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Solemnity of the dedication. CHAPTER XIII. - The sabbath violated. themselves, and purified the people, and the with bread and with water, but hired Balaam gates, and the wall. .

against them, that he should curse them: how. 31 Then I brought up the princes of Judah beit, our God turned the curse into a bless. upon the wall, and appointed two great compa. ing. nies of them that gave thanks, whereof one 3 Now it came to pass, when they had heard went on the right hand upon the wall toward the law, that they separated from Israel all the the dung-gate:

mixed multitude. 32 And after them went Hoshaiah, and half of 4 1 And before this, Eliashib the priest, hay. the princes of Judah,

ing the oversight of the chamber of the house of 33 And Azariah, Ezra, and Meshullam,

our God, was allied unto Tobiah : 34 Judah, and Benjamin, and Shemaiah, and 5 And he had prepared for him a great chamJeremiah,

ber, where aforetime they laid the meat-offer. 35 And certain of the priests' sons with trum. ings, the frankincense, and the vessels, and the pets ; namely, Zechariah the son of Jonathan, tithes of the corn, the new wine, and the oil, the son of Shemaiah, the son of Mattaniah, (which was commanded to be given to the Lethe son of Michaiah, the son of Zaccur, the son vites, and the singers, and the porters,) and the of Asaph:

offerings of the priests. 36 And his brethren, Shemaiah, and Azarael, 6 But in all this time was not I at Jerusalem : Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethaneel, and Judah, for in the two and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes Hanani, with the musical instruments of Da king of Babylon came I unto the king, and vid the man of God, and Ezra the scribe before after certain days obtained I leave of the king : them.

7 And I came to Jerusalem, and understood 37 And at the fountain-gate, which was over of the evil that Eliashib did for Tobiah, in pre. against them, they went up by the stairs of the paring him a chamber in the courts of the house city of David, at the going up of the wall, above of God. the house of David, even unto the water-gate 8 And it grieved me sore: therefore I cast eastward.

forth all the household-stuff of Tobiah out of the 38 And the other company of them that gave chamber. thanks went over against them, and I after them, 9 Then I commanded, and they cleansed the and the half of the people upon the wall, from chambers : and thither brought I again the ves. beyond the tower of the furnaces even unto the sels of the house of God, with the meat-offering broad wall;

and the frankincense. . 39 And from above the gate of Ephraim, and 10 TT And I perceived that the portions of the above the old gate, and above the fish-gate, Levites had not been given them : for the Leand the tower of Hananeel, and the tower of vites and the singers, that did the work, were Meah, even unto the sheep-gate: and they stood fled every one to his field. still in the prison-gate.

11 Then contended I with the rulers, and 40 So stood the two companies of them that said, Why is the house of God forsaken? And gave thanks in the house of God, and I, and the I gathered them together, and set them in their half of the rulers with me:

place. 41 And the priests; Eliakim, Maaseiah, Min 12 Then brought all Judah the tithe of the iamin, Michaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah, and corn and the new wine and the oil unto the Hananiah, with trumpets ;.

treasuries. 42 And Maaseiah, and Shemaiah, and Elea 13 And I made treasurers over the treasuries, zar, and Uzzi, and Jehohanan, and Malchijah, Shelemiah the priest, and Zadok the scribe; and and Elam, and Ezer. And the singers sang loud, of the Levites, Pedaiah: and next to them was with Jezrahiah their overseer.

Hanan the son of Zaccur, the son of Mattaniah: 43 Also that day they offered great sacrifices, for they were counted faithful ; and their office and rejoiced: for God had made them rejoice was to distribute unto their brethren. with great joy : the wives also and the children 14 Remember me, O my God, concerning this, rejoiced: so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard and wipe not out my good deeds that I have even afar off.

done for the house of my God, and for the offices 44 | And at that time were some appointed thereof. over the chambers for the treasures, for the of. 15 || In those days saw I in Judah some tread. ferings, for the first-fruits, and for the tithes, to ing wine-presses on the sabbath, and bringing in gather into them out of the fields of the cities shenves, and lading asses; as also wine, grapes, the portions of the law for the priests and Le and figs, and all manner of burdens, which they vites : for Judah rejoiced for the priests and for brought into Jerusalem on the sabbath day: and the Levites that waited.

