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CHRIST,

2 And it was so, when the king saw the king's gate.

510. Esther the queen standing in the court, 7 And Mordecai told him all that had

that she obtained favor in his sight: and happened to bim, and of the sum of the

the king held out to Esther the golden money that Haman had promised to pay

scepter that was in his hand. So Esther to the king's treasuries for the Jews, lo

drew near, and touched the top of the destroy them.

scepter. 8 Also he gave him the copy of the piration.

3 Then said the king to her, What writing of the decree that was given at

wilt thou, queen Esther? and what is thy Shushan to destroy them, to show it to

request ? ii shall be even given thee to Esther, and to declare it to her, and to

the half of the kingdom. charge her that she should go in to the

4 And Esther answered, If it shall king, to make supplication to him, and

seem good to the king, let the king and to make request before him for her peo

Haman come this day to the banquet that ple.

I have prepared for him. 9 And Hatach came and told Esther

5 Then the king said, Cause Haman the words of Mordecai.

to make haste, that he may do as Esther 10 1 Again Esther spoke to Hatach,

hath said. So the king and Haman and gave him commandment to Morde

came to the banquet that Esther had precai;

SHeb.found. pared. 11 All the king's servants, and the

67 And the king said to Esther at the people of the king's provinces, do know,

banquet of wine, What is thy petition ? that whoever, whether man or woman,

and it shall be granted thee: and what is shall come to the king into the inner

thy request ? even to the half of the kingcourt, who is not called, there is one law

dom it shall be performed. of his to put him to death, except him to

7 Then answered Esther, and said, whom the king shall hold out the golden

My petition and my request is: scepter, that he may live: but I have not

8 If I have found favor in the sight of been called to come in to the king these 6 Heb. the king, and if it shall please the king to thirty days.

passed. grant my petition, and to perform my 12 And they told to Mordecai Esther's

request, let the king and Haman come to words.

the banquet that I shall prepare for them, 13 Then Mordecai commanded to an

and I will do lo-morrow as the king hath swer Esther, Think not with thyself that

said. thou shalt escape in the king's house

9 Then went Haman forth that day more than all the Jews.

joyful and with a glad heart: but when 14 For if thou shalt altogether hold 1 Heb. Io do. Haman saw Mordecai in the king's gate, thy peace at this time, then will there

that he stood not up, nor moved for him, 4 enlargement and deliverance arise to

he was full of indignation against Morthe Jews from another place; but thou

decai. and thy father's house will be destroyed:

10 Nevertheless, Haman refrained and who knoweth, whether thou hast

bimself: and when he came home, he come to the kingdom for such a time as

sent and 2 called for his friends, and Zethis?

resh his wife. 15 | Then Esther bade them return

11 And Haman told them of the glory Mordecai this answer,

of his riches, and the multitude of his 16 Go, assemble all the Jews that are

children, and all the things in which the s present in Shushan, and fast ye for me,

king had promoted him, and how he had and neither eat nor drink three days,

advanced him above the princes and sernight or day: I also and my maidens will

vants of the king. fast likewise ; and so will I go in to the

12 Haman said moreover, Yes, Esking, which is not according to the law;

ther the queen let no man come in with and if I perish, I perish.

the king to the banquet that she had pre17 So Mordecai 6 went his way, and

pared but myself; and to-morrow I am did according to all that Esther had com- 2 Heb. cau. invited to her also with the king. manded him.

ed to come. 13 Yet all this availeth me nothing, so

long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at CHAP. V.

the king's gate. 1 Esther adventuring on the king's fator, ob

14 T Then said Zeresh his wife and taineth the grace of the golden scepter, and

all his friends to him, Let a 3 gallows be. in rileth the king and Haman to a banquel :

made fifty cubits high, and to-morrow 6 She being encouraged by the king in her suit, intiteth them to another banquet the

speak thou to the king that Mordecai next day.. 9 Haman, proud of his advance.

may be banged upon it: then go thou in ment, repineth at the contempi of Mordecai :

merrily with the king to the banquet. 14 By the counsel of Zeresh, he erecteth for

And the thing pleased Haman; and he him á gallows.

caused the gallows to be made. OW it came to pass on the third day,

CHAP. VI. that Esther put on her royal apparel, and stood in the inner court of the king's

1 Ahasuerus reading in the chronicles of the

good service done by Mordecai, taketh care house, over against the king's house: and

for his reward. 4 Haman coming to request the king sat upon his royal throne in the

thal Mordecai might be hanged, unaroares royal house, over against the gate of the 3 Heb. tree.

giveth counsel that he mighi do him honor : house.

