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as Mordecai had written unto 28 And that these days them;

should be remembered and 24 Because Haman the son kept throughout every generaof Hammedatha the Agagite, tion, every family, every the enemies of all the Jews, province, and every city; and had devised against the Jews that these days of Purim to destroy them, and had cast should not fail from among Pur (that is the lot) to consume the Jews, nor the meinorial them, and to destroy them: of them perish from their

25 But when Esther came seed. before the king, he command

29 Then Esther the queen, ed by letters, that his wicked the daughter of Abihail, and device which hedevised against Mordecai the Jew, wrote with the Jews, should return upon all authority, to confirm this his own head, and that he and second letter of Purim. his sons should be hanged on 30 And he sent the letters the gallows.

unto all the Jews, to the 26 Wherefore they called hundred twenty and seven these days Purim, after the provinces of the kingdom of name of Pur: therefore, for Ahasuerus, with words of all the words of this letter, peace and truth, and of that which they had 31 To confirm these days seen concerning this matter, of Purim in their times apand which had come unto pointed, according as Mordecai them,

the Jew and Esther the queen 27 The Jews ordained, and had enjoined them, and as took upon them, and upon they had decreed for them. their seed, and upon all such selves, and for their seed, the as joined themselves unto matters of the fastings and them, so as it should not fail, their cry. that they would keep these 32 And the decree of two days according to their Esther confirmed these matwriting, and according to their ters of Purim; and it was appointed time, every year; written in the book.

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לַעֲשׂוֹת וְאֶת אֲשֶׁר־כָּתַב מָרְדְּכַי אֲלֵיהֶם: כִּי הָמָן 24 בֶּן־הַמְדָתָא הָאֲגָגִי צרֵר כָּל־הַיְהוּדִים חָשַׁב עַל־ הַיְהוּדִים לְאַבְּדָם וְהִפִּיל פּוּר הוּא הַגּוֹרָל לְהִמָּם וּלְאַבְּדָם: וּבְבֹאָה לִפְנֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ אָמַר עִם־הַסֵּפֶר כה יָשׁוּב מַחֲשַׁבְתּוֹ הָרָעָה אֲשֶׁר־חָשַׁב עַל־הַיְהוּדִים עַל־רֹאשׁוֹ וְתָלוּ אֹתוֹ וְאֶת־בָּנָיו עַל־הָעָץ: עַל־כֵּן 26 קָרְאוּ לַיָּמִים הָאֵלֶה פּוּרִים עַל־שֵׁם הַפּוּר עַל־כֵּן עַל־כָּל־דִּבְרֵי הָאגרֶת הַזֹּאת וּמָה־רָאִוּ עַל־כָּכָה וּמָה הִגִיעַ אֲלֵיהֶם: קִימוּ וְקִבְּלִא הַיְהוּדִים עֲלֵיהֶם '27 וְעַל־זַרְעָם וְעַל כָּל־הַלְוִיִם עֲלֵיהֶם וְלָא יַעֲבֹוֹר לִהְיוֹת עשִׁים אֶת־שְׁנֵי הַיָּמִים הָאֵלֶה כִּכְתָבָם וְכִזְמַנָס בְּכָל שָׁנָה וְשָׁנָה: וְהַיָּמִים הָאֵלֶה נִזְכָּרִים 28 וְנַעֲשִׂים בְּכָל־דְּוֹר וָדוֹר מִשְׁפָּחָה וּמִשְׁפָּחָה מְדִינָה וּמְדִינָה וְעֶיר וְעִיר וִימֵי הַפּוּרִים האלה לא יעברו מִתּוֹךְ הַיְהוּדִים וְזִכְרָם לֹא־יָסְוּף מִרְעֶם: וַתִּכְתּב 29 אֲסתֵּר הַמַּלְכָּה בַת־אֲבִיהָיִל וּמָרְדְּכֵי הַיְהוּדִי אֶת־ כָּל־תִּקֶף לְקַיֵּם אֶת־אַבֶּרֶת הַפָּרִים הַזֹּאת הַשֵׁנִית: וַיִּשְׁלַח סְפָרִים אֶל־כָּל־הַיְהוּדִים אֶל־שֶׁבַע וְעֶשְׂרִים ל וּמֵאָה מְדִינָה מַלְכוּת אֲחַשְׁוֵרוֹש דִּבְרֵי שָׁלוֹם ואמת: לְקַיֵּם אֶת־יְמֵי הַפָּרִים הָאֵלֶּה בִּזְמַנֵיהֶם כַּאֲשֶׁר 31 קִים עֲלֵיהֶם מָרְדְּכַי הַיְהוּדִי וְאֶסְתֵּר הַמַּלְכָּה וְכַאֲשר קִימוּ עַל־נַפְשָׁם וְעַל־זַרְעֶס דִּבְרֵי הַצוֹמוֹת וְזַעֲקָתָם: וּמַאֲמַר אֶסְתֵּר קִיַּם דִּבְרֵי הַפָּרִים הָאֵלֶּה וְנִכְתָּב בַּסֵפֶר: 32

