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CHAP. X111. and reformeth abuses. 423 that gave thanks in the house of God, and commanded to be given to the Levites, I, and the half of the rulers with me: and the singers, and the porters; and the

41 And the priests; Eliakim, Vaisčiah, offerings of the priests. Miniamin, Michaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah, 6 But in all this time was not I at JCand Hananiah, with trumpets ;

rusalem : for in the two and thirtieth 42 And Maaseiath, and Shemaiah, and year of Artaxerxes king of Babylon came Eleazar, and Uzzi, and Jeholanan, and I unto the king, and after certain days Malchijah, and Elam, and Ezer. And obtained I cave of the king: the singers sang loud, with Jezrahiali cheir 7 And I came to Jerusalem, and un

derstood of the cvil that Eliashib did for 43 Also that day they offered great sac- Tobiah, in preparing him a chamber in rifices, and rejoiced : for Goi had made the courts of the house of God. them rejoice with great joy: the wives al- 8 And it gricved me sore: therefore I so and the children rejoicel: so that the cast forth all the hou: citold stuff oi 'Tobijoy of Jerusalem was heard even atar oft. ah out of the chamber.

44 [ And at that time were some ap- 9 Then I commanderl, and they cleanspointed over the chambers for the treas- ed the chambers: and thither brought I ures, for the offerings, for the first-fruits, again the vessels of the house of God, with and for the tithes, to gather into them out the meat-ofiering and the frankincense. of the fields of the cities the portions of 10 | And I perceiverl that the portions the law for the priests and Levites: for of the Levites had not bcen given them: Judah rejoiced for the priests and for for the Levites and the singers, that did the Levites that waited.

the work, were fled every one to his field. 45 And both the singers and the por- 11 Tlien contended I with the rulers, ters kept the ward of their Go, and and said, Why is the house of God forthe ward of the purification, according saken? and gathere1 them together, to the commandment of David, anıl of and set them in their place. Solomon his son.

12 Then brought all Judah the tithe of 46 For in the days of David and Asaph the corn and the new wine and the oit of old there were chief of the singers, unto the treasuries. and songs of praise and thanksgiving 13 And I made treasurers over thetrcasunto God.

uries, Shelemiah the priest, anl Zadok 47 And all Israel in the days of Zerub- the scribe, and of the Levites, Pedaiah: habel, and in the days of Nehemiah, gave and next to them was Hanan the son of the portions of the singers and the por- Zaccur, the son of Mattaniah : for they ters, every day his portion : and they were counted faithful ; and their office sanctified holy things unto the Levites; was to distribute unto their brethren. and the Levites sanctified them unto the 14. Remember me, O my God, conchildren of Aaron.

cerning this, and wipe not cut my gocd CHAP. XIII.

deeds that I have done for the house of 1 Separation made from the aired mul- my God, and for the offices thereof.

iitude. 4 Nehemiah's return, and reg- 15 In those days saw I in Judali somr ulations.

treading wine presses on the sabbath, O that day they reade of the boobies as cabronging in shapes and lasing nagsesti and therein was found written, that the manner of burdens, which they brought Ammonite and the Moabite should not into Jerusalem on the sabbati day: and come into the congregation of God for I testified against them in the day wherein ever;

they sold victuals. 2 Because they met not the children 16 Theredvelt men of Tyre also thereof Israel with bread and with water, in, which brought fish, and all manner of but hired Balaam against them, that he ware, and sold on the sabbath unto the should curse them: howbeit, our God children of Judah, and in Jerusalem. turned the curse into a blessing.

