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ple, that they should be ready against that day.

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.

CHAP. IV.

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; 2 And came

even before the king's gate: for none might enter into the king's gate clothed with sackcloth.

3 And in every province, whithersoever the king's cominandment and his decree came, there was great mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.

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.

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.

6 So Hatach went forth to Mordecai unto the street of the city, which was before the king's gate.

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.

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 inake request before him for her people.

9 And Hatach came and told Esther the words of Mordecai.

10 Again Esther spake unto Hatach, and gave him commandment unto Mordecai;

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.

12 And they told to Mordecai Esther's words.

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.

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?

15 Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer,

16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast

and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day:

ye for me,

I also and my maidens will fast like- 8 If I have found favour in the wise; and so will I go in unto the sight of the king, and if it please the king, which is not according to the king to grant my petition, and to law : and if I perish, I perish.

perform my request, let the king 17 So Mordecai went his way,

and Haman come to the banquet and did according to all that Esther that I shall prepare for them, and had commanded him.

I will do to morrow as the king hath

said. CHAP. V.

9 Then went Haman forth that

day joyful and with a glad heart : Now it came to pass on the third but when Haman saw Mordecai in day, that Esther put on her royal the king's gate, that he stood not up, apparel, and stood in the inner court nor moved for him, he was full of of the king's house, over against the indignation against Mordecai. king's house : and the king sat upon

10 Nevertheless Haman refrained his royal throne in the royal house, himself: and when he came home, over against the gate of the house. he sent and called for his friends,

2 And it was so, when the king and Zeresh his wife. saw Esther the queen standing in 11 And Haman told them of the the court, that she obtained favour glory of his riches, and the multiin his sight: and the king held out tude of his children, and all the things to Esther the golden sceptre that wherein the king had promoted him, was in his hand. So Esther drew and how he had advanced him above near, and touched the top of the the princes and servants of the king. sceptre.

12 Haman said moreover, Yea, 3 Then said the king unto her, Esther the queen did let no man What wilt thou, queen Esther ? and come in with the king unto the banwhat is thy request ? it shall be even quet that she had prepared but mygiven thee to the half of the king- self; and to morrow am I invited dom.

unto her also with the king. 4 And Esther answered, If it seem 13 Yet all this availeth me nogood unto the king, let the king and thing, so long as I see Mordecai the Haman come this day unto the ban- Jew sitting at the king's gate. quet that I have prepared for him. 14 Then said Zeresh his wife and

5 Then the king said, Cause Ha- all his friends unto him, Let a galman to make baste, that he

may

do lows be made of fifty cubits high, as Esther hath said. So the king and to morrow speak thou unto the and Haman came to the banquet king that Mordecai may be hanged that Esther had prepared.

thereon: then go thou in merrily 6 And the king said unto Esther with the king unto the banquet. at the banquet of wine, What is thy And the thing pleased Haman; and petition? and it shall be granted thee: he caused the gallows to be made. and what is thy request ? even to the half of the kingdom it shall be per

C H A P. 11. formed.

7 Then answered Esther, and On that night could not the king said, My petition and my request is; sleep, and he commanded to bring

ple, that they should be ready against that day.

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.

CHAP. IV.

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;

2 And came even before the king's gate: for none might enter into the king's gate clothed with sackcloth.

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.

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.

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.

6 So Hatach went forth to Mordecai unto the street of the city, which was before the king's gate.

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.

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.

9 And Hatach came and told Esther the words of Mordecai.

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the book of records of the chronicles ; and they were read before the king.

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 band on the king Ahasuerus.

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.

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.

5 And the king's servants said unto him, Behold, Haman standeth in the court. And the king said, Let him come in.

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?

7 And Haman answered the king, For the man whom the king delighteth to honour,

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 :

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.

10 Then the king said to Haman, Make baste, 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.

u 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.

12 And Mordecai came again to the king's gate. But Haman hasted to his house mourning, and having his head covered.

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.

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.

CHAP. VII.

So the king and Haman came to banquet with Esther the queen.

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. .

3 Then Esther the queen answer

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