The Book of Esther of the Christian Holy Bible

Esther 1:1 Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus, (this  is Ahasuerus which reigned, from India even unto  Ethiopia, over an hundred and seven and twenty  provinces:) 

Esther 1:2 That in those days, when the king  Ahasuerus sat on the throne of his kingdom, which was in  Shushan the palace, 

Esther 1:3 In the third year of his reign, he  made a feast unto all his princes and his servants; the power  of Persia and Media, the nobles and princes of the  provinces, being before him: 

Esther 1:4 When he shewed the  riches of his glorious kingdom and the honour of his  excellent majesty many days, even an hundred and  fourscore days. 

Esther 1:5 And when these days were expired,  the king made a feast unto all the people that were present  in Shushan the palace, both unto great and small, seven  days, in the court of the garden of the king’s palace; 

Esther 1:6  Where were white, green, and blue, hangings, fastened  with cords of fine linen and purple to silver rings and pillars  of marble: the beds were of gold and silver, upon a  pavement of red, and blue, and white, and black, marble.  

Esther 1:7 And they gave them drink in vessels of gold, (the  vessels being diverse one from another,) and royal wine in  abundance, according to the state of the king. 

Esther 1:8 And the  drinking was according to the law; none did compel: for  so the king had appointed to all the officers of his house,  that they should do according to every man’s pleasure.  

Esther 1:9 Also Vashti the queen made a feast for the women  in the royal house which belonged to king Ahasuerus.  

Esther 1:10 On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was  merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha,  Harbona, Bigtha, and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the  seven chamberlains that served in the presence of  Ahasuerus the king, 

Esther 1:11 To bring Vashti the queen  before the king with the crown royal, to shew the people  and the princes her beauty: for she was fair to look on.  

Esther 1:12 But the queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s  commandment by his chamberlains: therefore was the  king very wroth, and his anger burned in him.  

Esther 1:13 Then the king said to the wise men, which knew  the times, (for so was the king’s manner toward all that  knew law and judgment: 

Esther 1:14 And the next unto him  was Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres,  Marsena, and Memucan, the seven princes of Persia and  Media, which saw the king’s face, and which sat the first  in the kingdom;) 

Esther 1:15 What shall we do unto the queen  Vashti according to law, because she hath not performed the  commandment of the king Ahasuerus by the chamberlains?  

Esther 1:16 And Memucan answered before the king and the  princes, Vashti the queen hath not done wrong to the king  only, but also to all the princes, and to all the people that  are in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus. 

Esther 1:17 For  this deed of the queen shall come abroad unto all women,  so that they shall despise their husbands in their eyes, when  it shall be reported, The king Ahasuerus commanded Vashti  the queen to be brought in before him, but she came not.  

Esther 1:18 Likewise shall the ladies of Persia and Media say  this day unto all the king’s princes, which have heard of the  deed of the queen. Thus shall there arise too much  contempt and wrath. 

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Esther 1:19 If it please the king, let there go  a royal commandment from him, and let it be written among  the laws of the Persians and the Medes, that it be not  altered, That Vashti come no more before king Ahasuerus;  and let the king give her royal estate unto another that is  better than she. 