17 Then I contended with the nobles 3 Now it came to pass, when they had of Judah, and said unto them, What heard the law, that they separated from evil thing is this that ye do, and profane Israel all the mixed multitude.

the sabbath day? 4 . And before this, Eliishib the 18 Did not your fathers thus, and did not priest, having the cversight of the cham- our God bring all this evil upon us, and ber of the house of our Gal, was allied upon this city? yet ye bring more wrath unto Tobiah :

upon Israel by profaning the sabbatlı. 5 And he had prepared for him a 19 And it came to pass, that, when the great chamber, where aforetime they gates of Jerusalem began to be dark bolaid the meat-offerings, the frankincense, fore the sabbath, I commanded that the and the vessels, and the tithes of the corn, gates should be shut, and charged that the new wine, and the oil, which was they should not be opened till after the

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424 The magnificent feasta ESTHER.

of Ahasuerusi sabbath: and some of my servants set I them swear by God, saying, Ye shall not at the gates, that there should no burden give your daughters uito teir sons, nor be brought in on the sabbath dar.

take their daughters unto your sens, or 20 So the merchants and sellers of all for yourselves. kind of ware lodged without Jerusalem 26 Did not Solomon king of Israel sin once or twice.

by these things? yet among many nations 21 Then I testified against them, and was there no king like him, who was sich into them, Ilny lage ve about the beloved of his Gel, and God made him wall? if ve do so again, I will lay hands king over all Israel: nevertheless even

From that time forth caine they him did outlandish women cause to sin. no more on the sabbath.

27 Shall we then hearken unto you to 22 And I commanded the Levites, that do all this great evil, to transgress against they should cleanse themselves, and that our God in marrying strange wives? they slauld cone and keep the gates, to 28 And one of the sons of Joiada, the sanctify the sabbath day. Remember son of Eliashib the high priest, was sonme, O my Gori, concerning this also, and in-law to Sanballat the Horonite: therespare me according to the greatness of fore I chased him from me. thy neicy.

29 Remember them, O my God, be23 S In those days also saw I Jews cause they have defiled the pricsthood, that huid married wives of Ashdod, of and the covenant of the priesthood, and Ammon, and of Moab:

of the Levites. 24 And their children spake half in the 30 Thus cleansed I them from all speech of Ashdui, and could not speak in strangers, and appointed the wards of uc Jews language, but according to the the priests and the Levites, every one in language f each people.

his business ; 25 And I contended with them, and 31 And for the wood-offering, at times cursed them, ani smote ariain of them, ppcinted, and for the first-fruits. Reand plucked off their hair, and made member me, O my God, for good.

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THE BOOK OF ESTHER.
CHAP. I.

| another,) and royal wine in abundance, 1 Ahasuerus makith royal frasts. 10 || according to the state of the king.

Vu hii's disobedience, and punishment. 8 And the drinking was according to

TOW it came to pass in the days of the law; none did coinpel: for so the reignied from India even unto Ethiopia, his house, that they should do according over an hundred and seven and twenty to every man's pleasure. provinces :)

9 Also Vashti the queen made a feast 2 That in these days, when the king for the women in the royal house which Ahasuerus sat on the ihrone of his king belonged to king Ahasuerus. . dom, which was in Shushan the palace, 10fOn the seventh day, when the heart

3 In the third year of his reign, ne of the king was merry with wine, he commadle a feast into all his princes and his | manded Mchuman, Hiztha, Harbona, Bigservants; the power of Persia and Media, i tha, and Abaytha, Zethar, and Carcas, the nobles and princes of the provinces, the seven chamberlains that served in the bing before lim :

presence of Ahasuerus the king, 4 When he shewed the riches of his 11 To bring Vashti the queen before glorious kingrlom and the honour of his the king with the crown royal, to shew excellent majesty many days, even an the people and the princes her beauty ; hundred and fourscore days.

for she was fair to look on. 5. And when these days were expired, 12 But the queen Vashti refused to come the king made a feast unto all the peo- at the king's commandment by his chample that were present in Shushan the berlains : therefore was the king very palace, both unto great and small, seven wrotli, and his anger burned in him. days, in the court of the garden of the 13 9 Then the king said to the wise king's palace;

men, which knew the times, (for so was 6 Ithere were white, green, and blue the king's manner toward all that knew hangings, fastened with cords of fine linen law and judgment: and purple to silver rings and pillars of 14 And the next unto him was Carmarble: the beds were of gold and silver, shena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, upon a pavement of red, and blue, and| Neres, Marsena, and Memucan, the white, and black marble.

seven princes of Persia and Media, which 7 And they gave them drink in vessels of saw the king's face, and which sat the gold, (the vessels being diverse one from I first in the kingdom ;)

A qucen to be chosen.

