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29 Then Esther the queen, the daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew, wrote with all authority, to confirm this second letter of Purim.
30 And he sent the letters unto all the Jews, to the hundred twenty and seven provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, with words of peace and truth,
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.
32 And the decree of Esther confirmed these matters of Purim; and it was written in the book.
as they had begun, and as Mordecai had written unto them;
24 Because Hainan the son of Hainmedatha, 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;
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.
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,
27 The Jews ordained, and took upon them, and upon their seed, and upon all such as joined themselves runto 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;
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.
AND the king Ahasuerus laid a tribute upon the land, and upon the isles of the sea.
2 And all the acts of his power and of bis 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?
3 For Mordecai the Jew was next anto 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.
THE BOOK OF JOB.
CHAP. I. There
was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
2 And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.
3 His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.
4 And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.
5 And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.
6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also
them. 7 And the LORD said unto Satan, Wheuce comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright
man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
9 Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?
10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.
12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.
13 And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:
14 And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them :
15 And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
16 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
17 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
18 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:
19 And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,
21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away;
blessed be the name of the LORD.
22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.
movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.
4 And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.
5 But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.
6 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.
7 So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.
8 And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.
9 Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.
10 But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.
11 Now when Job's three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him. 12 And when they lifted up
their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven.
13 So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.
CHAP. II. AGAIN there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.
2 And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
3 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil! and still be holdeth fast his integrity, although thou
16 Or as an hidden untimely birth
I had not been; as infants which AFTER this opened Job his mouth, never saw light. and cursed his day.
17 There the wicked cease from 2 And Job spake, and said, troubling; and there the weary be
3 Let the day perish wherein I at rest. was born, and the night in which it 18 There the prisoners rest togewas said, There is a man child con- ther; they hear not the voice of the ceived.
oppressor. 4 Let that day be darkness ; let 19 The small and great are there; not God regard it from above, nei- and the servant is free from his ther let the light shine upon it.
master. 5 Let darkness and the shadow 20 Wherefore is light given to of death stain it; let a cloud dwell him that is in misery, and life unto upon it; let the blackness of the day the bitter in soul; terrify it.
21 Which long for death, but it 6 As for that night, let darkness cometh not; and dig for it more than seize upon it; let it not be joined
for hid treasures ; unto the days of the year, let it not 22 Which rejoice exceedingly, come into the number of the months. and are glad, when they can find 7 Lo, let that night be solitary,
grave? let no joyful voice come therein. 23 Why is light given to a man
8 Let them curse it that curse the whose way is hid, and whom God day, who are ready to raise up their hath hedged in ? mourning
24 For my sighing cometh before 9 Let the stars of the twilight I eat, and my roarings are poured thereof be dark ; let it look for light, out like the waters. but have none; neither let it see the 25 For the thing which I greatly dawning of the day :
feared is come upon me, and that 10 Because it shut not up the
which I was afraid of is come unto doors of my mother's womb, nor hid sorrow from mine eyes.
26 I was not in safety, neither 11 Why died I not from the had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet womb? why did I not give up the
trouble came. ghost when I came out of the belly?
CHAP. IV. 12 Why did the knees prevent me? or why the breasts that I should Then Eliphaz the Temanite ansuck ?
swered and said, 13 For now should I have lain 2 If we assay to commune with still and been quiet, I should have thee, wilt thou be grieved ? but who slept : then had I been at rest,
can withhold himself from speak14 With kings and counsellors of ing? the earth, which built desolate places 3 Behold, thou hast instructed for themselves;
many, and thou hast strengthened 15 Or with princes that had gold, the weak bands. who filled their houses with silver : 4 Thy words have upholden him
dation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth?
20 They are destroyed from morning to evening : they perish for ever without any regarding it.
21 Doth not their excellency which is in them go away ? they die, even without wisdom.
that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.
5 But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.
6 Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways ?
7 Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?
8 Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.
9 By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.
10 The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young lions, are broken.
11 The old lion perisheth for lack of prey, and the stout lion's whelps are scattered abroad.
12 Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof.
13 In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men,
14 Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake.
15 Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up:
16 It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof : an image was before mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,
17 Shall mortal man be more just than God ? shall a man be more pure than his Maker?
18 Behold, he put no trust in his servants ; and his angels he charged with folly :
19 How inuch less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foun
CHAP. V. Call
now, if there be any that will answer thee; and to which of the saints wilt thou turn ?
2 For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one.
3 I have seen the foolish taking root : but suddenly I cursed his habitation.
4 His children are far from safety, and they are crushed in the gate, neither is there any to deliver them.
5 Whose harvest the hungry eateth
and taketh it even out of the thorns, and the robber swalloweth up their substance.
6 Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground;
7 Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.
8 I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause :
9 Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous things without number:
10 Who giveth rain upon the earth, and sendeth waters upon the fields :
11 To set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn may be exalted to safety.
12 He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.
13 He taketh the wise in their