Based on the Authorised Version (King James) with the words "God" and "LORD"
restored to their original words, and various words
(thee, thine, shouldest, crieth, didst, etc) and
constructions (them that, etc) modernized.
1 Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus, (this is
Ahasuerus who reigned, from India even unto Ethiopia, over a hundred and
seven and twenty provinces:)
2 That in those days, when the king Ahasuerus
sat on the throne of his kingdom, which was in Shushan the palace,
3 In the
third year of his reign, he made a feast unto all his princes and his
servants; the power of Persia and Media, the nobles and princes of the
provinces, being before him:
4 When he showed the riches of his glorious
kingdom and the honour of his excellent majesty many days, even and hundred
and fourscore days.
5 And when these days were expired, the king made a
feast unto all the people who were present in Shushan the palace, both unto
great and small, seven days, in the court of the garden of the king's palace;
6 Where were white, green, and blue, hangings, fastened with cords of fine
linen and purple to silver rings and pillars of marble: the beds were of gold
and silver, upon a pavement of red, and blue, and white, and black, marble.
7 And they gave them drink in vessels of gold, (the vessels being diverse
one from another,) and royal wine in abundance, according to the state of the
8 And the drinking was according to the law; none did compel: for so
the king had appointed to all the officers of his house, that they should do
according to every man's pleasure.
9 Also Vashti the queen made a feast for
the women in the royal house which belonged to king Ahasuerus.
10 On the
seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded
Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the seven
chamberlains who served in the presence of Ahasuerus the king,
11 To bring
Vashti the queen before the king with the crown royal, to show the people and
the princes her beauty: for she was fair to look on.
12 But the queen Vashti
refused to come at the king's commandment by his chamberlains: therefore was
the king very wroth, and his anger burned in him.
13 Then the king said to
the wise men, who knew the times, (for so was the king's manner toward all
who knew law and judgment:
14 And the next unto him was Carshena, Shethar,
Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, and Memucan, the seven princes of Persia
and Media, who saw the king's face, and who sat the first in the kingdom;)
15 What shall we do unto the queen Vashti according to law, because she has
not performed the commandment of the king Ahasuerus by the chamberlains?
16 And Memucan answered before the king and the princes, Vashti the queen
has not done wrong to the king only, but also to all the princes, and to all
the people who are in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus.
17 For this
deed of the queen shall come abroad unto all women, so that they shall despise
their husbands in their eyes, when it shall be reported, The king Ahasuerus
commanded Vashti the queen to be brought in before him, but she came not.
18 Likewise shall the ladies of Persia and Media say this day unto all the
king's princes, who have heard of the deed of the queen. Thus shall there
arise too much contempt and wrath.
19 If it please the king, let there go a
royal commandment from him, and let it be written among the laws of the
Persians and the Medes, that it be not altered, That Vashti come no more
before king Ahasuerus; and let the king give her royal estate unto another
who is better than she.
20 And when the king's decree which he shall make
shall be published throughout all his empire, (for it is great,) all the wives
shall give to their husbands honour, both to great and small.
21 And the
saying pleased the king and the princes; and the king did according to the
word of Memucan:
22 For he sent letters into all the king's provinces, into
every province according to the writing thereof, and to every people after
their language, that every man should bear rule in his own house, and that it
should be published according to the language of every people.
these things, when the wrath of king Ahasuerus was appeased, he remembered
Vashti, and what she had done, and what was decreed against her.
2 Then said
the king's servants who ministered unto him, Let there be fair young virgins
sought 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 who pleases the king be
queen instead of Vashti. And the thing pleased the king; and he did so.
5 Now in Shushan the palace there was a certain Jew, whose name was
Mordecai, the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjamite;
6 Who had been carried away from Jerusalem with the captivity who had been
carried away with Jeconiah king of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of
Babylon had carried away.
7 And he brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his
uncle's daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and the maid was fair
and beautiful; whom Mordecai, when her father and mother were dead, took for
his own daughter.
8 So it came to pass, when the king's commandment and his
decree was heard, and when many maidens were gathered together unto Shushan
the palace, to the custody of Hegai, that Esther was brought also unto 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 her
things for purification, with such things as belonged to her, and seven
maidens, who were meet to be given her, out of the king's house: and he
preferred her and her maids unto the best place of the house of the women.
10 Esther had not showed her people nor her kindred: for Mordecai had
charged her that she should not show it.
11 And Mordecai walked every day
before the court of the women's house, to know how Esther did, and what should
become of her.