CHAP. 11. Alordecai and Esther's affinity. 425, 15 What shall we do unto the queen And the thing pleased the king; and he Vashti according to law, because she liath did so. pot performed the commandment of the 5 s Now in Shushan the palace there king Ahasuerus by the chanıberlains ? was a certain Jew, whose name was

16 And Memucan answered before the | Mordecai, the son of Jair, the son of king and the princes, Vashti the queen Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjamite ; hath not done wrong to the king only, but 6 Who had been carried away from also to all the princes, and to all the peo- Jerusalem with the captivity which had ple that are in all the provinces of the been carried away with Jeconiah king of king Aliasuerus.

Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king 17 For this deed of the queen shall of Babylon had carried away. come abroad unto all women, so that 7. And he brought lip Hadassah, that they shall despise their husbands in their is, Esther, his uncle's daughter: for she eyes, when it shall be reported, The king had neither father nor mother, and the Ahasuerus commanded Vashti the queen maid was fair and beautiful; whom Morto be brought in before him, but she decai, when her father and mother were came not.

dead, took for his own daughter. 18. Likerise shall the ladies of Persia 8 So it came to pass, when the king's and Media say this day unto all the king's commandment and his decree was heard, princes, which have heard of the deed and when many maidens were gatherer of the queen. Thus shall there arise too | together unto Shushan the palace, to the much contempt and wrath.

custody of Hegai, that Esther was brought 19. If it please the king, let there go also unto the king's house, to the custody a royal.commandment froin him, and let of Hegai, keeper of the women. it be written ainong the laws of the Per- 9 And the maicen pleased him, and she sians and the Medes, that it be not al- | obtained kindness of him; and he speedily tered, That Vashti come no more before I gave her her things for purification, with king Ahasuerus; and let the king give such things as belonged to her, and sexher royal estate unto another that is bet- en maidens which were meet to be given ter than she.

her, out of the king's house: and he pre20 And when the king's decree which | ferred her and her maids unto the best he shall make shall be published through- place of the house of the women. out all his empire, (for it is great,) all 10 Esther had not shewed her people the wives shall give to their husbands nor her kindred: for Mordecai had charghonour, both to great and small,

ed her that she should not shew it. 21 And the saying pleased the king 11 And Mordecai waiked every day and the princes; and the king did accord before the court of the women's house, to ing to the word of Memucan:

know how Esther did, and what should 22 For he sent letters into all the king's become of her. provinces, into every province accord- 12 Now when every maid's turn was ing to the writing thereof, and to every come to go in to king Ahasuerus, after people after their language, that every that she had been twelve months, acman should bear rule in his own house, cording to the manner of the women, and that it should be published ac- | (for so were the days of their purifications cording to the language of every peo- accomplished, to wit, six months with ple.

oil of myrrh, and six months with sweet CHAP. II.

odours, and with other things for the pu1 Out of the choice of virgins, a queen | rifying of the women ;)

is to be chosen. 15 Esther is elected. 13 'Then thus came every malen unto A

FTER these things, when the wrath the king; whatsoever she desired was

of king Ahasuerus was appeased, given her to go with her out of the house he remembered Vashti, and what she had of the women unto the king's house. done, and what was decreed against her. 14 In the evening she went, and on the

2 Then said the king's servants that morrow she returned into the second ministered unto him, Let there be fair house of the women, to the custody of young virgins sought for the king: Shaashgaz, the king's chamberlain, which

3 And let the king appoint officers in kept the concubines: she came in unto all the provinces of his kingdom, that the king no more, except the king dethey may gather together all the fair | lighted in her, and that she were called young virgins unto Shushan the palace, by namie. to the house of the women, unto the 15 4 Now when the turn of Esther, the custody of Hege the king's chamberlain, daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordekeeper of the women; and let their cai, who had taken her for his daughter, thing for purification be given them: was come to go in un to the king, she 14e

4 And let the maiden which pleaseth | quired nothing but what Hegai the king's the king be qneen instead of Vashți. Il camberlain, the keeper of the wonen,

426 Esther chosen queens

ESTHER. Haman's rage against the Jews.' appy insted. And Esther obtained favou cai bowed not, nor did him reverence, in the sight of all them that looked upon then was Haman full of wrath. her.

