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CHAP. VIII, IX. Mordecai's honour. 429 7 ? And the king arising from the bane i the king's ring : for the writing which quet of wine in his wrath quent into the is written in the king's name, and sealed palace-garien : and Haman stood up to with the king's ring, inay no man reverse. make, request for his life to Esther the il 9 Then were the king's scribes called queen ; for he saw tliat there was evil de- at that time in the third month, that is, termined against him by the king.

the month Sivan, on the thirce and twen8 Then the king returned out of the tieth day thereof; and it was written, acpalace-garden into the place of the ban cording to all that Mordecai commandquet of wine ; and Haman was fallen up-ed, unco the Jews, and to the lieutenants, on the bed whereon Esther was. Then and the deputies and rulers of the prova said the king, Will he force the queen also | inces which are from India unto Ethiobefore me in the house? As the word pia, an hundred twenty and seven prova went out of the king's mouth, they cov- inces, unto every province according to ered Haman's face.

I the writing thereof, and unto every peo9 And Harhonah, one of the chamber- l ple after their language, and to the Jews lains, said before the king, Behold also, according to their writing, and according the gallows fifty cubits high, which Ha- i to their language, man liad made for Mordecai, - who had | 10 And lie wrote in the king Ahasuespoken gnocl for the king, standeth in the rus' name, and scaled it with the king's house of Haman. Then the king said, ring, and sent letters by posts on lorseHang him thereon.

U back, and riders on mules, camels, and · 10 So they hanged Haman on the gal- !) young dromedaries: lows that he had prepared for Mordecai. 11 Wherein the king granted the Jews Then was the king's wrath pacified , which were in every city to gather them; ! CHAP. VIII.

selves together, and to stand for their 1 Mordecai is advanced. 7 Ahasuerus life, to destroy, to slay, and to cause to granieth to the Jews to defend them- perish, all the power of the people and selves. 15 Mordecai's honour and the province that would assault them, both Jezus jou.. .)

little ones and women, and to take the On that day did the king Ahasuerus Spoil of them for a prey,

V give the house of llaman, the Jews . 12 Upon one day in all the provinces enemy,unto Esther the queen. And Mor- of king Ahasuerus, namely, upon the thirdecai came before the king ; for Esther teenth day of the twelfth month, which is had told what he was unto her.

the month Adar..., 2 And the king took off his ring which 13 The copy of the writing for a comhe had taken from Haman, and gave it mandment to be given in every province unto Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai was published unto all people, and that over the house of Haman.

the Jews should be ready against that day 3 And Esther spake yet again before to avenge themselves on their enemies. the king, and fell down at luis feet, and be 14 So the posts that rode upon mulesand sought him with tears to put away the | camels went out, beinghastened and press-. mischief of Haman the Agagite, and his | ed on by the king's commandment. An device that he had devised against the Jews. | thedecree wasgivenat Shushan the palace.

4 Then the king held out the golden 15 g And Mordecai went out from the sceptre toward Esther. So Esther arose, l presence of the king in royal apparel of and stood before the king,

blue and white, and with a great crown of 5 And said, If it please the king, and if i gold, and with a garment of fine linen I have found favour in his sight, and the land purple : and the city of Shushan rething seem right before the king, and I be l joiced, and was glad: pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to re 16 The Jews had light, and gladness, verse the letters devised by Haman the land joy, and honour. son of Hammedatha the Agagite, which 17 And in every province, and in every he wrote to destroy the Jews which are in city, whithersoever the king's coinmandall the king's provinces :

| ment and his decree came, the Jews had 6 For how can I endure to see the evil joy and glarlness, a feast and a good day. that shall come unto my people ? or how And many of the people of the land becan I endue to see the destruction of my came Jews ; for the fear of the Jews fell kindred?

i upon them. 7 & Then the king Ahasuerus said unto

CHAP. IX. Esther the queen and to Mordecai the 1The Jerus slay their enemies, wi:h the ton lew, Belud, I have given Esther the Sons of Human, 20 Theiwo days of Puhouse of Taman, and him they have rim are made festival hanged upon the galows, because he laid MTOW in the twelfth month, that is, luis hand upon the Jews.

