovah, and smote Job

Let it not rejoice among the days with sore boils from the sole of his

2 Or, attributed folly to God 5 Or, impious 3 Or, that 4 Heb. to swallow him up.

7 Or, deep darkness (and so elsewhere)

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1 Or, orer

6 Or, pain

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