Esther 1:20 And when the king’s decree which  he shall make shall be published throughout all his empire,  (for it is great,) all the wives shall give to their husbands  honour, both to great and small. 
Esther 1:21 And the saying  pleased the king and the princes; and the king did according  to the word of Memucan: 
Esther 1:22 For he sent letters into all  the king’s provinces, into every province according to the  writing thereof, and to every people after their language,  that every man should bear rule in his own house, and that  it should be published according to the language of every  people.         
Chapter 2
Esther 2:1 After these things, when the wrath of king  Ahasuerus was appeased, he remembered Vashti, and what  she had done, and what was decreed against her. 
Esther 2:2 Then  said the king’s servants that ministered unto him, Let there  be fair young virgins sought for the king: 
Esther 2:3 And let the  king appoint officers in all the provinces of his kingdom,  that they may gather together all the fair young virgins unto  Shushan the palace, to the house of the women unto the  custody of Hege the king’s chamberlain, keeper of the  women; and let their things for purification be given them:  
Esther 2:4 And let the maiden which pleaseth the king be queen  instead of Vashti. And the thing pleased the king; and he did  so.  
Esther 2:5 Now in Shushan the palace there was a certain  Jew, whose name was Mordecai, the son of Jair, the son of  Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjamite; 
Esther 2:6 Who had been  carried away from Jerusalem with the captivity which had  been carried away with Jeconiah king of Judah, whom  Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away.  
Esther 2:7 And he brought up Hadassah, that is, 
Esther, his  uncle’s daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and  the maid was fair and beautiful; whom Mordecai, when  her father and mother were dead, took for his own daughter.  
Esther 2:8 So it came to pass, when the king’s commandment  and his decree was heard, and when many maidens were  gathered together unto Shushan the palace, to the custody of  Hegai, that 
Esther was brought also unto the king’s house,  to the custody of Hegai, keeper of the women. 
Esther 2:9 And  the maiden pleased him, and she obtained kindness of him;  and he speedily gave her her things for purification, with  such things as belonged to her, and seven maidens, which  were meet to be given her, out of the king’s house: and he  preferred her and her maids unto the best place of the  house of the women. 
Esther 2:10 
Esther had not shewed her  people nor her kindred: for Mordecai had charged her that  she should not shew it. 
Esther 2:11 And Mordecai walked  every day before the court of the women’s house, to know  how 
Esther did, and what should become of her.  
Esther 2:12 Now when every maid’s turn was come to go in to  king Ahasuerus, after that she had been twelve months,  according to the manner of the women, (for so were the  days of their purifications accomplished, to wit, six  months with oil of myrrh, and six months with sweet  odours, and with other things for the purifying of the  women;) 
Esther 2:13 Then thus came every maiden unto the  king; whatsoever she desired was given her to go with her  out of the house of the women unto the king’s house.  
Esther 2:14 In the evening she went, and on the morrow she  returned into the second house of the women, to the custody  of Shaashgaz, the king’s chamberlain, which kept the  concubines: she came in unto the king no more, except the  king delighted in her, and that she were called by name.  
Esther 2:15 Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of  Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his  daughter, was come to go in unto the king, she required  nothing but what Hegai the king’s chamberlain, the keeper  of the women, appointed. And Esther obtained favour in the  sight of all them that looked upon her. 
Esther 2:16 So Esther was  taken unto king Ahasuerus into his house royal in the tenth  month, which is the month Tebeth, in the seventh year of  his reign. 
Esther 2:17 And the king loved Esther above all the  women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more  than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her  head, and made her queen instead of Vashti. 
Esther 2:18 Then  the king made a great feast unto all his princes and his  servants, even 
Esther’s feast; and he made a release to the  provinces, and gave gifts, according to the state of the king.   
Esther 2:19 And when the virgins were gathered together the  second time, then Mordecai sat in the king’s gate. 
Esther 2:20  Esther had not yet shewed her kindred nor her people; as  Mordecai had charged her: for 
Esther did the commandment  of Mordecai, like as when she was brought up with him.  
Esther 2:21 In those days, while Mordecai sat in the king’s  gate, two of the king’s chamberlains, Bigthan and Teresh, of  those which kept the door, were wroth, and sought to lay  hand on the king Ahasuerus. 
Esther 2:22 And the thing was  known to Mordecai, who told it unto 
Esther the queen; and  Esther certified the king thereof in Mordecai’s name.  
Esther 2:23 And when inquisition was made of the matter, it was  found out; therefore they were both hanged on a tree: and it  was written in the book of the chronicles before the king.  

