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428 Haman's pride.

ESTHER.

Dlordecai honoured 10 Nevertheless, Haman refrained him, most noble princes, that they may array self : and when he came home, he sent the man withal whom the king delightamd called for his friends, and Zeresh his eth to honour, and bring him on horsewife.

back through the street of the city, and 11 And Haman told them of the glory | proclaim before him, Thus shall it be of his riches, and the multitude of his done to the man whom the king dechildren, and all the things wherein the lighteth to honour. king had promoted hini, and how he 10 Then the king said to Haman, had advanced him above the princes and Make haste, and take the apparel and servants of the king.

the horse, as thou hast said, and do even 12 Haman said moreover, Yea, Esther so to Mordecai the Jew, that sitteth at the queen did let no man come in with the king's gate : let nothing fail of all the king unto the banquet that she had that thou hast spoken. prepared but myself; and to-morrow 11 Then took Haman the apparel and am I invited into her also with the king: the horse, and arrayed Mordecai, and

13 Yet all this availeth me nothing, so brought him on horseback through the long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at street of the city, and proclaimed before the king's gate.

him, Thus shall it be done unto the man 14 9 Then said Zeresh his wife and all whom the king delighiteth to honour: liis friends unto him, Let a gallows be 12 | And Mordecai came again to the made of fifty cubits high, and to-morrow king's gate. But Haman hasted to his speak thou unto the king that Mordecai house mourning, and having his head may be hanged thereon : then go thou in covered. merrily with the king into the banquet. 13 And Haman told Zeresh his wife And the thing pleased Haman; and he || and all his friends every thing that had caused the gallows to be made.

befallen him. Then said his wise men CHAP. VI.

and Zeresh his wife unto him, If Mor1 Ahasuurus rewardeth Mordecai. 11 decai be of the seed of the Jews, before Haman doeth him honour.

whom thou hast begun to fall, thou shalt ON that night could not the king of prevail against him, but shalt surely the book of records of the chronicles 14 And while they were yet talking and they were read before the king. with him, came the king's chamberlains,

2 And it was found written, that Mor and hasted to bring Haman unto the ban: decai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, quet that Esther liad prepared. ' two of the king's chamberlains, the keep

CHAP. VII. ers of the door, who sought to lay hand 1 Esther sueth for her own life, and her on the king Ahasuerus.

people. 7 The king causeth Haman to 3 And the king said, What honour and be hanged on lis 0791 gallotus.

I S. the king barcha taman came to banthis? Then said the king's servants that ministered into him, There is nothing 2 And the king said again to Esther done for him.

on the second day at the banquet of wine, 4 And the king said, Who is in the What is thy petition, queen Esther? and court? Now Haman was come into the it shall be granted thee: and what is thy outward court of the king's house, to speak request? and it shall be performed, event unto the king to hang Mordecai on the to the half of the kingdom. gallows that he had prepared for him. 3 Then Esther the queen answered and

5 And the king's servants said unto said, If I have found favour in thy sight, him, Behold, Haman standeth in the court. O king, and it it please the king, let my And the king said, Let him come in. life be given me at my petition, and my

6 So Hanian came in. And the king people at my request : said unto him, What shall be done unto 4 For we are sold, I and my people, to the man whom the king delighteth to be destroved, to be slain, and to perish. honour ? Now Haman thought in his But if we had been sold for bond-men and heart, To whom would the king delight bond-women, I had held my tongue, alto do honour more than to mysçif? though the enemy could not countervail

7 And Hama!) answered the king, the king's damage. For the man whom the king delighteth to 5 Then the king Ahasuerus answerel lionour,

and said unto Esther the queen, Who is 8 Let the royal apparel le bronght he, and where is he, that durst presume which the king useth to wear, and the in his heart to do so? horse that the king rideth upon, and the 6 And Estlier said, The adversary and crown yo ai which is set upon his head : enemy is this wicked Haman. Then

9 And let this apparel and horse be de- Haman was afraid before the king and Hvered to the hand of one of the king's il the queen.

Jezus joy.

Haman hanged.

