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.
the king took off his ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it unto Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the house
3And 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 the Jews.
the king held out the golden sceptre toward Esther. So Esther arose, and stood before the king,
5And said, If it please the king, and if I have 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 provinces:
6For 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 kindred?
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.
8Write 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.
9Then 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 their language.
10And 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:
11Wherein 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,
12Upon one day in all the provinces of king Ahasuerus, namely, upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth
month, which is the month Adar.
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 enemies.
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.
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.
16The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour.
17And 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.