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most insolent and rapacious Minister of Staie, justly punished for his Pride and Cruelty. .

In the Part acted by Ahasuerus is clearly seen the lovereign Dominion of the Almighty, controuling the Counsels of Princes; for the very Night before the cruel Purpose of Haman against Mordecai was to be executed, the King became restless; his Sleep Aying from him (to selieve himself) he calls for the Annals of his Reign, and there finds the great and unrewarded Services of Mordecai; whereupon he orders the greatest Honours to be done to him, and this to be performed by Haman his Favourite.

C H A P. I. i Ahasuerus, called also Artaxerxes, maketh a Royal Feaft. 10

Vashti the Queen sent for by the King refúseth to come, for which she is deposed. 13 Decree is made that all Wives faculd honour and obey their Husbands.

С НА Р. ІІ. i Out of the Choice of Virgins a Queen is to be chosen. 8 El

her a Jewels is preferred before the rest. 12 The manner of Purification and going in to the King. 15 Ef her best pleasing ihe King is made Queen. 21 Mordecai, the Uncle of Esher, discovering the Treason of two of the King's Chamberlains is recorded in the Chronicles.

Ver. W HEN the Wrath of King Ahasuerus was appeaf

W ed, he remembred Vashti, and what she had done, and what was decreed against her.

2 Then said the King's Servants unto him, Let there be fair young Virgins fought for the King.

3. And let the King appoint Officers in all the Provinces of his Kingdom, that they may gather together all the fair young Virgins unto Shushan, the Palace to the House of the Women, unto the Custody of Hege the King's Chamberlain Keeper of the Women, and let their Things for Purification be given them. 4 And let the Maiden which pleaseth the King, be Queen


me? And the the Custody of ther was bro

instead of Vashti. And the Thing pleased the King, and he did so.

s Now in Shushan, the Palace, there vas a certain Jew whose Name was Mordecai, a Benjamite. • 6 Who had been carried away in the Captivity of Jecos niah King of Judah.

7 And he brought up Haddasha (that is Ether) his Uncle's Daughter, and the Maiden was fair and beautiful, whom Mordecai, when her Father and Mother were dead, took for his Daughter.

8 So it came to pass when the King's Commandment was heard, and when many Maidens were gathered together unto Shushan the Palace, that Esther was brought also to the King's House to the Custody of Hegai, Keeper of the Women.

9 And the Maiden pleased him, and she obtained Kindness of him, and he speedily gave her Things for Purification, and seven Maidens which were meet to be given her, and he first preferred her and her Maids to the best Place of the House of the Women.

10 Esther had not shewed her People, nor her Kindred: for Mordecai had charged her that she should not sew it.

11 And Mordecai walked every Day before the Court of the Womens House, to know how Esther did, and what should become of her.

15 Now when the Turn of Esther was come to go in unto the King, the required nothing, but what Hegai the King's Chamberlain, the Keeper of the Women, appointed: and Esther obtained Favour in the Sight of all them that looked upon her.

16 So Esther was taken unto King Ahasuerus into his House Royal, in the tenth Month, in the seventh Year of his Reign.

17 And the King loved Esther above all the Women, and fhe obtained Grace and Favour in his Sight, more than all the Virgins; so that he set the Royal Crown upon her Head, and niade her Queen instead of Valhți.

18 Then the King made a great Feast unto all his Princes and his Servants.

20 Esther had not yet shewed her Kindred, nor her People; as Mordecai had charged her: for Esther did the Commandment of Mordecai, like as when she was brought up with him. 21 In those Days (while Mordecai fat in the King's


Gate) Gate) two of the King's Chamberlains, Bigthem and Teresh, of those which kept the Door, were wroth, and sought to lay Hand on the King Ahasuerus.

22 And the Thing was known of Mordecai, who told it unto Esther the Queen, and Esther certified the King thereof, in Mordecai's Name.

23 And when Inquisition was made of the Matter, it was found out; therefore they were both hanged on a Tree: and it was written in the Book of the Chronicles before the King.


i Haman advanced by the King and despised by Mordecai, feek

eth Revenge upon all the Jews. 7 He casteth Lots. 8 He obtaineth a Decree to put the Jews to Death.

Ver.1. AF man the Harim... bowed and

Ver. 1. AFTER these Things did Ahasuerus promote Ha.

A man the Hagagite, and set his Seat above all the Princes that were with him.

2 And all the King's Servants bowed and reverenced Haman; for the King had so commanded: but Mordecai bowed not, nor did him Reverence.

3 Then the King's Servants said unto Mordecai, Why transgresleft thou the King's Commandment?

5 And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him Reverence, then was Haman full of Wrath.

6 And he thought Scorn to lay Hands on Mordecai alone; for they had shewed him the People of Mordecai: wherefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews that were throughout the whole Kingdom of Ahasuerus.