CHAP. VIII, IX.

Mordecai's honour. 429 7 And the king arising from the ban- the king's ring : for the writing which quet of wine in his wrath went into the is written in the king's name, and sealed palace-garden : and Haman stood up to with the king's ring, inay no man reverse: make, request for his life to Esther the 9 Then were the king's scribes called queen; for he saw that there was evil de- at that time in the third month, that is, termined against him by the king. the month Sivan, on the three and twen

8 Then the king returned out of the tieth day thereof; and it was written, acpalace-garden into the place of the ban- cording to all that Mordecai commandquet of wine; and Haman was fallen up-ed, unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants, on the bed whereon Esther was. Then and the deputies and rulers of the prova said the king, Will he force the queen also inces which are from India unto Ethiobefore me in the house? As the word pia, an hundred twenty and seven prova went out of the king's mouth, they cov- inces, unto every province according to ered Haman's face.

the writing thereof, and unto every peo9 And Harhonah, one of the chamber- ple after their language, and to the Jews lains, said before the king, Behold also, according to their writing, and according the gallows fifty cubits high, which Ha- to their language, man had made for Mordecai, -who had 10 And lie wrote in the king Alasicspoken good for the king, standeth in the rus' name, and sealed it with the king's house of Haman. Then the king said, ring, and sent letters by posts on biorseHang him thereon.

back, and riders on inules, camels, and 10 So they hanged Haman on the gal- young dromedaries: lows that he had prepared for Mordecai. 11 Wherein the king granted the Jews Then was the king's wrath pacified. which were in every city to gather themCHAP. VIII.

selves together, and to stand for their 1 Mordecai is advanced. 7 Ahasuerus life, to destroy, to slay, and to cause to

granteth to the Jews to defend them perish, all the power of the people and selves. 15 Mordecai's honour and the province that would assault them, both

little ones and women, and to take the On

Spoil of them for a prey, give the house of Iłaman, the Jews 12 Upon one day in all the provinces enemy;unto Esther the queen. And Mor- of king Ahasuerus, vanuely, upon the thirdecai came before the king ; for Esther teenth day of the twelfth month, which is had told what he was unto her.

the month Adar. 2 And the king took off his ring which 13 The copy of the writing for a comhe had taken froin Haman, and gave it mandment to be given in every province unto Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai was published unto all people, and that over the house of Haman.

the Jews should be ready agưinst that day 3And Esther spake yet again before to avenge themselves on their enemies. the king, and fell down at luis feet, and be- 14 So the posts that rode upon niulesand sought him with tears to put away the camels wentout, beinghastened and pressmischief of Haman the Agagite, and his co on by the king's commandment.Aul device that he had devised against the Jews. thedecree wasgivenatShushan the palace.

4 Then the king held out the golden 15 | And Mordecai went out from the sceptre toward Esther. So Esther arose, presence of the king in royal apparel of and stood before the king,

blue and white, and with a great crown of 5 And said, If it please the king, and if gold, and with a garment of fine linen I have found favour in his sight, and the land purple : and the city of Shushan rething seem right before the king, and I be joiced, and was glad: pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to re- 16 The Jews had light, and gladness, Verse the letters devised by Haman the and joy, and honour. son of Hammedatha the Agagite, which 17 And in every province, and in every he wrote to destiby the Jews which are in city, whithersoever the king's commandall the king's provinces :

ment and his decree came, the Jews had 6 For how can I endure to see the evil joy and glarlness, a feast and a good day. that shall come unto my people ? or how And many of the people of the land hecan I endure to see the destruction of my came Jews ; for the fear of the Jews fell kindred ? 7. & Then the king Ahasuerus said unto

CHAP. IX. Listher the queen and to Mordecai the 1The Jerus slay their enemies, with the ten ew, Behold, I have given Esther the Sons of Humar. 20 The two days of Puhouse of llaman, and doim they have rim are made festivol. anged upon the g Vows, because he laic! OW in the twelfth month, that is, his hand upon the Jews.

on 8 Write ye also for the Jews, as it liketh clay of the same, when the king's comyou, in the king's name, uid seal it with mandinent and his decrec drew near ta

upon them.

