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The King James Bible


Book 17    Esther
001:001 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:)
001:002 That in those days, when the king Ahasuerus sat on the throne
        of his kingdom, which was in Shushan the palace,
001:003 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:
001:004 When he shewed the riches of his glorious kingdom and the
        honour of his excellent majesty many days, even an hundred and
        fourscore days.
001:005 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;
001:006 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.
001:007 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.
001:008 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.
001:009 Also Vashti the queen made a feast for the women in the royal
        house which belonged to king Ahasuerus.
001:010 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,
001:011 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.
001:012 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.
001:013 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:
001:014 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;)
001:015 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?
001:016 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.
001:017 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.
001:018 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.
001:019 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.
001:020 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.
001:021 And the saying pleased the king and the princes; and the king
        did according to the word of Memucan:
001:022 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.
002:001 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.
002:002 Then said the king's servants that ministered unto him, Let
        there be fair young virgins sought for the king:
002:003 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:
002:004 And let the maiden which pleaseth the king be queen instead of
        Vashti. And the thing pleased the king; and he did so.
002:005 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;
002:006 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.
002:007 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.
002:008 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.
002:009 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.
002:010 Esther had not shewed her people nor her kindred: for Mordecai
        had charged her that she should not shew it.
002:011 And Mordecai walked every day before the court of the women's
        house, to know how Esther did, and what should become of her.
002:012 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;)
002:013 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.
002:014 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.
002:015 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.
002:016 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.
002:017 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.
002:018 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.
002:019 And when the virgins were gathered together the second time,
        then Mordecai sat in the king's gate.
002:020 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.
002:021 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 hands on the king
        Ahasuerus.
002:022 And the thing was known to Mordecai, who told it unto Esther
        the queen; and Esther certified the king thereof in Mordecai's
        name.
002:023 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.
003:001 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.
003:002 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.
003:003 Then the king's servants, which were in the king's gate, said
        unto Mordecai, Why transgressest thou the king's commandment?
003:004 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.
003:005 And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him
        reverence, then was Haman full of wrath.
003:006 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.
003:007 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.
003:008 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.
003:009 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.
003:010 And the king took his ring from his hand, and gave it unto
        Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the Jews' enemy.
003:011 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.
003:012 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.
003:013 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.
003:014 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.
003:015 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.
004:001 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;
004:002 And came even before the king's gate: for none might enter
        into the king's gate clothed with sackcloth.
004:003 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.
004:004 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.
004:005 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.
004:006 So Hatach went forth to Mordecai unto the street of the city,
        which was before the king's gate.
004:007 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.
004:008 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.
004:009 And Hatach came and told Esther the words of Mordecai.
004:010 Again Esther spake unto Hatach, and gave him commandment unto
        Mordecai;
004:011 All the king's servants, and the people of the king's
        provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or women,
        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.
004:012 And they told to Mordecai Esther's words.
004:013 Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with
        thyself that thou shalt escape in the king's house, more than
        all the Jews.
004:014 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?
004:015 Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer,
004:016 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.
004:017 So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that Esther
        had commanded him.
005:001 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.
005:002 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.
005:003 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.
005:004 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.
005:005 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.
005:006 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.
005:007 Then answered Esther, and said, My petition and my request is;
005:008 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.
005:009 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.
005:010 Nevertheless Haman refrained himself: and when he came home,
        he sent and called for his friends, and Zeresh his wife.
005:011 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.
005:012 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.
005:013 Yet all this availeth me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai
        the Jew sitting at the king's gate.
005:014 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.
006:001 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.
006:002 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.
006:003 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.
006:004 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.
006:005 And the king's servants said unto him, Behold, Haman standeth
        in the court. And the king said, Let him come in.
006:006 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?
006:007 And Haman answered the king, For the man whom the king
        delighteth to honour,
006:008 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:
006:009 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.
006:010 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.
006:011 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.
006:012 And Mordecai came again to the king's gate. But Haman hasted
        to his house mourning, and having his head covered.
006:013 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.
006:014 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.
007:001 So the king and Haman came to banquet with Esther the queen.
007:002 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.
007:003 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:
007:004 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.
007:005 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?
007:006 And Esther said, The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman.
        Then Haman was afraid before the king and the queen.
007:007 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.
007:008 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
        king's mouth, they covered Haman's face.
007:009 And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said before the king,
        Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman had
        made for Mordecai, who spoken good for the king, standeth in
        the house of Haman. Then the king said, Hang him thereon.
007:010 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for
        Mordecai. Then was the king's wrath pacified.
008:001 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.
008:002 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.
008:003 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.
008:004 Then the king held out the golden sceptre toward Esther. So
        Esther arose, and stood before the king,
008:005 And said, If it please the king, and if I have 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:
008:006 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?
008:007 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.
008:008 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.
008:009 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.
008:010 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:
008:011 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,
008:012 Upon one day in all the provinces of king Ahasuerus, namely,
        upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the
        month Adar.
008:013 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.
008:014 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.
008:015 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.
008:016 The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour.
008:017 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.
009:001 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;)
009:002 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.
009:003 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.
009:004 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.
009:005 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.
009:006 And in Shushan the palace the Jews slew and destroyed five
        hundred men.
009:007 And Parshandatha, and Dalphon, and Aspatha,
009:008 And Poratha, and Adalia, and Aridatha,
009:009 And Parmashta, and Arisai, and Aridai, and Vajezatha,
009:010 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.
009:011 On that day the number of those that were slain in Shushan the
        palace was brought before the king.
009:012 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.
009:013 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.
009:014 And the king commanded it so to be done: and the decree was
        given at Shushan; and they hanged Haman's ten sons.
009:015 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.
009:016 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,
009:017 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.
009:018 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.
009:019 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.
009:020 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,
009:021 To stablish this among them, that they should keep the
        fourteenth day of the month Adar, and the fifteenth day of the
        same, yearly,
009:022 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.
009:023 And the Jews undertook to do as they had begun, and as
        Mordecai had written unto them;
009:024 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;
009:025 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.
009:026 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,
009:027 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;
009:028 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.
009:029 Then Esther the queen, the daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai
        the Jew, wrote with all authority, to confirm this second
        letter of Purim.
009:030 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,
009:031 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.
009:032 And the decree of Esther confirmed these matters of Purim; and
        it was written in the book.
010:001 And the king Ahasuerus laid a tribute upon the land, and upon
        the isles of the sea.
010:002 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?
010:003 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.