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his Wife unto him, If Mordecai be of the Seed of the Jews, before whom thou hast begun to fall, thou shalt not prevail against him, but shalt surely fall before him.

14 And while they were yet talking with him, came the King's Chamberlains, and hasted to bring Haman unto the Banquet that Esther had prepared.

CH A P. VII.

i Esther entertaining the King and Haman, maketh Suit for

her own Life and her Peoples. 5 She accuseth Haman. 7 The King in his Anger understanding of the Gallows which Haman had made for Mordecai, causeth him to be banged thereon.

Co the King and Haman came to banquet with the J Queen.

2 And the King said again to Esther, on the second Day, at the Banquet, What is thy Petition, Queen Esther? and it shall be performed even to the half of the Kingdom.

3. Then the Queen answered and said, If I have found Favour in thy Sight, O King, and if it please the King, let my Life be given me at my Petition, and my People at my Request.

4. For we are sold, I and my People, to be destroyed, to be Nain, and to perish : but if we had been fold for Bond-men and Bond-women, I had held my Tongue, although the Enemy could not countervail the King's Damage.

5 Then the King Ahasuerus answered and said unto Efther, Who is he? and where is he that durit presume in his Heart to do so?

6 And Esther said, The Adverfary and Enemy is this wicked Haman. Then Haman was afraid before the King and the Queen.

7 And the King arising from the Banquet in his Wrath, went into the Palace Garden; and Haman stood up to make Request for his Life to the Queen: for he saw that there was Evil determined against him by the King.

8 Then the King returned out of the Palace Garden, into the Place of the Banquet of Wine; and Haman was fallen upon the Bed whereon Esther was. Then said the King, Will he force the Queen also before me in the House? As

the

the Word went out of the King's Mouth, they covered Haman's Face. . .

9 ° And Harbonah, one • Psal. ix. Is The Heathen are of the Chamberlains, said be

funk down in the Pit thac they made:

in the Net which they hid is their fore the King, Behold also own Foot taken. the Gallows fifty Cubits high, 16 The Lord is known by the which Haman had made for

Judgment which he executeth : the

Wicked are snared in the Work of his Mordecai, who had spoken own Hands. good for the King, standeth 17 The Wicked shall be turned in

to Hell, and all the Nations that forin the House of Haman. Then

get God. the King faid, Hang him 18 For the Needy shall not alway thereon.

be forgotten : the Expe&ation of the

Poor shall not perish for ever. 10 So they hanged Ha

19 Arise, O LORD, let not Man man on the Gallows that he prevail, let the Heathen be judged in had prepared for Mordecai. ihy Sight..

23 Put them in Fear, O LORD: Then was the King's Wrath that the Nations may know thempacified.

selves to be but Men.

CH A P. VIII.

1 Mordecai is advanced. 3 Ef her maketh Suit to reverse Ha

man's Letters. 7 Ahasuerus granteth to the Jews to defend themselves. 15 Mordecai's Honour, and the Jew's Joy.

Ver, in NP that Day did Pfal. xxxvii. 1 Fret not thy self U the King 'Aba- because of evil Doers, neither be

thou envious against the Workers of suerus give the House of Ha- Iniquity. man the Jew's Enemy, unto 2 For they shall soon be cut down

like the Grass, and wither as the Esther the Queen: and Mor

green Herb. decai came before the King; 3 Truft in the LORD, and do good, for Esther had told what he so shalt thou dwell in the Land, and

verily thou shalt be fed. was unto her.

4 Delight thy self also in the 2 And the King took off Lord; and he shall give thee the his Ring which he had taken Desires of thine Heart.

s Commit thy Way unto the LORD; from Haman, and gave it un- trust also in him, and he thall bring to Mordecai. And Esther set it to pass. Mordecai over all the House Mordecai over all the House

6 And he shall bring forth thy Righteousness as the Light, and thy

an of Haman.

Judgment as the Noon Day. 7 Reft in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thy self because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the Man who bringeth wicked Devices to pass.

8 Cease from Anger, and forsake Wrath: fret not thy self in any wise to do Evil.

9 For evil Doers shall be cut off, but those that wait upon the Lord, shall inherit the Earth.

10 For yet a little while, and the Wicked fhall not be: yea, thou thalt diligently congder his Place, and it Mall not be

ji But the Meek (hall inherit the Earth : and shall delight themselves in the Abundance of Peace.

12 The Wicked plotseth against the Juft, and gnalheth upon him with his Teeth

13 The LORD shall laugh at him, for he feeth that his Day is coming.

14 The Wicked have drawn out the Sword, and bave beat cheir Bow to cast down the Poor and Needy, and to lay such as be of upright Conver• sation.

Is Their Sword shall enter into their own Heart, and their Bow fhall be broken.

16 A little that a Righteous Man hath, is better than the Riches of many Wicked.

19 For the Arms of the Wicked (hall be broken : but the LORD upholdcth the Righteous.

18 The Lord knoweth the Days of the Upright, and their Inheritance Shall be for ever.

19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil Time, and in the Days of Famine they shall be satisfied.

21 But the Wicked shall perish, and the Enemies of the Lord shall be as the Fat of Lambs, they fall consume: into Smoke Thail they consume away.

22 For such as be blessed of him, shall inherit the Earth; and they that be curled of him, shall be cut off :

23 The Steps of a good Man are ordered by the Lord: aad he delightcth in his Way.

24 Though'he fall, he hall not be utterly cast down : for the Lord upholdesh him with his Hand.

25 I have been young, and now am old: yet have I not seen the Righteous forsaken. nor his Seed begging Bread.

27 Depart from Evil, and do Good: and dwell for evermore,

28 For the Lord loveth Judgment, and forsaketh not his Saints, they are preserved for ever: but the Seed of the Wicked shall be cut off.

