11 That very day, when the king was informed of the number of people killed in the fortress of Susa,12 he called for Queen Esther. He said, “The Jews have killed 500 men in the fortress of Susa alone, as well as Haman’s ten sons. If they have done that here, what has happened in the rest of the provinces? But now, what more do you want? It will be granted to you; tell me and I will do it.”
13 Esther responded, “If it please the king, give the Jews in Susa permission to do again tomorrow as they have done today, and let the bodies of Haman’s ten sons be impaled on a pole.”
14 So the king agreed, and the decree was announced in Susa. And they impaled the bodies of Haman’s ten sons.15 Then the Jews at Susa gathered together on March 8[a] and killed 300 more men, and again they took no plunder.
16 Meanwhile, the other Jews throughout the king’s provinces had gathered together to defend their lives. They gained relief from all their enemies, killing 75,000 of those who hated them. But they did not take any plunder.17 This was done throughout the provinces on March 7, and on March 8 they rested,[b] celebrating their victory with a day of feasting and gladness.18 (The Jews at Susa killed their enemies on March 7 and again on March 8, then rested on March 9,[c] making that their day of feasting and gladness.)19 So to this day, rural Jews living in remote villages celebrate an annual festival and holiday on the appointed day in late winter,[d] when they rejoice and send gifts of food to each other.
9:15Hebrew the fourteenth day of the month of Adar, of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar. This day was March 8, 473 B.c.; also see note on 2:16.
9:17Hebrew on the thirteenth day of the month of Adar, and on the fourteenth day they rested. These days were March 7 and 8, 473 B.c.; also see note on 2:16.
9:18Hebrew killed their enemies on the thirteenth day and the fourteenth day, and then rested on the fifteenth day, of the Hebrew month of Adar.
9:19Hebrew on the fourteenth day of the month of Adar. This day of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar occurs in February or March.
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