12 Now when every maid's turn was come to go in to king
Ahasuerus, after that she had been twelve months, according to the manner of
the women, (for so were the days of their purifications accomplished, to wit,
six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with sweet odours, and with other
things for the purifying of the women;)
13 Then thus came every maiden unto
the king; whatsoever she desired was given her to go with her out of the house
of the women unto the king's house.
14 In the evening she went, and on the
morrow she returned into the second house of the women, to the custody of
Shaashgaz, the king's chamberlain, who kept the concubines: she came in unto
the king no more, unless the king delighted in her, and that she were called
15 Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle
of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to go in unto the
king, she 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
who looked upon her.
16 So Esther was taken unto king Ahasuerus into his
house royal in the tenth month, which is the month Tebeth, in the seventh year
of his reign.
17 And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she
obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he
set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti.
18 Then the king made a great feast unto all his princes and his servants,
even Esther's feast; and he made a release to the provinces, and gave gifts,
according to the state of the king.
19 And when the virgins were gathered
together the second time, then Mordecai sat in the king's gate.
had not yet showed her kindred nor her people; as Mordecai had charged her:
for Esther did the commandment of Mordecai, like as when she was brought up
21 In those days, while Mordecai sat in the king's gate, two of
the king's chamberlains, Bigthan and Teresh, of those who kept the door,
were wroth, and sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus.
22 And the thing
was known to 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.
1 After these
things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and
advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes who were with him.
2 And all the king's servants, who were in the king's gate, bowed, and
reverenced Haman: for the king had so commanded concerning him. But Mordecai
bowed not, nor did him reverence.
3 Then the king's servants, who were in
the king's gate, said unto Mordecai, Why transgress you the king's
4 Now it came to pass, when they spoke daily unto him, and he
hearkened not unto them, that they told Haman, to see whether Mordecai's
matters would stand: for he had told them that he was a Jew.
5 And when
Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, then was Haman full
6 And he thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for they
had showed him the people of Mordecai: wherefore Haman sought to destroy all
the Jews who were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus, even the people
7 In the first month, that is, the month Nisan, in the twelfth
year of king Ahasuerus, they cast Pur, that is, the lot, before Haman from day
today, and from month to month, to the twelfth month, that is, the month
8 And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, There is a certain people
scattered abroad and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of your
kingdom; and their laws are diverse from all people; neither keep they the
king's laws: therefore it is not for the king's profit to suffer them.
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 it into the king's treasuries.
10 And the king
took his ring from his hand, and gave it unto Haman the son of Hammedatha the
Agagite, the Jews' enemy.
11 And the king said unto Haman, The silver is
given to you, the people also, to do with them as it seems good to you.
12 Then were the king's scribes called on the thirteenth day of the first
month, and there was written according to all that Haman had commanded unto
the king's lieutenants, and to the governors who were over every province,
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, even upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is
the month Adar, and to take the spoil of them for a prey.
14 The copy of the
writing for a commandment to be given in every province was published unto all
people, that they should be ready against that day.
15 The posts went out,
being hastened 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 Shushan was
1 When Mordecai perceived all that was done, Mordecai rent his
clothes, and put on sackcloth with ashes, and went out into the midst of the
city, and cried with a loud and a bitter cry;
2 And came even before the
king's gate: for none might enter into the king's gate clothed with sackcloth.
3 And in every province, whithersoever the king's commandment and his decree
came, there was great mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and
wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.
4 So Esther's maids and her
chamberlains came and told it her. Then was the queen exceedingly grieved; and
she sent raiment to clothe Mordecai, and to take away his sackcloth from him:
but he received it not.
5 Then called Esther for Hatach, one of the king's
chamberlains, whom he had appointed to attend upon her, and gave him a
commandment to Mordecai, to know what it was, and why it was.
6 So Hatach
went forth to Mordecai unto the street of the city, which was before the
7 And Mordecai told him of all that had happened unto him, and
of the sum of the money that Haman had promised to pay to the king's
treasuries for the Jews, to destroy them.
8 Also he gave him the copy of the
writing of the decree that was given at Shushan to destroy them, to show it
unto Esther, and to declare it unto her, 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.
9 And Hatach came and told Esther the words of Mordecai.
10 Again Esther spoke unto Hatach, and gave him commandment unto Mordecai;
11 All the king's servants, and the people of the king's provinces, do know,
that whosoever, whether 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, unless
such to whom the king shall hold out the golden sceptre, that he may live: but
I have not been called to come in unto the king these thirty days.
they told to Mordecai Esther's words.
