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CHA P. XII.

country round about Jerusalem, and from * The priests which came up with Zerubbábel, the villages of Netophathi; 10 the fucceffion of the high priests.

29 Alia from the house of Gilgal, and out NO Tow these are the prietts and he Levites of the lioule of Geba, and Azmaveth : for

that went up with Zcrubbabel, the fon the fingers had builded them villages round of Shcaltiel, and Jethua: Seraial, Jeremiah, about Jerufalem. Ezra,

30 And the priefts and the Levites puri. - Amarial, Malluch, Hattuh,

fied themselves, and purified the people, and 3 Shechaniah, Kelan, Mi pemoth, the gates, and the wall. 4 Iddo, Gianetho, Abijah,

zi Then I brought up the princes of JuMiamin, Maadiah, Bilgah,

dah upon the wall, and appointed two great 6 Shemaiah, and Joiario, jedaiah, Cimpanies of them that gave thanks, whtreuf

7 Sanu, Amok, Hilkiah, jedaiali. There one went on the riglit hand upon the wall, were the chief of the priests, and of their toward the dung gate; brethren in the days of Jethua.

32 Aad after thom went Hothaiah, and 8 Morcover the Levites: Jethna, Binoni, half of the princes of Judah. Kadmiel, Shercbiah, Judah, and Mattanial, 33 And Azariah, Ezra, and Melhullam, which was over the thankigising, lie and his 34 Judah, and Benjamin, and Shemaiah, brethren.

and Jeremiah; Allo Bakbukiah and Unni, their brethren, 35 and certain of the pricfts fons with were over against them in the watches, trompts till Trely, Zechariah, the fon of

10 f And Joshua begat Joiakim, Joiakim al- Jonathan, the con of Shemaiah, the ion of 10 begat Eitálhib and Eliathib begat Joiada, Mattaniah, the son of Michaiah, the son of

II and Joiada begat Jonathan," and Jona- Zaccur, the son of Afaph; than begat Jiddua.

36 And his brethren, shemaiah, and Aza12 And in the days of Joiakim were priests, rael, Milla, Gilalai, Maai, Nethancel, and the chief of the fathers: of Scraiali, Me- Judah, Hanani, with the mufical instruments raiah: of Jeremiah, Hananiah :

of David the man of God, and Ezra the ! 3 Of Ezra, Melbullam: of Amariah, Je- fcribe before them. hohanan :

37 And at the fountain-gate, which was 14 Of Melicu, Jonathan: of Shebaniah, over again.t them, they went up by the Joreph:

itairs of the city of David, at the going 15 of Harim, Adua: of Meraioth, Helkai: up of the wall, above the houle of David,

16 OF Iddo, Zechariah : of Ginncthon, even into the water-gate east-ward. Memullam:

38 And the other company of them that 17 Of Abijah, Zichri: of Miniamin, of gave thanks went over against them, and Moadiah, Piltai?

I after them, and the half of the people 18 OF Bilgah, Shammua: of shemaiah, upon the wall, from beyond the tower of Jehonatban:

tic furnaces even unto the broad wall; 19 And of Joiarib, Mattenai: of Jedaiah, 39 And from above the gate of Ephraim, Uzzi:

and above the old gate, and above the fish. 23 Of Sallai, Kalai: Of Amok, Eber: gate, and the tower of Hananeel, and the

2r Of Hilkiah, Hathabiali: of jedaiah, Ne- tower of Meah, even unto the feep-gate; thaneel.

and they food fill in the prison-gate. 22 9. The Lévites, in the days of Eliashib, 40 So itood the two companies of them that Joiada, and Johanan, and Jaddua, were re- gave thanks in the houle of God, and I, and corded chicf of the fathers, also the priests, ive half of the rulers with me: to the reign of Darius the Persian.

4. And the priests; Eliakim, Maaseial, 23 The tons of Levi, the chics of the fa- Minianin, Michaiah, Elioenai, Zechariab, thers were written in the book of the Chro. and Hananiah with trumpets; nicles, even until the days of Johanan, the 42 And Maaseiah, and Shemaiali, and E. fon of Eliathib.

