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The Book Of Esther
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
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 showed the riches of his glorious kingdom and the honour
of his excellent majesty many days, even and 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,
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
Esther 1:11 To bring Vashti the queen before the king with the crown royal,
to show 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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
Esther 2:10 Esther had not showed her people nor her kindred: for Mordecai
had charged her that she should not show 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
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 showed 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.
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
showed 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
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
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.
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 show 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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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, 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.
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
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
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.
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
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
Esther 9:6 And in Shushan the palace the Jews slew and destroyed five
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
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.
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
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.
Questions to ask yourself while reading God's word:
Are you ready?
1) Do you have a "prepared heart" to seek God?
2) Have you found His Book?
3) Is your heart "fixed"? John 3:5 "born of water and of the Spirit"
4) Do you inquire of the LORD?
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that
needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" [2
5) Do you show forth your light by your good works? "Let your light so shine..." [Matthew 5:16]
6) Are you openly, before all men, publishing your relationship to Jesus? Do you possess "a good profession before many witnesses" ? [1 Timothy 6:11-12]
7) Are you following after righteousness, godliness, faith,
love, patience, meekness?
8) Do you have a heart in communion with the Spirit of God in a celebration of a worship of praise?