430 The Jews slay their enemies, ESTHER. with the ten sons of Haman. be put in execution, in the day that the 17 On the thirteenth day of the month enemies of the Jews hoped to have pow- Adar; and on the fourteenth day of the er over them, (though it was turned to same rested they, and made it a day of the contrary, that the Jews had rule over feasting and gladness, them that hated them ;)

18 But the Jews that were at Shushan 2 The Jews gathered themselves to assembled together on the thirteenth day gether in their cities throughout all the thereof, and on the fourteenth thereof; provinces of the king Ahasuerus, to lay and on the fifteenth day of the same they hand on such as sought their hurt: and rested, and made it a day of feasting and no man could withstand them; for the gladness. fear of them fell upon all people.

19 Therefore the Jews of the villages, 3 And all the rulers of the provinces, that dwelt in the unwalled towns, made and the lieutenants, and the deputies, and the fourteenth day of the month Adar a officers of the king helped the Jews; be- | day of gladness and feasting, and a good cause the fear of Mordecai fell upon them. day, and sending of portions one to an

4 For Mordecai wan great in the king's other. house, and his fame went out throughout 20 And Mordecai wrote these things, all the provinces: for this man Mordecai and sent letters unto all the Jews that waxed greater and greater.

were in all the provinces of the king A5 Thus the Jews smote all their ene- hasuerus, both nigh and far, mies with the stroke of the sword, and 21 To stablish this among them, that slaughter, and destruction, and did what they should keep the fourteenth day of they would unto those that hated them. the month Adar, and the fifteenth day

6 And in Shushan the palace the Jews of the same, yearly, siew and destroyed five hundred men. 22 As the days wherein the Jews rest

7 And Parshandatha, and Dalphon, led from their enemies, and the month and Aspatha,

which was turned unto them from sorrow 8 And Poratha, and Adalia, and Ari- to joy, and from mourning into a good datha,

day: that they should make them days of 9 And Parmashta, and Arisai, and Ari- feasting and joy, and of sending portions dai, and Vajezatha,

one to another, and gifts to the poor. 10 The ten sons of Haman the son of 23 And the Jews undertook to do as Hammedatha, the enemy of the Jews, they had begun, and as Mordecai had slew they; but on the spoil laid they not written unto them; their hand.

24 Because Haman the son of Ham11 On that day the number of those medatha, the Agagite, the enemy of all that were slain in Shushan the palace the Jews, had devised against the Jews was brought before the king.

to destroy them, and had cast Pur, that 12 f And the king said unto Esther the is, the lot, to consume them, and to dequeen, The Jews have slain and destroyed stroy them; five hundred men in Shushan the palace, 25 But when Esther came before the and the ten sons of Haman; what have king, he commanded by letters that his they done in the rest of the king's prov- wicked device, which he devised against inces? now what is thy petition? and it | the Jews, should return upon his own shall be granted tlice: or what is thy re- head, and that he and his sons should be quest further and it shall be done.

hanged on the gallows. 13 Then said Esther, If it please the 26 Wherefore they called these days king, let it be granted to the Jews which Purim after the name of Pur. Thereare in Shushan to do to-morrow also ac- fore for all the words of this letter, cording, unto this day's decree, and let and of that which they had seen conHaman's ten sons be hanged upon the cerning this matter, and which had come gallows.

unto them, 14 And the king commanded it so to be 27 The Jews ordained, and took upon done: and the decree was given at Shu- them, and upon their seed, and upon all shan;

and they hanged Haman's ten sons. such as joined themselves unto them, so 15 For the Jews that were in Shushan as it should not fail, that they would gathered themselves together on the four, keep these two days according to their teenth day also of the month Adar, and writing, ang! according to their appointed slew three hundred men at Shushan ; but time every year ; on the prey they laid not their hand. 28 And that these days should be re

16 But the other Jews that were in the membered and kept throughout every king's provinces gathered themselves to generation, every family, every province, gether, and stood for their lives, and had and every city ; and ihat these days of Best from their enemies, and slew of their Purim should not fail from among the Poes seventy and tive thousand, but they Jews, por the memorial of them perish Luld not thcir hands on the prej,

from their secil.

their cry:

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Ealan appeareth before God. -CHAP, .