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510, 1 Esther entertaining the king and Hamer, of records of the chronicles; and they

maketh suit for her own life and her per were read before the king.

ple's. 5 She accuseth Haman.. 7 The king,

in his anger, hearing of the gallours tckich 2 And it was found written, that Mor

Haman had made for Mordecai, causeth him decai had informed of 2 Bigthana and 1 Heb. the to be hanged upon it. Teresh, two of the king's chamberlains, king's the keepers of the 3 doór, who sought to ale my fried Soguke king and Haman came i to ban

3 And the king said, What honor and 2,or, Big, 2 And the king said again to Esther dignity hath been done to Mordecai for

than,c.2.21. on the second day at the banquet of wine, this? Then said the king's servants that threshold.

What is thy petition, queen Esther ? and ministered to him, There is nothing done 4 Heb. in

it shall be granted thee: and what is thy for him.

whose hon request ? and it shall be performed, eten 4 And the king said, Who is in the or the king to the half of the kingdom.

3 Then Esther the queen answered court ? Now Haman had come into the

delighteth. outward court of the king's house, to

and said, If I have found favor in thy

whose hon. sight, O'king, and if it shall please the speak to the king to hang Mordecai on the gallows that he had prepared for delighteth. tion, and my people at my request:

of the king king, let my life be given me at my petihim. 5 And the king's servants said to him, the mobning 2 to be destroyed, to be slain, and to per

4 For we are sold, I and my people, Behold, Haman standeth in the court.

apparel. ish. But if we had been sold for bondAnd the king said, Let him come in. 6 So Haman came in. And the king' which the

men and bond-women, I had held my said to him, What shall be done to the king cloth. tongue, although the enemy could not man 4 whom the king delighteth to hon-eth himself. countervail the king's damage.

5 1 Then the king Ahasuerus answer. or? Now Haman thought in his heart, 8 Heb. To whom would the king delight to do cause him led and said to Esther the queen, Who is honor more than to myself?

|he, and where is he, 3 that durst presume

in his heart to do so ? 7 And Haman answered the king, For

suffer not the man 5 whom the king delighteth to

6 And Esther said, 4 The adversary honor,

fall.

and enemy is this wicked Haman. Then 8 6 Let the royal apparel be brought

Haman was afraid 5 before the king and , which the king useth to wear, and the horse that the king rideth upon, and the

71 And the king arising from the ban

quet of wine in his wrath went into the crown royal which is set upon his head: 9 And let this apparel and horse be 1 Heb.

palace-garden: and Haman stood up to delivered to the hand of one of the king's to drink.

make request for his lise to Esther the most noble princes, that they may array

queen; for he saw that there was evil dethe man whom the king delighteth to

termined against him by the king. honor, and 8 bring him on horseback

8 Then the king returned out of the through the street of the city, and pro

palace-garden into the place of the banclaim before him, Thus shall it be done

quet of wine; and Haman had fallen upto the man whom the king delighteth to they should said the king, Will he force the queen

on the bed on which Esther was. Then

2 Heb. that honor.

destroy also 6 before me in the house? As the 10 Then the king said to Haman, and kill, Make haste, and take the apparel and and cause word went oật of the king's mouth, they

to perish.

covered Haman's face. the horse, as thou hast said, and do even

9 And Harbonah, one of the chamberso to Mordecai the Jew, that sitteth at the

lains, said before the king, Behold also, king's gate : 9 let nothing fail of all that thou hast spoken.

the 7 gallows fifty cubits high, which Ha.

man had made for Mordecai, who had 11 Then Haman took the apparel and the horse, and arrayed Mordecai, and

spoken good for the king, standeth in the

house of Haman. Then the king said, brought him on horseback through the 3 Heb. whose Hang him upon it. street of the city, and proclaimed before heart hath

10 So they hanged Haman on the galhim, Thus shall it be done to the man filled him.

lows that he had prepared for Mordecai. whom the king delighteth to honor.

Then was the king's wrath pacified. 12 1 And Mordecai came again to the king's gate. But Haman hasted to his

CHAP. VIII. house mourning, and having his head Heb. the

1 Mordecai is advanced. 3 Esther maketa covered.

suit to reverse Haman's letters. 7 Ahasue13 And Haman told Zeresh his wife

rus granteth to the Jeros to defend themselves. and all his friends every thing that had

15 Mordecai's honor and the Jero's jey. befallen him. Then said his wise men sor, at the N that day the king Ahasuerus gave is of the seed of the Jews, before whom

my, to Esther the queen. And Mordethou hast begun to fall, thou wilt not pre

cai came before the king; for Esther had vail against him, but wilt surely fall be- Heb. with told what he was to her. fore him.