Icazar, and Uzzi, and Jehohanan, and Mal24 And the chief of the Levites : Hafhachijal, and Elam, and Ezer: and the fingers diah, Sherebiah, and Jeshua, the son of Kad- fang loud, with Jezrahiah their overfcer. inicl, with their brethren uver againt them, 43 Allo that day they offered great facrito praise and to give thanks according to tices, and rejoiced: for God had inade them the commandment of David the man of God, rejoice with great joy; the wives allo and ward over againft ward.

the children rejoiced; fo tbat the joy of Je25 Mattaniah, and Bakbukiah, Obadiah, Me. Gufalem was heard even afar of. fhallam, Talmon, Akkub were porterskeeping 44 9 And at that time werefoie appointed the ward at the thrcíholds of the gates. over the chambers for the treasures, for the

26 Theie toere in the days of Joiakim, the offerings for the first-fruits, and for the son of Jeshua, the son of Jozadak, and in rithes, to gather into them, out of the fields the days of Nchemiah the governor, and of of the cities the portions of the law for the Ezra the priett the cribe

priests and Levites: for Judah rejoiced for 27 9 And at the dedication of the wall of the priets and for the Levites that waited. Jerufalein they fought the Levites ont of 45 And both the fingers and the portera all their places, to bring them to Jerusa- kept the ward of their God, and the ward of Icm, to keep the dedication with gladness, the purification according to the commandboth with thanksgivings, and with longmig, ment of David and of Solomon his son. with cymbals, paterics and with harpa. 46 For in the days of Davit and Alapli,

28 And the fons of the fingers gathered or old, there were chief of the fingers, and ibernselves together, both out of the plain fongs of praise and thanksgiving unto God.

47 And all Israel, in the days of Zerubba- bringing in thcaves, and lading, alts; as bel, and in the days of Nehemialı, gave the allo wine, grapen, and figs, and all manner of portions of the fingers and the porters crery burdens, which they brought into Jerutalein day his portion : and they fanctified holy on the fabbath day: andi tettinod ngairf things unto the Levites, and the Levites them in the day wherein they told victuals. landified them unto the children of Aaron. 16 Tliere dwelt en of Tyre also therein, C H A P. XII.

which brought fish, and all manner of ware, i Upon the reading of the lato separation is and cold on the sabbath unto the children of

made from the mixed massitude. 10 Nih Judalı, and in Jerufalem. mish reformeth the goes in the kouse of God. 17 Then I contended with the nobles al Ju.

N that day they read in the book of dah, and said unto thein, What evil thing is O moles in the

audience of the people; this that ye do, and prosane the labbath day" and therein was found written, that the Am.

18 Did not your fathers thus, and did not monite and the Moabite thould not come our Gou bring all this evil-upon us, and upinto the congregation of God for ever.

on this city: Vet ye bring inore wrath upon Because they met not the children of ilrael by profaning the labbath. Ifrael with bread and with water, but iuired 19 And it came to pass, that when the Balaain againit them, that he thould curse gates of Jerusalem began to be dark before them; howbeit, our God turned the curse the fabbath, i comrarded that the gates into a blefing.

thould be thut, and charged that they thould 3 Now, it came to pass, when they had not be opened till after the fabbath: and kcard the law, that they leparated from if- fome of my fervants ler I at the gates, that recl all the mixed multitude.

there should no burden be brought in, on the 4. And before this Eliathib the priest, fabbath-day. having the overlight of the chamber of the 20 So the merchants and fe'lers of all house of our God, was allied unto Tobiah: kind of ware, lodged without Jerufalem

5 And he had prepared for liim a great cham- once or twice. ber, where aforetime they laid the meat of 21 Tlien I teftified against them, and said ferings, the frankincense, and the vessels, and unto them, Why lodge ye about the wall i the tithes of the corn, the new wine, and the if ye do so again, I will lay hands on you, oil, (which was commanded to be given to From that time forth came they no mare on the Levites, and the fingers, and the por. the fabbath. ters,) and the offerings of the priests.

23 And I commanded the Levites, that 6 But in all this tine was not i at Jery- they thould cleaate themselves, and that falem : for in the two and thirtieth year of they mould come and keep the watch, to Artaxerxes king of Babylon came I unto sancufy the fabbath-lay: Remember me, the king, and after certain days obtained I my God, concerning this also, and ipare leave of the king.

me according to the greatness of thy mercy, 7 And I came to Jerusalem, and onder 23 | In those days aiso law I jours that itood of the evil that Elia hib did for To- had married wives of Athdod, of Ammon, biah, in preparing him a chamber in thc and of Moab: Courts of the house of God.