Satan's malice. As) 29 Then Esther the queen, the daughter

СНАР. Х. of Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew, wrote 1 Ahasuerus' greatness. 3 Mordecai's. with all authority, to confirm this second

advancement. letter of Purim. 30 And he sent the letters unto all the AND the king Ahasuerus laid a trib

ute upon the land, and upon the Jews, to the hundred twenty and seven isles of the sea. provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, 2 And all the acts of his power and with words of peace and truth,

of his might, and tlie declaration of the 31 To confirm these days of Purim greatness of Mordecai, whereunto the in their times anpointed, according asking advanced him, are they not written Mordecai the Jew and Esther the queen in the book of the chronicles of the king's had enjoined them, and as they had of Media and Persia ? decreed for themselves and for their 3 For Mordecai the Jew was next seed, the matters of the fastings and unto king Ahasuerus, and great among

the Jews, and accepted of the multitude 32 And the decree of Esther confumed of his brethren, seeking the wealth of these matters of Purim; and it was writ- his people, and speaking peace to all ten in the book.

his seed.

anas THE BOOK OF JOB. CHAP. I.

and said, Doth Job fear God for nought ? 1 The holiness, riches, and religious care 10 Hast not thou made an hedge about

of Job for his children. 6 Satan ap- him, and about his house, and about all, pearing before God, obtaineth leave to that he hath on every side? thou hast tempt lam,

blessed the work of his hands, and his HERE was a man in the land of substance is increased in the land.

Uz, whose name was Job ; and 11 But put forth thine hand now, and that man was perfect and upright, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse dhe that feared God, and eschewed evil. thee to thy face.

2 And there were born unto him seven 12 And the LORD said unto Satan, sons and three daughters.

Beholl, all that he hath is in thy power ; 3 His substance also was seven thousand only upon himself put not forth thine sheep, and three thousand camels, and hand. So, Satan went forth from the five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hun

presence of the Lord. dred she-asses, and a very great house- 13 9 And there was a day when his sons hold; so that this man was the greatest and his daughters were eating and drinkof all the men of the east.

ing wine in their eldest brother's house : 4 And his sons went and feasted in 14 And there came a messenger unto their houses, every one his day ; and sent Job, and said, The oxen were ploughing, and called for their three sisters to eat and the asses feeding beside them : and to drink with them.

15 And the Sabcans fell upon them, and 5 And it was so, when the days of took them away, yea, they have slain the their feasting were gone about, that Job servants with the edge of the sword ; sent and sanctified them, and rose up and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. early in the morning, and offered burnt- 16 While he was yet speaking, there offering according to the number of them came also another, and said, The fire of all: for Job said, it may be that my sons God is fallen from heaven, and hath have sinned, and cursed God in their burned up the sheep and the servants, hearts. Thus did Job continually. and consumed them; and I only am es

6 Now there was a day when the caped alone to tell thee. sons of God came to present themselves 17 While he was yet speaking, there before the LORD, and Satan caine also came also another, and said, The Chalamong them.

deans, made out three bands, and fell up7 And the LORD said unto Satan, on the camels, and have carried thein. Whence comest thou? Then Satan an- away, yea, and slain the servants with swered the LORD, and said, From going the edge of the sworl; and I only am: to and fro in the earth, and from walk- escaped alone to tell thee. ing up and down in it.

18 While he rrus yet speaking, there 8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast came also another, and said, Thy sous thou considered my servant Job, that and thy daughters were eating and drinkthere is none like him in the earth, a ing wine in their eldest brother's house : perfect and an upright man, one that 19 And behold, there came a great, fareth God, and escheweth evil ? wind from the willerness, and smote the

9 Then Satan answered the LORD, I four corners of the house, and it fell

452 Job smitten with boils.

JOB: He curseth the day of his birth. upon the young men, and they are dead; 1 er to come to mourn with him, and to and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. comfort him.

