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Kingdom, and their Laws are fael, according to this Time Ihall is divers from all People, neither be

either be said of Jacob, and of Israel,

What bath God wrought ? keep they the King's Laws; therefore it is not for the King's Profit to suffer them.

9 If it please the King, let it be written that they may be destroyed: and I will pay * ten thousand Talents of Silver to the Hands of those that have the Charge of the Business, to bring into the King's Treasuries.

10 And the King took his Ring from his Hand, and gave it unto Haman the Jews Enemy.

11 And the King said unto Haman, The Silver is given to thee, the People also, to do with them as it seemeth good to thee.

12 Then were the King's Scribes called on the thirteenth Day of the Month, and there was written according to all that Haman had commanded unto the King's Lieutenants, and to the Rulers of every People of every Province, according to the Writing thereof, and to every People after their Language, in the Name of King Ahasuerus was it written, and sealed with the King's Ring

13 And the Letters were sent by Posts into all the King's Provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to cause to perish all Jews, both young and old, little Children and Women, in one Day, upon the thirteenth Day of the twelfth Month, and to take the Spoil of them for a Prey.

14 The Copy of the Writing for a Commandment to be given to every Province, was published to all People, that: they should be ready against that Day.

15 The Post went out, being hastned by the King's Com

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lace: and the King and Haman sat down to drink, but the City Shushan was perplexed.

CHA P. IV. 1 The great Mourning of Mordecai and the Jews. 4 Esther

understanding of it sendeth to Mordecai, who meweth the Cause, and adviseth her to undertake the Suit. 10 She excusing herself is threatened by Mordecai. 15 Şhe appointing a Fast undertaketh the Suit.

*Note, ten Thousand Babylonilh Talents are by Dr, Prideaux compued to emount ! 2119090 Pounds,


the King's Gate :he King's LORDYP

Wailing and the Jews

Ver. is HEN & Mordecai * Psal. xxvü. The Lord is my perceived all that

** Light, and my Salvation, whom

all I fear the LORD is the Strength was done, Mordecai rent his of my Life, of wbom thall I be s. Cloaths, and put on Sackcloth fraid..

2 When the Wicked, eren mire with Alhes, and went out Enemies and my Foes came upea into the midst of the City, me to cat up my Flesh, they ftunand cried with a loud and a bled and fell.

3 Though an Hoft should encap bitter Cry.

against me, my Heart shall not fear: 2 And came even before though War should rise againt me, the King's Gate: for none this will I be confident.

4 One Thing have I deGred of the might enter into the King's LORD, that will I feek after, that I Gate cloathed with Sack- may dwell in the House of the LORD

all the Days of my Life, to behold cloth.

the Beauty of the LORD, and to ea3. And in every Province quire in his Temple. whithersoever the King's s For in the Time of Trouble be Commandment, and his De

shall hide me in his Pavilion : in the

Secret of his Tabernacle thall he cree came, there was great hide me, he shall set me up upon a Mourning among the Jews, Rock.

6 And now shall mine Head be and Fasting, and Weeping, lifted up above mine Enemies round and Wailing, and many lay in about me: therefore will I offer in Sackcloth and Ashes.

his Tabernacle Sacrifices of Joy, I 4 So Esther's Maids, and to the LORD.

will Gng, yea, I will fing Praises anher Chamberlains came and 7 Hear, O LORD, when I cry told it her: Then was the with my Voice: have Mercy also

1 upon me, and answer me. Queen exceedingly grieved, 8 When thou saidit, Seek ye my and the sent Raiment to cloth Face; my Heart Said unto thee, Thy Mordecai, and to take away

Face, LORD, will I reek.

9 Hide not thy Face far from me, his Sackcloth from him, but put not thy Servant away in Anger: he received it not.

chou baft been my Help, leave me 5 Then called Esther for pot, neither forsake mc, o God of

my Salvation. Hatach, one of the King's 10 When my Father and my MoChamberlains, whom he had ther forsake me, thea the Loid will

c. take me up. appointed to attend upon ner; 11 Teach me thy Way, and lead and gave him a Command- me in a plain Path, because of mine ment to Mordecai, to know Enemies. what it was, and why it was.

" 12 Deliver me not over unto the

will of mine Enemies : for false 6 So Hatach went forth to witnesses are risen up against me, Mordecai, unto the Street of and such as breath out Cruelty.

13 I had fainted, unless I had be. the City, which was before lieved to see the Goodness of the the King's Gate.

Lord in the Land of the Living. 7 And Mordecai told him 14 Wait on the LORD, be of good

Courage, and he shall strengthen of all that had happened unto thine Heart : wait, I say, on the him, and of the Sum of the LORD

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Money that Haman had promised to pay the King's Treasuries for the Jews to destroy them.

8 Also he gave him the Copy of the Decree that was given to destroy them, to shew it unto Esther, and to charge her that she should go in unto the King, to make Supplica. tion unto him, and to make Request before him for her People.

9 Then Hatach came and told Esther the Words of Mora decai. · 10 Again Esther spake unto Hatach, and gave him Commandment unto Mordecai.

1 * All the People of the King's Provinces do know, that whosoever Man or Woman, shall come unto the King into the inner Court, who is not called, there is one Law of his to put him to Death, except such to whom the King Ihall hold out the golden Sceptre, that he may live: but I have not been called to come in unto the King, these thirty Days.

12 And they told Mordecai Esther's Words.

13 Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thy self that thou shalt escape in the King's House more than all the Jews.

