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;)
2The 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.
3And 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.
4For 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.
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.
6And in Shushan the
palace the Jews slew and destroyed five hundred men.
Parshandatha, and Dalphon, and Aspatha,
Poratha, and Adalia, and Aridatha,
and Arisai, and Aridai, and Vajezatha,
ten sons of Haman the son of Hammedatha, the enemy of the Jews, slew they; but on the spoil laid they not their hand.
11On that day the number of those that were slain in Shushan the palace was brought
before the king.
12And 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.
said Esther, If it please the king, let it be granted to the Jews which are in Shushan to do to morrow also according unto
this day's decree, and let Haman's ten sons be hanged upon the gallows.
14And the king commanded it so to be done: and the decree was given at Shushan; and they hanged Haman's
15For 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 hand.
16But 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,
17On 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 gladness.
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.
19Therefore 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 another.
20And 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,
stablish this among them, that they should keep the fourteenth day of the month Adar, and the fifteenth day of the same, yearly,
22As 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.
23And the Jews undertook to do as they had begun, and as Mordecai had written unto
24Because 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 destroy them;
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.
26Wherefore 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 unto them,
27The 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;
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.
29Then Esther the queen, the daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew, wrote with
all authority, to confirm this second letter of Purim.
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,
31To 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.
32And the decree of Esther confirmed these matters of Purim; and it was written in the book.