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Estè 6-10Haitian Creole Version (HCV)

¶ Menm jou lannwit sa a, wa a pa t' ka dòmi. Li fè yo pote achiv gouvènman kote yo te ekri tou sa ki te pase nan peyi a nan tan lontan. Li fè yo li ladan l' pou li.

Nan sa yo li a, te gen yon pòsyon kote yo te rakonte ki jan Madoche te dekouvri konplo de nan domestik konfyans wa a, Bigtan ak Tèrèch, ki t'ap fè pòs devan chanm wa a, te moute pou yo ansasinen wa a.

Wa a mande: -Kisa yo te fè pou Madoche lè sa a? Kisa yo te ba li pou sa? Mesye ki te la ap sèvi wa a reponn: -Yo pa t' fè anyen pou li non.

¶ Wa a mande: -Kilès nan chèf yo ki nan lakou palè a? Lè sa a, Aman te fèk antre nan lakou palè a. Li te vin mande wa a pou l' te fè pann Madoche nan poto li te pare a.

Mesye yo reponn: -Aman la a wi! L'ap espere ou nan lakou a. Wa a di: -Fè l' antre!

Lè Aman antre, wa a di l' konsa: -Ki pi bèl bagay m' ta fè pou yon moun mwen ta renmen remèsye pou sèvis li rann mwen. Aman di nan kè l': Pa gen lòt moun wa a ta renmen remèsye pase mwen menm!

Epi li di wa a: -Yon moun ou ta renmen remèsye pou sèvis li rann ou!

Enben! Fè yo pran yonn nan bèl rad ou konn mete sou ou yo pote l' bay moun sa a. Pran chwal ou konn moute a ak tout kouwòn lan sou tèt li.

Chwazi yonn nan pi gwo chèf ou yo, fè l' al abiye moun sa a ak rad wa a. Lèfini, l'a fè l' moute sou chwal la. Epi, l'a pwonmennen l' nan tout lavil la sou plas piblik la. Pandan y'ap mache konsa, chèf la va di byen fò: Men ki jan wa a remèsye moun pou sèvis yo rann li.

10 Lè sa a, wa a di Aman: -Kouri al chache rad la ak chwal la. Epi w'a fè tou sa ou di la a pou Madoche, nonm jwif la. w'a jwenn li chita bò pòtay palè a. Pa bliye anyen nan sa ou te di fè a.

11 Aman pran rad la ak chwal la, li mete rad la sou Madoche. Li fè Madoche moute sou chwal la. Epi, Aman pwonmennen l' sou plas piblik la. Pandan y'ap mache konsa, li t'ap di byen fò pou tout moun tande: Men ki jan wa a remèsye moun pou sèvis yo rann li.

12 ¶ Apre sa, Madoche tounen tounen l' bò pòtay palè wa a. Aman menm kouri al lakay li, li bouche figi l' sitèlman li te wont.

13 Li rakonte madanm li ak tout zanmi l' yo tou sa ki te rive l'. Lèfini, Zerès, madanm li, ak zanmi l' yo ki te gen bon konprann di l' konsa: -Si Madoche se yon jwif vre, koulye a ou p'ap ka fè l' anyen. Ou konmanse pèdi pye devan l'. Ou mèt sèten se li k'ap kraze ou.

14 Zanmi l' yo t'ap pale toujou, lè domestik konfyans wa yo rive vin chache Aman pou l' ale touswit nan fèt Estè te pare a.

¶ Wa a te al nan fèt larenn Estè a ankò ansanm ak Aman.

Pandan yo t'ap bwè diven, wa a mande Estè, tankou premye jou a: -Di m' sa ou vle, m'ap ba ou li. Ou te mèt mande m' mwatye nan peyi a, m'ap ba ou li!

Estè reponn li: -Si wa a kontan avè m', si se plezi li pou li ban mwen sa m' vle a, tanpri, sove lavi m' ansanm ak lavi pèp mwen an. Se sa ase mwen mande ou.

Paske yo vann nou, mwen menm ansanm ak tout pèp mwen an, pou yo ka masakre nou, touye nou, disparèt nou nèt. Si se vann yo te vann nou pou fè nou tounen esklav, mwen pa ta di anyen, mwen pa ta deranje ou pou sa ase. Men, moun ki pa vle wè nou an p'ap janm ka ranplase pèt l'ap fè ou fè a.

Wa Asyeris mande larenn Estè: -Ki moun ki penmèt li gen lide fè bagay konsa? Kote moun lan?