2 And the king took off his ring which 14 And while they were yet talking

he had taken from Haman, and gave it with him, came the king's chamberlains,

to Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai and hasted to bring Haman to the ban Heb. tree. over the house of Haman. quet that Esther had prepared.

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15 | And Mordecai went out from the besought him with tears to put away the

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presence of the king in royal apparel of mischief of Haman the Agagite, and his

& blue and white, and with a great crown device that he had devised against the

of gold, and with a garment of fine linen Jews.

and purple: and the city of Shushan re4 Then the king held out the golden

joiced, and was glad : scepter towards Esther. So Esther arose, 1 Heb. and 16 The Jews had light, and gladness, and stood before the king,

she wept

and joy, and honor. 5 And said, If it shall

please the king, sought him. 17 And in every province, and in evand if I have found favor in his sight,

ery city, whithersoever the king's comand the thing shall seem right before the

mandment and his decree came, the Jews king, and I am pleasing in his eyes, let it 2 Heb. the had joy and gladness, a feast and a good be written to reverse 2 the letters devised device. day. And many of the people of the by Haman the son of Hammedatha the

land became Jews; for the fear of the Agagite, 3 which he wrote to destroy the

Jews fell upon them. Jews who are in all the king's provinces : 3 or, who

CHAP. IX. 6 For how can I + endure to see the wrote. evil that will come to my people? or how

1 The Jews (the rulers, for fear of Mordecai, can I endure to see the destruction of my

helping them.) slay iheir enemies, with the kindred ?

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ten sons of Haman. 12 Ahasuerus, at the

request of Esther, granteth another day of 74 Then the king Ahasuerus said to able that slaughter, and Haman's sons to be hanged. Esther the queen and to Mordecai the I nay see. 20 T'he two days of Purim are made festi

val. Jew, Behold, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and him they have

TOW in the twelfth month, that is, hanged upon the gallows, because he see c. 1. 19. laid his hand upon the Jews.

day of the same, when the king's com8 Write ye also for the Jews, as it

mandment and his decree drew near to pleaseth you, in the king's name, and seal

be put in execution, in the day that the it with the king's ring: for the writing

enemies of the Jews hoped to have power which is written in the king's name, and

over them, (though it was turned to the sealed with the king's ring, « no man

contrary, that the Jews had rule over

5 Heb. may reverse.

them that hated them ;) 9 Then were the king's scribes called

2 The Jews assembled in their cities at that time in the third month, that is,

throughout all the provinces of the king the month Sivan, on the three and twen

Ahasuerus, to lay hand on such as sought tieth day of it; and it was written, ac

their hurt: and no man could withstand cording to all that Mordecai command

them; for the fear of them fell upon all ed, to the Jews, and to the lieutenants,

people. and the deputies and rulers of the prov-6 or, violet.

3 And all the rulers of the provinces, inces which are from India to Cush,

and the lieutenants, and the deputies, a hundred iwenty and seven provinces,

and 1 officers of the king helped the Jews; to every province according to the wri

because the fear of Mordecai fell upon ting of it, and to every people after their

them. language, and to the Jews according to

4 For Mordecai was great in the king's their writing, and according to their lan

house, and his fame went out throughout guage.

all the provinces : for this man Morde10 And he wrote in the king Ahasu

cai became greater and greater. erus's name, and sealed it with the king's 1 Heb. those

5 Thus the Jews smote all their enering, and sent letters by posts on horse- which did mies with the stroke of the sword, and back, and riders on múles, camels, and the busi slaughter, and destruction, and did ? young dromedaries:

what they would to those that hated

belonged to 11 In which the king granted the Jews

the king.

them. who were in every city to assemble, and

6 And in Shushan the palace the Jews to stand for their life, to destroy, to slay,

slew and destroyed five hundred men. and to cause to perish, all the power of

7 And Parshandatha, and Dalphon, the people and province that would as

and Aspatha, sault them, both little ones and women,

8 And Poratha,and Adalia, and Aridand to take the spoil of them for a prey,

atha, 12 Upon one day in all the provinces

9 And Parmashta, and Arisai, and of king Ahasuerus, namely, upon the

Aridai, and Vajezatha, thirteenth day of the twelfth month,

10 The ten sons of Haman the son of which is the month Adar,

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Hammedatha, the enemy of the Jews, 13 The copy of the writing for a com-cording to they slew; but on the spoil they laid not mandment, to be given in every province their will. their hand. was 5 published to all people, and that

11 On that day the number of those the Jews should be ready against that

that were slain in Shushan the palace day to avenge themselves on their ene

a was brought before the king. mies.

