Now it came to passe in the dayes of Ahasuerus, (this is Ahasuerus which reigned
from India, euen vnto Ethiopia, ouer an hundred, and seuen and twentie prouinces.)
2 That in those dayes, when the King Ahasuerus sate on the throne of his
kingdome, which was in Shushan the palace:
3 In the third yeere of his reigne, he made a feast vnto all his Princes, and
his seruants, the power of Persia and Media, the Nobles and Princes of the
prouinces being before him.
4 When he shewed the riches of his glorious kingdome, and the honour of his
excellent maiestie, many dayes, euen an hundred and fourescore dayes.
5 And when these dayes were expired, the king made a feast vnto all the people
that were present in Shushan the palace, both vnto great and small, seuen dayes,
in the court of the garden of the kings palace,
6 Where were white, greene and blew hangings, fastened with cords of fine linnen,
and purple, to siluer rings, and pillers of marble: the beds were of gold and
siluer, vpon a pauement of red, and blewe, and white, and blacke marble.
7 And they gaue them drinke in vessels of gold, (the vessels being diuers one
from another) and royall wine in abundance, according to the state of the king.
8 And the drinking was according to the law, none did compell: for the king had
appointed to all the officers of his house, that they should doe according to
euery mans pleasure.
9 Also Uasthi the Queene made a feast for the women, in the royall house which
belonged to king Ahasuerus.
10 On the seuenth day, when the heart of the King was merry with wine, he
commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the
seuen chamberlens that serued in the presence of Ahasuerus the king,
11 To bring Uasthi the Queene before the king, with the Crowne royall, to shew
the people, and the Princes her beautie: for she was faire to looke on.
12 But the Queene Uasthi refused to come at the Kings commandement by his
chamberlens: therefore was the King very wroth, and his anger burned in him.
13 Then the king saide to the wise men, which knew the times (for so was the
Kings maner towards all that knew law, and iudgement:
14 And the next vnto him, was Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshis, Meres,
Marsena, and Memucan, the seuen Princes of Persia, and Media, which saw the
Kings face, and which sate the first in the kingdome.)
15 What shall wee doe vnto the Queene Uasthi, according to law, because she hath
not performed the commandement of the king Ahasuerus, by the chamberlens?
16 And Memucan answered before the king and the Princes; Uasthi the Queene hath
not done wrong to the king onely, but also to all the Princes, and to all the
people that are in all the prouinces of the king Ahasuerus.
17 For this deed of the queene shall come abroad vnto all women, so that they
shal despise their husbands in their eyes, when it shall bee reported; The king
Ahasuerus commanded Uasthi the queene to be brought in before him, but she came
18 Likewise shall the Ladies of Persia and Media say this day vnto all the kings
princes, which haue heard of the deed of the Queene. Thus shall there arise too
much contempt and wrath.
19 If it please the king, let there go a royall commandement from him, and let
it bee written among the lawes of the Persians, and the Medes, that it be not
altered, that Uasthi come no more before king Ahasuerus, and let the king giue
her royall estate vnto another that is better then she.
20 And when the kings decree, which he shal make, shalbe published throughout
all his empire, (for it is great:) all the wiues shall giue to their husbands
honour, both to great and small.
21 And the saying pleased the king and the princes, and the king did according
to the word of Memucan:
22 For he sent letters into all the kings prouinces, into euery prouince,
according to the writing thereof, and to euery people after their language, that
euery man should beare rule in his owne house, and that it should be published
according to the language of euerie people.
1 After these things, when the wrath of king Ahasuerus was appeased, hee
remembred Uasthi, and what shee had done, and what was decreed against her.
2 Then saide the kings seruants, that ministred vnto him, Let there bee faire
yong virgins sought for the king:
3 And let the king appoint officers in all the prouinces of his kingdome, that
they may gather together all the faire yong virgins vnto Shushan the palace, to
the house of the women vnto the custodie of Hege the kings chamberlaine, keeper
of the women, and let their things for purification bee giuen them:
4 And let the maiden which pleaseth the king, bee Queene in stead of Uasthi. And
the thing pleased the king, and he did so.
