Ester 8

1 On that day, did King Ahasuerus give unto Esther the queen, the house of Haman, the adversary of the Jews,and, Mordecai, came in before the king, for Esther had told, what he was to her.

2 And the king took off his signet-ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it unto Mordecai,and Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman.

3 Yet again, spake Esther before the king, and fell down at his feet,and wept and made supplication unto him, to cause the mischief of Haman the Agagite to pass away, even the plot which he had plotted against the Jews.

4 And the king held out unto Esther, the golden sceptre,so Esther arose, and stood before the king;

5 and saidIf, unto the king, it seem good, and if I have found favour before him, and the thing be approved before the king, and, I myself, be pleasing in his eyes, let it be written, to reverse the letters plotted by Haman, son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, which he wrote to destroy thee Jews, who are in all the provinces of the king.

6 For how can I endure to see the ruin that shall overtake my people? or how can I endure to see the destruction of my kindred?

7 Then said King Ahasuerus unto Esther the queen, and unto Mordecai the Jew,Lo! the house of Haman, have I given unto Esther, and, him, have they hanged upon the gallows, because he thrust forth his hand against the Jews.

8 Ye, therefore, write concerning the Jews as may seem good in your own eyes, in the name of the king, and seal it with the kings signet-ring,for a writing which hath been written in the kings name, and sealed with the kings signet-ring, none can reverse.

9 Then were called the kings scribes at that timein the third month, the same, is the month Siwan, on the twenty-third thereof, and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded unto the Jews, and unto the satraps and pashas and rulers of the provinces, which are from India even unto Ethiopia, a hundred and twenty-seven provinces, every province according to the writing thereof, and every people according to their tongue,and unto the Jews, according to their writing, and according to their tongue;

10 and he wrote in the name of King Ahasuerus, and sealed it with the kings signet-ring,and sent letters by the hand of runners on horses, riding the swift steeds used in the kings service, bred of the stud:

11 That the king had granted unto 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 perishall the force of the people and province who should distress them, their little ones and women,and the spoil of them as a prey:

12 upon one day, throughout all the provinces of King Ahasuerus,upon the thirteenth of the twelfth month, the same, is the month Adar:

13 A copy of the writing to be given, as an edict, throughout every province, was published to all the peoples,and that the Jews be ready against that day, to avenge themselves on their enemies.

14 The runners that rode on the swift steeds used in the kings service, went forth, being urged forward and pressed on, by the word of the king,and, the edict, was given in Shusan the palace.

15 And, Mordecai, went forth from the presence of the king, in royal apparel, of blue and white, with a large diadem of gold, and a mantle of fine linen and purple,and, the city Shusan, was bright and joyful.

16 To the Jews, had come light, and joy,and gladness and honour.

17 And, in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the word of the king and his edict did reach, joy and gladness, had the Jews,a banquet and a happy day,and, many from among the peoples of the land, were becoming Jews, for the dread of the Jews had fallen upon them.