11 The king’s edict granted the Jews in every city the right to assemble and protect themselves; to destroy, kill and annihilate the armed men of any nationality or province who might attack them and their women and children,[a] and to plunder(A) the property of their enemies. 12 The day appointed for the Jews to do this in all the provinces of King Xerxes was the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar.(B)

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  1. Esther 8:11 Or province, together with their women and children, who might attack them;

16 For the Jews it was a time of happiness and joy,(A) gladness and honor.(B) 17 In every province and in every city to which the edict of the king came, there was joy(C) and gladness among the Jews, with feasting and celebrating. And many people of other nationalities became Jews because fear(D) of the Jews had seized them.(E)

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