Ty the month Adar, on the thirteenth 8 Write ve also for the Jews, as it liketh ly of the same, when the king's comyou, in the king's name, kuid seal it with mandinent and his decrec drew pear to

430 The Jews slay their enemies, ESTHER. witủ the ten sons of Haman. be put in execution, in the day that the 1 17 On the thirteenth day of the month enemies of the Jews hoped to have pow- Adar; and on the fourteenth day of the er over them, (though it was turned to same rested they, and made it a day of the contrary, that the Jews had rule over feasting and gladness, them that hated them ;)

18 But the Jews that were at Shushan 2 The Jews gathered themselves to assembled together on the thirteenth day gether in their cities throughout all the thereof, and on the fourteenth thereof; provinces of the king Ahasuerus, to lay and on the fifteenth day of the same they hand on such as sought their hurt: and rested, and made it a day of feasting and no man could' withstand them; for the gladness. fear of them fell upon all people.

19 Therefore the Jews of the villages, 3 And all the rulers of the provinces, that dwelt in the unwalled towns, made and the lieutenants, and the deputies, and the fourteenth day of the month Adar a officers of the king helped the Jews; be day of gladness and feasting, and a good cause the fear of Mordecai fell upon them. day, and sending of portions one to an

4 For Mordecai was great in the king's other. house, and his fame went out throughout | 20 | And Mordecai wrote these things, all the provinces: for this man Mordecai and sent letters unto all the Jews that waxed greater and greater.

were in all the provinces of the king A5 Thus the Jews smote all their ene- hasuerus, both nigh and far, mies with the stroke of the sword, and 21 To stablish this among them, that slaughter, and destruction, and did what they should keep the fourteenth day of they would unto those that hated then). ! the month Adar, and the fifteenth day

6 And in Shushan the palace the Jews of the same, yearly, slew and destroyed five hundred men. 22 As the days wherein the Jews rest

7 And Parshandatha, and Dalphon, || ed from their enemies, and the month and Aspatha,

which was turned unto them from sorrow 8 And Poratha, and Adalia, and Ari- | to joy, and from mourning into a good datha,

day: that they should make them days of 9 And Parmashta, and Arisai, and Ari feasting and joy, and of sending portions dai, and Vajezatha,

one to another, and gifts to the poor. 10 The ten sons of Haman the son of 23 And the Jews undertook to do as Hammedatha, the enemy of the Jews, they had begun, and as Mordecai had slew they; but on the spoil laid they not written unto them; their hand.

24 Because Haman the son of Ham11 On that day the number of those medatha, the Agagite, the enemy of all that were slain in Shushan the palace the Jews, had devised against the Jews was brought before the king.

to destroy them, and had cast Pur, that 12 And the king said unto Esther the is, the lot, to consume them, and to dequeen, The Jews have slain and destroyed || stroy them; five hundred men in Shushan the palace, 25 But when Esther came before the and the ten sons of Haman; what have || king, he commanded by letters that his they done in the rest of the king's prov wicked device, which he devised against inces? now what is thy petition? and it the Jews, should return upon his own shall be granted tlice: or what is thy re head, and that he and his sons shoula be quest further and it shall be done. | banged on the gallows.

13 Then said Esther, If it please the 26 Wherefore they called these days king, let it be granted to the Jews which Purim after the name of Pur. Thereare in Shushan to do to-morrow also ac fore for all the words of this letter, cording unto this day's decree, and let and of that which they had seen conHaman's ten sons be lianged upon the cerning this matter, and which had come gallows.

unto them, 14 And the king commanded it so to be 27 The Jews ordained, and took upon done : and the decree was given at Shu- | them, and upon their seed, and upon all shan; and they hanged Haman's ten sons. such as joined themselves unto them, so

15 For the Jews that were in Shushan as it should not fail, that they would gathered themselves together on the four- keep these two days according to their teenth day also of the month Adar, and writing, aig according to their appointed slew three hundred men at Shushan ; but time every year ; CA the prey they laid not their hand. 28 And that these days should be re

16 But the other Jews that were in the membered and kept throughout every king's provinces gathered themselves to generation, every family, every province, gether, and stol for their lives, and had and every city; and that these days of Best from their enemies, and slew of their Purim should not fail from among the foes seventy and tive thousand, but they Jews, nor the memorial of them perish kuld not thicir hands on the prej,

ll from their seccl.