Estè reponn li: -Moun ki pa vle wè nou an, moun k'ap pèsekite nou an, se Aman, mechan sa a! Aman dekare, li pran tranble devan wa a ak larenn lan.

¶ Wa a leve bò tab la byen move, li soti deyò al nan jaden palè a. Aman te konnen wa a tapral pini l' pou sa l' fè a. Li rete pou l' mande larenn lan fè pa l'.

Aman te fèk panche kò l' sou divan Estè a pou mande l' padon lè wa a tounen antre soti nan jaden an. Lè wa a wè sa, li di: -Koulye a, apa nonm lan soti pou li fè kadejak sou larenn Estè, l'a devan je m', nan mitan lakay mwen an! Wa a poko fin pale, nèg konfyans yo gen tan kouvri tèt Aman.

Yonn ladan yo ki te rele Abona, di konsa: -Aman te menm gen tan fè kanpe yon poto nan lakou lakay li pou l' te pann Madoche ki te sove lavi wa a. Poto a gen swasannkenz pye wotè. Wa a bay lòd pou yo pann Aman ladan l'.

10 Se konsa yo pann Aman nan poto li te pare pou Madoche a. Apre sa, kòlè wa a tonbe.

¶ Menm jou sa a, wa Asyeris pran tout byen Aman yo, nonm ki pa t' vle wè jwif yo, li fè larenn Estè kado. Estè fè wa a konnen Madoche se fanmi li. Depi lè sa a, Madoche te gen dwa parèt devan wa a.

Wa a wete bag li te reprann nan men Aman an, li bay Madoche li. Estè menm mete Madoche reskonsab tout byen Aman yo.

¶ Apre sa, Estè al pale ak wa a ankò. Li lage kò l' nan pye l' ap kriye. Li mande l' pou l' fè kichòy pou kraze vye konplo Aman, moun laras Agag la, te moute sou do jwif yo.

Wa a lonje baton an lò a bay Estè. Estè leve epi li di:

-Si sa fè wa a plezi, si wa a kontan avè m', si se yon bagay li ka fè, si mwen fè wa a plezi, tanpri, ekri yon lèt pou revoke lòd Aman, pitit Amedata, moun laras Agag la, te bay pou yo te touye dènye kras jwif toupatou nan peyi wa a.

Mwen p'ap ka rete konsa pou m' wè malè sa a ap tonbe sou moun pèp mwen yo, pou m' wè y'ap touye tout fanmi m' yo.

Wa Asyeris di Estè ak Madoche konsa: -Gade, mwen fè pann Aman poutèt konplo li te moute sou do jwif yo, lèfini, m' bay Estè tout byen li yo.

Men, depi yo bay yon lòd piblik nan non wa a, avèk so wa a sou li, li pa ka revoke. Tansèlman, nou menm, nou gen dwa ekri yon lèt bay jwif yo nan non mwen avèk so mwen sou li.

Tou sa te pase nan venntwazyèm jou twazyèm mwa a, mwa Sivan an. Madoche fè chache tout sekretè wa yo, li di yo tou sa pou yo mete nan lèt pou yo voye bay jwif yo, bay gouvènè yo, bay prefè yo ak lòt chèf pèp yo, nan tout sanvennsèt (127) pwovens yo, depi peyi Lend rive peyi Letiopi. Lèt yo te ekri pou chak pwovens yo nan lang yo, dapre jan yo ekri lang lan nan peyi a. Yo ekri lèt pou jwif yo nan lang pa yo, dapre jan yo ekri lang pa yo a tou.

10 Madoche fè ekri lèt yo nan non wa a, epi li mete so wa a sou yo. Yo renmèt lèt yo bay mesaje pote ale. Mesaje yo te moute sou chwal yo te pran nan ekri wa a.

11 Dapre sa ki te nan lèt yo, wa a te bay tout jwif yo pèmisyon pou yo te òganize yo nan chak lavil peyi a pou yo te ka defann tèt yo. Nenpòt moun lòt nasyon ki ta atake yo ak zam nan nenpòt pwovens, se pou yo koresponn ak yo, se pou yo masakre yo ansanm ak madanm yo ak pitit yo. Se pou yo touye yo nèt ale, lèfini pou yo pran tout byen yo.

12 Se sa pou jwif yo fè nan tout pwovens peyi wa Asyeris la, nan trèzyèm jou douzyèm mwa a, ki vle di mwa Ada a.

13 Nan chak pwovens, se pou yo te konsidere lèt la tankou yon lwa. Se pou yo te pibliye l' pou tout moun te ka konnen sa ki ladan l'. Jwif yo menm te pou pare pou yo te tire revanj yo sou lènmi yo jou sa a.