5 Now in Shushan the palace, there was a certaine Iew, whose name was Mordecai,
the sonne of Iair, the sonne of Shimei, the sonne of Kish, a Beniamite,
6 Who had bene caried away from Ierusalem, with the captiuitie which had bene
caried away with Ieconiah king of Iudah, whom Nebuchadnezzar the King of Babylon
had caried away.
7 And hee brought vp Hadassah (that is Esther) his vncles daughter, for she had
neither father nor mother, and the maid was faire and beautiful, whom Mordecai
(when her father and mother were dead) tooke for his owne daughter.
8 So it came to passe, when the kings commandement and his decree was heard, and
when many maidens were gathered together vnto Shushan the palace, to the
custodie of Hegai, that Esther was brought also vnto the kings house, to the
custodie of Hegai, keeper of the women.
9 And the maiden pleased him, and she obtained kindnesse of him, and hee
speedily gaue her her things for purification, with such things as belonged to
her, and seuen maidens, which were meet to be giuen her, out of the Kings house,
and hee preferred her and her maids, vnto the best place of the house of the
10 Esther had not shewed her people, nor her kinred: for Mordecai had charged
her, that she should not shew it.
11 And Mordecai walked euery day before the court of the womens house, to know
how Esther did, and what should become of her.
12 Now when euery maids turne was come, to goe in to King Ahasnerus, after that
shee had bene twelue moneths, according to the maner of the women (for so were
the dayes of their purifications accomplished, to wit, sixe moneths with oile of
myrrhe, and sixe moneths with sweet odours, and with other things for the
purifying of the women.)
13 Then thus came euery maiden vnto the king, whatsoeuer she desired, was giuen
her, to goe with her out of the house of the women, vnto the kings house.
14 In the euening she went, and on the morrowe she returned into the second
house of the women, to the custodie of Shaashgaz the kings chamberlen, which
kept the concubines: shee came in vnto the king no more, except the king
delighted in her, and that shee were called by name.
15 Now when the turne of Esther, the daughter of Abihail, the vncle of Mordecai
(who had taken her for his daughter) was come, to goe in vnto the king: she
required nothing, but what Hegai the kings chamberlen the keeper of the women,
appointed: And Esther obtained fauour in the sight of all them that looked vpon
16 So Esther was taken vnto king Ahasuerus, into his house royall, in the tenth
moneth (which is the moneth Tebeth) in the seuenth yeere of his reigne.
17 And the king loued Esther aboue all the women, and she obtained grace and
fauour in his sight, more then all the virgins; so that hee set the royall
crowne vpon her head, and made her queene, in stead of Uasthi.
18 Then the king made a great feast vnto all his princes and his seruants, euen
Esthers feast, and hee made a release to the prouinces, and gaue gifts,
according to the state of the king.
19 And when the virgins were gathered together the second time, then Mordecai
sate in the kings gate.
20 Esther had not yet shewed her kindred, nor her people, as Mordecai had
charged her: For Esther did the commandement of Mordecai, like as when she was
brought vp with him.
21 In those dayes, (while Mordecai sate in the kings gate) two of the kings
chamberlens, Bigthan and Teresh, of those which kept the doore, were wroth, and
sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus:
22 And the thing was knowen to Mordecai, who told it vnto Esther the Queene, and
Esther certified the king thereof, in Mordecais name.
23 And when inquisition was made of the matter, it was found out; therfore they
were both hanged on a tree: and it was written in the booke of the chronicles
before the king.
1 After these things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman, the sonne of Amedatha the
Agagite, and aduanced him, and set his seate aboue all the princes that were
2 And all the kings seruants, that were in the kings gate, bowed, and reuerenced
Haman, for the king had so commanded concerning him: but Mordecai bowed not, nor
did him reuerence.
3 Then the kings seruants, which were in the kings gate, sayd vnto Mordecai, Why
transgressest thou the kings commandement?