24 And their cliildren fpake half'in the 8 And it grieved me fore; therefore I caft speech of Athdod, and could not speak in forth all the houthold-ftoff of Tobiah out of the Jews language, biit according to the the chamber.

language of cach people. 9 Then I commanded, and they cleansed 25 And I coutended with them, and curthe chambers; and thither brought I again sed them, and unote certain of them, and the vesels of the house of God, with the plucked off their hair and made them swear meat-offering and the frankincense.

by Goch, szying, Ye shall not give your daugh. 10 Andol perceived that the portions ters unto their fons, not take their danghof the Levites bad not been given then: for ters unto your sons, or for yourselves. the Levites and the fingers, that did the 26 Did not Solomon king of Ifrael fin by work, were fled every one to his field.

these things? yet among many nations was Il Then contended I with the rulers, and there no king like hiin, wlio was beloved said, Why is the house of God forsaken? And of his God, and God made him king over I gathered them together, and fet them in all Ifrael: nevertheless, even liim did out: their place.

landith women cause to fin. 11 Then brought al Judah the tithe of the 27 Shall we then licasken uinto you to do corn, and the new wine, and the oil, unto all this great evil, to tranfgress against our tale treafuries.

God, in inarrying ftrange wives? I; And I made treasurers over the treasu 28 And one of the fons of Joiada, the son ries, Shelemiah the priest, and Zadok the of Elashib the high priet, was son-in-kaw fcribc; and of the Levites, Pedaiah: and to Sanballat the Horonite: therefore I chanext to them was Hanan, the son of Zac- fed him from me. cur, the fon of Mattaniah: for they were 29 Remember them my God, because they counted faithful; and their office was to have defled the pricillrood, and the covenant Ciftribute unto their brethren.

of the prictthood, and of the Levites. 14. Remember ine, O my God, concern 30 Tlus cleansed I them from all ftrangers ing this, and wipe not out my goud deces and appointed the words of the priests and that I have done for the house oi" my God, the Levites, csery one in hixbulinels; and for the offices thereof.

31 And for the y nou-offering, at tiincap15 9 In those days faw I in Judah some pointed, and for the first fruits. Remember rrealing wine-pretcs vn the labbala, and ine, omy God, for goou.

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CHAP. I.

a the princcs, and to all the people that are i Ahasuerus maketh royal feasts, 10 Vashii in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus. fent for, refuleth to come.

17 For this deed of the queen thall come O W it came to pass, in the days abroad unto all wonen, so that they thall of Ahasuerus, this is Ahasuerus defpile their lubands in their cyes, when which reigned from India even it thall be reported, The king Ahaduerus

unto Ethiopia, over an hundred commanded Vahti the queen to be brought and seven and twenty provinces,

in before him, but the came not. 2. That in those days, when the king A., 18 Lervise thail the ladies of Perfia and hasuerus Cat on the throne of his kingdom, Media ty, this day into all the kings prin which tras in Shuthan the palace,

ces, which have heard of the deed of the 3. In the third year of his reign, he made a queen. Thus Jhall there arise, too much feait unto all

his princes, and his fervants contempt and wrath. the power of Perfa apd Media, the nobles and 19 If it please the king, let there go a pripces of the provinces, being before him; royal commandment frúm him, and let it

4 When he newed the riches of his glo- be written ainong the laws of the Pcrlians ricus kingdom, and the honour of his excel and the Medes, that it be not altered, that lent majcity, many days, even an lundred Vaihti come no more before king Ahasuerus ; and furscore days.

and let the king give her rogal estate untó 5 And when these days were expired, the another that is better than the. king made a scatt unto all the people that 20 And when the kings decree which lie were present in Shuthan she palace, both mall make, thall be publihed throughodt unto great and sinail, seven days, in the all his empire, (for it is great,) all the wives court of the garden of the kings palace,

shall gi e to their husbands lionour, both to 6 Where were white, green, and blue great and finall. kangings, faftened with cords of fine linen 21 And the saying plensed the king and and purple to giver rings, and pillars of the prioces; and the king did according to marble: the beds were of gold and filver, the word of Memucanupon a pavement of red, and blue, and 22 For he fent letters into all the kings white, and black inarble.