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14 And the king com-, it a day of feasting and gladmanded it so to be done; and ness. the decree was given at Shu- 19 Therefore the Jews of shan; and they hanged the villages, that dwelt in the Haman's ten sons.

unwalled towns, made the 15 For the Jews that were fourteenth day of the month in Shushan gathered them- Adar a day of gladness and selves together on the four- feasting, and a good day, and teenth day. also of the month of sending portions one to Adar, and slew three hundred another. men at Shushan; but on the 20 And Mordecai wrote prey they laid not their hand. these things, and sent letters

16 But the other Jews that unto all the Jews that were in were in the king's provinces all the provinces of the king gathered themselves together, Ahasuerus, both nigh and far, and stood for their lives, and 21 To stablish this among had rest from their enemies, them, that they should keep and slew of their foes seventy the fourteenth day of the and five thousand, but they month Adar, and the fifteenth laid not their hands on the day of the same yearly, prey,

22 As the days wherein the 17 On the thirteenth day of Jews rested from their enethe month Adar: and on the mies, and the month which fourteenth day of the same was turned unto them from rested they, and made it a day sorrow to joy, and from of feasting and gladness. mourning into a good day;

18 But the Jews that were that they should make them at Shushan assembled together days of feasting and joy, and on the thirteenth day thereof, of sending portions one to and on the fourteenth thereof; another, and gifts to the poor. and on the fifteenth day of the 23 And the Jews undertook same they rested, and made to do as they had begun, and

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וַיֹּאמֶר הַמֶּלֶךְ לְהֵעָשׂוֹת בֵּן וַתִּנָּתֵן דֶת בְּשׁוּשָׁן וְאֶת 14 יתיר י עֲשֶׂרֶת בְּנֵי־הָמָן תָּלְוּ : וַיִּקְהֲלוּ הַיְהוּדִיִים אֲשֶׁר־ טו

בְּשׁוּשָׁן גַּם בְּיוֹם אַרְבָּעָה עָשָׂר לִחְדֶשׁ אֲדָר וַיַהַרְגוּ בְשׁוּשָׁן שְׁלָשׁ מֵאוֹת אִישׁ וּבַבְּלָה לֹא שָׁלְחוּ אֶת־ יָדָם: וּשְׁאָר הַיְהוּדִים אֲשֶׁר בִּמְדִינוֹת הַמֶּלֶךְ נִקְהֵלֶוּ 16 וְעָמַד עַל־נַפְשָׁם וְנוֹחַ מֵאֹיְבֵיהֶם וְהָרוֹג בְּשָׂנְאֵיהֶם חֲמִשָּׁה וְשִׁבְעִים אֶלֶף וּבַבְּלָה לֹא שָׁלְחוּ אֶת־יָדֶם :

בְּיוֹם־שְׁלוֹשָׁה עָשָׂר לְחֹדֶשׁ אֲדָר וְלֹוֹחַ בְּאַרְבָּעָה 17 יתיר י עָשָׂר בּוֹ וְעָשָׂה אֹתוֹ יוֹם מִשְׁתֶּה וְשִׂמְחָה: וְהַיְהוּדִיים 18