4 Now it came to passe, when they spake daily vnto him, and he hearkened not
vnto them; that they told Haman, to see whether Mordecai his matters would
stand, for he had told them that he was a Iewe.
5 And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reuerence, then was
Haman full of wrath.
6 And hee thought scorne to lay hands on Mordecai alone, for they had shewed him
the people of Mordecai: wherefore Haman sought to destroy all the Iewes, that
were throughout the whole kingdome of Ahasuerus, euen the people of Mordecai.
7 In the first moneth (that is, the moneth Nisan) in the twelfth yeere of king
Ahasuerus, they cast Pur, that is, the lot, before Haman, from day to day, and
from moneth to moneth, to the twelfth moneth, that is the moneth Adar.
8 And Haman saide vnto king Ahasuerus: There is a certaine people scattered
abroad, and dispersed among the people, in all the prouinces of thy kingdome,
and their lawes are diuerse from all people, neither keepe they the kings lawes;
therefore it is not for the kings profit to suffer them.
9 If it please the king, let it be written, that they may be destroyed: and I
will pay ten thousand talents of siluer to the handes of those that haue the
charge of the businesse, to bring it into the kings treasuries.
10 And the king tooke his ring from his hand, and gaue it vnto Haman the sonne
of Ammedatha the Agagite, the Iewes enemie.
11 And the king saide vnto Haman, The siluer is giuen to thee, the people also,
to doe with them, as it seemeth good to thee.
12 Then were the kings scribes called on the thirteenth day of the first moneth,
and there was written, according to all that Haman had commanded, vnto the kings
Lieutenants, and to the gouernours, that were ouer euery prouince, and to the
rulers of euery people of euery prouince, according to the writing thereof, and
to euery people, after their language, in the name of king Ahasuerus was it
written, and sealed with the kings ring.
13 And the letters were sent by posts into all the kings prouinces, to destroy,
to kill, and to cause to perish all Iewes, both yong and olde, litle children
and women, in one day, euen vpon the thirteenth day of the twelfth moneth (which
is the moneth Adar) and to take the spoile of them for a pray.
14 The copie of the writing for a commandement to bee giuen in euery prouince,
was published vnto all people, that they should bee ready against that day.
15 The postes went out, being hastened by the kings commandement, and the decree
was giuen in Shushan the palace: and the king and Haman sate downe to drinke,
but the citie Shushan was perplexed.
1 When Mordecai perceiued all that was done, Mordecai rent his clothes, and put
on sackcloth with ashes, and went out into the midst of the citie, and cried
with a loud and a bitter crie:
2 And came euen before the kings gate: for none might enter into the kings gate
clothed with sackcloth.
3 And in euery prouince, whithersoeuer the kings commaundement, and his decree
came, there was great mourning among the Iewes, and fasting, and weeping, and
wailing, and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.
4 So Esthers maides and her chamberlaines came, and told it her: then was the
Queene exceedingly grieued, and she sent raiment to clothe Mordecai, and to take
away the sackcloth from him: but he receiued it not.
5 Then called Esther for Hatach, one of the kings chamberlaines, whom he had
appointed to attend vpon her, and gaue him a commaundement to Mordecai, to know
what it was, and why it was.
6 So Hatach went forth to Mordecai, vnto the street of the citie, which was
before the kings gate:
7 And Mordecai tolde him of all that had happened vnto him, and of the summe of
the money that Haman had promised to pay to the Kings treasuries for the Iewes,
to destroy them.
8 Also he gaue him the copie of the writing of the decree, that was giuen at
Shushan to destroy them, to shewe it vnto Esther, and to declare it vnto her,
and to charge her that she should goe in vnto the king, to make supplication
vnto him, and to make request before him, for her people.