13 Then Mordecai commanded to answer
Esther, Think not with yourself that you shall escape in the king's house,
more than all the Jews.
14 For if you altogether hold your peace at this
time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from
another place; but you and your father's house shall be destroyed: and who
knows whether you are come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
15 Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer,
16 Go, gather
together all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast you for me, and
neither eat nor drink three days, night or 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.
17 So Mordecai went his way, and did
according to all that Esther had commanded him.
1 Now it came to pass on
the third day, that Esther put on her royal apparel, and stood in the inner
court of the king's house, over against the king's house: and the king sat
upon his royal throne in the royal house, over against the gate of the house.
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 will you, queen Esther?
and what is your request? it shall be even given you to the half of the
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 haste, that he may do as Esther
has said. So the king and Haman came to the banquet that Esther had prepared.
6 And the king said unto Esther at the banquet of wine, What is your
petition? and it shall be granted you: and what is your request? even to the
half of the kingdom it shall be performed.
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 prepare for
them, and I will do to morrow as the king has said.
9 Then went Haman forth
that day joyful and with a glad heart: but when Haman 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.
11 And Haman told them of the glory of his riches, and the multitude of his
children, and all the things wherein the king had promoted him, and how he had
advanced him above the princes and servants of the king.
12 Haman said
moreover, Yes, Esther the queen did let no man come in with the king unto the
banquet that she had prepared but myself; and to morrow am I invited unto her
also with the king.
13 Yet all this avails me nothing, so long as I see
Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king's gate.
14 Then said Zeresh his wife
and all his friends unto him, Let a gallows be made of fifty cubits high, and
tomorrow speak you unto the king that Mordecai may be hanged thereon: then
go you in merrily with the king unto the banquet. And the thing pleased
Haman; and he caused the gallows to be made.
1 On that night could not the
king sleep, and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles;
and they were read before the king.
2 And it was found written, that
Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king's chamberlains, the
keepers of the door, who sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus.
3 And the
king said, What honour and dignity has been done to Mordecai for this? Then
said the king's servants who ministered unto him, There is nothing done for
4 And the king said, Who is in the court? Now Haman was come into the
outward court of the king's house, to speak unto the king to hang Mordecai on
the gallows that he had prepared for him.
5 And the king's servants said
unto him, Behold, Haman stands in the court. And the king said, Let him come
6 So Haman came in. And the king said unto him, What shall be done unto
the man whom the king delights to honour? Now Haman thought in his heart, To
whom would the king delight to do honour more than to myself?
7 And Haman
answered the king, For the man whom the king delights to honour,
8 Let the
royal apparel be brought which the king uses to wear, and the horse that the
king rides upon, and the crown royal which is set upon his head:
9 And let
this apparel and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king's most
noble princes, that they may array the man withal whom the king delights to
honour, and bring him on horseback through the street of the city, and
proclaim before him, Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights
10 Then the king said to Haman, Make haste, and take the apparel
and the horse, as you have said, and do even so to Mordecai the Jew, who
sits at the king's gate: let nothing fail of all that you have spoken.
11 Then took Haman the apparel and the horse, and arrayed 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 delights to honour.
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 Zeresh his wife and
all his friends every thing that had befallen him. Then said his wise men and
Zeresh his wife unto him, If Mordecai be of the seed of the Jews, before whom
you have begun to fall, you shall not prevail against him, but shall 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
1 So the king and Haman came to banquet with Esther the
2 And the king said again unto Esther on the second day at the
banquet of wine, What is your petition, queen Esther? and it shall be granted
you: and what is your request? and it shall be performed, even to the half of
3 Then Esther the queen answered and said, If I have found
favour in your 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 slain, and to perish. But if we had been sold
for bondmen and bondwomen, I had held my tongue, although the enemy could not
countervail the king's damage.
5 Then the king Ahasuerus answered and said
unto Esther the queen, Who is he, and where is he, who durst presume in his
heart to do so?
6 And Esther said, The adversary and enemy is this wicked
Haman. Then Haman was afraid before the king and the queen.
7 And the king
arising from the banquet of wine in his wrath went into the palace garden: and
Haman stood up to make request for his life to Esther 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 word went out of the
king's mouth, they covered Haman's face.
9 And Harbonah, one of the
chamberlains, said before the king, Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits
high, which Haman had made for Mordecai, who had spoken good for the king,
stands in the house of Haman. Then the king said, Hang him thereon.
they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was
the king's wrath pacified.
1 On that day did the king Ahasuerus give the
house of Haman the Jews' enemy unto Esther the queen. And Mordecai came before
the king; for Esther had told what he was unto her.