I testified against them in the day wherein they 45 And both the singers and the porters kept sold victuals. the ward of their God, and the ward of the puri. 16 There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, fication, according to the commandment of Da. which brought fish, and all manner of ware, vid, and of Solomon his son.

and sold on the sabbath unto the children of Ju. 46 For in the days of David and Asaph of old dah, and in Jerusalem. there were chief of the singers, and songs of 17 Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, praise and thanksgiving unto God..

and said unto them, What evil thing is this that 47 And all Israel in the days of Zerubbabel, ye do, and profane the sabbath day? and in the days of Nehemiah, gave the portions 18 Did not your fathers thus, and did not our of the singers and the porters, every day his por God bring all this evil upon us, and upon this tion: and they sanctified holy things unto the city? yet ye bring more wrath upon Israel by Levites ; and the Levites sanctified them unto profaning the sabbath. the children of Auron.

19 And it came to pass, that, when the gates CHAPTER XIII.

of Jerusalem began to be dark before the sah.

bath, I commanded that the gates should be 1 Upon the reading of the law separation is

shut, and charged that they should not be openmade from the mixed multitude. 4 Nehe.

ed till after the sabbath : and some of my ser. miah at his return causeth the chambers to be

vants set I at the gates, that there should no bur. cleansed, 10 He reformeth the offices in the

| den be brought in on the sabbath day. house of God. 15 The violation of the sab.

20 So the merchants and sellers of all kind bath, 23 and the marriages with strange of ware lodged without Jerusalem once or wives.

twice. ON that day they read in the book of Moses in 21 Then I testified against them, and said un.

the audience of the people ; and therein was to them, Why lodge ye about the wall? if ye do found written, that the Ammonite and the Mo. so again, I will lay hands on you. From that abite should not come into the congregation of time forth came they no more on the sabbath, God for ever;

22 And I commanded the Levites, that they ? Because they met not the children of Israel I should cleanse theinselves, and that they should

Ahasuerus maketh royal feasts. ESTHER.

The counsel of Memucan. come and keep the gates, to sanctify the sab- | king like him, who was beloved of his God, and bath day. Remember me, O my God, concerning God made him king over all Israel: neverthethis niso, and spare me according to the great. less even bim did outlandish women cause to sin. ness of thy mercy.

27 Shall we then hearken unto you to do all 23 1 In those days also saw I Jews that had

this great evil, to transgress against our God in married wives of Ashdod, of Ammon, and of marrying strange wives? Moab:

28 And one of the sons of Joiada, the son of 24 And their children spake half in the speech Eliashib the high priest, was son-in-law to San. of Ashdod, and could not speak in the Jews' ballat the Horonite: therefore I chased him from language, but according to the language of each me. people.

29 Remember them, O my God, because they 25 And I contended with them, and cursed have defiled the priesthood, and the covenant of them, and smote certain of them, and plucked the priesthood, and of the Levites. off their hair, and made them swear by God, 30 Thus cleansed I them from all strangers, saying, Ye shall not give your daughters unto and appointed the wards of the priests and the their sons, nor take their daughters unto your Levites, every one in his business; sons, or for yourselves.

31 And for the wood offering, at times ap. 26'Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these pointed, and for the first-fruits, "Remember me, things ? yet among many nations was there no lo my God, for good.



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12 But the queen Vashti refused to come at

the king's commandment by his chamberlains: 1 Ahasuerus maketh royal feasts. 10 Vashti,

therefore was the king very wroth, and his ansent for, refuseth to come. 13 Ahasuerus, by

ger burned in him. the counsel of Memucan, maketh the decrce

13 1 Then the king said to the wise men, of men's sovereignty.

which knew the times, (for so was the king's NOW it came to pass in the days of Ahasue. manner toward all that knew law and judg.

rus, (this is Ahasuerus which reigned from ment: India even unto Ethiopia, over an hundred and 14 And the next unto him was Carshena, She. seven and twenty provinces :)

thar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, and 2 That in those days, when the king Ahasue. Memucan, the seven princes of Persia and Me. rus sat on the throne of his kingdom, which was | dia, which saw the king's tace, and which sat in Shushan the palace,

the first in the kingdom :) 3 In the third year of his reign, he made a 15 What shall we do unto the queen Vashti feast unto all his princes and his servants; the according to law, because she hath not per. power of Persia and Media, the nobles and formed the commandment of the king Ahasue. princes of the provinces, being before him: rus by the chamberlains ?