9 And Hatach came and told Esther the words of Mordecai.
10 Againe Esther spake vnto Hatach, and gaue him commaundement vnto Mordecai;
11 All the Kings seruants, and the people of the kings prouinces do know, that
whosoeuer, whether man or woman, shall come vnto the King into the inner court,
who is not called, there is one lawe of his to put him to death, except such to
whom the King shall hold out the golden scepter, that he may liue: but I haue
not beene called to come in vnto the King, these thirtie dayes.
12 And they tolde to Mordecai Esthers words.
13 Then Mordecai commanded to answere Esther; Thinke not with thy selfe that
thou shalt escape in the kings house, more then all the Iewes.
14 For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there
enlargement and deliuerance arise to the Iewes from another place, but thou and
thy fathers house shall be destroyed: And who knoweth, whether thou art come to
the kingdome for such a time as this?
15 Then Esther bade them returne Mordecai this answere:
16 Goe, gather together all the Iewes that are present in Shushan, and fast yee
for me, and neither eate nor drinke three dayes, night or day: I also and my
maidens will fast likewise, and so will I goe in vnto the king, which is not
according to the Law, and if I perish, I perish.
17 So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that Esther had commanded
1 Now it came to passe on the third day, that Esther put on her royall apparell,
and stood in the inner court of the kings house, ouer against the kings house:
and the King sate vpon his royall throne in the royall house, ouer against the
gate of the house.
2 And it was so, when the king saw Esther the Queene standing in the court, that
shee obtained fauour in his sight: and the king helde out to Esther the golden
scepter that was in his hand: So Esther drew neere, and touched the top of the
3 Then sayd the King vnto her, What wilt thou, Queene Esther? and what is thy
request? it shall bee euen giuen thee to the halfe of the kingdome.
4 And Esther answered, If it seeme good vnto the King, let the King and Haman
come this day vnto the banquet that I haue prepared for him.
5 Then the King sayd, Cause Haman to make haste, that he may doe as Esther hath
said: So the king and Haman came to the banquet that Esther had prepared.
6 And the king said vnto Esther at the banquet of wine, What is thy petition,
and it shall be granted thee? and what is thy request? euen to the halfe of the
kingdome it shall be performed.
7 Then answered Esther, and said, My petition, and my request is,
8 If I haue found fauour in the sight of the king, and if it please the king to
grant my petition, and to performe my request, let the king, and Haman, come to
the banquet that I shall prepare for them, and I wil do to morow, as the king
9 Then went Haman foorth that day, ioyfull, and with a glad heart: but when
Haman saw Mordecai in the kings gate, that hee stood not vp, nor mooued for him,
hee was full of indignation against Mordecai.
10 Neuerthelesse Haman refrained himselfe, and when he came home, hee sent and
called for his friends, and Zeresh his wife.
11 And Haman told them of the glory of his riches, and the multitude of his
children, and all the things wherein the king had promoted him, and how he had
aduanced him aboue the Princes, and seruants of the king.
12 Haman said moreouer, Yea Esther the Queene did let no man come in with the
king vnto the banquet that she had prepared, but my selfe; and to morrow am I
inuited vnto her also with the king.
13 Yet all this auaileth me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Iew sitting
at the kings gate.
14 Then saide Zeresh his wife, and all his friends vnto him, Let a gallous be
made of fifty cubits hie, and to morrow speake thou vnto the king, that Mordecai
may be hanged thereon: then goe thou in merily with the king vnto the banquet.
And the thing pleased Haman, and hee caused the gallous to be made.
1 On that night could not the King sleepe, and hee commaunded to bring the booke
of Records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king.
2 And it was found written, that Mordecai had told of Bigthana, and Teresh, two
of the kings chamberleus, the keepers of the doore, who sought to lay hand on
the king Ahasuerus.
3 And the king said, What honour and dignitie hath bene done to Mordecai for
this? Then said the kings seruants that ministred vnto him, There is nothing
done for him.
4 And the king said, Who is in the court? (now Haman was come into the outward
court of the kings house, to speake vnto the king, to hang Mordecai on the
gallons that hee had prepared for him.)