אֲשֶׁר־בְּשׁוּשָׁן נִקְהַלוּ בִּשְׁלוֹשָׁה עָשָׂר בּוֹ וּבְאַרְבָּעָה עָשָׂר בְּוֹ וְנוֹחַ בַּחֲמִשָּׁה עָשָׂר בּוֹ וְעָשָׂה אתו יום מִשְׁתֵּה וְשִׂמְחָה: עַל־כֵּן הַיְהוּדִים הַפְּרָזִים הַיֹּשְׁבִים 19 בְּעָרֵי הַפְּרָזוֹת עשִׂים אֶת יוֹם אַרְבָּעָה עָשָׂר לְחֹדֶשׁ אֲדָר שִׂמְחָה וּמִשְׁתֶּה וְיִוֹם טוֹב וּמִשְׁלֹחַ מָנוֹת אִישׁ לְרֵעֵהוּ: וַיִּכְתֹּב מָרְדְּכַי אֶת־הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה וַיִּשְׁלַה סְפָרִים אֶל־כָּל־הַיְהוּדִים אֲשֶׁר בְּכָל־מְדִינוֹת הַמֶּלֶךְ אֲחַשְׁוֵרוֹשׁ הַקְרוֹבִים וְהָרְחוֹקִים : לְקַיִם עֲלֵיהֶם לִהְיוֹת עשִׂים אֵת יְוֹם אַרְבָּעָה עָשָׂר לְחֹדֶשׁ אֲדָר וְאֶת יוֹם חֲמִשָּׁה עָשָׂר בְּוֹ בְּכָל־שָׁנָה וְשָׁנָה: בַּיָּמִים 92 אֲשֶׁר־נָחוּ בָהֶם הַיָהוּדִים מְאיביהֶם וְהַחדש אֲשֶׁר נֶהְפַּךְ לָהֶם מִיגוֹן לְשִׁמְחָה וּמֵאָבֵל לְיוֹם טוֹב לַעֲשׂוֹת אוֹתָם יְמֵי מִשְׁתֶּה וְשִׂמְחָה וּמִשְׁלְחַמָנוֹת אִישׁ לְרֵעֵהוּ וּמַתָּנוֹת לָאֶבְיֹנִים: וְקִבֵּל הַיְהוּדִים אֵת אֲשֶׁר־הֵחֵלוּ 29

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and Aridatha, 2 The Jews gathered them- 9 And Parmashta, and selves together in their cities, Arisai, and Aridai, and Vathroughout all the provinces jezatha, of the king Ahasuerus, to 10 The ten sons of Haman lay hand on such as sought the son of Hammedatha, the their hurt; and no man enemy of the Jews, slew they, could withstand them; for the but on the spoil laid they not fear of them fell upon all their hand. people.

11 On that day the number 3 And all the rulers of the of those that were slain in provinces, and the lieutenants, Shushan

the palace and the deputies, and officers brought before the king. of the king, helped the Jews; 12 And the king said unto because the fear of Mordecai Esther the queen, The Jews fell upon them.

have slain and destroyed five 4 For Mordecai was great hundred men in Shushan the in the king's house, and his palace, and the ten sons of fame went out throughout all | Haman; what have they done the provinces: for this man in the rest of the king's proMordecai waxed greater and vinces? Now what is thy greater.

petition? and it shall be 5 Thus the Jews smote all granted thee; or what is thy their enemies with the stroke, request further? and it shall of the sword, and slaughter, be done. and destruction, and did what 13 Then said Esther, If it they would* unto those that pleaseth the king, let it be hated them.

granted to the Jews which 6 And in Shushan the are in Shushan to do topalace the Jews slew and morrow also according unto destroyed five hundred men, this day's decree, and let Ha

my And Parshandatha, and man's ten sons be hanged Dalphon, and Aspatha, upon the gallows.

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