provinces, into every province according to 7. And they gave them drink in velleks of the writing thereof, and to every people gold, (the verfels being diverse one from after their language, that every man Thould another,) and royal wine in abundance, bear rulc in his own house; and that it should according to the fate of the king.

be pablithed according to the language of 8 And the

had appoint

c H A P, H.* ed to all the officers of his house, that they Out of the chrice of virgins a queen to be chofen would do according to every mans pleafure Aking

Ahasuerus was appealed, he rethe women in the royal house, which be- membered Vathti, and what the had done, longed to king Ahasuerus.

and what was decreed against her. 10 1 On the seventh day, when the heart 2 Then said the kings servants that mi. of the king was merry with wine, he com niftered unto him, Let there be fair young manded Mchuman, Biztha, Harbona, Big- virgins fought for the king : tha, and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the 3 And let the king appoint officers in all the leven chanbcrlains that served in the pre- provinces of his kingdom, that they may gafence of Alafuerus the king,

ther together all the fair young virgins iilico u To bring Vathti the queen before the Shufhan the palace, to the house of the woking, with the crown royal, to fhew the men, unto the custody of Hege the kings people and the princes her beauty; for Ae chamberlain; keeper of the women; and let Was fair to look on.

their things for purification be given thon: 12. But the queen Vashti refused to come 4. And let the maiden which pleaseth the at the kings counınandment by his clamber- king be qncen instead of Vathti. And the lains : therefore was the king very wroth, thing pleased the king, and he did fo. and his anger burned in him.

S Norv, in Shuthan the palace there was 13.1 Then the king said to the wife men a certain Jew, whose name was Mordecai, which knew the times, (for so was the kings the son of Jair, the son of shiinei, the son inanner toward all that knew, law and judg- of Kish, a Benjamite, merit;

6 who had been carried away from Je14 And the next unto him was Carthena, rusalem, with the captivity which had been Shethar, Admatha, Tarthith, Meres, Marc carried away with Jechoniah king of Judah, fena, and Memucan, the seven princes of whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon Persian and Media, which taw the kings face, had carried away. and whid fat the first in the kingdoin.) 7 And he brought up Hadassah (that is Ef.

15 What thall we do unto the queen Vathti her) his uncles daughter; for the had neiaccording to law, because the hath not ther father nor mother, and the maid zoas performed the commandment of the king fair and beautiful;, whom Mordecai (when Ahasuerus by the charnherlaina!

her father and mother were dead) took for 16 And Memnucan answered before the his own daughter. king and the prinxes, Vaihti the qucen hath 89 So it came to pass, when the kings Sot done wrong to the king only but also to commandment and his decree was heard

and when many maidens were gathered to 22 And the thing was known to Morde: gether unto shúrhan the palace, to the crise cai, who told it unto Either the heen, and tody of Hegai, that Either was brought also either certified the king thereof, in Mirdeunto the kings houle, to the custody of He cai's name. gai, keeper of the women.

23 And when inquiftion was inade of the 2 And the inaiden plealed him, and the matter, it was foumd out: therefore they obtained kindness of him; and he 1xcedily were both hanged on a tree: and it was gave her her things for purification, with written in the book of the Chronicles helore puch things as belonged to her, and seven the king. maidens, zohich were moet to be given her,

CHAP. IIT. out of the kings house: and he preferred Harian advanced to the king, and despised by her and her maids unto the best place of the Mordecai, sece:th revenge upon all the yerus. houfe of the women.

For thefe things, did 'king Ahauerns 10 Efther had not thewed her people, nor

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promore Haman, the ten of Hammeher kindred: for Mordecai had charged her datha the Agagite, and advanced hiin, and that the should not thew it.

fet his fcat above all the princes that were 11 And Mordecai walked every day before with him. the court of the womens house, to know how z Arid all the kings servants that were in Either did, and what thould become of her, the kings gate, bowed and reverenced Ha

12 5 Now, when everyinaids turn was come man; for the king had 10 commanded conto go in to king Ahasuerus, after that the tad cerning him ; huc Mordecai bowed not, nor been tuelve nienths, according to the man. did him reverence. ner of the women, (for so were the days of 3 Then the kings servants, which were in their purifications accomplished, to wit, fix the kings gate, fuid unto Mordecai, Why months with oil of myrrh, and lix months tranfgreilet thou the kings commandment? with sweet odours, and with other things for 4 Now, it came to pass, when they Ipake the purifying of the women,)

daily unto him, and he hcarkened not into 13 Then this came every maiden ulito the them, that they told Hainan, to see whether king ; whatfoever the defired was given her, Mordecai's matters would {tand: for lie had to go with her out of the honfe of the wo- told them that he was a Jew. men unto the kings house.

