13 Dispatches were sent by couriers to all the king’s provinces with the order to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews(A)—young and old, women and children—on a single day, the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar,(B) and to plunder(C) their goods.

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The Jews struck down all their enemies with the sword, killing and destroying them,(A) and they did what they pleased to those who hated them.

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