14 Jan wa a te bay lòd la, mesaje yo moute sou chwal wa yo, yo kouri pote lèt yo ale. Yo te mache fè konnen lòd wa a nan lavil Souz, kapital la, tou.

15 ¶ Madoche soti kite palè wa a. Li te gen yon bèl rad ble e blan, tankou rad wa a, sou li, yon gwo kouwòn lò sou tèt li ak yon manto koulè violèt sou zepòl li. Tout moun lavil Souz te kontan, yo t'ap fè fèt.

16 Pou jwif yo menm, se te yon gwo soulajman; yo te kontan, yo t'ap fè fèt, se te yon bèl bagay pou yo.

17 Nan tout pwovens yo, nan chak lavil yo, toupatou kote yo te li lèt wa a te voye a, jwif yo pase jou a ap fè fèt, yo te kontan, yo fè resepsyon, yo bay manje. Anpil moun lòt nasyon fè yo jwif lè sa a, paske yo te pè jwif yo anpil.

¶ Trèzyèm jou nan douzyèm mwa a, mwa Ada a, rive. Se te jou pou yo te fè sa wa a te bay lòd fè a. Se te jou moun ki pa t' vle wè jwif yo t'ap tann pou yo te kraze yo. Men, sa ki pou te rive jou sa a, se pa sa ki rive. Se jwif yo ki kraze moun ki te rayi yo.

Nan tout pwovens peyi wa Asyeris la, jwif yo reyini nan katye yo nan chak lavil. Yo òganize yo pou yo atake tout moun ki te vle fè yo mal. Pèsonn pa t' ka kenbe tèt ak yo. Tout moun te pè yo.

Sa ki pi rèd, tout gouvènè yo, tout prefè yo ak tout anplwaye leta yo nan tout pwovens yo te pran pou jwif yo, paske yo te pè Madoche anpil.

Nan tout peyi a, tout moun te konnen jan Madoche te yon grannèg nan palè wa a, chak jou li te vin gen plis pouvwa.

Jwif yo tonbe sou tout lènmi yo ak kout nepe. Yo touye yo, yo masakre yo. Yo fè sa yo vle ak moun ki pa t' vle wè yo.

Nan lavil Souz, kapital la menm, yo touye, yo masakre senksan (500) moun.

Nan moun yo touye yo te gen dis pitit gason Aman yo: Pachandat, Dalfon, Aspata,

Porata, Adalya, Aridata,

Pamachta, Arisayi, Aridayi ak Vayzata.

10 Se te pitit gason Aman yo, pitit pitit Amedata a, moun ki pa t' vle wè jwif yo. Men, jwif yo pa t' pran anyen lakay moun yo.

11 Jou sa a, yo fè wa a konnen jwif yo te touye senksan (500) moun nan lavil Souz, kapital la.

12 Wa a di larenn Estè konsa: -Nan lavil Souz ase, jwif yo touye senksan (500) moun. Nan moun sa yo te gen dis pitit gason Aman yo. Nou pa bezwen mande sa yo fè nan pwovens yo. Kisa ou vle koulye a? M'ap ba ou li. Di m' kisa ou vle m' fè, m'ap fè l'.

13 Estè reponn li: -Si sa fè monwa plezi, li ta bay jwif ki nan lavil Souz yo otorizasyon pou denmen yo fè menm jan yo te fè jòdi a. Lèfini, pou yo pann kadav dis pitit gason Aman yo sou plas piblik.

14 Wa a bay lòd pou yo fè sa vre. Yo fè piblikasyon nan tout lavil Souz, epi yo pann kadav dis pitit gason Aman yo sou plas piblik.

15 Nan katòzyèm jou moun Ada a, jwif lavil Souz yo reyini ankò epi yo touye twasan (300) moun nan lavil la. Men, lè sa a tou, yo pa t' pran anyen nan zafè moun yo.

16 Nan pwovens yo menm, jwif yo te òganize yo pou defann tèt yo. Yo fè lènmi yo ba yo lapè, yo touye swasannkenzmil (75.000) moun ki pa t' vle wè yo. Men, yo menm tou yo pa t' pran anyen nan zafè moun yo.