5 And the kings seruants said vnto him, Behold, Haman standeth in the court. And
the King saide, Let him come in.
6 So Haman came in, and the king said vnto him, What shall be done vnto the man
whom the king delighteth to honour? (now Haman thought in his heart, To whom
would the king delight to doe honour, more then to my selfe?)
7 And Haman answered the king, For the man whom the king delighteth to honour,
8 Let the royall apparell bee brought, which the King vseth to weare, and the
horse that the King rideth vpon, and the crowne royal which is set vpon his
9 And let this apparell and horse bee deliuered to the hand of one of the kings
most noble Princes, that they may aray the man withall, whom the king delighteth
to honour, and bring him on horsebacke through the streete of the city, and
proclaime before him, Thus shal it be done to the man whom the king delighteth
10 Then the king saide to Haman, Make haste, and take the apparell, and the
horse, as thou hast said, and doe euen so to Mordecai the Iew, that sitteth at
the Kings gate: let nothing faile of all that thou hast spoken.
11 Then tooke Haman the apparell, and the horse, & arayed Mordecai, and
brought him on hors-backe through the streete of the city, and proclaimed before
him: Thus shall it bee done vnto the man whom the King delighteth to honour.
12 And Mordecai came againe to the kings gate: but Haman hasted to his house,
mourning, and hauing his head couered.
13 And Haman told Zeresh his wife, and all his friends, euery thing that had
befallen him. Then saide his wise men, and Zeresh his wife vnto him, If Mordecai
be of the seed of the Iewes, before whom thou hast begun to fall, thou shalt not
preuaile against him, but shalt surely fall before him.
14 And while they were yet talking with him, came the kings chamberlens, and
hasted to bring Haman vnto the banquet that Esther had prepared.
1 So the King and Haman came to banquet with Esther the Queene.
2 And the king said againe vnto Esther, on the second day at the banquet of
wine, What is thy petition, Queene Esther, and it shalbe granted thee? and what
is thy request? and it shall bee performed, euen to the halfe of the kingdome.
3 Then Esther the Queene answered, and said; If I haue found fauour in thy
sight, O King, and if it please the King, let my life be giuen me at my
petition, and my people at my request.
4 For we are sold, I, and my people, to be destroyed, to be slaine, and to
perish: but if we had bene sold for bondmen, and bondwomen, I had held my
tongue, although the enemy could not counteruaile the kings dammage.
5 Then the king Ahasuerus answered, & said vnto Esther the Queene: Who is
he? and where is he, that durst presume in his heart to do so?
6 And Esther said, The aduersary and enemie, is this wicked Haman. Then Haman
was afraid before the King and the Queene.
7 And the king arising from the banquet of wine in his wrath, went into the
palace garden: and Haman stood vp to make request for his life to Esther the
Queene: for he saw that there was euill 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 vpon the bed whereon Esther was. Then said the
King, Will hee force the Queene also before me in the house? As the word went
out of the Kings mouth, they couered Hamans face.
9 And Harbonah one of the chamberlaines, said before the king; Behold also the
gallowes, fiftie cubites 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
10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then
was the Kings wrath pacified.
1 On that day did the King Ahasuerus giue the house of Haman, the Iewes enemy,
vnto Esther the Queene; and Mordecai came before the King; for Esther hade told
what he was vnto her.
2 And the king tooke off his Ring which he had taken from Haman, and gaue it
vnto Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai ouer the house of Haman.
3 And Esther spake yet againe before the king, and fell downe at his feet, and
besought him with teares, to put away the mischiefe of Haman the Agagite, and
his deuice, that he had deuised against the Iewes.
4 Then the king helde out the golden scepter toward Esther. So Esther arose, and
stood before the king,
5 And said, If it please the king, and if I haue found fauour in his sight, and
the thing seeme right before the king, and I bee pleasing in his eyes, let it be
written to reuerse the letters deuised by Haman the sonne of Hammedatha the
Agagite, which hee wrote to destroy the Iewes, which are in all the kings
6 For how can I endure to see the euill that shall come vnto my people? Or how
can I endure to see the destruction of my kinred?
