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man the Agagite, and his De- mitteth himself unto thee, thou art

in the Helper of the Fatherless. vice that he had devised a-th

15 Break thou the Arm of the gainst the Jews.

Wicked, and the evil Man: Seek out A Then the King held out his Wickedness 'till thou fiod none.

16 The Lord is King for ever and the golden Sceptre towards

ever: the Heathen are punished out Esther. So Esther arose, and of the Land. stood before the King,

17 Lord, thou hast heard the De

fire of the Humble: thou wilt pre5. And laid, If it pleale the pare their Heart, thou wilt caure King, if I have found Favour thine Ear to hear. in his Sight, and the Thing

18 To judge the fatherless and the

oppressed, that the Man of the Earth 1eem right perore ne Am may no more oppreis. 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 see the Evil that shall come unto my People? or how can I endure to see the Destruction of my Kindred ?

7" Then the King said un- Psal. xci. 1 He that dwelleth in to the Queen, and to Mordecai the secret Place of the most High.

Thall abide under the Shadow of the the Jew, Behold, I have given Almighty. Esther the House of Haman, 2 I will say of the Lord, He is

my Refuge, and my Fortress, my and him they have hanged up

God in him will I trust. on the Gallows, because he 3 Surely he shall deliver thee from laid his Hand upon the Jews. the Soare of the Fowler: and from

the noisom Pestilence. 8 Write ye also for the

's Thou shalt not be afraid for Tews, as it liketh you, in the the Terror by Night: nor for the King's Name, and feal it Arrow that Aieth by Day.

6 Nor for the peftilence that with the King's Ring: for walketh in Darkness : nor for the the Writing which is writ- Deftru&tion that watteth at noon ten in the King's Name, and Day...

7 A Thousand shall fall at thy sealed with the King's Ring, side, and Ten Thouland at thy right may no Man reverse.

Hand: but it shall not come nigh 9 Then were the King's thee.

8 Only with thine Eyes shall thou Scribes called in the third behold, and see the Reward of the Month, and it was writ- Wicked. ten (according to all that 9 Because thou hast made the

LORD which is my Refuge, even the Mordecai commanded) unto most High, thy Habitation : the Jews, and to the Lieute- Is He thall call upon me, and I

will answer him: I will be with him nants, and the Deputies, and

in Trouble, I will deliver him, and Rulers of the Provinces, honour him. which are from India unto 16 With long Life will i satisfy Ethiopia. an hundred and him, and thew him my Salvation.


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 Ahasuerus Name, and sealed it with the King's Ring, and sent Letters by Poft on Horseback, and Riders on Mules, Camels, and young Dromedaries :

1 Wherein the King granted the Jews, which were in every City, to gather themselves together, and to stand for their Life, to destroy, to flay, and to cause to perish all the Power of the People and Province, that would affault 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, 10 a. venge themselves on their Enemies.

14 So the Posts went out, being haftned, and pressed on by the King's Commandment; and the Decree was given at Shushan 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 Linen, and Purple; and the City of Shushan rejoiced and was glad:

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

17. And in every Province, Pfal. xl. I waited patiently for and in every City, whither- the Loan, and he inclined unto me, soever the King's Command. and heard my Cry. ment and his Decree came,,

. He brought me up also out of a

mic, horrible Pir, out of ihe miry Clay, the Jews had Joy and Glad- and set my Feet upon a Rock, and ness, a Feast and a good Day: established my Goings.

3 And he hath put a new song a and MANY of the People of

EOPLE of my Mouth, even Praise unto ou the Land became Jews; for God: many shall see it, and feah the Fear of the Tews fell and trust in the LORD. upon THEM.


CHA P. IX. The Jews (the Rulers for fear of Mordecai helping them) say their Enemies with the ten Sons of Haman. 12 Ahasuerus et the Request of Esther granteth another Day of Slaughter, and Haman's Sons to be hanged. 20 The two Days of Purim are made Feftival.

Ver. I N O W ' in the 19. xiv. 1 For the Lord will have

IV twelfth Month Mercy on Jacob, and will yet chuse (that is the Month Adar) on

Israel, and set them in their own

Land: and the Strangers shall be the thirteenth Day of the joined with them, and they shall fame, when the King's Com- cleave to the House of Jacob.

Psal. cxxiv. 1 If it had not been mandment and his Decree

the LORD, who was on our Side, drew near to be put in Exe- now may israel lay: cution, in the Day that the 2 If it had not been the LORD, who

was on our Side, when Men rose up Enemies of the Jews hoped to have Power over them, ' 3 Then they had swallowed us up though it was turned to the quick, when their Wrach was kindled contrary, that the Jews nad 4 Then the Waters had overRule over them that hated whelmed us, the Stream had gone them.

over our Soul.

s Then the proud Waters had gone 2 The Jews gathered over our Soul. themselves together in their6 Blessed be the Lord who hath Cities, throughout all the not given us as a Prey to their Teeth.

7 Our Soul is escaped as a Bird out Provinces of the King Aha- of the Snare of the Fowlers, the Saare suerus, to lay Hand on such is broken, and we are escaped. as sought their Hurt; and no ī

8 Our Help is in the Name of the

LORD, who made Heaven and Earth. Man could withstand them: 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 New and destroyed five hundred Men. 7 And Parshandatha; and Dalphon, and Aspatha.



3. Anand the Depthe Fear of in the King

8 And Poratha, and Adaliah, and Aridatha. 9 And Permashta, Arisai, 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.

u On that Day, the Number of those that were slain in Shushan the Palace, was brought before the King

12 And the King said unto Esther the Queen, The Jews have slain and destroyed five hundred Men in Shuthan the Palace, and the ten Sons of Haman; what have they done 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 it be granted to the Jews which are in Shushan, to do to Morrow also according unto this Days Decree, and let Haman'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 Hanzan'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 Jew's that were in the King's Provinces, gathered themselves together and stood for their Lives, and had Rest from their Enemies, and slew of their Foes seventy and five thousand, but they laid not their Hands on the Prey.

i7 On the thirteenth Day of the Month Adar, and on the fourteenth Day of the same, rested they, and made it a 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 fiftcenth Day of the same they refted, 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 Ahasuerus, both nigh and far, . . . do

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

22 As the Days wherein the Jews reited from 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 Thould 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 Qucen, 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 then, and as they had decreed for themselves, and for their Seed, the Matters of the Fastings and their Cry.

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