7 In the first Month (that "... is the Month Nisan) in the in

' Prov. xvi. 33 The Lot is caften

nc into the Lap: but the whole dispo. twelfth Year of King Aha- Gng thereof is of the Lord. suerus, they caft Pur, that is Prov. xxi. 31 There is no Wisdom, the Lot, before Haman from

nor Understanding, nor Counsel a

gainst the LORD. Day to Day, to the twelfth Job v. 12 He disappointeth the Month that is the Month A- Devices of the Crafty, so that their

Hand cannot perform their Enter

prize, 8 And Haman said unto 13 He taketh the Wise in their the King. There is a certain own Craftinels, and the Counsel of

the froward is carried headlong. People scattered abroad, and Numb. xxiii. 23 Surely there is no dispersed among the People, Enchantment against Jacob, neither in all the Provinces of thy is there any Divination againft il



Kingdom, and their Laws are fael, according to this Time shall it divers from all People, neither

or be said of Jacob, and of Israel,

- What hath God wrought ? keep they the King's Laws; therefore it is not for the King's Profit to suffer them.

9 If it please the King, let it be written that they may be destroyed : and I will pay * ten thousand Talents of Silver to the Hands of those that have the Charge of the Business, to bring into the King's Treasuries.

10 And the King took his Ring from his Hand, and gave it unto Haman the Jews Enemy.

11 And the King said unto Haman, The Silver is given to thee, the People also, to do with them as it seemeth good to thee.

12 Then were the King's Scribes called on the thirteenth Day of the Month, and there was written according to all that Haman had commanded unto the King's Lieutenants, and to the Rulers of every People of every Province, according to the Writing thereof, and to every People after their Language, in the Name of King Ahasuerus was it written, and sealed with the King's Ring.

13 And the Letters were sent by Posts into all the King's Provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to cause to perish all Jews, both young and old, little Children and Women, in one Day, upon the thirteenth Day of the twelfth Month, and to take the Spoil of them for a Prey.

14 The Copy of the Writing for a Commandment to be given to every Province, was published to all People, that they should be ready against that Day.

15 The Post went out, being hastned 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 Shulhan was perplexed.

CH A P. IV. 1 The great Mourning of Mordecai and the Jews. 4. Esther

understanding of it sendeth to. Mordecai, who meweth the Cause, and adviseth her to undertake the Suit. 10 She excusing herself is threatened by Mordecai. 15 She appointing a Fast undertaketh the Suit.

* Nore, ren Thousand Babylonith Talents are by Dr. Prideaux computed to do mouni 10 2119000 Peurds.


to the LORD.

Ver. 1 UJHEN Mordecai ... Psal. xxvii. The Lord is my

of Light, and my Salvation, whom perceived all that shall I fear the LORD is the Strength was done, Mordecai rent his of my Life, of whom shall I be .. Cloaths, and put on Sackcloth fraid.. with Ashes, and went out Enemies and my Focs came upon

2 When the Wicked, eren mine into the midst of the City, me to cat up my Flelh, they ftum. and cried with a loud and a bled and fell.

3 Though an Hoft should encamp bitter Cry.

against me, my Heart shall not fear: 2 And came even before though War fhould rise against me, the King's Gate: for none

this will I be confident.

4 One Thing have I desired of the might enter into the King's LORD, that will I seek after, that I Gate cloathed with Sack- may dwell in the House of the LORD

all the Days of my Life, to behold cloth.

the Beauty of the LORD, and to en: 3 And in every Province quire in his Temple. whithersoever the King's s For in the Time of Trouble he

Thall hide me in his Pavilion : in the Commandment, and ais Dc Secret of his Tabernacle shall he cree came, there was great hide me, he shall set me up upon a Mourning among the Jews, Rock

6 And now shall mine Head be and Fasting, and Weeping, lifted up above mine Enemies round and Wailing, and many lay in about me: therefore will I offer in Sackcloth and Afhes.

his Tabernacle Sacrifices of Joy, I

will Gng, yea, I will fing Prailes un4 So Esther's Maids, and her Chamberlains came and 7 Hear, O LORD, when I cry told it her: Then was the with my Voice: have Mercy allo

upon ms, and answer me. Queen exceedingly grieved, 8 When thou faidst, seek ye my and the sent Raiment to cloth Face; my Heart said unto thee, Thy Mordecai, and to take away

Face, LORD, will I reck.

Hide not thy Face far from me, his Sackcloth from him, but put not thy Servant away in Anger: he received it not.

ihou haft been my Help, leave me

not, neither forsake me, O God of 5 Then called Esther for

my Salvation. Hatach, one of the King's jo When my Father and my MoChamberlains, whom he had ther forsake me, then the Lord will appointed to attend upon her; appointed to attend upon her; take me up

11 Teach me thy Way, and lead and gave him a Command- me in a plaio Pach, because of miac ment to Mordecai, to know Enemies

12 Deliver me not over unto the what it was, and why it was. Will of mine Enemies: for false

6 So Hatach went forth to witnesses are risen up against me, Mordecai, unto the Street of and such as breath our Cruelty.

13 I had fainted, unless I had be. the City, which was before lieved to see the Goodocss of the the King's Gate.

Lord in the Land of the Living. 2 And Mordecai told him 14 Waic on the LORD, be of good

Courage, and he shall strengthen of all that had happened unto thine Heart : wait, I say, on the him, and of the Sum of the LORD.


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