4 When he shewed the riches of his glorious 16 And Memucan answered before the king kingdom and the honour of his excellent majes. and the princes, Vashti the queen hath not done ty many days, even an hundred and fourscore wrong to the king only, but also to all the prin. days.

ces, and to all the people that are in all the 6 And when these days were expired, the king provinces of the king Ahasuerus. made a feast unto all the people that were pres 17 For this deed of the queen shall come ent in Shushan the palace, both unto great and abroad unto all women, so that they shall de. small, seven days, in the court of the garden of spise their husbands in their eyes, when it shall the king's palace;

be reported, The king Ahasuerus commanded 6 Where were white, green, and blue hang. | Vashti the queen to be brought in before him, ings, fastened with cords of fine linen and pur. but she came not. ple to silver rings and pillars of marble : the 18 Likewise shall the ladies of Persia and beds were of gold and silver, upon a pavement Media say this day unto all the king's princes, of red, and blue, and white, and black mar. which have heard of the deed of the queen. ble.

Thus shall there arise too much contempt and 7 And they gave them drink in vessels of gold, wrath. (the vessels being diverse one from another) 19 If it please the king, let there go a royal and royal wine in abundance, according to the commandment from him, and let it be written state of the king.

among the laws of the Persians and the Medes, 8 And the drinking was according to the law; that it be not altered, That Vashti come no none did compel: for so the king had appointed more before king Ahasuerus ; and let the king to all the officers of his house, that they should give her royal estate unto another that is better do according to every man's pleasure.

than she. 9 Also Vashti the queen made a feast for the 20 And when the king's decree which he shall women in the royal house which belonged to make shall be published throughout all his em. king Ahasuerus.

pire, (for it is great,) all the wives shall give 10 11 On the seventh day, when the heart of to their husbands honour, both to great and the king was merry with wine, he commanded small. Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and Abag 21 And the saying pleased the king and the tha, Zethar, and Carcas, the seven chamberlains princes; and the king did according to the word that served in the presence of Ahasuerus the of Memucan: king,

22 For he sent letters into all the king's prov. 11 To bring Vashti the queen before the king

inces, into every province according to the with the crown royal, to shew the people and writing thereof, and to every people after their the princes her beauty : for she was fair to look language, that every man should bear rule in on.

I his own house ; and that it should be pub.

Esther is preferred.

Hanan promoted. lished according to the language of every peo. / unto the king, she required nothing but what ple.

Hegai the king's chamberlain, the keeper of the CHAPTER II.

women, appointed. And Esther obtured fa.

vour in the sight of all them that looked upon 1 Out of the choice of virgins a queen is to be her. chosen. 5 Mordecai the nursing father of 16 So Esther was taken unto king Ahasuerus Esther. 8 Esther is preferred by Hegai be

into his house-royal in the tenth month, which fore the rest. 12 The manner of purification,

is the month Tebeth, in the seventh year of his and going in to the king. 15 Esther best

reign. pleasing the king is made queen. 21 Morde 17 And the king loved Esther above all the cai discovering a treason is recorded in the

women, and she obtained grace and favour in Chronicles.

his sight more than all the virgins ; so that he AFTER these things, when the wrath of king set the royal crown upon her head, and made

Ahasuerus was appeased, he remeinbered her queen instead of Vushti. Vashti, and what she had done, and what was 18 Then the king made a great feast unto all decreed against her.

his princes and his servants, even Esther's feast; 2 Then said the king's servants that minis. and he made a release to the provinces, and tered unto him, Let there be fair young virgins gave gifts, according to the state of the king. sought for the king :