       
Chapter 3

Esther 3:1 After these things did king Ahasuerus promote  Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced  him, and set his seat above all the princes that were with  him. 
Esther 3:2 And all the king’s servants, that were in the  king’s gate, bowed, and reverenced Haman: for the king had  so commanded concerning him. But Mordecai bowed not,  nor did him reverence. 
Esther 3:3 Then the king’s servants,  which were in the king’s gate, said unto Mordecai, Why  transgressest thou the king’s commandment? 
Esther 3:4 Now it  came to pass, when they spake daily unto him, and he  hearkened not unto them, that they told Haman, to see  whether Mordecai’s matters would stand: for he had told  them that he was a Jew. 
Esther 3:5 And when Haman saw that  Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, then was  Haman full of wrath. 
Esther 3:6 And he thought scorn to lay  hands on Mordecai alone; for they had shewed him the  people of Mordecai: wherefore Haman sought to destroy all  the Jews that were throughout the whole kingdom of  Ahasuerus, even the people of Mordecai.  
Esther 3:7 In the first month, that is, the month Nisan, in the  twelfth year of king Ahasuerus, they cast Pur, that is, the  lot, before Haman from day to day, and from month to  month, to the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar.  
Esther 3:8 And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, There is a  certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the  people in all the provinces of thy kingdom; and their laws  are diverse from all people; neither keep they the king’s  laws: therefore it is not for the king’s profit to suffer them.  
Esther 3:9 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  it into the king’s treasuries. 
Esther 3:10 And the king took his  ring from his hand, and gave it unto Haman the son of  Hammedatha the Agagite, the Jews’ enemy. 
Esther 3:11 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.  
Esther 3:12 Then were the king’s scribes called on the thirteenth  day of the first month, and there was written according to all  that Haman had commanded unto the king’s lieutenants,  and to the governors that were over every province, 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. 
Esther 3:13 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, even upon the thirteenth day of  the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, and to take  the spoil of them for a prey. 
Esther 3:14 The copy of the writing  for a commandment to be given in every province was  published unto all people, that they should be ready against  that day. 
Esther 3:15 The posts went out, being hastened by the  king’s commandment, and the decree was given in Shushan  the palace. And the king and Haman sat down to drink; but  the city Shushan was perplexed.   

       
Chapter 4

Esther 4:1 When Mordecai perceived all that was done,  Mordecai rent his clothes, and put on sackcloth with ashes,  and went out into the midst of the city, and cried with a loud  and a bitter cry; 
Esther 4:2 And came even before the king’s  gate: for none might enter into the king’s gate clothed with  sackcloth. 
Esther 4:3 And in every province, whithersoever the  king’s commandment and his decree came, there was  great mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping,  and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.  
Esther 4:4 So 
Esther’s maids and her chamberlains came and  told it her. Then was the queen exceedingly grieved; and  she sent raiment to clothe Mordecai, and to take away his  sackcloth from him: but he received it not. 
Esther 4:5 Then  called 
Esther for Hatach, one of the king’s chamberlains,  whom he had appointed to attend upon her, and gave him a  commandment to Mordecai, to know what it was, and why  it was. 
Esther 4:6 So Hatach went forth to Mordecai unto the  street of the city, which was before the king’s gate. 
Esther 4:7  And Mordecai told him of all that had happened unto him,  and of the sum of the money that Haman had promised to  pay to the king’s treasuries for the Jews, to destroy them.  
Esther 4:8 Also he gave him the copy of the writing of the  decree that was given at Shushan to destroy them, to shew  it unto 
Esther, and to declare it unto her, and to charge  her that she should go in unto the king, to make supplication  unto him, and to make request before him for her people.  
Esther 4:9 And Hatach came and told 
Esther the words of  Mordecai.  
Esther 4:10 Again 
Esther spake unto Hatach, and gave him  commandment unto Mordecai; 
Esther 4:11 All the king’s  servants, and the people of the king’s provinces, do know,  that whosoever, whether 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 shall hold out the golden sceptre, that he may live: but  I have not been called to come in unto the king these thirty  days. 
Esther 4:12 And they told to Mordecai 
Esther’s words.  
Esther 4:13 Then Mordecai commanded to answer 
Esther, Think  not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house,  more than all the Jews. 
Esther 4:14 For if thou altogether holdest  thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and  deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou  and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth  whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as  this?  
Esther 4:15 Then 
Esther bade them return Mordecai this  answer, 
Esther 4:16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are  present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor  drink three days, night or 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 perish, I perish. 
Esther 4:17 So  Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that 
Esther  had commanded him.   