Eatan appeareth before God. -Chap. 1.

Satan's malice. Asi 29 Then Esther the queen, the daughter il

CHAP. X. of Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew, wrote | 1 Ahasuerus' greatness. 3 Mordecai's. with all authority, to confirm this second |

advancement. letter of Purim.

LAND the king Ahasuerus laid a trib30 And he sent the letters unto all the Tute upon the land, and upon the Jews, to the hundred twenty and seven isles of the sea. provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, 2 And all the acts of his power and with words of peace and truth,

of his might, and the declaration of the · 31 To confirm these days of Purim greatness of Mordecai, whereunto the in their times appointed, according asking advanced him, are they not written Mordecai the Jew and Esther the queen in the book of the chronicles of the king's had enjoined them, and as they had of Media and Persia ? decreed for themselves and for their 3 For Mordecai the Jew was next seed, the matiers of the fastings and unto king Ahasuerus, and great among their cry.

the Jews, and accepted of the multitude 32 And the decree of Esther confirmed of his bretluen, sccking the wealth of these matters of Purim; and it was writ- his people, and speaking peace to all ten in the book.

This seed.


and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? 1 The holiness, riches, and religious care 10 Hast not thou made an hedge about of Job for his children. 6 Balun ap- | him, and about his house, and about all, pearing before God, obtaineth leave to that he hath on every side? thou hast tempt him.

blessed the work of his hands, and his THERE was a man in the land of substance is increased in the land

1 U2, whose name was Joh ; and 11 But put forth thine hand now, and that man was perfect and upright, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse one that feared God, and eschewed evil. || thee to thy face.

2 And there were born unto him seveni 12 And the LORD said unto Satan; sous and three daughters.

Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; 3His substance also was seven thousand only upon himself put not forth thine sheep, and three thousand camels, and hand. So Satan went forth from the five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hun presence of the LORD. dred she-asses, and a very great house 13 | And there was a day when his sons hold; so that this man was the greatest and his daughters were eating and drinkof all the men of the east.

ing wine in their eldest brother's house : 4 And his sons went and feasted in 14 And there came a messenger unto their houses, every one his day; and sent Job, and said, The oxen were ploughing, and called for their three sisters to eat and the asses feeding beside them : and to drink with them.

15 And the Sabeans fell upon them, and 5 And it was so, when the days of took them away; yea, they have slain the their feasting were gone about, that Job servants with the edge of the sword ; sent and sanctified them, and rose up and I only am escaped alone to tell theě. early in the morning, and offered burnt 16 While he was yet speaking, there offering according to the number of them came also another, and said, The fire of all: for Job said, It may be that my sons God is fallen from heaven, and hath have sinned, and cursed God in their burned up the sheep and the servants, hearts. Thus did Job continually. and consumed them; ard I only am cs

6. Now there was a day when the caped alone to tell thee. sons of God came to present themselves 17 While he was yet speaking, there before the LORD, and Satan came also came also another, and said, The Chalamong them.

deans, made out three bands, and fell up7 And the LORD said unto Satan, | on the camels, and have carried them Whence comest thou? Then Satan an- 1 away, yea, and slain the servants with swered the LORD, and said, From going | the edge of the sword; and I only ama to and fro in the earth, and from walk cscaped alone to tell thee. ing up and down in it.

18 While he was yet speaking, there 8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast came also another, and said, Thy sous thou considered my servant Job, that and thy daughters were eating and drinkthere is none like him in the earth, a || ing wine in their eldest brother's house : perfect and an upright man, one that 19 And behold, there came a great, feareth God, and escheweth evil? | wind from the wilderness, and smote the

9 Then Satan answered the LORD, four corners of the house, and it fell 452 Job smitten with boils.

JOB: He curseth the day of his birth. upon the young men, and they are dead; 1 er to come to mourn with him, and to and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. Il comfort him.