19 And when the virgins were gathered to. 3 And let the king appoint officers in all the gether the second time, then Mordecai sat in the provinces of his kingdom, that they may gather king's gate. together all the fair young virgins unto Shushan 20 Esther had not yet shewed her kindred, nor the palace, to the house of the women, unto the her people, as Mordecai had charged her: for custody of Hege the king's chamberlain, keeper Esther did the commandment of Mordecai, like of the women ; and let their things for purifica as when she was brought up with him. tion be given them:

21 1 In those days, while Mordecai sat in the 4 And let the maiden which pleaseth the king king's gate, two of the king's chamberlains, be queen instend of Vashti. And the thing Bigthan and Teresh, of those which kept the pleased the king; and he did so.

door, were wroth, and sought to lay hand on 5 Now in Shushan the palace there was a the king Ahasuerus. certain Jew, whose name was Mordecai, the 22 And the thing was known to Mordecni, son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, who told it unto Esther the queen; and Esther a Benjamite ;

certified the king thereof in Mordecai's name. 6 Who had been carried away from Jerusa 23 And when inquisition was made of the lem with the captivity which had been carried matter, it was found out; therefore they were away with Jeconinh king of Judah, whom Neb. both hanged on a tree: and it was written in uchadnezzar the king of Babylon bad carried the book of the Chronicles before the king. away. 7 And he brought up Hadassah, (that is, Es.

CHAPTER III. ther,) his uncle's daughter: for she had neither

1 Haman, advanced by the king, and despised father nor mother, and the maid was fair and

by Mordecai, seeketh revenge upon all the beautiful; whom Mordecai, when her father

Jews. 7 He casteth lots. 8 He obtaineth by and mother were dead, took for his own daugh.

calumniation a decree of the king to put the ter.

Jews to death. 8 So it came to pass, when the king's com. AFTER these things did king Ahasuerus pro. mandment and his decree was heard, and when mote Haman the son of Hammedatha the many maidens were gathered together unto Agagite, and advanced him, and set his seat Shushan the palace, to the custody of Hegai, above all the princes that were with him. that Esther was brought also unto the king's 2 And all the king's servants that were in the house, to the custody of Hegai, keeper of the king's gate, bowed, and reverenced Haman; women.

for the king had so commanded concerning him. 9 And the maiden pleased him, and she ob. But Mordecai bowed not, nor did him rever. tained kindness of him; and he speedily gave ence. her her things for purification, with such things 3 Then the king's servants which were in the as belonged to her, and seven maidens which king's gate, said unto Mordecai, Why transwere meet to be given her, out of the king's gressest thou the king's commandment? house : and he preferred her and her maids 4 Now it came to pass, when they spake daily unto the best place of the house of the wo. unto him, and he hearkened not unto them,

that they told Haman, to see whether Morde. 10 Esther hnd not shewed her people nor her cai's matters would stand : for be had told kindred : for Mordecai had charged her that she them that he was a Jew. should not shew it.

5 And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed 11 And Mordecai walked every day before not, nor did him reverence, then was Haman the court of the women's house, to know how full of wrath. Esther did, and what should become of her.

6 And he thought scorn to lay hands on Mor. 12 1 Now when every maid's turn was come decai alone; for they had shewed him the peoto go in to king Ahasuerus, after that she had ple of Mordecai: wherefore Haman sought to been twelve months, according to the manner destroy all the Jews that were throughout the of the women, (for so were the days of their whole kingdom of Ahasuerus, even the people purifications accomplished, to wit, six months of Mordecai. with oil of myrrh, and six months with sweet 7 1 In the first month (that is, the month odours, and with other things for the purifying Nisan,) in the twelfth year of king Ahasuerus, of the women ;)

they cast Pur, that is, the lot, before Haman 13 Then thus came every maiden unto the from day to day, and from month to month, to king ; whatsoever she desired was given her to the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar. go with her out of the house of the women unto 81 And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, the king's house.