       
Chapter 5

Esther 5:1 Now it came to pass on the third day, that 
Esther  put on her royal apparel, and stood in the inner court of  the king’s house, over against the king’s house: and the king  sat upon his royal throne in the royal house, over against the  gate of the house. 
Esther 5:2 And it was so, when the king saw  
Esther the queen standing in the court, that she obtained  favour in his 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. 
Esther 5:3 Then said the king  unto her, What wilt thou, queen 
Esther? and what is thy  request? it shall be even given thee to the half of the  kingdom. 
Esther 5:4 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. 
Esther 5:5 Then the  king said, Cause Haman to make haste, that he may do as  
Esther hath said. So the king and Haman came to the  banquet that 
Esther had prepared.  
Esther 5:6 And the king said unto 
Esther at the banquet of  wine, What is thy petition? and it shall be granted thee:  and what is thy request? even to the half of the kingdom it  shall be performed. 
Esther 5:7 Then answered 
Esther, and said,  My petition and my request is; 
Esther 5:8 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 shall prepare for  them, and I will do to morrow as the king hath said.  
Esther 5:9 Then went Haman forth that day joyful and with a  glad heart: but when Haman saw Mordecai in the king’s  gate, that he stood not up, nor moved for him, he was full of  indignation against Mordecai. 
Esther 5:10 Nevertheless Haman  refrained himself: and when he came home, he sent and  called for his friends, and Zeresh his wife. 
Esther 5:11 And  Haman told them of the glory of his riches, and the  multitude of his children, and all the things wherein the  king had promoted him, and how he had advanced him  above the princes and servants of the king. 
Esther 5:12 Haman  said moreover, Yea, 
Esther the queen did let no man come  in with the king unto the banquet that she had prepared but  myself; and to morrow am I invited unto her also with the  king. 
Esther 5:13 Yet all this availeth me nothing, so long as I  see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king’s gate.  
Esther 5:14 Then said Zeresh his wife and all his friends unto  him, Let a gallows be made of fifty cubits high, and to  morrow speak thou unto the king that Mordecai may be  hanged thereon: then go thou in merrily with the king unto  the banquet. And the thing pleased Haman; and he caused  the gallows to be made.  

       
Chapter 6

Esther 6:1 On that night could not the king sleep, and he  commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles;  and they were read before the king. 
Esther 6:2 And it was found  written, that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two  of the king’s chamberlains, the keepers of the door, who  sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus. 
Esther 6:3 And the  king said, What honour and dignity hath been done to  Mordecai for this? Then said the king’s servants that  ministered unto him, There is nothing done for him.  
Esther 6:4 And the king said, Who is in the court? Now  Haman was come into the outward court of the king’s  house, to speak unto the king to hang Mordecai on the  gallows that he had prepared for him. 
Esther 6:5 And the king’s  servants said unto him, Behold, Haman standeth in the  court. And the king said, Let him come in. 
Esther 6:6 So Haman  came in. And the king said unto him, What shall be done  unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour? Now  Haman thought in his heart, To whom would the king  delight to do honour more than to myself? 
Esther 6:7 And  Haman answered the king, For the man whom the king  delighteth to honour, 
Esther 6:8 Let the royal apparel be brought  which the king useth to wear, and the horse that the king  rideth upon, and the crown royal which is set upon his head:   
Esther 6:9 And let this apparel and horse be delivered to the  hand of one of the king’s most noble princes, that they may  array the man withal whom the king delighteth to honour,  and bring him on horseback through the street of the city,  and proclaim before him, Thus shall it be done to the man  whom the king delighteth to honour. 
Esther 6:10 Then the king  said to Haman, Make haste, and take the apparel and the  horse, as thou hast said, and do even so to Mordecai the  Jew, that sitteth at the king’s gate: let nothing fail of all that  thou hast spoken. 
Esther 6:11 Then took Haman the apparel and  the horse, and arrayed Mordecai, and brought him on  horseback through the street of the city, and proclaimed  before him, Thus shall it be done unto the man whom the  king delighteth to honour.  
Esther 6:12 And Mordecai came again to the king’s gate. But  Haman hasted to his house mourning, and having his head  covered. 
Esther 6:13 And Haman told Zeresh his wife and all his  friends every thing that had befallen him. Then said his  wise men and Zeresh his wife unto him, If Mordecai be of  the seed of the Jews, before whom thou hast begun to fall,  thou shalt not prevail against him, but shalt surely fall  before him. 
Esther 6:14 And while they were yet talking with  him, came the king’s chamberlains, and hasted to bring  Haman unto the banquet that 
Esther had prepared.  

