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Esther (Greek) 9Wrench

1 Now in the 12th month, that is, the month of Adar {Fire}, on the 13th 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;)
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 people.
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.
4 For Mordecai was great in the royal palace, and his fame went out throughout all the provinces: for this man Mordecai grew greater and greater.
5 Thus the Jews strikes all their enemies with the stroke of the sword, and slaughter, and destruction, and did what they would to those that hated them.
6 And in the palace complex at Susa the Jews murder and destroy 500 men.
7 And Parshandatha, and Dalphon, and Aspatha,
8 And Poratha, and Adalia, and Aridatha,
9 And Parmashta, and Arisai, and Aridai, and Vajezatha,
10 They murder the 10 sons of Haman the son of Hammedatha {Troubler-Of-Law}, the enemy of the Jews. But on the spoil laid they not their hand.
11 On that day the number of those that were slain in the palace complex at Susa was brought before the king.
12 And the king said to Queen Esther, The Jews have slain and destroyed 500 men in the palace complex at Susa, and the 10 sons of Haman; what have they done in the rest of the king's provinces? now what is your petition? and it will be granted you: or what is your request further? and it will be done.
13 Then says Esther, If it please the king, let it be granted to the Jews who are in Shushan to do tomorrow also according to this day's decree, and let Haman's 10 sons be hanged upon the execution-stake.
14 And the king commanded it so to be done: and the decree was given at Shushan; and they hanged Haman's 10 sons.
15 For the Jews in Shushan gather themselves together on the 14th day also of the month of Adar {Fire}, and murder 300 men at Shushan; but on the prey they laid not their hand.
16 But the other Jews in the king's provinces gather themselves together, and stand for their lives, and [win] rest from their enemies. They murder 75000 of their foes. But they [refuse to] lay their hands on the prey.
17 On the 13th day of the month of Adar {Fire}; and on the 14th day of the same rested they, and made it a day of feasting and gladness.
18 But the Jews that were at Shushan assembled together on the 13th day thereof; and on the 14th thereof; and on the 15th day of the same they rested, and made it a day of feasting and gladness.
19 So the Jews of the villages, living in the unwalled towns, made the 14th day of the month Adar a day of gladness and feasting, and a good day, and of sending portions one to another.
20 And Mordecai wrote these things, and sent letters to all the Jews in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus, both near and far,
21 To establish this among them, that they should keep the 14th day of the month of Adar {Fire}, and the 15th day of the same, yearly,
22 As the days wherein the Jews rested from their enemies, and the month which was turned to 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.
23 And the Jews undertook to do as they had begun, and as Mordecai had written to them;
24 Because Haman the son of Hammedatha {Troubler-Of-Law}, 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 execution-stake.
26 So they called these days Purim named-after Pur. So for all the words of this letter, and of that which they had seen concerning this matter, and which had come to them,
27 The Jews ordained, and took upon them, and upon their seed, and upon all such as joined themselves to 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.
29 Then Queen Esther, the daughter of AbiHail {Mighty-Father}, and Mordecai the Jew, wrote with all authority, to confirm this second letter of Purim.
30 [Mordecai] sends the letters to all the Jews in the 127 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 Queen Esther 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.