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gainst the JeWS. Wicked, and th<S evil Man: Jeek out

A Then the King held OUt his Wickedness'till thou find none. , T ,. o . . , 16 The Lord Is King foreverand

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Esther. So Esther arose, and of the Land,

stood before the Kin?, c 17 Lord, thou hast heard theDe

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5 And said, If it please the plte ,heir Heart, thou wilt cause Kino-, if I have found Favour thine Ear to hear.

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and I be pleasing in his Eyes,

let it be written to reverse the Letters devised by Haman, which he wrote to destroy the Jews which are in all the King's Provinces.

6 For how can I endure to fee the Evil that shall come unto my People? or how can I endure to see the Destruction of my Kindred?

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z I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge, and my Fortress, my God in him will I trust.

3 Surely he (hall deliver theefrom the Snare of the Fowler: and from the noisom Pestilence.

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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 . rnoo lhalt not be afiaid fot

Jews, as it liketh you, in the the Terror by Night: not for the

King's Name, and seal it Arrow that flieth by Day

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walketh in Darkness: nor -for the Destruction that wasteth at noon Day.

7 A Thousand shall fall at thy Side, and Ten Thousand at thy right Hand: but it (hall not come nigh thee.

8 Only with thine Eyes (hall thou behold, and fee the Reward of the Wicked.

9 Because thou hast made the Lord which is my Refuge, even the

with the King's Ring: fqr the Writing which is written in the King's Name, and scaled with the King's Ring, may no Man reverse.

9 Then were the King's Scribes called in the third Month, and it was written (according to all that

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the Jews, and to the Lieutenants, and the Deputies, and Rulers of the Provinces, which are from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred and

15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in Trouble, I will deliver .him, and honour him.

rS With long Life will I satisfy him, and shew him my Salvation.

twenty twenty seven Provinces, and unto every People after their Language, and to the Jews according to their Writing, and according to their Language.

10 And he wrote in the King Ahafuerus Name, and sealed it with the King's Ring, and sent Letters by Post 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 stay, and to cause to perish all the Power of the People and Province, that would assault them, both little ones, and Women, and to take the Spoil for a Prey.

12 Upon one Day, in all the Provinces of King- Ahafuerus, 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 published unto all People, and that the Jews should be ready against that Day, to avenge themselves on their Enemies.

14 So the Posts went out, being hastned, and pressed on by the King's Commandment; and the Decree was given at Shufhan the Palace.

15 And Mordecai went out from the Presence of the King, in Royal Apparel of blew and white, and with a great Crown of Gold, and with a Garment of fine Liner:, and Purple; and the City of Shufhan rejoiced and was glad:

16 The Jews had Light and Gladness, and Joy, and Honour.

17 • And in every Province, . w lt t waited fa

and in every City, Whither- the Lord, and he inclined unto me,

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The sews (the Rulers for fear of Mordecai helping them) stay their Enemies with the ten Sons of Haman. 12 Ahafuerus at the Request of Esther granteth another Day of Slaughter; and Maman's Sons to be hanged. 20 The two Days of Purim are made Festival.

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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 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 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.

6 And in Shushan the Palace the Jews slew and destroyed five hundred Men.

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8 And Poratha, and Adaliah, and Aridatha.

9 And Permashta, ArisaL, and Aridai, and Vajezatha.

10 The ten Sons of Haman the Son of Hammedatha, the Enemy of the Jews, flew 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.

i z 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 dorse in the rest of the King's Provinces? now what 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 H be granted to the Jews which are in Shushan, to do to Morrow also according unto this Days Decree, and let Hainan'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 Hainan's ten Sons.

15 For the Jews that were in Shushan, gathered themselves together on the fourteenth Day also of the Month Adar, and flew 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 Enemies, and flew of their Foes seventy and five thousand, but they laid not their Hands on the Prey.

17 On the thirteenth Day of the Month Adar, and on the fourteenth Day of the fame, rested they, and made ita Day of Feasting and Gladness.

18 But the Jews that were at Shushan, assembled 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 of sending Portions one to another.

20 And Mordecai wrote these Things, and sent Letters unto all the Jews that were in all the Provinces of ■ the King Ahafuerus, both nigh and far. ■ .. . \.

21 To stablish this among them, that they should keep the fourteenth Day of the Month Adar, and the fifteenth Day of the fame yearly:

2z As the Days wherein the Jews rested fiom 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 Agagite, 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 destroy 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 hanged 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 the Writing, and according to their appointed Time every Year.

28 And that these Days should be remembred, 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 their Seed.

29 Then Esther the Queen, and Mordecai the Jew, wrote with all 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 enjoyned them, and as they had decreed for themselves, and for their Seed, the Matters of the Fastings and their Cry.

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