       
Chapter 7

Esther 7:1 So the king and Haman came to banquet with  
Esther the queen. 
Esther 7:2 And the king said again unto 
Esther  on the second day at the banquet of wine, What is thy  petition, queen 
Esther? and it shall be granted thee: and  what is thy request? and it shall be performed, even to  the half of the kingdom. 
Esther 7:3 Then 
Esther the queen  answered and said, If I have found favour in thy sight, O  king, and if it please the king, let my life be given me at my  petition, and my people at my request: 
Esther 7:4 For we are  sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be slain, and to  perish. But if we had been sold for bondmen and  bondwomen, I had held my tongue, although the enemy  could not countervail the king’s damage.  
Esther 7:5 Then the king Ahasuerus answered and said unto  
Esther the queen, Who is he, and where is he, that durst  presume in his heart to do so? 
Esther 7:6 And 
Esther said, The  adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman. Then Haman  was afraid before the king and the queen.  
Esther 7:7 And the king arising from the banquet of wine in  his wrath went into the palace garden: and Haman stood  up to make request for his life to 
Esther the queen; for he  saw that there was evil determined against him by the king.  
Esther 7:8 Then the king returned out of the palace garden into  the place of the banquet of wine; and Haman was fallen  upon the bed whereon 
Esther was. Then said the king,  Will he force the queen also before me in the house? As the  word went out of the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s  face. 
Esther 7:9 And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said  before the king, Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits high,    
Esther Page 292   which Haman had made for Mordecai, who had spoken  good for the king, standeth in the house of Haman. Then the  king said, Hang him thereon. 
Esther 7:10 So they hanged Haman  on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was  the king’s wrath pacified.   

       
Chapter 8

Esther 8:1 On that day did the king Ahasuerus give the house  of Haman the Jews’ enemy unto 
Esther the queen. And  Mordecai came before the king; for 
Esther had told what he  was unto her. 
Esther 8:2 And the king took off his ring, which  he had taken from Haman, and gave it unto Mordecai. And 
Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman.  
Esther 8:3 And Esther spake yet again before the king, and fell  down at his feet, and besought him with tears to put away  the mischief of Haman the Agagite, and his device that he  had devised against the Jews. 
Esther 8:4 Then the king held out  the golden sceptre toward Esther. So Esther arose, and stood  before the king, 
Esther 8:5 And said, If it please the king, and if  I have found favour in his sight, and the thing seem right  before the king, and I be pleasing in his eyes, let it be  written to reverse the letters devised by Haman the son of  Hammedatha the Agagite, which he wrote to destroy the  Jews which are in all the king’s provinces: 
Esther 8:6 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?  
Esther 8:7 Then the king Ahasuerus said unto Esther the queen  and to Mordecai the Jew, Behold, I have given Esther the  house of Haman, and him they have hanged upon the  gallows, because he laid his hand upon the Jews. 
Esther 8:8  Write ye also for the Jews, as it liketh you, in the king’s  name, and seal it with the king’s ring: for the writing  which is written in the king’s name, and sealed with the  king’s ring, may no man reverse. 
Esther 8:9 Then were the  king’s scribes called at that time in the third month, that is,  the month Sivan, on the three and twentieth day thereof;  and it was written according to all that Mordecai  commanded unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the  deputies and rulers of the provinces which are from India  unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto  every province according to the writing thereof, and unto  every people after their language, and to the Jews according  to their writing, and according to their language. 
Esther 8:10  And he wrote in the king Ahasuerus’ name, and sealed it  with the king’s ring, and sent letters by posts on horseback,  and riders on mules, camels, and young dromedaries:  
Esther 8:11 Wherein the king granted the Jews which were in  every city to gather themselves together, and to stand for  their life, to destroy, to slay, and to cause to perish, all the  power of the people and province that would assault them,  both little ones and women, and to take the spoil of them  for a prey, 
Esther 8:12 Upon one day in all the provinces of king  Ahasuerus, namely, upon the thirteenth day of the  twelfth month, which is the month Adar. 
Esther 8:13 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 to avenge themselves on  their enemies. 
Esther 8:14 So the posts that rode upon mules  and camels went out, being hastened and pressed on by  the king’s commandment. And the decree was given at  Shushan the palace.  
Esther 8:15 And Mordecai went out from the presence of the  king in royal apparel of blue 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. 
Esther 8:16 The  Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour. 
Esther 8:17  And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the  king’s commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy  and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the  people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell  upon them.   