12 1 And the king said to Esther the 14 So the posts that rode upon mules

queen, the Jews have slain and destroyed and camels went out, being hastened and

five hundred men in Shushan the palace, pressed on by the king's commandment.

and the ten sons of Haman; what have And the decree was given at Shushan Heb. came. they done in the rest of the king's provthe palace.

inces? now what is thy petition ? and it

ness that

Before shall be granted thee: or what is thy re

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the lot, to e consume them, and to destroy quest further ? and it shall done.

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them; 13 Then said Esther, If it shall please

25 But 7 when Esther came before the the king, let it be granted to the Jews who

king, he commanded by letters that his are in Shushan to do lo-morrow also ac

wicked device, which he devised against cording to this day's decree, and 4 let Ha

the Jews, should return upon his own man's ten sons be hanged upon the gal- Heb, let head, and that he and his sons should be lows.

men hang. hanged on the gallows. 14 And the king commanded it so to

26 Wherefore they called these days be done: and the decree was given at

Purim after the name of 8 Pur. ThereShushan; and they hanged Haman's ten

fore for all the words of this letter, and sons.

of that which they had seen concerning 15 For the Jews that were in Shushan

this matter, and which had come to them, assembled on the fourteenth day also of

27 The Jews ordained, and took upon the month Adar, and slew three hundred

them, and upon their seed, and upon all men at Shushan; but on the prey they

such as joined themselves to them, so as laid not their hand.

it should not fail, that they would keep 16 But the other Jews that were in the

these two days according to their writing, king's provinces assembled, and stood for

and according to their appointed time their lives, and had rest from their ene

every year ; mies, and slew of their foes seventy and

28 And that these days should be refive thousand, (but they laid not their 5 Heb. in it. membered and kept throughout every hands on the prey.)

generation, every family, every prov17 On the thirteenth day of the month

ince, and every city; and that these days Adar; and on the fourteenth days of the

of Purim should not 10 fail from among same they rested, and made it a day of

the Jews, nor the memorial of them 11 perfeasting and gladness.

ish from their seed. 18 But the Jews that were at Shushan

29 Then Esther the queen, the daughassembled on the thirteenth day of the

ter of Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew,

6 Heb.crush. month, and on the fourteenth of it: and

wrote with 12 all authority, to confirm on the fifteenth day of the same they rest

this second letter of Purim. ed, and made it a day of feasting and

30 And he sent the letters to all the gladness. 19 Therefore the Jews of the villages, she cume.

1 Heb. when Jews, to the hundred twenty and seven

provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, that dwelt in the unwalled towns, made

with words of peace and truth, the fourteenth day of the month Adar a

31 To confirm these days of Purim in day of gladness and feasting, and a good 8 That is, lot. their times appointed, according as Morday, and of sending portions one to an

decai the Jew and Esther the queen had 2001 And Mordecai wrote these things, » Heb. pass. matters of the fastings and their cry.

enjoined them, and as they had decreed

13 for themselves and for their seed, the and sent letters to all the Jews that were in all the provinces of the king Ahasue

32 And the decree of Esther confirmed rus, both nigh and far,

these matters of Parim; and it was writ21 To establish this among them, that

10 Heb.pass. ten in the book. they should keep the fourteenth day of

CHAP. X. the month Adar, and the fifteenth day of

1 Ahasuerus’s greatness. 3 Mordecai's ad. the same, yearly, 22 As the days in which the Jews rest

ND the king Ahasuerus laid a tribed from their enemies, and the month which was turned to them from sorrow

of the sea. to joy, and from mourning into a good

strength.

2 And all the acts of his power and of day, that they should make them days of

his might, and the declaration of the feasting and joy, and of sending portions

greatness of Mordecai, to which the king one to another, and gifts to the poor.

13 Heb. for 23 And the Jews undertook to do as

i advanced him, are they not written in

their souls. the book of the chronicles of the kings of they had begun, and as Mordecai had

Media and Persia ? written to them;

3 For Mordecai the Jew was next to 24 Because Haman the son of Ham

king Ahasuerus, and great among the medatha, the Agagite, the enemy of all 1 Heb. made Jews, and accepted by the multitude of his the Jews, had devised against the Jews to him great brethren, seeking the wealth of his peodestroy them, and had cast Pur, that is, |

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CHAP. I.