20 Then Joh arose, and rent his man 12 And when they lifted up their eyes tle, and shaved his head, and fell down afar off, and knew him not, they lifted upon the ground, and worshipped, up their voice, and wept; and they rent

21 And said, Naked came I out of every one his mantle, and sprinkled dust my mother's womb, and naked shall I upon their heads toward leaven. return thither: The Lord gave, and the 13 So they sat down with him upon LORD hath taken away ; blessed be the the ground seven days and seven nights, name of the LORD.

| and none spake a word unto him : for 22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charg they saw that his grief was very great. 'ed God foolishly.


1 Job curseth the day and services of his 1 Satan appearing again before God, birth. 13 The case of death.

obtaineth further leave to tempt Job. AFTER this opened Job his mouth, 7 He smiteth him quith sore boils. 9 and cursed his day. Job reproveth his wife, moving him to 2 And Job spake, and said, curse God.

3 Let the day perish wherein I was A GAIN there was a day when the born, and the night in which it was said, mi sons of God came to present them- || There is a man child conceived. selves before the LORD, and Satan came | 4 Let that day be darkness ; let not also among them to present liimself before God regard it from above, neither let the the LORD.

| light shine upon it. 2 And the Lord said unto Satan, From 5 Let darkne:s and the shadow of death, whence comest thou? And Satan answer- stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the ed the LORD, and said, From gous tol, blackness of the day terrify it. and fro in the earth, and from walking 6 As for that night, let darkness seize up and down in it.

upon it; let it not be joined unto the days3 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast of the year, let it not come into the numthou considered my scrvant Job, that ber of the months. there is none like him in the carth, a per-1 7 Lo, let that night be solitary, let no fect and an upright man, one that fcareth ll joyful voice come thercin. God, and escheweth evil ? and still he 3 Let them curse it that curse the day, holdeth fast his integrity, although thou who are ready to raise up their mourning. movedst me against hini, to destroy him 9 Let the stars of the twilight thereof without causc.

be (ark; let it look for light, but have 4 And Satan answered the LORD, and none; neither let it see the dawning of sail, Skin for skin, yca, all that a man the day: haih will he give for his life.

10 Because it shut not up the doors of 5 But put forih tiine hand now, anın mother's womb, nor hid sorrow from touch liis bone and his flesh, and he wil ne eres. cur:c thcc to thy face.

11 11 lay died I not from the womb? 6 And the LORD said unto Satan, Be y did I not give up the ghost when I hold, he is in thinte hand; but save l'is came out of the belly? life.

2 Why did the knees prevent me? 7 11 So went Satan forth from the press or why the breasts that I should suck ? ence of the Loi:1), and smote Job with 13 For now should I have lien still sore boils from the sole of his foot into and been quiet, I should have slept : then his crown.

had I been at rest, 8 And he took him a potsherd to 14 With kings and counsellors of the scrape himself withal; and lie sat down earth, which built desolate places for among the ashes.

li themselves ; 99 Then said his wife unto him, Dost | 15 Or wich princes that had gold, who thou still retain thine integrity ? curse | filled their houses with silver : God, and die.

16 Or as an hidden untimely. birth I 10 But he said unto her, Thou speakest had not been; as infants which never as one of the toolish women speaketh. I saw light. What ! shall we receive good at the hand | 17 There the wicked cease from troubof God, and shall we not receive evil? In ling; and there the weary be at rest. all this did not Job sin with leis lips.