6 And he thought scort to lay hands 16 So Esther was taken unto king A- on Mordecai alone; for they had shewed hasuerus into his house royal in the tenth him the people of Mordecai: wherefore month, which is the month Tebeth, in Haman sought to destroy all the Jews the seventh year of his reign.

that were throughout the whole king17 And the king loved Esther above dom of Ahasuerus, even the people of all the women, and she obtained grace Mordecai. and favour in his sight more than all the 7 | In the first month, (that is, the virgins; so that he set the royal crown month Nisan,) in the twelfth year of king up'a her head, and made her queen in- || Ahasuerus, they cast Pur, that is, the stead of Vashti.

lot, before Haman from day to day, and 18 Then the king made a great feast from month to month, to the twelfth unto all his princes and his servants, even month, that is, the month Adar. Esther's feast; and he made a release to 8 And Haman said unto king Ahasthe provinces, and gave gifts, according uerus, There is a certain people scatto the state of the king,

tered abroad and dispersed among the 19 And when the virgins were gather people in all the provinces of thy kinged together the second time, then Mor- doni; and their laws are diverse from all decai sat in the king's gate.

people; neither keep they the king's laws: 20 Esther had not yet shewed her kin- therefore it is not for the king's profit to dreci, nor her people; as Mordecai had suffer them. charged her: for Esther did the com- 9 If it please the king, let it be written m'inclinent of Mordecai, like as when she that they may be destroyed : and I will was brought up with him.

pay ten thousand talents of silver to the 21 S In those days, while Mordecai hands of those that have the charge of sat in the king's gate, two of the king's the business, to bring it into the King's chamberlains, BigihanandTeresh, of those treasuries, which kept the door, were wroth, and 10 And the king took his ring from sought to lay hand on the king Ahas- his hand, and gave it unto Haman the uerus.

son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the 22. And the thing was known to Mor- Jews enemy. decai, who told it unto Esther the queen; 11 And the king said unto Haman, The and Esther certified the king thereof in silver is given to thee, the people also, to Mordecai's name.

do with them as it seemeth good to thee. 23 And when inquisition was made of 12 Then were the king's scribes called the matter, it was found out ; therefore on the thirteenth day of the first month, they were both hanged on a tree: and it and there was written according to all was written in the book of the chronicles that Haman had commanded unto the before the king.

king's lieutenants, and to the governors. CHAP. III.

that were over every province, and to Haman advanced by the king, and de- || the rulers of every people of every pro

spised by Mordecai, seeketh revenge vince, according to the writing thereof, upon all the Jews.

and to every people after their lanΑ' FTER these things did king Ahasu- guage; in the name of king Ahasuerus

erus promote Haman the son of was it written, and sealed with the king's Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced ring: him, and set his seat above all the princes

13 And the letters were sent by posts that were with him.

into all the king's provinces, to destroy, 2 And all the king's servants that were to kill, and to cause to perish, all Jews, in the king's gate, bowed, and reverenc- both young and old, little children and ed Haman ; for the king had so coinmand- women, in one day, even upon the thired concerning him. But Mordecai bowed teenth day of the twelfth month, whiclı not, nor did him reverence.

is the month Adar, and to take the spoil 3. Then the king's servants which were of them for a prey. in the king's gate, said unto Mordecai, 14 The copy of the writing for a comWhy transgressest thou the king's com- mandment to be given in every province mandment ?

was published unto all people, that they 4 Now it came to pass, when they spake should be ready against that day. daily unto him, and he hearkened not 15 The posts went out, being hastenunto them, that they told Haman, to ed by the king's commandment, and see whether Mordecai's matters would the decree was given in Shushan the stand: for he had told them that he was palace. And the king and Haman sat a Jew.

down to drink; but the city Shushan 5 And when Haman saw that Morde- l was perplexed.