There is a certain people scattered abroad and 14 In the evening she went, and on the mor dispersed among the people in all the provinces row she returned into the second house of the of thy kingdom; and their laws are diverse women, to the custody of Shaushgaz, the king's from all people; neither keep they the king's chamberlain, which kept the concubines: she laws: therefore it is not for the king's profit to came in unto the king no more, except the king delighted in her, and that she were called by 9 If it please the king, let it he written that name.

they may be destroyed: and I will pay ten thon. 15 I Now when the turn of Esther, the daugh. sand talents of silver to the hands of those that ter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had have the charge of the business, to bring it into taken her for his daughter, was come to go in the king's treasuries.

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Great mourning of the Jews. ESTHER. Mordecai's charge to Esther.

10 And the king took his ring from his hand, 1 cept such to whom the king shall hold out the and gave it unto Haman the son of Hammeda golden sceptre, that he may live: but I have not tha the Agagite, the Jews' enemy.

been called to come in unto the king these thirty 11 And the king said unto Haman, The silver days. is given to thee, the people also, to do with

12 And they told to Mordecai Esther's words. them as it seemeth good to thee.

13 Then Mordecai commanded to answer Es12 Then were the king's scribes called on the ther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt thirteenth day of the first month, and there was escape in the king's house, more than all the written according to all that Haman had com Jews. manded unto the king's lieutenants, and to the 14 For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at governors that were over every province, and this time, then shall there enlargement and de. to the rulers of every people of every prov. liverance arise to the Jews from another place : ince, according to the writing thereof, and to but thou and thy father's house shall be destroy. every people after their language ; in the name ed: and who knoweth, whether thou art come of king Ahasuerus was it written, and sealed to the kingdom for such a time as this? with the king's ring.

15 1 Then Esther bade them return Mordecai 13 And the letters were sent by posts into all this answer, the king's provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to 16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are cause to perish, all Jews, both young and old, present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and nei. little children and women, in one day, even up ther eat nor drink three days, night or day: I on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, also and my maidens will fast likewise : and so which is the month Adar, and to take the spoil will I go in unto the king, which is not accordof them for a prey.

ing to the law; and if I perish, I perish. 14 The copy of the writing for a command 17 So Mordecai went his way, and did acment to be given in every province was publish cording to all that Esther had commanded ed unto all people, that they should be ready him. against that day.

CHAPTER V. 15 The posts went out, being hastened by the king's commandment, and the decree was given

1 Esther, adventuring on the king's favour, in Shushan the palace. And the king and Ha

obtaineth the grace of the golden sceptre, and man sat down to drink; but the city Shushan

inviteth the king and Haman to a banquet. 6 was perplexed.

She, being encouraged by the king in her

suit, inviteth them to another banquet the next CHAPTER IV.

day. 9 Haman, proud of his advancement, 1 The great mourning of Mordecai and the repineth at the contempt of Mordecai, 14 By

Jews. 4 Esther, understanding it, sendeth the counsel of Zercsh he buildeth for him a to Mordecai, who sheweth the cause, and ad pair of gallows. . viseth her to undertake the suit. 10 She er. NOW it came to pass on the third day, that cusing herself is threatened by Mordecai. IV Esther put on her royal apparel, and stood 15 She appointing a fast undertaketh the in the inner court of the king's house, over suit.

against the king's house : and the king sat upon WHEN Mordecai perceived all that was done, his royal throne in the royal house, over against

Mordecai rent his clothes, and put on sack the gate of the house." cloth with ashes, and went out into the midst of 2 And it was so, when the king saw Esther the city, and cried with a loud and a bitter the queen standing in the court, that she obcry:

tained favour in his sight: and the king held out 2 And came even before the king's gate: for to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his none might enter into the king's gate clothed hand. So Esther drew near, and touched the with sackcloth.

top of the sceptre. 3 And in every province whithersoever the 3 Then said the king unto her, What wilt king's commandment and his decree came, there thou, queen Esther? and what is thy request ? was great mourning among the Jews, and fast. it shall be even given thee to the half of the ing, and weeping, and wailing ; and many lay kingdom. in sackcloth and ashes.

