Esther 9


The Jews Destroy Their Adversaries

For in the twelfth month, on the thirteenth of the month, which is Adar, [7were at hand 1the 2letters 3written 4by 5the 6king]. And in that day [5were destroyed 1the 2adversaries 3of the 4Jews], [4no one 1for 5opposed 2fearing 3them]. For the rulers of the satraps, and the sovereigns, and the royal scribes esteemed the Jews, for the fear of Mordecai rested upon them. [6fell 1For 2the 3order 4of the 5king] for him to be named in all the kingdom. And in Shushan the city the Jews killed [2men 1five hundred] -- both Parshandatha, and Dalphon, and Aspatha, and Poratha, and Adalia, and Aridatha and Parmashta, and Arisai, and Aridai, and Vajezatha, 10 even the ten sons of Haman, son of Hammedatha the Bougean, the enemy of the Jews; but they plundered not in that day. 11 And was given the number to the king of the ones being destroyed in Shushan. 12 [4said 1And 2the 3king] to Esther, The Jews destroyed in Shushan [2men 1five hundred] in the city; and in the place round about, how do you imagine they were treated? What then do you still petition, for it will be yours? 13 And Esther said to the king, Let it be given for the Jews to deal likewise tomorrow, so as far the ten sons of Haman to hang. 14 And [3committed it 1the 2king] so to be. And he displayed to the Jews of the city the bodies of the sons of Haman to hang. 15 And [3gathered together 1the 2Jews] in Shushan on the fourteenth day of Adar, and they killed [2men 1three hundred], but nothing they plundered. 16 And the rest of the Jews, of the ones in the kingdom, gathered together and helped themselves, and gained rest from the warlike men; for they destroyed of them, [2ten thousands 1seven], and five thousand men on the thirteenth of Adar, but [2nothing 1they plundered]. 17 And they rested on the fourteenth of the same month, and they celebrated it as a day of rest with joy and gladness. 18 And the Jews in Shushan the city gathered together also on the fourteenth and rested. But they celebrated even on the fifteenth with joy and gladness. 19 Because of this then the Jews, the ones being disseminated in every place outside, celebrate on the fourteenth of Adar, [2day 1a good] with gladness, [2sending 3portions 1each] to his neighbor. 20 [3wrote 1And 2Mordecai] these words in a scroll and sent them to the Jews, as many as were in the kingdom of Artaxerxes, to the ones near and to the ones far; 21 to establish these days as good days, and to celebrate both the fourteenth and the fifteenth of Adar.

The Holiday of Purim

22 For in these days [3gained rest 1the 2Jews] from their enemies. And the month in which things turned for them, which was Adar, from mourning to joy, and from grief to good days, was to celebrate entirely for good days of wedding feasts and gladness, sending gift portions to their friends and to the poor. 23 And [3favorably received it 1the 2Jews] as [2wrote 3to them 1Mordecai], 24 of how Haman son of Hammedatha the Macedonian waged war against them; as he ordained a referendum and the lot, to obliterate them; 25 and how he entered to the king, telling him to hang Mordecai. But as much as he attempted to bring [2upon 3the 4Jews 1bad things], upon himself it came to pass; and he was hanged, he and his children. 26 On account of this they call these days Purim because of the lots, (for in their dialect they are called purim), because of the words of this letter, and as much as they suffered on account of it, and as much as happened to them and was stopped. 27 And [3favorably received it 1the 2Jews] for themselves, and for their seed, and for the ones purposed unto them to observe it -- nor in fact [2otherwise 1shall they treat it]. And these days were a memorial being completed according to generation and generation, and city, and family, and place. 28  And these days were celebrated for all time, and their memorial in no way should fail unto generations. 29 And [6wrote 1Esther 2the 3queen 4daughter 5of Abihail], and Mordecai the Jew, as much as they did, and the confirmation of the letter of the purim. 31 And [3Mordecai 4and 5Esther 6the 7queen 1they established 2to themselves] for themselves; and then establishing according to their fasting and their counsel. 32 And Esther [2the matter 1established] for the eon, and it was written for a memorial.
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