       
Chapter 9

Esther 9:1 Now in the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar,  on the thirteenth day of the same, when the king’s  commandment and his decree drew near to be put in  execution, in the day that the enemies of the Jews hoped to  have power over them, (though it was turned to the  contrary, that the Jews had rule over them that hated them;)  
Esther 9:2 The Jews gathered themselves together in their cities  throughout all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus, to lay  hand on such as sought their hurt: and no man could  withstand them; for the fear of them fell upon all people.  
Esther 9:3 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. 
Esther 9:4 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. 
Esther 9:5 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. 
Esther 9:6 And in Shushan the palace  the Jews slew and destroyed five hundred men. 
Esther 9:7 And  Parshandatha, and Dalphon, and Aspatha, 
Esther 9:8 And  Poratha, and Adalia, and Aridatha, 
Esther 9:9 And Parmashta,  and Arisai, and Aridai, and Vajezatha, 
Esther 9:10 The ten sons  of Haman the son of Hammedatha, the enemy of the Jews,  slew they; but on the spoil laid they not their hand. 
Esther 9:11  On that day the number of those that were slain in Shushan  the palace was brought before the king.  
Esther 9:12 And the king said unto 
Esther the queen, The Jews  have slain and destroyed five hundred men in Shushan 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. 
Esther 9:13 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 day’s decree, and let  Haman’s ten sons be hanged upon the gallows. 
Esther 9:14 And  the king commanded it so to be done: and the decree was  given at Shushan; and they hanged Haman’s ten sons.  
Esther 9:15 For the Jews that were in Shushan gathered  themselves together on the fourteenth day also of the month  Adar, and slew three hundred men at Shushan; but on the  prey they laid not their hand. 
Esther 9:16 But the other Jews 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, 
Esther 9:17 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. 
Esther 9:18 But the Jews that were at Shushan  assembled together on the thirteenth day thereof; and on  the fourteenth thereof; and on the fifteenth day of the same  they rested, and made it a day of feasting and gladness.  
Esther 9:19 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.  
Esther 9:20 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, 
Esther 9:21 To stablish this  among them, that they should keep the fourteenth day of the  month Adar, and the fifteenth day of the same, yearly,  
Esther 9:22 As the days wherein the Jews rested 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. 
Esther 9:23 And  the Jews undertook to do as they had begun, and as  Mordecai had written unto them; 
Esther 9:24 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; 
Esther 9:25 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 should be hanged on the gallows.   
Esther 9:26 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, 
Esther 9:27 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 their writing,  and according to their appointed time every year; 
Esther 9:28  And that these days should be remembered 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. 
Esther 9:29 Then Esther the queen, the daughter  of Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew, wrote with all authority,  to confirm this second letter of Purim. 

Esther 9:30 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, 

Esther 9:31 To confirm these days of Purim  in their times appointed, according as Mordecai the Jew  and Esther the queen had enjoined them, and as they had  decreed for themselves and for their seed, the matters of the  fastings and their cry. 

Esther 9:32 And the decree of  Esther  confirmed these matters of Purim; and it was written in the  book.  

       
Chapter 10

Esther 10:1 And the king Ahasuerus laid a tribute upon the  land, and upon the isles of the sea. 

Esther 10:2 And all the acts  of his power and of his might, and the declaration of the  greatness of Mordecai, whereunto the king advanced him,  are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the  kings of Media and Persia? 

Esther 10:3 For Mordecai the Jew  was next unto king Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews,  and accepted of the multitude of his brethren, seeking the  wealth of his people, and speaking peace to all his seed.   

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