4 And Esther answered, If it seem good unto 4 IT So Esther's maids and her chamberlains the king, let the king and Haman come this day came and told it her. Then was the queen ex unto the bunquet that I have prepared for ceedingly grieved ; and she sent raiment to him. clothe Mordecai, and to take away his sackcloth 5 Then the king said, Cause Haman to make from him: but he received it not.

haste, that he may do as Esther hath said. So 5 Then called Esther for Hatach, one of the the king and Haman came to the banquet that king's chamberlains, whom he had appointed to Esther had prepared. attend upon her, and gave him a commandment 6 T And the king said unto Esther at the ban. to Mordecai, to know what it was, and why it quet of wine, What is thy petition ? and it shall was.

be granted thee: and what is thy request ? even 6 So Hatach went forth to Mordecai, unto the to the half of the kingdom it shall be per. street of the city, which was before the king's formed. gate.

7 Then answered Esther, and said, My peti. 7 And Mordecai told him of all that had hap. tion and my request is : pened unto him, and of the sum of the money 8 If I have found favour in the sight of the that Haman had promised to pay to the king's king, and if it please the king to grant my peti. treasuries for the Jews, to destroy them.

tion, and to perform my request, let the king 8 Also he gave him the copy of the writing of and Haman come to the banquet that I shall the decree that was given at Shushan to destroy prepare for them, and I will do to-morrow as the them, to shew it unto Esther, and to declare it king hath said. unto her, and to charge her that she should go in 9 T Then went Haman forth that day joyful unto the king, to make supplication unto him, and with a glad heart: but when Haman saw and to make request before him for her peo Mordecai in the king's gate, that he stood not ple.

up, nor moved for him, he was full of indigna. 9 And Hatach came and told Esther the words tion against Mordecai. of Mordecai,

10 Nevertheless, Haman refrained himself: 10 IT Again Esther spake unto Hatach, and and when he came home, he sent and called for gave him commandment unto Mordecai;

his friends, and Zeresh his wife. 11 All the king's servants, and the people of 11 And Haman told them of the glory of his the king's provinces, do know, that whosoever, riches, and the multitude of his children, and all whether man or woman, shall come unto the the things wherein the king had promoted him, king into the inner court, who is not called, 1 and how he had advanced him above the princes there is one law of his to put him to death, ex. I and servants of the king.

Haman prepareth a gallows. CHAPTER VIII.

Haman is hanged. 12 Haman said moreover, Yea, Esther the bring Haman unto the banquet that Esther had queen did let no man come in with the king prepared. unto the banquet that she hud prepared but my.

CHAPTER VII. self; and to-morrow am I invited unto her also with the king.

1 Esther, entertaining the king and Haman, 13 Yet all this availeth me nothing, so long as

maketh suit for her own life and her people's. I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king's

5 She accuseth Haman. 7 The king in his gate.

anger, understanding of the gallows which 14 I Then said Zeresh his wife and all his Haman had made for Mordecui, causeth him friends unto him, Let a gallows be made of fifty to be hanged thereon. cubits high, and to-morrow speak thou unto the So the king and Haman came to banquet with king that Mordecai may be hunged thereon:

Esther the queen. then go thou in merrily with the king unto the 2 And the king said again unto Esther on the banquet. And the thing pleased Haman; and second day at the banquet of wine, Whut is thy he caused the gallows to be made.

petition, queen Esther? and it shall be granted CHAPTER VI.

thee: and what is thy request ? and it shall be

performed, even to the half of the kingdom. 1 Ahasuerus, reiding in the chronicles of the

3 Then Esther the queen answered and said, good service done by Mordecai, taketh care If I have found favour in thy sight, 0 king, for his reward. 4 Haman, coming to sue and if it please the king, let my life be given that Mordecai might be hanged, un iwares me at my petition, and my people at iny re. giveth counsel that he might do him honour.

quest: 12 Complaining of his misfortune, his friends 4 For we are sold, I and my people, to be de. tell him of his final destiny.

stroyed, to be slain, and to perish. But if we N that night could not the king sleep, and he had been sold for bond-men and hond-women, I

commanded to bring the book of records of had held my tongue, although the enemy could the chronicles ; and they were read before the not countervail the king's damage. king:

