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A new queen is to be chosen. ESTHER. Esther is preferred before the rest. before king Ahasuerus; and let the king of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar king give her royal estate unto ano- the king of Babylon had carried away. ther that is better than she.

7 And he brought up Hadassah, (that 20 And when the king's decree which is, Esther,) his uncle's daughter: for he shall make shall be published she had neither father nor mother, and throughout all bis empire, (for it is the maid was fair and beautiful; whom great,) all the wives shall give to their Mordecai, when her father and mother husbands honour, both to great and were dead, took for his own daughter. small.

8 So it came to pass, when the 21 And the saying pleased the king king's commandment and his decree and the princes; and the king did ac was heard, and when many maidens cording to the word of Memucan: were gathered together unto Shushan

22 For he sent letters into all the the palace, to the custody of Hegai, king's provinces, into every province that Esther was brought also unto the according to the writing thereof, and king's house, to the custody of Hegai, to every people after their language, keeper of the women. that every man should bear rule in his 9 And the maiden pleased him, and own house, and that it should be pub- she obtained kindness of him; and he lished according to the language of speedily gave her her things for purievery people.

fication, with such things as belonged CHAP. II.

to her, and seven maidens which were | Out of the choice of virgins a queen is to be

meet to be given her, out of the king's 5 Mordecai the nursing father of house: and he preferred her and her Esther. 8 Esther is preferred by Hegai before maids unto the best place of the house

12 The manner of purification, and of the women. going in to the king. 15 Esther best pleasing the king is madle queen. 21 Mordecai discover

10 Esther had not shewed her peoing a treason is recorded in the Chronicles.

ple nor her kindred: for Mordecai had AFTER these things, when the wrath charged her that she should not shew it. of king Ahasuerus was appeased, he 11 And Mordecai walked every day remembered Vashti, and what she had before the court of the women's house

, done, and what was decreed against her. to know how Esther did, and what

2 Then said the king's servants that should become of her. ministered unto him, Let there be fair 12 | Now when every maid's turn young virgins sought for the king : was come to goin to kingAhasuerus, af

3 And let the king appoint officers ter that she had been twelve months,ac. in all the provinces of his kingdom, cording to the manner of the women, that they may gather together all the (for so were the days of their purificafair young virgins unto Shushan the tions accomplished, to wit, six months palace, to the house of the women, with oil of myrrh, and six months unto the custody of Hege the king's with sweet odours and with other things , ; for

be given them :

unto the king; whatsoever she desired 4 And let the maiden which pleaseth was given her to go with her out of the king be queen instead of Vashti. the house of the women unto the And the thing pleased the king; and king's house. he did so.

14 In the evening she went, and on 59 Now in Shushan the palace there the morrow she returned into the sewas a certain Jew, whose name was cond house of the women, to the cusMordecai, the son of Jair, the son of tody of Shaashgaz, the king's chamShimei, the son of Kish, a Benjamite; berlain, which kept the concubines :

6 Who had been carried away from she came in unto the king no more, Jerusalem with the captivity which except the king delighted in her, and had been carried away with Jeconiah / that she were called by name.

Esther crowned queen.

CHAP. III. Haman seeketh the Jews' destruction. 15 Now when the turn of Esther, Hammedatha the Agagite, and adthe daughter of Abihail the uncle of vanced him, and set his seat above all Mordecai, who had taken her for his the princes that were with him. daughter, was come to go in unto the 2 And all the king's servants that king, she required nothing but what were in the king's gate, bowed, and Hegai the king's chamberlain, the reverenced Haman: for the king had keeper of the women, appointed. And so commanded concerning him. But Esther obtained favour in the sight of Mordecai bowed not, nor did him all them that looked upon her. reverence.