Mordecai and the Jews mourn. CAAP. IV. V.

Esther's banquet. 427 CHAP. IV.

peace at this time, then shall thereenlarge1 Mordecai and the Jews mourn. 15 Est- ment and deliverance arise to the Jews

her appointeth a fast. W

HEN Mordecai perceived all that ther's house shall be destroyed: and who and put on sackcloth with ashes, and kingdom for such a time as this? went out into the midst of the city, and 15 | Then Esther bade them return cried with a loud and a bitter cry;

Mordecai this answer, 2 And came even before the king's 16 Go, gather together all the Jews that gate: for none might enter into the king's | are present in Shushian, and fast ye for me, gate clothed with sackcloth.

and neither eat nor drink three days; 3 And in every province whithersoever night or day: I also and my maidens will the king's commandment and his decree fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the came, There quas great mourning, among king, which is not according to the law ; the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and and if I perish, I perish. wailing ; and many lay in sackcloth and 17 So Mordecai went his way, and did ashes.

according to all that Esther had com4 [So Esther's maids and her chamber- manded him. lains came and told it her. Then was the

CHAP. V. queen exceedingly grieved ; and she sent Esther, obtaining the king's favour, inraiment to clothe Mordecai, and to take viteth the king and Humanto a banquet. away his sackcloth from him ; but he re- W it the third ceived it not.

5. Then called Esther for Hatach, one parel, and stood in the inner court of of the king's chamberlains, whom he had the king's house, over against the king's appointed to attend upon her, and gave house: and the king sat upon his royal him a commandment to Mordecai, to throne in the royal house, over against know what it was, and why it was. the gate of the house.

6 So Hatach went forth to Mordecai, 2 And it was so, when the king saw Estunto the street of the city, which was be- her the queen standing in the court, that fore the king's gate.

she obtained favour in his sight: and the 7 And Mordecai told him of all that king held out to Esther the golden scephad happened unto him, and of the sum tre that was in his hand. So Esther drew of the money that Haman had promised near, and touched the top of the sceptre. to pay to the king's treasuries for the 3 Then said the king unto her, What Jews, to destroy them.

wilt thou, queen Esther? and what is thy 8 Also he gave bim the copy of the request ? it shall be even given thee to writing of the decree that was given at the half of the kingdom. Shushan to destroy them, to shew it unto 4 And Esther answered, If it seem good Esther, and to declare it unto her, and unto the king, let the king and Haman to charge her that she should go in unto come this day unto the banquet that I the king, to make supplication unto him, || have prepared for him. and to make reqnest before him for her 5 Then the king said, Cause Haman people.

to make haste, that he may do as Esther 9 And Hatach came and told Esther hath said. So the king and Haman came the words of Mordecai.

to the banquet that Esther had prepared. 10 | Again Esther spake unto Hatach, 6 | And the king said unto Esther at the and

gare him commandment unto Mor- banquet of wine, What is thy petition? decai;

and it shall be granted thee: and what is 11 All the king's servants, and the peo- thy request ? even to the half of the ple of the king's provinces, do know, that kingdom it shall be performed. whosoever, whether man or woman, shall 7 Then answered Esther, and said, My come unto the king into the inner court, petition and my request is : who is not called, there is one law of his 8 If I have found favour in the sight to put him to death, except such to whom of the king, and if it please the king to the king shall hold out the golden sceptre, grant my petition, and to perforın my that he may live : but I have not been request, let the king and Haman come called to come in unto the king these to the banquet that I shall prepare for thirty days.

them, and I will do to-morrow as the 12 And they told to Mordecai Est- king hath said. her's words.

9 9 Then went Haman forth that day 13 Then Mordecai commanded to an-joyful and with a glad heart : but when swer Esther, Think not with thyself that Haman saw Mordecai in the king's gate, thou shalt escape in the king's house, that he stood not up, nor moved for him, more than all the Jews.

he was full of indignation against Mofr 14 For if thou altogether holdest thy | decaį.

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