17 Tou sa pase nan trèzyèm jou mwa Ada a. Nan denmen, ki vle di nan katòzyèm jou mwa a, jwif nan pwovens yo pa t' touye yon moun ankò. Se te jou yo t'ap fè fèt, jou yo t'ap pran plezi yo.

18 Men, jwif lavil Souz yo te pran de jou, trèzyèm jou ak katòzyèm jou nan mwa Ada a, pou yo te touye lènmi yo. Nan kenzyèm jou mwa a, yo pa t' touye yon moun ankò. Se jou sa a yo te fè fèt, se jou sa a yo t'ap pran plezi yo.

19 Se poutèt sa, jwif k'ap viv nan ti bouk yo, ki gaye nan tout pwovens yo, pran katòzyèm jou mwa Ada a pou yon jou fèt, jou pou fè kè yo kontan, jou pou yo pa travay. Se jou sa a yonn voye kado bay lòt.

20 ¶ Madoche fè ekri tout bagay sa yo, lèfini li voye lèt bay tout jwif ki te nan pwovens peyi wa Asyeris la, kit yo te pre, kit yo te lwen.

21 Li voye di yo pou yo te toujou pran de jou sa yo, katòzyèm ak kenzyèm jou nan mwa Ada a, pou jou fèt chak lanne.

22 Se jou sa yo jwif yo te fè lènmi yo ba yo lapè. Se mwa sa a sitiyasyon an te chanje pou yo: yo te sispann gen lapenn, kè yo te kontan. Yo pa t' dekouraje, yo t'ap fè fèt. Se pou yo te make jou sa yo tankou jou pou fè fèt ak gwo resepsyon. Jou sa a, se pou yo voye kado yonn bay lòt, se pou yo bay pòv yo kado tou.

23 Se konsa, jwif yo pran abitid mete jou sa yo apa, jan yo te konmanse fè l' la, dapre sa Madoche te ekri yo.

24 Aman, pitit gason Amedata, moun laras Agag, moun ki pa t' vle wè jwif yo, te fè lide disparèt yo. Li te mande yon divinò fè l' konnen ki jou ki ta pi bon pou detwi yo, pou masakre yo.

25 Men, lè Estè al di wa a sa, wa a bay yon lòt lòd. Se konsa malè Aman t'ap pare pou jwif yo, se sou pwòp tèt li li tonbe. Yo pann ni li ni pitit gason l' yo byen wo sou plas piblik.

26 Se poutèt sa yo rele jou fèt sa yo: Pourim, dapre yon mo ansyen ki vle di: chans. Konsa, dapre sa ki te nan lèt Madoche te voye ba yo a, lèfini poutèt sa yo te wè ki te rive yo,

27 jwif yo make dat sa a pou yo toujou fè fèt jou sa yo. Yo pran angajman pou yo, pou pitit yo ak pitit pitit yo, ak pou tout moun ki ta vle fè yo jwif, pou chak lanne lè de jou sa yo rive pou yo toujou fè fèt jan Madoche te ekri l' la.

28 Yo bay lòd pou tout jwif yo, nan tout branch fanmi, nan tout lavil, nan tout peyi toujou chonje jou sa yo pou yo fè gwo fèt lè sa a, depi sa ki la koulye a jouk ras la va kaba. Se pou jwif yo make jou chans sa yo, pou yo pa janm bliye yo, lèfini pou pitit pitit yo ka toujou chonje jou sa yo.

29 Apre sa, larenn Estè, pitit fi Abikayil la, mete tèt ansanm ak Madoche, li ekri yon lèt pou di jan li dakò. Se konsa, li bay premye lèt Madoche te ekri sou jou chans sa yo plis fòs toujou.

30 Yo voye lèt la bay tout jwif nan sanvennsèt (127) pwovens peyi wa Asyeris la. Lèt la te mande pou jwif yo te viv ak kè poze san fè kont.

31 Lèfini, li mande yo pou ni yo ni pitit yo, ni pitit pitit yo, pou yo toujou fete jou chans sa yo lè dat la rive, jan Madoche ak larenn Estè te bay lòd la, menm jan yo te swiv lòd yo te bay pou fè jèn epi pou yo te leve men yo nan syèl pou plenn sò yo.

32 Yo pran lèt larenn Estè te ekri pou bay regleman jou chans sa yo plis fòs la, yo ekri l' nan liv la.

10 ¶ Wa Asyeris te bay lòd pou tout moun ki rete nan peyi a, ata moun nan zile yo, peye yon lajan.

