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.
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.
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 the Jews.
Then the king held out the golden sceptre toward Esther. So Esther arose, and stood
before the king,
And 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:
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 kindred?
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.
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.
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 their language.
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
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,
Upon one day in all the provinces of king Ahasuerus, namely, upon the thirteenth
day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar.
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 enemies.
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
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.
The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour.
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