5 And when Haman faw that Mordecai 14 In the evening, the went, and on the bowed not, nor did liiin reverence, then morrow the returned into the second house was Haman full of wrath. of the women, to the custody of Shaathgaz And he thought scorn to lay hands on the kings chamberlain, which kept the con- Mordecai alone; for they had thewed him cubines: the came in unto the king no more, the people of Mordecai: whercfore Haman except the king delighted in her, and that fouglit to deftroy all the Jews that were the were called by name.

throughout the whole kingdom of Alafute 15 Now, when the turn of Either, the rus, caves the peoplc of Mordecai. daughter of Abihail, the uncle of Mordecai, 71 In the tirit inonth, that is the month (who had taken her for his daughter, waz Nisan, in the twelfth year of king Ahasuerus, come to go in unto the king, ihe required they cait Pur, that is the lot, before Haman, nothing but what Hegai the kings chainber- froin day to day and froin month to month, lain, the keeper of the women appointed : to the twelfth nonta, that is the month Adar. and Either obtained favour in the light of 8 1 And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, all them that looked upon her.

There is a certain people scattered abroad, 16 $0 Ether was taken unto king Ahasae. and dispersed among the people in all the rus into his house royal in the tenth month, provinces of the kingdom and their laws (which is the month Tebeth,) in the Seventh are diverse from all people, neither keep ycar of his reign.

they the kings laws: therefore it is not for 17 And the king lored Efther above all the the kings pront to suffer them. women, and the oblained grace and favour If it please the king, let it be written in his fight, more than all the virsins: fo that they inay be dettroyed: and I will pay that he ict the royal crown upon her head, ten thousand talents of silver to the hands of and made her qucen itftcad of Vaihti. · thofe that have the charge of the buhness,

18 Then the king made a great featt un. to bring it into the kings treafuries. to all his princes and his servants, event Eit 10 And the king took tuis ring from hie hers feast: and he made a release to the pro- hand, and gave it unto Haman, the son of vinces, and gave gifts according to the itate Haminedatha the Agagic, the Jews enemy. of the king

11 And the king Taid unto llaman, The 19 And when the virgins were gathered filver is given to thee, the people also, to do together the second time, then Mordecal, with thein as it feeneth good to thee. lat in the kings gate.

12. Then were the kings fcribes called on 10 Ether bad riot yet thewed her kindred, the thirteenth day of the firit mooth, and nor her people, as Mordecal had charged there was written, accordiog to all that !laher: for Enler did the commandment of man had commanded, unto the kings lieute Mordecai, like as when he was brought up pants, and to the governors that were aver with him.

every province, and to the rulers of cray 21 sin ihofe days (while Mordecal Datiu people of every province, according to the the kings gate) two of the king chamber wrlong tbereof, and to every people after lains, Bigthan and Terein, of those which their language in the naine of king Aha kept the door, were wroth, and fought to fuerus was it written, and fealed with the lay hand on the king Alafugus,

hings ting,

at hand in Cuckyl province, whitherfoever Nowa Farners to up her royal appliyi

13 And the letters were sent by potts into 13 Then Mordecai commanded to answcu all the kings provinces, to deltroy, to kill, Enthier, Think nor wi;h thylelf that thou and to cause to perith, all Jews, both young thali escape in the kings house more than and old, little children and women, in one all the Jews. day, even upon the thirteenth day of the 14 For if thou altogether holdelt thy peace twelfth month, (which is the month Adar,) at this time, then thall there enlargeincnt and to take the spoil of them for a prey.

