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CHA P. IX. i The Jews (the Rulers for fear of Mordecai helping them) nay

their Enemies with the ten Sons of Haman. 12 Ahasuerus at the Request of Esther granteth another Day of Slaughter, and Haman's Sons to be hanged. 20 The two Days of Purim are made Festival.

Ver. N O W ' in the 16. xiv. 1 For the LORD will have

IV twelfth Month Mercy on Jacob, and will yet chule (that is the Month Adar) on

Israel, and set them in their own

Land: and the Strangers shall be the thirteenth Day of the joined with them, and they shall same, when the King's Com- cleave to the House of Jacob mandment and his Decree the LORD, who was on our Side,

Psal. cxxiv. 1 If it had not been drew near to be put in Exe- now may israel say: cution, in the Day that the 2 If it had not been the LORD, who

was on our Side, when Men rose up Enemies of the Jews hoped

u against us. to have Power over them, 3 Then they had swallowed us up though it was turned to the quick, when their Wrath was kindled

against us. contrary, that the Jews had

4. Then the Waters had overRule over them that hated whelmed us, the Stream had gone them.

over our Soul.

s Then the proud Waters had gone 2 The Jews gathered

over our Soul. thiemselves together in their 6 Blessed be the Lord who hath Citics, throughout all the not given us as a Prey to their Teeth.

7 Our Soul is escaped as a Bird out Provinces of the King Aha- of the Snare of the Fowlers, the Snare fuerus, to lay Hand on such is broken, and we are escaped. as sought their Hurt; and no

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8 Our Help is in the Name of the Man could withstand them: for the fear of them feil upon all People.

3 And all the Rulers of the Provinces, and the Lieutenants, and the Deputies, and Officers of the King helped the Jews: because ihe Fear of Mordecai fell upon them.

4 For Mordecai was great in the King's House, and his Fame went out throughout all the Provinces: for this Man Mordecai waxed greater and greater.

5 Thus the Jews (mote all their Enemies with the Stroke of the Sword, and Slaughter, and Destruction, and did what they would unto those that hated them.

6 And in Shushan the Palace the Jews flew and destroyed five hundred Men. 7 And Parshandatha, and Dalphon, and Aspatha.

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8 And Poratha, and Adaliah, and Aridatha.
9 And Permashta, Arisai, and Aridai, and Vajezatha.

10 The ten Sons of Haman the Son of Hammedatha, the Enemy of the Jews, flew they; but on the Spoil laid they not their Hand.

11 On that Day, the Number of those that were slain in Shushan the Palace, was brought before the King. .

12 And the King laid unto Either the Queen, The Jews have Nain and destroyed five hundred Men in Shushan the Palace, and the ten Sons of Haman; what have they done irl'the rest of the King's Provinces? now what is thy Petition? and it shall be granted thee: or what is thy Requeft further? and it shall be done.

13 Then said Esther, If it please the King, let it be granted to the Jews which are in Shushan, to do to Morrow also according unto this Days Decree, and let Haman's ten Sons be hanged upon the Gallows.

14 And the King commanded it so to be done ; and the Decree was given at Shuthan, and they hanged Haman's ten Sons.

15 For the Jews that were in Shushan, gathered themselves together on the fourteenih Day alfo of the Month Adar, and sew three hundred Men at Shushan; but on the Prey they laid not their Hand.

16 But the other Jews that were in the King's Provinceš, gathered themselves together and food for their Lives, and had Rest from their Enemies, and New of their Foes seventy and five thousand, but they laid not their Hands on the Prey.

iz On the thirteenth Day of the Month Adar, and on the fourteenth Day of the fame, rested they, and made it a Day of Feasting and Gladness.

18 But the Jews that were at Shushan, assembled on the thirteenth Day thereof, -and on the fourteenth thereof; and on the fifteenth Day of the faine they rested, and made it a Day of Fcasting and Gladness.

19 Therefore the Jews of the Villages, that dwelt in the unwalled Towns, made the fourteenth Day of the Month Adar, a Day of Gladness and Feasting, and a good Day, and of fending Portions one to another.

