13 Letters were sent (A)by couriers to all the king's provinces with instruction (B)to destroy, to kill, and to annihilate all Jews, young and old, women and children, (C)in one day, the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar, (D)and to plunder their goods.

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(A)For we have been sold, I and my people, (B)to be destroyed, to be killed, and to be annihilated. If we had been sold merely as slaves, men and women, I would have been silent, for our affliction is not to be compared with the loss to the king.”

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