20 Then Joh arose, and rent his man- 12 And when they lifted up their eyes tle, and shaved his head, and fell down afar off, and knew him not, they lifted upon the ground, and worshipped, up their voice, and wept; and they rent

21 And said, Naked came I out of every one his mantle, and sprinkled dust my mother's womb, and naked shall I upon their heads toward leaven. return thither: The Lord gave, and the 13 So they sat down with him upon LORD hath taken away; blessed be the the ground seven days and seven nights, name of the LORD.

and none spake a word unto him : for 22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charg- they saw that his grief was very great. ed God foolishly.

CHAP. III.
CHAP, IL.

1 Job curseth the day and services of his 1 Satan appearing again before God, orainetihfurther have to lemp! Job A and cursed his day.

birth. 13 The ease of death,

FTER this opened Job his mouth, 7 He smiteth him with sore boils. 9 Job reproveth his wife, moving him to 2 And Job spake, and said, curse God.

3 Let the day perish wherein I was A

GAIN there was a day when the born, and the night in which it was said,

sons of God came to present them- | There is a man child conceived. selves before the LORD, and Satan came 4 Let that day be darkness ; let not also among them to present himself before God regard it from above, neither let the the LORD.

light shine upon it. 2 And the Lord said unto Satan, From 5 Let darkness and the shadow of death, whence comest thou? And Satan answer- stain it; let a claud dwell upon it; let the ed the LORD, and said, From going to blackness of the day terrify it. and fro in the earth, and from walking 6 As for that night, let darkness seize up and down in it.

upon it; let it not be joined unto the days3 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast of the year, let it not come into the numthou considered my scrvant Job, that ber of the months. there is none like him in the carth, a per- 7 Lo, let that night be solitary, let no fect and an upright man, one that fcaieth | joyful voice come therein. Goul, and escheweth evil ? and still he 8 Let them curse it that curse the day, holdeth fast his integrity, although thou who are ready to raise up their mourning: movedst me against him, to destroy him 9 Let the stars of the twilight thereof wiihout cause.

be dark; let it look for light, but have 4 And Satan answered the LORD, and none; neither let it see the dawning of sail, Skin for skin, yca, all that a man the day: hath will he give for his life.

10 Because it shut not up the doors of 5 But put forth thine hand now, and ur mother's womb, nor hid sorrow from touch leis bone and luis flesh, and he will cur:c thee to thy face.

:11 1lly died I not from the womb? 6 and the LORD said unto Satan, Bey did I not give up the ghost when I hold, he is in thine hand; but save l'is came out of the belly ? life.

12 W?y did the knees prevent me? 7 4 So went Satan forth from the press or why the breasts that I should suck ? ence of the Loi:, and smote Job with 13 For now should I have lien still sore boils from the sole of his foot uinto and been quiet, I should have slept : then his crown.

had I been at rest, 8 And he took him a potsherd to 14 With kings and counsellors of the scrape limself withal; and lie sat down earth, which built desolate places for among the ashes.

themselves ; 9 9 Then said his wife unto him, Dost 15 Or with princes that had gold, who thou still retain thine integrity ? cursa filled their hulses with silver: God, and die.

16 Or as an hidien untimely. birth I 10 But he said unto her, Thou spcakesthad not been; as infants which never as one of the foolish women speaketh, I saw light. What! shall we receive good at the hand 17 There the wicked cease from troubof God, and shall we not receive evil? In ling; and there the weary be at rest. all this dici pot Job sin with liis lips.

18 There the prisoners rest together ;. 11 1 Now when Job's thrie friends thev licar not the voice of the oppressor: heard of all this evil that was come upon 19 The small and great are there; and inim, they came every one from his own the servant is free from his master. place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad 20 Wherefore is light given to him the Shuhile, and Zouhar the Naamathite: that is in micry, and life unto the bitter, for theylud made uji appoitment togeil- ilin soui ;

die eves.

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