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    Esther 3:1-4:17

    C Bible Chapter 33:1 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 that [were] with him.
    3:2 And all the king's servants, that 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

    3:3 Then the king's servants, which were in the king's gate,
    said unto Mordecai, Why transgressest thou the king's

    3:4 Now it came to pass, when they spake 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.

    3:5 And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him
    reverence, then was Haman full of wrath.

    3:6 And he thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for
    they had shewed him the people of Mordecai: wherefore Haman
    sought to destroy all the Jews that were throughout the whole
    kingdom of Ahasuerus, even the people of Mordecai.

    3:7 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 to day, and from month to month,
    to the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar.

    3:8 And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, There is a certain
    people scattered abroad and dispersed among the people in all
    the provinces of thy 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.

    3:9 If 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.

    3:10 And the king took his ring from his hand, and gave it unto
    Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the Jews' enemy.

    3:11 And the king said unto Haman, The silver is given to
    thee, the people also, to do with them as it seemeth good to

    3:12 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 that 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.

    3:13 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

    3:14 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.

    3:15 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 perplexed.

    C Bible Chapter 44:1 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;
    4:2 And came even before the king's gate: for none might enter
    into the king's gate clothed with sackcloth.

    4:3 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.

    4:4 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.

    4:5 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.

    4:6 So Hatach went forth to Mordecai unto the street of the
    city, which was before the king's gate.

    4:7 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.

    4:8 Also he gave him the copy of the writing of the decree that
    was given at Shushan to destroy them, to shew 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.

    4:9 And Hatach came and told Esther the words of Mordecai.

    4:10 Again Esther spake unto Hatach, and gave him commandment
    unto Mordecai;

    4:11 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, except 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.

    4:12 And they told to Mordecai Esther's words.

    4:13 Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with
    thyself that thou shalt escape in the king's house, more than
    all the Jews.

    4:14 For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time,
    then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the
    Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall
    be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the
    kingdom for such a time as this?

    4:15 Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer,

    4:16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in
    Shushan, and fast ye 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.

    4:17 So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that
    Esther had commanded him.

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