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Money that Haman had promised to pay the King's Treasuries for the Jews to destroy them.

8 Also he gave him the Copy of the Decree that was given to destroy them, to thew it unto Esther, and to charge her that she should go in unto the King, to make Supplication unto him, and to make Request before him for her People.

o' Then Hatach came and told Esther the Words of Mordecai.

10 Again Esther spake unto Hatach, and gave him Commandment unto Mordecai.

1 * All the People of the King's Provinces do know, that whosoever Man or Woman, shall come unto the King into the inner Court, who is not called, there is one Law of his to put him to Death, except such to whom the King fall hold out the golden Sceptre, that he may live: but I have not been called to come in unto the King, these thirty Days.

12 And they told Mordecai Esther's Words.

13 Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thy self that thou shalt escape in the King's House more than all the Jews.

14 For if thou altogether holdest thy Peace at this Time, then shall there Enlargement and Deliverance arife to the Jews from another Place, but thou and thy Father's House shall be destroyed : and who knoweth, whether thou art come to the Kingdom for such a Time as this?

15 Then Esther bad them return Mordecai this Answer.

16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three Days, Night nor Day: I also and my Maidens will fast likewise, and so will I go in unto the King, which is not according to the Law; and if I perish, I perish. 中书本中中中中中中中中中中中中中中中中中中中中中中中中中中中中中中中中中中中

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* Nore, it is evident, that many of the Psalms bave a Relation to the State of the Jewish and Christian Church, in their several Caprivities, and Perfecutions under The Pagan and Chriftian Empires,

It may be presum'd ihat this excellent Princess was animated to so hazardous an Undertaking, by reading and meditating upon the 27th Pfalm, in which are many Expressions, which seem to refer to the great Affli&tion tbe Jews were under at this Time." The Decree being for the Deftrudion of Man, Woman, and Child. Their Deliverance by the Divine Providence was so very wonderful, that the Jews have in all

Agus fince, and do to this Time celebrate bezba the Fast and Fraff, which they call Purim.

17 So Mordecai went his Way, and did according to all that Esther had commanded him.

CHAP. V. 1 Esther adventuring on the King's Favour, obtaineth the Grace

of the golden Sceptre; and inviteth the King and Haman to a Banquet. 6 She being encouraged by the King in her Suit, inviteth them to another Banquet the next Day. Haman proud of his Advancement, repineth at the Contempt of Mordecai. 14. By the Counsel of his Wife, he buildeth for him a Gallows.

Ver. I N OW it came to pass on the third Day, that Eft

TV her put on the Royal Apparel, and stood in the inner Court of the King's House: and the King sat upon his Royal Throne.

2 And it was so when the King saw Esther the Queen standing in the Court, that she obtained Favour in his Sight: and the King held out to Esther the golden Sceptre that was in his Hand: so Esther drew near, and touched the Top of the Sceptre.

3 Then said the King unto her, What wilt thou, Queen Ether? and what is thy Requeft? it shall be given thee, to the half of the Kingdom.

4 And Esther answered, If it seem good unto the King, let the King and Haman come this Day unto the Banquet that I have prepared for him.

5 Then the King said, Cause Haman to make Hafte, that he may do as Esther hath said. So the King and Haman came to the Banquet.

6 And the King said unto Esther at the Banquet, What is thy Petition? and it shall be granted thee: and what is thy Request ? even to the half of the Kingdom.

7 Then answered Esther, and said, My Petition, and my Request is;

8 If I have found Favour in the sight of the King, and if it please the King to grant my Petition, and to perform my Request, let the King and Haman come to the Banquet that I shall provide for them, and I will do to Morrow as the King hath said.

9 Then went Haman forth that Day, joyful, and with a glad Heart: but when he saw Mordecai in the King's


Gate, that he stood not up, nor moved for him, he was full of Indignation against Mordecai.

10 Nevertheless, Haman refrained himself, and when he came Home, he sent and called for his Friends, and Zeresh his Wife.

u' And Haman told them ' Psal. lii. Why boastest thou thy of the Glory of his Riches, Goodness of God endureth conti

self in Mischief,'o mighty Man? the and the Multitude of his Chil- nually. dren, and all the Things ... 2 Thy Tongue deviseth Mischiefs:

like a sharp Razor, working deceitwherein the King had pro- fully moted him, and how he hads God shall destroy thee for ever, advanced him above the Prin- he shall take thee away, and pluck

thee out of thy Dwelling-place, ces and Servants of the King and root thee out of the Land of the

12 Haman said moreover, Living Yea. Either the Queen did 6 The Righteous also shall see and

fear, and shall laugh at him. let no Man come in with the Lo, this is the Man that made King unto the Banquet that not God his Strength, but trusted in The had prepared, but my self;

nu me. the Abundance of his Riches, and

"; ftrengthened himself in his Wicked. and to Morrow am I invited mess. unto her also with the King.

13 Yet all this availeth me nothing, so long as I see More decai the Jew fitting at the King's Gate.

14 " Then said his Wife, and all his Friends unto thee do I put my Truft: save me

m Psal. vii. O Lord my God, in him, Let a Gallows be made from all them that persecute me, and of fifty Cubits high, and to deliver me. Morrow speak unto the King, renting it in Picces, while there is

2 Left he tear my Soul like a Lion, that Mordecai may be hanged none to deliver. thereon: then go thou in 3' O Lord my God, if I have done

this; if there be Iniquity in my merrily with the King unto Hands: the Banquet. And the Thing 4 If I have rewarded Evil unto pleased Haman, and he caused and he coured him that was at Peace with me: (yea,

I have delivered him that without the Gallows to be made. Cause is mine Enemy.)

s Let the Enemy persecute my Soul, and take it, yea, let him tread down my Life upon the Earth, and lay mine Honour in the Dust. Selah.

