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Then Haman approached King Xerxes and said, “There is a certain race of people scattered through all the provinces of your empire who keep themselves separate from everyone else. Their laws are different from those of any other people, and they refuse to obey the laws of the king. So it is not in the king’s interest to let them live. If it please the king, issue a decree that they be destroyed, and I will give 10,000 large sacks[a] of silver to the government administrators to be deposited in the royal treasury.”

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  1. 3:9 Hebrew 10,000 talents, about 375 tons or 340 metric tons in weight.

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