and deliverance arife to the Jews from ali14 The copy of the writing, for a coin. other place, but thou and thy fathers house mandment to be given in every prwince, thall be destroyed: and who knowcth wac. was published unto all people,' that they ther thou art coine to the kingdom for such thould be ready again't that day.

a time as this? 15 The poits went out, being haftened by 15 Then Either bade them return Mor the kings coprnandinent; and the decree decai llis answer ; was given in Shuthan the palace and the 16 Go gather together all the Jews that king and Haman dat down to drink : but the are pretent in Shuthan, and falt ye for ine, city Shushan was perplexel.

and neither cat, nor drink thrze days, night c H A P, 1.

nor day: I also and my maidens will fait I Mordecai and the Jews muurn. 15 Esther likewise; and so will I go in unto the king oppointeth a fall.

which is not according to the law; and if

perish, Liperib, done, Mordecai rent his clothes, and 17. So Moriccai went his way, and did ac: put on lackcloth with athcs, and went out cording to all that Ettlier liad commanded into the midlt of the city, and cried with a him. loud and birter cry i

CHAP. V. 2 And caine even before the kings gate; Epher obtaineth the kings Javour, inviteth for none night enter inco the kings gate the king and Haman to a banquet. clothed with lackcloth.

Ow it came pass on the third day, the kings commandment and his decree and food in the inner court of the kings came, there was great mourning among the hotte, over again it the kings house: and the Jews, and fafting, and weeping, and wailing; king lit upon his royal throne in the royal and many lay in lackeloth and alhes. houle, over againt the gate of the house.

4 1 So Ettirers maids and her chamber 2 And it was so, when the king faw Either lains came and told it ber. Then was the the qucen itanding in the court, that the obqueen cxcccdingly grieved; and the lent tained favour in his fight: and the king held raiment to clothe Mordecai, and to take out to Esther the golden fceptre that was in away his fackcloth from liim: but he re- his hand. So Exther drew near, and touched ceived it not.

the top of the iceptre. 5 Then called Evher for Hatach, one of 3 Then said the king onto her, what wilt the kings charnberlains, whom he had ap- thou, queen Esther and what is thy requert? pointed to attend upon her, and gave hin it fhall be even given thee to the líalf of the a commandinent to Mordecai, to know what kingdom. it was, and why it was.

4 And Either answered, If it seem good un. 6 So Hatach went forth to Mordecai unto to the king, let the king and Human come the Arect of the city, which was before the this day unto the banquet that I have prekings gate;

pared for him, 7 And Mordecai told him of all that had

Then the king said, Cause Haman to happened unto han, and of the luin of the inake hatte, that he may do as Esther Nath money that Hanan had promised to pay to laid. So the king and Haman came to the the kings treafuries for the Jews, to destroy banquet that Either had prepared thern:

6 And the king raid unto Etther at the 8 also he gave hin the copy of the writ. banqact of wine, what is thy petition and ing of the decree that was given at Shushan it thall be printed thee; and what is thy to deltruy them, to fhew it unto Esther, and request? even to the half of the kingdom to declare it unto her, and to charge her that it ihall be jrestormed. The thould go in unto the king, to make fup. 7 Then answered Etther, and said, My plication unto him, and to make request be- petition and my requeti is; fore him for her people,

8 If I have found favour in the fight of 9 And Hatach came and told Epher the the king, and it is please the king to grant words of Mordecai.

my petition, and to perform ny request, let 10 4. Again Eti her fpake unto Hatach, and the king and Hainan come to le banquet gave him commandment unto Mordecai; that I thall prepare for them, and I will du 11 All the kings l'ervants, and the people, to

morrow as the king hath fald. of the kings provinces, do know, that who 91 Then went Hainan furth that day joy. toever, whcthcr man or woman, mhall corne mi and with a vlad heart: but when Ha. unto the king into the inner court, wiro is man faw Mordecai in the kings gate, that not called, there is one law of his to put him he lovd not up, nor moved for him, he was to death, cxcept such to whom the king fall of indignation againtt Mordecai. thal) hold out the golden feeptre, that lie To Nevertheless, Haman retrained himself; may live; but I luve not been called to and when he came home, he fent and call. cave in unto the king these tlurty days. ed for his friends, and Zcreth his wife.

12. And they told to Mordecai Eithets 11 And Harnan told them of the glory of words.

his riches, and the inultitude of his children!

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