20 And Mordecai wrote these Things, and sent Letters unto all the Jews that were in all the Provinces of the King Ahasuerus, both nigh and far,

2. To stablish this among them, that they should keep the fourteenth Day of the Month Adar, and the fifteenth Day of the same yearly:

22 As the Days wherein the Jews rested from their Enemies, and the Month which was turned unto them from Sorrow to Joy, and from Mourning into a good Day: that they should make them Days of Feasting and Joy, and of sending Portions one to another, and Gifts to the Poor.

23 And the Jews undertook to do as they had begun, and as Mordecai had written unto them.

24 Because Haman the Son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the Enemy of all the Jews, had devised against the Jews to destroy them, and had cast Pur (that is the Lot) to contume them, and to destroy them.

25 But when Esther came before the King, he commanded by Letters, that his wicked Device which he devised against the Jews, should return upon his own Head, and that he and his Sons should be hanged on the Gallows.

26 Wherefore they called these Days Purim, after the Name of Pur: therefore for all the Words of this Letter, and of that which they had seen concerning this Matter, and which had come unto them,

27 The Jew's ordained, and took upon them, and upon their Seed, and upon all such as joined themselves unto them, so as it should not fail, that they would keep these iwo Days according to the Writing, and according to their appointed Time every Ycar.

28 And that these Days should be remembred, and kept throughout every Generation, every Family, every Province, and every City ; and that these Days of Purim should not fail from among the Jews, nor the Memorial of them perish from their Sced.

29 Then Either the Queen, and Mordecai the Jcw, wrote with all Authority, to confirm this fecond Letter of Purim.

. 30 And he sent thc Letters unto all the Jews, to the hundred twenty and seven Provinces of the Kingdom of Ahasuerus, with Words of Peace and Truth.

31 To confirin these Days of Purim in their Times appointcu, according as Mordecai the Jew', ani Esther the Queen had enjoyned them, and as they had decreed for themfelves, and for their Scel, the Matters of the Fastings and their Cry,

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32 And the Decree of Esther confirmed these Matters of Purim, and it was written in the Book.

| C H A P. 1. i Ahasuerus his Greatness. 3 Mordecai's Advancement. Ver. 1 AND the King Ahasuerus laid a Tribute upon the

Land, and upon the Isles of the Sea. 2 And all the Acts of his Power, and of his Might, and the Declaration of the Greatness of Mordecai, whereunto the King advanced him, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Media and Persia?

3 For Mordecai the Jew was next unto King Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews, and accepted of the Multitude of his Brethren, seeking the Wealth of his people, and speaking Peace to all his Seed.

RULERS

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Rulers and Kings of the Hebrew Na

tion, from their Deliverance out of Egypt, to the Babylonish Captivity.

goes into the was forty years of the Egypourt, and in

I. Moses. Being taken out of the Waters by Pha· raob's Daughter, is bred up in the Court, and in

structed in all the Learning of the Egyptians. · When he was forty Years old he quits Egypt, and goes into the Land of Midian, where he keeps Sheep. After forty Years God appears to him, and commands him to return to Egypt, and to demand from the King the Deliverance of the Israelites; which Pharaoh refusing is punished with ten several Plagues : After many Signs and Miracles wrought by him, the Israelites march out of Egypt; Pharaob and his whole Army pursuing them, are drowned in the Red Sea.

He conducts the Israelites forty Years in the Wilderness, who are subsisted every Day by miraculous Bread and Water. He receives the ten Commandments in Mount Sinai, his Face is eradiated with Celestial Glory; has only a View of the promised Land from a high Mountain, and dies 120 Years old.

II. JOSHUA is appointed to be Captain of the Lord's Host. He conquers all the Land of Canaan, at his Prayer the Sun stands still, he dies in Peace, being 100 Years old.

After Joshua's Death, the People falling into Idolatry are first rebuked by an Angel, and severely punished by Invasions from several Nations; but from

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