1 So the king and
Haman came to banquet with Esther the queen.
2 And the king said again unto Esther on the second day at the
banquet of wine, What is thy petition, queen Esther? and it
shall be granted thee: and what is thy request? and it shall
be performed, even to the half of the kingdom.
3 Then Esther the queen answered and said, If I have found favour
in thy 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, that 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, standeth
in the house of Haman. Then the king said, Hang him thereon.
10 So 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 spake 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 which are in all the king's
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
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 Jews.
8 Write ye also for the Jews, as it liketh 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.
9 Then 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,
an 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
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 young dromedaries:
11 Wherein the king granted the Jews which 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
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
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 them that hated them;)
2 The 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 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 smote 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 slew and destroyed five
7 And Parshandatha, and Dalphon, and Aspatha,
8 And Poratha, and Adalia, and Aridatha,
9 And Parmashta, and Arisai, and Aridai, and Vajezatha,
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 that were slain in Shushan
the palace was brought before the king.
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 thy petition? and it shall be granted
thee: or what is thy request 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 tomorrow also according
unto this day's decree, and let Haman's ten sons be hanged upon
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 that 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 their
16 But the other Jews that 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 that 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, 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 sending portions one to
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,
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 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 consume them, and to
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
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.
29 Then Esther the queen, the daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai
the Jew, wrote with all authority, to confirm this second letter
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
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