32 The Wicked watcherh the Righteous, and leekerh to slay him.

33 The LORD will not leave him in his Hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.

34 Wait on the LORD, and keep his Way, and he shall exalt thee to in. herit the Land: When the Wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.

3s I have seen the Wicked in great Power: and spreading himself like a green Bay, tree.

36 Yei he passed away, and lo, he was not : yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.

37 Mark the perfeâ Man, and behold the Upright: for the End of chat Man is Peace.

38 But the Transgressors shall be destroyed together, the End of the Wicked shall be cut off.

39 But the Salvation of the Righteous is of the LORD, he is their Strength in Time of Trouble.

40 And the LORD shall help and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the Wicked, and save them because they trust in him. 39 And Esther spake yet

9 Pfal. 3. 13 Whereforç doth the again before the King, and Wicked contemn God? he hath said fell down at his feet, and in his Heart, Thou wilt not require it. belought him with Tears; 10 holdest Mischief and Spice co require besought him with Tears, to 54 Thou hatt seen it, for thou beput away the Mischief of Ha- it with thy Hand: the poor com

The n, and to have given

man the Agagite, and his De- mitreth himself unto thee, thou art vice that he had devised a. the Helper of the Fatherless.

15 Break thou the Arm of the gainst the Jews.

Wicked, and the evil Man: seek out 4 Then the King held out his Wickedoess ’rill thou find none.

16 The Lord is King for ever and the golden Sceptre towards ever : the Heathen are punished out Either. So Esther arose, and of the Land. stood before the King,

19 LORD, thou hast heard the De

fire of the Humble: thou wilt preAnd said, If it please the pare their Heart, thou wilt cagle King, if I have found Favour ihine Ear to hear.' in his Sight, and the Thing: 18 To judge the fatherless and the

." oppressed, that the Man of the Earth seem right before the King, my mo and I be pleasing in his Eyes, let it be written to reverse the Letters devised by Haman, which he wrote to destroy the Jews which are in all the King's Provinces..

6°For how can I endure to see the Evil that shall come unto my People? or how can I endure to see the Destruction of my Kindred ?

Then the King said un- ' Psal. xci. i He that dwelleth in to the Queen, and to Mordecai the secret Place of the moft High.

Thall abide under the Shadow of the the Jew, Behold, I have given Almighty. Esther the House of Haman, 2 I will say of the Lord, He is

my Refuge, and my Fortress, my and him they have hanged upand him they have Hangoup God in him will I truft. on the Gallows, because he 3 Surely he shall deliver thee from laid his Hand upon the Jews. the Snare of the Fowler: and from 8 Write ye also for the thie alle for the elie noisom Peftilence,

s Thou halt not be afraid for Jews, as it liketh you, in the the Terror by Night: nor for the King's Name, and seal it Arrow that fieth by Day. with the King's Ring: for walketh in Darkness : nor for the

6 Nor for the Pettilence that the Writing which is writ. Deftru&ion that wastech at DOUA ten in the King's Name, and Day.

i A Thousand fall fall at thy fealed with the King's Ring, Side, and Ten Thousand at thy right may no Man réverse.

Hand: but it shall not come nigh 9 Then were the King's thee,

8 Only with thine Eyes shall thou Scribes called in the third behold, and see the Reward of the Month, and it was writ- Wicked. ten (according to all that 9 Because thou hast made the

LORD which is my Refuge, even the Mordecai commanded) unto molt High, thy Habitation : the Jews, and to the Lieute is He shall call upon me, and I

will answer bim: I will be with him nants, and the Deputies, and

in Trouble, I will deliver him, and Rulers of the Provinces, honour him. which are from India unto 16 With lon

í him, and (iew him my Salvacion, Ethiopia, an hundred and him,

twenty

twenty seven Provinces, and unto every People after their Language, and to the Jews according to their Writing, and according to their Language.

10 And he wrote in the King Ahasuerus Name, and sealed it with the King's Ring, and sent Letters by Post on Horseback, and Riders on Mules, Camels, and young Dromedaries :

11 Wherein the King granted the Jews, which were in every City, to gather themselves together, and to stand for their Life, to destroy, to say, and to cause to perish all the Power of the People and Province, that would assault them, both little ones, and Women, and to take the Spoil for a Prey. · 12 Upon one Day, in all the Provinces of King Aha

fuerus, namely upon the thirteenth Day of the twelfth Month, which is the Month Adar.

13 The Copy of the Writing, for a Commandment to be given in every Province, was published unto all People, and that the Jews should be ready against that Day, to avenge themselves on their Enemies.

14 So the Posts went out, being hastned, and pressed on by the King's Commandment; and the Decree was given at Shushan the Palace.

15 And Mordecai went out from the Presence of the Kino, in Royal Apparel of blew and white, and with a great Crown of Gold, and with a Garment of fine Linen, and Purple; and the City of Shushan rejoiced and was glad:

16 The Jews had Light and Gladness, and Joy, and Honour.

17 8 And in every Province, Pial, al. I waited patiently for and in every City, whither- the LORD, and he inclined unto me, soever the King's Command- and heard my Cry. ment and his Decree came, horrible Pit, out of the miry Clay,

2 He brought me up also out of 28 the Tews had Toy and Glad- and set my Feet upon a Rock, and ness, a Feast and a good Day: established my Goings.

3 And he hath put a new Song in and MANY of the PEOPLE of my Mouth, even Praise unto our the Land became Jews; for GoD: many shall see it, and fear, the Fear of the Jews fell and trust in the Lord. upon THEM.

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