7 Then the king Ahasuerus said vnto Esther the Queene, and to Mordecai the Iewe,
Behold, I haue giuen Esther the house of Haman, and him they haue hanged vpon
the gallowes, because hee layde his hand vpon the Iewes.
8 Write ye also for the Iewes, as it liketh you, in the Kings name, and seale it
with the Kings ring: for the writing which is written in the Kings name, and
sealed with the Kings ring, may no man reuerse.
9 Then were the kings scribes called at that time, in the third moneth, (that
is, the month Siuan) on the three and twentieth day thereof, and it was written
(according to all that Mordecai commanded) vnto the Iewes, and to the
Lieutenants, and the deputies and rulers of the prouinces, which are from India
vnto Ethiopia, an hundred, twentie and seuen prouinces, vnto euery prouince
according to the writing thereof, and vnto euery people after their language,
and to the Iewes, according to their writing, and according to their language.
10 And he wrote in the king Ahasuerus name, and sealed it with the kings Ring,
and sent letters by Postes, on horsebacke, and riders on mules, camels, and yong
11 Wherein the King granted the Iewes, which were in euery citie, to gather
themselues together, and to stand for their life, to destroy, to slay, and to
cause to perish all the power of the people and prouince that would assault
them, both little ones, and women, and to take the spoile of them for a pray:
12 Upon one day, in all the prouinces of king Ahasuerus, namely vpon the
thirteenth day of the twelfth moneth, which is the moneth Adar.
13 The copy of the writing, for a commandement to bee giuen in euery prouince,
was published vnto all people, and that the Iewes should be readie against that
day, to auenge themselues on their enemies.
14 So the posts that rode vpon mules and camels went out, being hastened, and
pressed on by the kings commandement, and the decree was giuen at Shushan the
15 And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king, in royall apparell, of
blew and white, and with a great crowne of gold, and with a garment of fine
linnen, and purple, and the citie of Shushan reioyced, and was glad:
16 The Iewes had light and gladnesse, and ioy and honour.
17 And in euery prouince, and in euery city, whithersoeuer the kings
commandement, and his decree came, the Iewes had ioy and gladnes, a feast and a
good day: And many of the people of the land became Iewes; for the feare of the
Iewes fell vpon them.
1 Now in the twelfth month (that is the moneth Adar) on the thirteenth day of
the same, when the Kings commaundement and his decree drew neere to bee put in
execution, in the day that the enemies of the Iewes hoped to haue power ouer
them: (though it was turned to the contrary, that the Iewes had rule ouer them
that hated them.)
2 The Iewes gathered themselues together in their cities, throughout all the
prouinces of the king Ahasuerus, to lay hand on such as sought their hurt, and
no man could withstand them: for the feare of them fell vpon all people.
3 And all the rulers of the prouinces, and the Lieutenants, and the deputies,
and officers of the king, helped the Iewes: because the feare of Mordecai fell
4 For Mordecai was great in the kings house, and his fame went out, throughout
all the prouinces: for this man Mordecai waxed greater and greater.
5 Thus the Iewes smote all their enemies with the stroke of the sword, and
slaughter, and destruction, and did what they would vnto those that hated them.
6 And in Shushan the palace the Iewes slew and destroyed fiue hundred men:
7 And Parshandatha, and Dalphon, and Aspatha,
8 And Poratha, and Adalia, and Aridatha,
9 And Parmashta, and Arisai, and Aridai, and Uaiezatha,
10 The ten sonnes of Haman the sonne of Hammedatha, the enemie of the Iewes,
slew they, but on the spoile laid they not their hand.
11 On that day, the number of those that were slaine in Shushan the palace, was
brought before the king.
12 And the king said vnto Esther the Queene; The Iewes haue slaine and destroied
fiue hundred men in Shushan the palace, & the ten sonnes of Haman; what haue
they done in the rest of the kings prouinces? now what is thy petition? and it
shalbe granted thee: or what is thy request further? and it shall be done.