6 Arile, O LORD, in thine Anger, lift up thy self, because of the Rage of mine Enemies: and awake for me to the Judgment that thou haft coinmanded.

So shall the Congregation of the People compass thee about : for their Sakes therefore return thou on high.

8 The LORD Chall judge the People: judge me, O LORD, according to my Righteousness, and according to mine Integrity that is in me.

9 Oh let the Wickednels of the Wicked come to an End, but establish the Juft: for the Righteous God trieth the Hearts and Reins.

10 My Defence is of God, which saveth the Uprighe in Heart.

11 God judgeth the Righrcous, and God is angry with the Wicked every Day.

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i Ahasuerus reading in the Chronicles of the good Servicé dóni!

by Mordecai, taketh Care for his Reward. 4 Haman coming to sue that Mordecai might be hanged, unawares giveth Counsel that he might do him Honour. 12 Complaining of his Misfortune his Friends tell him of his final Destiny.

Ver. In N o that Night " Psal. Ixxiii. I was envious at the

foolish, when I saw the Prosperity of couldnot theking the WICKED. sleep, and he commanded to 17 Uncil I went into the San&uabring the Book of Records ry of God, then understood I their

End. of the Chronicles; and they 18 Surely thou didft set them in were read before the King. Rippery races: thou caftedft them 2 And it was found writ- down into Deftru&ion.

19 How are they brought into Deten, that Mordecai had told folation, as in a Moment! they are of Bigthana and Teresh, two utterly consumed with Terrors. of the King's Chamberlains, of old, since Man was plac'd upon

à Job'xx. 4 Knoweft thou not this the Keepers of the Door, who the Earth. sought to lay Hand on thes. That the Triumphing of the

Wicked is Mort, and the Joy of the King Ahasuerus.

Hypocrire but for a Moment. And the King said, What 6 Though his Excellency mount Honour and Dignity hath up to the Heavens, and his Head

reach unto the Clouds. been done to Mordecai for 3 Yet he shall perish for ever, like this? Then said the King's his own Dung: they which have seen Servants.

There is nothing him shall say, Where is he

There is nothing & He shall fly away as a Dream, done for him.

aud thall not be found: yea, he shall 4 And the King said, who be chased away as the Vicon of the is in the Court? (Now Ha- Night.

9 The Eye also which see him, man was come into the out- shall see him no more; peither thall ward Court of the King's his Place any more behold him.

1o His Children thall seek to please House, to speak unto the

the Poor, and his Hands thall rettore King, to hang Mordecai on their Goods. the Gallows that he had pre 11 His Bones are full of the Sin

of his Youth, which shall lie down pared for him.)

with him in the Duft. & And the King's Servants 12 Though Wickedness be fweer in said unto him, Haman stand- his Mouth, though he hide it under

ve his Tongue. eth in the Court. And the bisi

13 Though he spare it, and for. King said, Let him come in. fake it not; but keep it ftill within

6 And the King said unto his Mouth.

him, What shall be done un-
to the Man whom the King is!

- 14 Yet this Meat in his Bowels

8 is turned, it is the Gall of alps deligheth to honour? (Now within him. Haman thought in his Heart, Is He hath (wallowed down Riches,

and he shall vomit them up again : To whom would the King de

God shall cast them out of his Belly. light to do Honour more 18 That which he laboured for than my self?)

shall he restore, and shall not swala And he answered the Atance shall the Reftitution be, and

low it down: according to his SubKing, For the Man whoin he shall not rejoice therein. the King delighteth to ho- . 19 Because he hath oppressed, and

hath forsaken the Poor, because he nour,

hath violently taken away an House 8 Let the Royal Apparel which he builded not. be brought which the King 23 When he is about to fill his

Belly, God shall caft the Fury of his useth to wear, and the Horie Wrath upon him, and Thall rain is that the King rideth upon, upon him while he is eating. and the Crown Royal which

26 All Darkness shall be hid in

his secret Place : a Fire not blown is set upon his Head:

Nall consume him; it shall go ill 9 And let this Apparel and with him that is left in his Taber. Horse be delivered to the nacle.

C 27 The Heaven shall reveal his l. Hand of one of the King's niguity : and the Earth shall rise up most noble Princes, that they against him.

21 The Increase of his House fhall may aray the Man withal depart, and his Goods Thall flow awhom the King delighteth to way in the Day of his Wrach. honour, and bring him on 29 This is the Portion of a wick

ed Man from God, and the Heritage Horseback through the Street a

el appointed unto him by God. of the City, and proclaim before him, Thus shall it be done to the Man whom the King delighteth to honour.

10 Then the King said to Haman, Make baste, and take the Apparel and the Horse, as thou hast said, and do even so to Mordecai the Jew, that filteth at the King's Gate : let nothing fail of all that thou haft spoken.

Then took Haman the Apparel and the Horse, and arayed Mordecai, and brought him on Horseback through the Street of the City, and proclaimed before him, Thus shall it be done unto the Man whom the King delighteth to hopour.

12 And Mordecai came again to the King's Gate: but Haman hasted to his House, mourning, and having his Head covered.

13 And Haman told his Wife, and all his Friends, every Thịng that had b. fal'cn him. Tnen said his wife Men, and Q 9992


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