14 For if thou altogether holdest thy Peace at this Time, then shall their Enlargement and Deliverance arise to the Jews from another Place, but thou and thy Father's House Thall be destroyed: and who knowest, whether thou art come to the Kingdom for such a Time as this?

15 Then Esther bad them return Mordecai this Answer.

16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three Days, Night nor Day: I also and my Maidens will fast likewise, and so will I go in unto the King, which is not according to the Law; and if I perith, I perish. *ffit of off it it off tiff of it it off of off ff of t * *t of off of of of #of #off of

* Note, it is evident, that many of the Psalms have a Relation to the State of the Jewish and Christian Church, in their several Caprivities, and Perfecutions under the Pagan and Christian Empires.

I may be presum'd thar this excellent Princess was animated to fo hazardous an Undertaking, by reading and medicating upon the 27th Psalm, in which are many Ex;resions, which seem to refer to the great sffliction the Jews were under at this Time, The Decree being for the Deftrudion of Man, Woman, and Child. Their Deo liverance by the Divine Providence was so very wonderful, that the Jews have in all

Ages fince, and do te this Time celebrate to;ba she Fast and Fiat, which they cal Purim.

17 So Mordecai went his Way, and did according to all that Esther had commanded him.

CHA P. V. 1 Esther adventuring on the King's Favour, obtaineth the Grace

of the golden Sceptre; and inviteth the King and Haman to

Banquet. 6 She being encouraged by the King in ber Sait, · inviteth them to another Banquet the next Day. Hamak

proud of his Advancement, repineth at the Contempt of Merdecai. 14 By the Counsel of his wife, be buildeth far bix a Gallows.

Ver. INTOW it came to pass on the third Day, that Eft

TV her put on the Royal Apparel, and stood in the inner Court of the King's House: and the King fat upon his Royal Throne.

2 And it was so when the King law Esther the Queen standing in the Court, that she obtained Favour in bis Sight: and the King held out to Esther the golden Sceptre that was in his Hand: so Esther drew near, and touched the Top of the Sceptre.

3 Then said the King unto her, What wilt thou, Queen Ether? and what is thy Request? it shall be given thee, to the half of the Kingdom.

4 And Esther answered, If it seem good unto the King, let the King and Haman come this Day unto the Banquet that I have prepared for him.

5. Then the King said, Cause Haman to make Hafte, that he may do as Esther hath said. So the King and Haman came to the Banquet.

6 And the King said unto Esther at the Banquet, What is thy Petition? and it shall be granted thee: and what is thy Request ? even to the half of the Kingdom.

7 Then answered Esther, and said, My Petition, and my Request is;

8 If I have found Favour in the Sight of the King, and if it please the King to grant my Petition, and to perform my Request, let the King and Haman come to the Banquet that I Thall provide for them, and I will do to Morrow as the King hath said.

9 Then went Haman forth that Day, joyful, and with a glad Heart; but when he saw Mordecai in the King's


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Gate, that he stood not up, nor moved for him, he was full of Indignation against Mordecai.

10 Nevertheless, Haman refrained himself, and when he came Home, he sent and called for his Friends, and Zeresh his Wife.

' And Haman told them ' Psal. lii. Why boastest thou thy of the Glory of his Riches. felf in Mischief, O mighty Man? the

Goodness of God endureth conti. and the Multitude of bis Chil- nually. dren, and all the Things2 Thy Tongue deviseth Mischiefs: wherein the King had pro- ft

like a tharp Razor, working deceit

o fully. moted him, and how he had Š God shall destroy thee for ever, advanced him above the Prin- he shall take thee away, and pluck

thee out of thy Dwelling place, ces and Servants of the King. unde

nts of the sing and root thee out of the Land of the 12 Haman said moreover, Living. Yea, Either the Queen did 6 The Righteous also shall see and

fear, and thall laugh at him. let no Man come in with the Lo, this is the Man that made King unto the Banquet that not God his Strength, but trusted in De bed prepared burimy fee. the Abundance of his Riches, and she had prepared, but my self;

Atrengthened himself in his Wicked, and to Morrow am I invited ness. unto her also with the King.

13 Yet all this availeth me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the King's Gate.

14 m Then said his Wife, a and all his

- Plal. vii. O LORD my God, ia Friends unto thee

as unto thee do I put my Trust: save me him, Let a Gallows be made from all them that pe.secute me, and of fifty Cubits high, and to deliver me.

2 Left he tear my Soul like a Lion, Morrow speak unto the King, ren

nto the amg renting it in Pieces, while there is that Mordecai may be hanged none to deliver. thereon: then go thou in. 3 O Lord my God, if I have done merrily with the King unto Hands:

this; if there be Iniquity in my the Banquet. And the Thing .4 If I have rewarded Evil unto nenredoman and hemoured him that was at Peace with me: (yea, pleased Haman, and he caused

- I have delivered him that without the Gallows to be made. Cause is mine Enemy.)

s Let the Enemy persecute my Soul, and take it ; yea, let him tread down my Life upon the Earth, and lay mine Honour in the Duft. Selah.

6 Arile, O Lord, in thine Anger, lift up thy self, because of the Rage of mine Enemies: and awake for me to the Judgment that thou hast commanded.

7 So Thall the Congregation of the People compass thee about : for their Sakes therefore return thou on high.

8 The LORD shall judge the People: judge me, O LORD, according to my Righteousness, and according to mine Integrity that is in me.

Oh let the Wickedness of the Wicked come to an End, but establish the Juft: for the Righteous God trierh the Hearts and Reins.

10 My Defence is of God, which saveth the Upright in Heart. It God judgeth che Righteous, and God is angry with the Wicked every Q999



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