16 So Esther was taken unto king 3 Then the king's servants which Ahasuerus into his house royal in the were in the king's gate, said unto Mortenth month, which is the month Te- decai, Why transgressest thou the beth, in the seventh year of his reign. king's commandment? 17 And the king loved Esther above 4 Now it came to pass

, when they all the women, and she obtained grace spake daily unto him, and he hearkenand favour in his sight more than all ed not unto them, that they told Hathe virgins; so that he set the royal man, to see whether Mordecai’s matcrown upon her head, and made her ters would stand: for he had told queen instead of Vashti.

them that he was a Jew. 19 Then the king made a great feast 5 And when Haman saw that Morunto all his princes and his servants, decai bowed not, nor did him revereven Esther's feast; and he made a ence, then was Haman full of wrath. release to the provinces, and gave gifts, 6 And he thought scorn to lay hands according to the state of the king. on Mordecai alone; for they had

19 And when the virgins were ga- shewed him the people of Mordecai: thered together the second time, then wherefore Haman sought to destroy Mordecai sat in the king's gate. all the Jews that were throughout the

20 Esther had not yet shewed her whole kingdom of Ahasuerus, even kindred, nor her people, as Mordecai the people of Mordecai. had charged her: for Esther did the 7 f In the first month (that is, the commandment of Mordecai, like as month Nisan,) in the twelfth year of when she was brought up with him. king Ahasuerus, they cast Pur, that

21 | In those days, while Mordecai is, the lot, before Haman from day to sat in the king's gate, two of the king's day, and from month to month, to the chamberlains, Bigthan and Teresh, of twelfth month, that is, the month Adar. those which kept the door, were wroth, | 8 ( And Haman said unto king Aand sought to lay hand on the king hasuerus, There is a certain people Ahasuerus.

scattered abroad and dispersed among 22 And the thing was known to the people in all the provinces of thy Mordecai, who told it unto Esther kingdom; and their laws are diverse the queen; and Esther certified the from all people; neither keep they the king thereof in Mordecai's name. king's laws: therefore it is not for the

23 And when inquisition was made king's profit to suffer them. of the matter, it was found out; there 9 If it please the king, let it be writfore they were both hanged on a tree: ten that they may be destroyed : and and it was written in the book of the I will pay ten thousand talents of silChronicles before the king.

ver to the hands of those that have CHAP. III.

the charge of the business, to bring it i Haman, advanced by the king, and despised by into the king's treasuries. Mordecai, seeketh revenge upon all the Jews. 7 10 And the king took his ring from He casteth lots. 8 He obtaineth, by calumnia- his hand, and gave it unto Haman the tion, a decree of the king to pul the Jews to death.

son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the AFTER these things did king Aha- Jews' enemy. suerus promote Haman the son of 11 And the king said unto Haman,

A decree to put the Jews to death. ESTHER. Mordecai and the Jew's mourn. The silver is given to thee, the people 4 So Esther's maids and her chamalso, to do with them as it seemeth berlains came and told it her. Then good to thee.

was the queen exceedingly grieved ; 12 Then were the king's scribes and she sent raiment to clothe Morcalled on the thirteenth day of the first decai, and to take away his sackcloth month, and there was written accord from him: but he received it not. ing to all that Haman had commanded 5 Then called Esther for Hatach, unto the king's lieutenants, and to the one of the king's chamberlains, whom governors that were over every pro- he had appointed to attend upon her, vince, and to the rulers of every peo- and gave him a commandment to ple of every province according to the Mordecai, to know what it was, and writing thereof, and to every people why it was. after their language ; in the name of 6 So Hatach went forth to Mordecai, king Ahasuerus was it written, and unto the street of the city, which was sealed with the king's ring.

before the king's gate. 13 And the letters were sent by 7 And Mordecai told him of all that posts into all the king's provinces, to had happened unto him, and of the destroy, to kill, and to cause to perish, sum of the money that Haman had all Jews, both young and old, little promised to pay to the king's treasurchildren and women, in one day, even ies for the Jews, to destroy them. upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth 8 Also he gave him the copy of the month, which is the month Adar, and writing of the decree that was given at to take the spoil of them for a prey. Shushan to destroy them, to shew it

14 The copy of the writing for a unto Esther, and to declare it unto her, commandment to be given in every and to charge her that she should go province was published unto all peo- in unto the king, to make supplication ple, that they should be ready against unto him, and to make request before ihat day.

him for her people. 15 The posts went out, being has 9 And Hatach came and told Esther tened by the king's commandment, the words of Mordecai. and the decree was given in Shushan 10 9 Again Esther spake unto Hathe palace. And the king and Haman tach, and gave him commandment sat down to drink; but the city Shu- unto Mordecai; shan was perplexed.