18 There the prisoners rest together ;. 11 | Now when Job's thrue friends I thev hear not the voice of the oppressor, heard of all this evil that was come upon 19 The small and great are there; and um, they came every one from his own the servant is free from his master. place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad 20 Wherefore is light given to him The Shuhile, and Zouhar the Naamathite: that is in micry, and life unto the bitter for they had made an appointment togeil- lin soui;

Euphaz reproveth Job, CHAP. iv, v. God to be sought in affliction, 433

21 Which long for death, but it cometh n God? shall a man be more pure than his not; and dig for it more than for hid || maker? treasures ;

18 Behold, he put no trust in his ser22 Which rejoice exceedinglų, and are vants; and his angels he charged with glad, when they can find the grave? folly:

23 Why is light given to a man whose 19 How much less in them that dwell in way is híd, and whom God hath hedged houses of clay, whose foundation is in the in ?

dust, which are crushed before the moth? 24 For my sizning cometh before I eat, 20 They are destroyed from morning and my roarings are poured out like the | to evening : they perish for ever without waters.

any regarding it. 25 For the thing which I greatly fear- 21 Doth not their excellency which is ed is come upon me, and that which I in them go away they die, even withwas afraid of is come into me.

out wisdom. 26 I was not in safety, neither bad 1 ||

CHAP. V. rest, neither was I quiet; vet trouble came. || 1 The harm of inconsideration. 3 The CHAP. IV. .

end of the suickel is misery. 6 Godis 1 Eliphaz reproveth Job for want of relig- to be regarded in affliction. 17 The ion. 7 He teacheth God's judgments to happy end of God's correction. be not for the righteous, but for the quick ALL now, if there be any that will ed. 12 His feuerful vision to humble the U answer thee; and to which of the ercellencies of creatures before God. i saints wilt thou tuin? THEN Eliphaz the Temanite an- 1 2 For wrath killeth the foolish man, T swered and said,

ll and envy slayeth the silly one. 2 If we assay to commune with thee, I s I have seen the foolish taking root : wilt thou be grieved ? but who can with-i but suddenly I cursed his habitation. hold himself from speaking ?

4 His children are far froin safety, and 3 Behold, thou hastinstructed many, and they are crushed in the gate, neither is thou hast strengthened the weak hanc's. l there any to deliver them.

4 Thy words have upholden him chat || 5 Whose harvest the hungry eateth up, was falling, and thou hast strengthened and taketh it even out of the thorns, the feeble knees.

and the robber swalloweth up their sub5 But now it is come upon thee, and stance. thou faintest; it toucheth ihee, and thou 6 Although affliction cometh not forth art troubled.

of the dust, neither doth trouble spring 6 Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, | out of the ground; thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways: 7 Yet man is born unto trouble, as the

7 Remember, I pray thee, who ever || sparks fly upward. perished, being innocent? or where were 8 I would seek unto God, and unto the righteous cut off ?

God would I commit my cause : 8 Even as I have seen, they that plough | 9 Which doeth great things and uniniquity, and sow wickedness, rcap the searchable; marvellous things without same.

number : 9 By the blast of God they perish, and 10 Who giveth rain upon the carth, by the breath of his nostrils are they con- | and sendeth waters upon the fields: sumed.

11 To set up on high those that be low; 10 The roaring of the lion, and the that those which mourn may be exalted voice of the fierce lion, and the teeth of | to safety. the young lions, are broken.,

12 He disappointeth the devices of the ii The old lion perisheth for lack of crafty, so that their hands cannot perprey, and the stout lion's whelps are scat- || form their enterprize. iered abroad.

13 He taketh the wise in their own 12 Now a thing was secretly brought craftiness: and the counsel of the froward to me, and mine ear received a little is carried headlong.

14 They meet with darkness in the 13 In thoughts from the visions of the daytime, and grope in the noonday as in night, when deep sleep falleth on men, the night.

14 Fear came upon me, and trembling, 15 But he saveth the poor from the which made all my bones to shake. sword, from their mouth, and from the

15 Then a spirit passed before my face; || hand of the mighty. the hair of my flesh stood up :

16 So the poor hath hope, and iniquity 16 It stood still, but I could not discern stoppeth her month the form thereof: an image was before ! 17 Behold, happy is the man whom mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard | God correcteth ; therefore despise not a voice, saying,

thou the chastening of the Almighty : 17 Shall mortal man be more just thap 18 For he maketh sore, and bindcth

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