2 And the king took off
his ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it unto Mordecai. And Esther
set Mordecai over the house of Haman.
3 And Esther spoke yet again before
the king, and fell down at his feet, and besought him with tears to put away
the mischief of Haman the Agagite, and his device that he had devised against
4 Then the king held out the golden sceptre toward Esther. So
Esther arose, and stood before the king,
5 And said, If it please the king,
and if I have found favour in his sight, and the thing seem right before the
king, and I be pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to reverse the letters
devised by Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he wrote to destroy
the Jews who 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?
7 Then the king Ahasuerus said unto Esther the
queen and to Mordecai the Jew, Behold, I have given Esther the house of Haman,
and him they have hanged upon the gallows, because he laid his hand upon the
8 Write you also for the Jews, as it likes you, in the king's name,
and seal it with the king's ring: for the writing which is written in the
king's name, and sealed with the king's ring, may no man reverse.
were the king's scribes called at that time in the third month, that is, the
month Sivan, on the three and twentieth day thereof; and it was written
according to all that Mordecai commanded unto the Jews, and to the
lieutenants, and the deputies and rulers of the provinces which are from India
unto Ethiopia, a hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto every province
according to the writing thereof, 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 posts on horseback, and riders on mules, camels, and
11 Wherein the king granted the Jews who were in every
city to gather themselves together, and to stand for their life, to destroy,
to slay, 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 of them
for a prey,
12 Upon one day in all the provinces of king Ahasuerus, 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 that rode upon
mules and camels went out, being hastened 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 king in royal apparel of blue 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 And in every province, and in every city,
whithersoever the king's commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and
gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became
Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them.
1 Now in the twelfth month,
that is, the month Adar, on the thirteenth day of the same, when the king's
commandment and his decree drew near to be put in execution, in the day that
the enemies of the Jews hoped to have power over them, (though it was turned
to the contrary, that the Jews had rule over those who hated them;)
Jews gathered themselves together in their cities throughout all the provinces
of the king Ahasuerus, to lay hand on such as sought their hurt: and no man
could withstand them; for the fear of them fell 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 the fear of Mordecai fell upon
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 smote all their enemies with the stroke of the sword, and
slaughter, and destruction, and did what they would unto those who hated
6 And in Shushan the palace the Jews slew and destroyed five hundred
7 And Parshandatha, and Dalphon, and Aspatha,
8 And Poratha, and
Adalia, and Aridatha,
9 And Parmashta, and Arisai, and Aridai, and
10 The ten sons of Haman the son of Hammedatha, the enemy of the
Jews, slew they; but on the spoil laid they not their hand.
11 On that day
the number of those who were slain in Shushan the palace was brought before
12 And the king said unto Esther the queen, The Jews have slain
and destroyed five hundred men in Shushan the palace, and the ten sons of
Haman; what have they done in the rest of the king's provinces? now what is
your petition? and it shall be granted you: or what is your request further?
and it shall be done.
13 Then said Esther, If it please the king, let it be
granted to the Jews who are in Shushan to do to morrow also according unto
this day's 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
Shushan; and they hanged Haman's ten sons.
15 For the Jews who were in
Shushan gathered themselves together on the fourteenth day also of the month
Adar, and slew three hundred men at Shushan; but on the prey they laid not
16 But the other Jews who were in the king's provinces gathered
themselves together, and stood for their lives, and had rest from their
enemies, and slew of their foes seventy and five thousand, but they laid not
their hands on the prey,
17 On the thirteenth day of the month Adar; and on
the fourteenth day of the same rested they, and made it a day of feasting and
18 But the Jews who were at Shushan assembled together on the
thirteenth day thereof, and on the fourteenth thereof; and on the fifteenth
day of the same they rested, and made it a day of feasting and gladness.
19 Therefore the Jews of the villages, who 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 sending portions one to another.
20 And Mordecai wrote
these things, and sent letters unto all the Jews who were in all the
provinces of the king Ahasuerus, both nigh and far,
21 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
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 consume them, and to destroy them;
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 Jews 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 two days according to their writing, and
according to their appointed time every year;
28 And that these days should
be remembered 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 seed.
Esther the queen, the daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew, wrote with
all authority, to confirm this second letter of Purim.
30 And he sent the
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 confirm these
days of Purim in their times appointed, according as Mordecai the Jew and
Esther the queen had enjoined them, and as they had decreed for themselves and
for their seed, the matters of the fastings and their cry.
32 And the decree
of Esther confirmed these matters of Purim; and it was written in the book.
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
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.
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