11 All the king's servants, and ihe CHAP. IV.

people of the king's provinces, do | The great mourning of Mordecai and the Jews. know, that whosoever, whether man or 4 Esther understanding it sendeth to Mordecai, woman, shall come unto the king into who sheueth the cause, and adviseth her to un10 She excusing herself is

the inner court, who is not called, threatened by Mordecai. 15 She appointing a there is one law of his to put him to fast undertaketh the suit.

death, except such to whom the king When Mordecai perceived all that shall hold out the golden sceptre, that was done, Mordecai rent his clothes, he may live: but I have not been and put on sackcloth with ashes, and called to come in unto the king these went out into the midst of the city, and thirty days. cried with a loud and a bitter cry; 12 And they told to Mordecai Esther's

2 And came even before the king's words. gate : for none might enter into the 13 Then Mordecai commanded to king's gate clothed with sackcloth. answer Esther, Think not with thyself

3 And in every province whitherso- that thou shalt escape in the king's ever the king's commandment and his house, more than all the Jews. decree came, there was great mourn 14 For if thou altogether holdest ing among the Jews, and fasting, and thy peace at this time, then shall there weeping, and wailing; and many lay enlargement and deliverance arise to in sackcloth and ashes.

the Jews from another place; but

dertake the suit.

Esther inviteth the king CHAP. V. VI. and Haman to her banquet. thou and thy father's house shall be | tion? and it shall be granted thee: and destroyed: and who knoweth whether what is thy request? even to the half thou art come to the kingdom for such of the kingdom it shall be performed. a time as this?

7 Then answered Esther, and said, 15 Then Esther bade them return My petition and my request is : Mordecai this answer,

8 If I have found favour in the sight 16 Go, gather together all the Jews of the king, and if it please the king that are present in Shushan, and fast to grant my petition, and to perform ye for me, and neither eat nor drink my request, let the king and Haman three days, night or day: I also and come to the banquet that I shall premy maidens will fast likewise; and so pare for them, and I will do to morrow will I go in unto the king, which is as the king hath said. not according to the law : and if I 9 | Then went Haman forth that perish, I perish.

day joyful and with a glad heart: but 17 So Mordecai went his way, and when Haman saw Mordecai in the did according to all that Esther had king's gate, that he stood not up, nor commanded him.

moved for him, he was full of indig

nation against Mordecai. CHAP. V.

10 Nevertheless Haman refrained Esther, adventuring on the king's favour, obtaineth the grace of the golden sceptre, and in- himself: and when he came home, he viteth the king and Haman to a banquet. 6 sent and called for his friends, and She, being encouraged by the king in her suit, Zeresh his wife. inviteth them to another banquet the next day. 9 Haman, proud of his advancement,repineth at

11 And Haman told them of the the contempt of Mordecai.. 14 By the counsel glory of his riches, and the multitude

of Zeresh he buildeth for him a pair of gulbows. of his children, and all the things whereNow it came to pass on the third in the king had promoted him, and how day, that Esther put on her royal ap- he had advanced him above the princes parel, and stood in the inner court of and servants of the king. the king's house, over against the 12 Haman said moreover, Yea, Estking's house: and the king sat upon her the queen did let no man come in his royal throne in the royal house, with the king unto the banquet that over against the gate of the house. she had prepared but myself; and to

2 And it was so, when the king saw morrow am I invited unto her also Esther the queen standing in the court, with the king. that she obtained favour in his sight: 13 Yet all this availeth me nothing, and the king held out to Esther the so long as I see Mordecai the Jew golden sceptre that was in his hand. sitting at the king's gate. Šo Esther drew near, and touched the 14 | Then said Zeresh his wife and top of the sceptre.

all his friends unto him, Let a gallows 3 Then said the king unto her, What be made of fifty cubits high, and to wilt thou, queen Esther? and what is morrow speak thou unto the king that thy request ? it shall be even given Mordecai may be hanged thereon : thee to the half of the kingdom. then go thou in merrily with the king

4 And Esther answered, If it seem unto the banquet. And the thing good unto the king, let the king and pleased Haman; and he caused the Haman come this day unto the ban- gallows to be made. quet that I have prepared for him.