Before sons and his daughters were eating and

CHRIST, | The holiness, riches, and religious care of

drinking wine in their eldest brother's 1520.

house : Job for his children. 6 Satan appearing be. fore God, by calumniation oblaineth leare to

14 And there came a messenger to bempt Job 13 Understanding the loss of his

Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, goods and children, in his mourning, he blesseth God.

oc. 2. 3. and the asses feeding beside them :
cattle.

15 And the Sabeans fell upon them, was a man in the land of Uz, 2 or, and took them away; yes, they have was a perfect and upright, and one that 3 Heb. sons sword; and I only have escaped alone to feared God, and shunned evil.

of the east. tell thee. 2 And there were born to him seven 6 1 Kings 21. 16 While he was yet speaking, there

10. 13. sons and three daughters.

came also another, and said, 11 The fire 3 His i substance also was seven thou- 4 Heb. all of God hath fallen from heaven, and hath

the days. sand sheep, and three thousand camels,

burned up the sheep and the servants, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five 5 Heb. the and consumed them; and I only have eshundred she asses, and a very great . Heb. in the caped alone to tell thee. 2 household; so that this man was the

midst of

17 While he was yet speaking, there greatest of all the 3 men of the east.

came also another, and said, The Chal4 And his sons went and seasted in 1 Pet. 5. 8. deans made three bands, and 12 fell upon their houses, every one his day; and sent 1 Heb. hast the camels, and have carried them away, and called for their three sisters to eat thou set thy yes, and slain the servants with the edge and to drink with them.

heart on ? of the sword; and I only have escaped 5 And it was so, when the days of their 8 or, cattle. alone to tell thee. feasting were ended, that Job'sent and 9 Heb. if he 18 While he was yet speaking, there sanctified them, and rose early in the curse thee came also another, and said, Thy sons morning, and offered burnt-offerings ac not to thy and thy daughters were eating and drinkcording to the number of them all; for 1 Heb.hand. ing wine in their eldest brother's house : Job said, It may be that my sons have

19 And behold, there came a great sinned, and o cursed God in their hearts.

wind 13 from the wilderness, and smole Thus did Job 4 continually:

the four corners of the house, and it fell 6 1 Now there was a day when the

upon the young men, and they are dead; sons of God came to present themselves

and I only have escaped alone to tell before the LORD, and 5 Satan came also

thee. 6 among thenr.

11 or, a great 20 Then Job arose, and rent his 14 7 And the Lord said to Satan, Whence fire. mantle, and shaved his head, and fell comest thou? Then Satan answered the

upon the ground, and worshiped, LORD, and said, From going to and fro 12 Heb. 21 And said, a Naked came I from my on the earth, and from walking up and rushed. mother's womb, and naked shall I redown upon it.

turn thither: The LORD gave, and the 8 And the LORD said to Satan, 7 Hast

Lord hath taken away; blessed be the thou considered my servant Job, that 13 Heb.from name of the Lord. there is none like him on the earth, a per- aside, &c. 22 In all this Job sinned not, nor 15 fect and an upright man, one that feareth

charged God foolishly. God, and shunneth evil?

CHAP. II. 9 Then Salan answered the LORD, 14 or, robe.

1 Satan appearing again before God, obtain. and said, Doth Job fear God for naught?

eth further leave to lemp! Job : 7 He smileth

him with sore boils. 9 Job reproveth his wife, 10 Hast not thou made a hedge about

moving him to cutse God. 11 His three him, and about his house, and about all d Ec. 5. 15.

friends condole with him in silence.

1 Tim. 6. 7. that he hath on every side ? thou hast

GAIN there was a day when the blessed the work of his hands, and his 8 substance is increased in the land.

selves before the LORD, and Satan came 11 But put forth thy hand now, and

also among them to present himself betouch all that he hath, 9 and he will curse

fore the LORD.

attributed thee to thy face.

folly to

2 And the Lord said to Satan, Whence 12 And the LORD said to Satan, Be-God. comest thou ? and a Satan answered the hold, all that he hath is in thy 10 power;

LORD, and said, From going to and fro only upon himself put not forth thy hand! |« c. 1. 7. on the earth, and from walking up and So Satan went forth from the presence of

down upon it. the LORD.

3 And the LORD said to Satan, Hast 13 T And there was a day when his! thou considered my servant Job, that

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