5 T Then the king Ahasuerus answered and 2 And it was found written, that Mordecai said unto Esther the queen, Who is he, and had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the where is he, that durst presume in his heart to king's chamberlains, the keepers of the door, do so? who sought to lay hand on the king Ahusue. 6 And Esther said, The adversary and enemy rus.

is this wicked Haman. Then Haman was 3 And the king said, What honour and digni. afraid before the king and the queen. ty hath been done to Mordecai for this? Then 71 And the king arising from the banquet of said the king's servants that ininistered unto wine in his wrath went into the palace-gar. him, There is nothing done for him.

den: and Haman stood up to make request for 4 And the king said, Who is in the court ? his life to Esther the queen ; for he saw that (Now Haman was come into the outward court there was evil determined against him by the of the king's house, to spenk unto the king king. to hang Mordecai on the gallows that he had 8 Then the king returned out of the palace. prepared for him.)

garden into the place of the banquet of wine ; 5. And the king's servants said unto him, Be. and Haman was fallen upon the bed whereon hold, Haman stindeth in the court. And the Esther was. Then said the king, Will he force king said, Let him come in.

the queen also before me in the house? As the 6 So Haman came in. And the king said unto word went out of the king's mouth, they cov. him, What shall be done unto the man whom ered Haman's face. the king delighteth to honour? (Now Haman 9 And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, thought in his heart, To whom would the king said before the king, Behold also the gallows delight to do honour more than to myself?) fifty cubits high, which Haman had made for

7 And Haman answered the king, For the Mordecai, who had spoken good for the king, man whom the king delighteth to honour,

standeth in the house of Haman. Then the 8 Let the royal apparel be brought which the king said, Hang him thereon. king useth to wear, and the horse that the king 10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that rideth upon, and the crowo-royul which is set he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the upon his head:

king's wrath pacified. 9 And let this apparel and horse be delivered

CHAPTER VIII. to the hand of one of the king's most noble princes, that they may array the man withal

1 Mordecai is advanced. 3 Esther maketh suit whom the king delighteth to honour, and bring

to reverse Haman's letters. 7 Ahasuerus him on horseback through the street of the city,

granteth to the Jews to defend themselves. and proclaim before him, Thus shall it be done

15 Mordecai's honour, and the Jews' joy. to the man whom the king delighteth to hon. ON that day did the king Ahasuerus give the our.

U house of Haman, the Jews' enemy, unto 10 Then the king said to Haman, Make haste, Esther the queen, And Mordecai came before and take the apparel and the horse, as thou hast the king ; for Esther had told what he was unto sa id, and do even so to Mordecai the Jew, that

her. sitteth at the king's gate: let nothing fail of all 2 And the king took off his ring which he had that thou hast spoken.

taken from Haman, and gave it unto Mordecai. 11 Then took Haman the apparel and the | And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Ha. horse, and arrayed Mordecai, and brought him man. on horseback through the street of the city, and 3 And Esther spake yet again before the proclaimed before him, Thus shall it be done king, and fell down at his feet, and besought unto the man whom the king delighteth to hon him with tears to put away the mischief of Ha. our.

man the Agagite, and his device that he had 12 1 And Mordecai came again to the king's devised against the Jews. gate. But Haman hasted to his house mourning, 4 Then the king held out the golden sceptre and having his head covered.

toward Esther. So Esther arose, and stood be. 13 And Haman told Zeresh his wife and all ! fore the king, his friends every thing that had befallen him. 5 And said, If it please the king, and if I have Then said his wise men and Zeresh his wife unto found favour in his sight, and the thing seem him, If Mordecai be of the seed of the Jews, be. right before the king, and I be pleasing in his fore whom thou hast begun to fall, thou shalt not eyes, let it be written to reverse the letters de. prevail against him, but shalt surely fall before vised by Haman the son of Hammedntha the him.

Agagite, which he wrote to destroy the Jews 14 And while they were yet talking with him, which are in all the king's provinces : came the king's chamberlains, and hasted to ! 6 For how can I endure to see the evil that

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