CHAP. VI. 5 Then the king said, Cause Haman 1 Ahasuerus, reading in the chronicles of the to make haste, that he may do as good service done by Mordecai, taketh care for

his reward. 4 Haman, coming to sue that MorEsther hath said. So the king and

decai might be hanged, unawares giveth counsel Haman came to the banquet that Est

that he might do him honour. 12 Complaining her had prepared.

of his misfortune, his friends tell him of his 6 | And the king said unto Esther at

final destiny. the banquet of wine, What is thy peti- ! On that night could not the king

come in.

Human's vanity.

ESTHER.

Mordecai's honout. sleep, and he commanded to bring the street of the city, and proclaimeå the book of records of the chronicles; before him, Thus shall it be done unto and they were read before the king. the man whom the king delighteth to 2 And it was found written, that

honour. Mordecai had told of Bigthana and 12 | And Mordecai came again to Teresh, two of the king'schamberlains, the king's gate. But Haman hasted the keepers of the door, who sought to his house mourning, and having his to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus. head covered.

3 And the king said, What honour 13 And Haman told Zeresh his wife and dignity hath been done to Morde- and all his friends every thing that had cai for this? Then said the king's ser befallen him. Then said his wise men vants that ministered unto him, There and Zeresh his wife unto him, If Moris nothing done for him.

decai be of the seed of the Jews, be4 | And the king said, Who is in fore whom thou hast begun to fall, the court? Now Haman was come thou shalt not prevail against him, but into the outward court of the king's shalt surely fall before him. house, to speak unto the king to hang 14 And while they were yet talking Mordecai on the gallows that he had with him, came the king's chamberprepared for him.

lains, and hasted to bring Haman unto 5 And the king's servants said unto the banquet that Esther had prepared. him, Behold, Haman standeth in the

CHAP. VII. court. And the king said, Let him 1 Esther, entertaining the king and Hamam,mak

eth suit for her own life and her people's. 5 She

accuseth Haman. 7 The king in his anger, un6 So Haman came in. And the king

derstanding of the gallows which Haman had said unto him, What shall be done made for Mordecai, causeth him to be hanged unto the man whom the king delighteth thereon. to honour?(Now Haman thought in his So the king and Haman came to heart, To whom would the king delight banquet with Esther the queen. to do honour more than to myself?) 2 And the king said again unto Est

7 And Haman answered the king, her on the second day at the banquet For the man whom the king delighteth of wine, What is thy petition, queen to honour,

Esther ? and it shall be granted thee: 8 Let the royal apparel be brought and what is thy request ? and it shall which the king useth to wear, and the be performed, even to the half of the horse that the king rideth upon, and the kingdom. crown royal which is set upon his head: 3 Then Esther the queen answered

9 And let this apparel and horse be and said, If I have found favour in thy delivered to the hand of one of the sight, Oking, and if it please the king, king's most noble princes, that they let my life be given me at my petition, may array the man withal whom the and my people at my request : king delighteth to honour, and bring 4 For we are sold, I and my peohim on horseback through the street ple, to be destroyed, to be slain, and of the city, and proclaim before him, to perish. But if we had been sold for Thus shall it be done to the man whom bondmen and bondwomen, I had held the king delighteth to honour. my tongue, although the enemy could

10 Then the king said to Haman, not countervail the king's damage. Make haste, and take the apparel and 59 Then the king Ahasuerus anthe horse, as thou hast said, and do swered and said unto Esther the queen, even so to Mordecai the Jew, that Who is he, and where is he, that durst sitteth at the king's gate: let noth- presume in his heart to do so ? ing fail of all that thou hast spoken. 6 And Esther said, The adversary

11 Then took Haman the apparel and enemy is this wicked Haman. and the horse, and arrayed Mordecai, Then Haman was afraid before the and brought himn on horseback through king and the queen.

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