13 Then said Esther, If it please the king, Let it bee granted to the Iewes
which are in Shushan, to doe to morow also, according vnto this dayes decree,
and let Hamans ten sonnes be hanged vpon the gallous.
14 And the king commanded it so to be done; and the decree was giuen at Shushan,
and they hanged Hamans ten sonnes.
15 For the Iewes that were in Shushan, gathered themselues together on the
fourteenth day also of the moneth Adar, and slewe three hundred men at Shushan:
but on the pray they laid not their hand.
16 But the other Iewes that were in the kings prouinces, gathered themselues
together, & stood for their liues, and had rest from their enemies, and slew
of their foes seuenty and fiue thousand, but they laid not their handes on the
17 On the thirteenth day of the moneth Adar, and on the fourteenth day of the
same, rested they, and made it a day of feasting and gladnes.
18 But the Iewes that were at Shushan, assembled together on the thirteenth day
therof, and on the fourteenth thereof; and on the fifteenth day of the same,
they rested, and made it a day of feasting and gladnesse.
19 Therefore the Iewes of the villages, that dwelt in the vnwalled townes, made
the foureteenth day of the moneth Adar, a day of gladnesse and feasting, and a
good day, and of sending portions one to another.
20 And Mordecai wrote these things, and sent letters vnto all the Iewes, that
were in all the prouinces of the king Ahasuerus, both nigh & farre,
21 To stablish this among them, that they should keepe the fourteenth day of the
moneth Adar, and the fifteenth day of the same, yeerely:
22 As the dayes wherein the Iewes rested from their enemies, & the moneth
which was turned vnto them, from sorrow to ioy, and from mourning into a good
day: that they should make them daies of feasting and ioy, and of sending
portions one to another, and gifts to the poore.
23 And the Iewes vndertooke to doe, as they had begun, and as Mordecai had
written vnto them:
24 Because Haman the sonne of Hammedatha the Agagite, the enemie of all the
Iewes, had deuised against the Iewes to destroy them, and had cast Pur (that is,
the lot) to consume them, and to destroy them.
25 But when Esther came before the king, he commanded by letters, that his
wicked deuice which he deuised against the Iewes, should returne vpon his owne
head, and that he and his sonnes, should be hanged on the gallous.
26 Wherefore they called these dayes Purim, after the name of Pur: therefore for
all the words of this letter, and of that which they had seene concerning this
matter, and which had come vnto them,
27 The Iewes ordeined, and tooke vpon them, and vpon their seed, and vpon all
such as ioyned themselues vnto them, so as it should not faile, that they would
keepe these two dayes, according to their writing, and according to their
appointed time, euery yeere:
28 And that these dayes should be remembred, and kept throughout euery
generation, euery family, euery prouince, and euery citie, and that these dayes
of Purim should not faile from among the Iewes, nor the memoriall of them perish
from their seed.
29 Then Esther the Queene, the daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai the Iew, wrote
with all authoritie, to confirme this second letter of Purim.
30 And hee sent the letters vnto all the Iewes, to the hundred, twentie and
seuen prouinces of the kingdome of Ahasuerus, with wordes of peace and trueth:
31 To confirme these dayes of Purim, in their times appointed, according as
Mordecai the Iew, and Esther the Queene had enioyned them, and as they had
decreed for themselues and for their seed, the matters of the fastings and their
32 And the decree of Esther confirmed these matters of Purim, and it was written
in the booke.
1 And the king Ahasuerus layde a tribute vpon the land, and vpon the Isles of
2 And all the actes of his power, and of his might, and the declaration of the
greatnesse of Mordecai, whereunto the king aduanced him, are they not written in
the booke of the Chronicles of the kings of Media and Persia?
3 For Mordecai the Iew was next vnto King Ahasuerus, and great among the Iewes,
and accepted of the multitude of his brethren, seeking the wealth of his people,
and speaking peace to all his seed.