Yo ekri tou sa wa a te fè nan gwo liv istwa wa peyi Medi ak peyi Pès yo. Yo di tout bèl bagay li te fè, jan li te yon vanyan gason. Yo bay tout ti detay sou jan li te rive mete Madoche nan gwo plas sa a.

Madoche, nonm jwif la, te sèl chèf apre wa Asyeris. Tout jwif parèy li yo te respekte l', yo te renmen l' anpil. Li te travay anpil pou byen pèp la, li te vle pou tout moun nan ras jwif la viv ak kè poze.

Esther 6-10New International Version (NIV)

Mordecai Honored

That night the king could not sleep; so he ordered the book of the chronicles, the record of his reign, to be brought in and read to him. It was found recorded there that Mordecai had exposed Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s officers who guarded the doorway, who had conspired to assassinate King Xerxes.

“What honor and recognition has Mordecai received for this?” the king asked.

“Nothing has been done for him,” his attendants answered.

The king said, “Who is in the court?” Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the palace to speak to the king about impaling Mordecai on the pole he had set up for him.

His attendants answered, “Haman is standing in the court.”

“Bring him in,” the king ordered.

When Haman entered, the king asked him, “What should be done for the man the king delights to honor?”

Now Haman thought to himself, “Who is there that the king would rather honor than me?” So he answered the king, “For the man the king delights to honor, have them bring a royal robe the king has worn and a horse the king has ridden, one with a royal crest placed on its head. Then let the robe and horse be entrusted to one of the king’s most noble princes. Let them robe the man the king delights to honor, and lead him on the horse through the city streets, proclaiming before him, ‘This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!’”

10 “Go at once,” the king commanded Haman. “Get the robe and the horse and do just as you have suggested for Mordecai the Jew, who sits at the king’s gate. Do not neglect anything you have recommended.”

11 So Haman got the robe and the horse. He robed Mordecai, and led him on horseback through the city streets, proclaiming before him, “This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!”

12 Afterward Mordecai returned to the king’s gate. But Haman rushed home, with his head covered in grief, 13 and told Zeresh his wife and all his friends everything that had happened to him.

His advisers and his wife Zeresh said to him, “Since Mordecai, before whom your downfall has started, is of Jewish origin, you cannot stand against him—you will surely come to ruin!” 14 While they were still talking with him, the king’s eunuchs arrived and hurried Haman away to the banquet Esther had prepared.

Haman Impaled

So the king and Haman went to Queen Esther’s banquet, and as they were drinking wine on the second day, the king again asked, “Queen Esther, what is your petition? It will be given you. What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be granted.

Then Queen Esther answered, “If I have found favor with you, Your Majesty, and if it pleases you, grant me my life—this is my petition. And spare my people—this is my request. For I and my people have been sold to be destroyed, killed and annihilated. If we had merely been sold as male and female slaves, I would have kept quiet, because no such distress would justify disturbing the king.[a]

King Xerxes asked Queen Esther, “Who is he? Where is he—the man who has dared to do such a thing?”

Esther said, “An adversary and enemy! This vile Haman!”

Then Haman was terrified before the king and queen. The king got up in a rage, left his wine and went out into the palace garden. But Haman, realizing that the king had already decided his fate, stayed behind to beg Queen Esther for his life.

Just as the king returned from the palace garden to the banquet hall, Haman was falling on the couch where Esther was reclining.

The king exclaimed, “Will he even molest the queen while she is with me in the house?”

As soon as the word left the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face. Then Harbona, one of the eunuchs attending the king, said, “A pole reaching to a height of fifty cubits[b] stands by Haman’s house. He had it set up for Mordecai, who spoke up to help the king.”

The king said, “Impale him on it!” 10 So they impaled Haman on the pole he had set up for Mordecai. Then the king’s fury subsided.

The King’s Edict in Behalf of the Jews

That same day King Xerxes gave Queen Esther the estate of Haman, the enemy of the Jews. And Mordecai came into the presence of the king, for Esther had told how he was related to her. The king took off his signet ring, which he had reclaimed from Haman, and presented it to Mordecai. And Esther appointed him over Haman’s estate.

Esther again pleaded with the king, falling at his feet and weeping. She begged him to put an end to the evil plan of Haman the Agagite, which he had devised against the Jews. Then the king extended the gold scepter to Esther and she arose and stood before him.

“If it pleases the king,” she said, “and if he regards me with favor and thinks it the right thing to do, and if he is pleased with me, let an order be written overruling the dispatches that Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, devised and wrote to destroy the Jews in all the king’s provinces. For how can I bear to see disaster fall on my people? How can I bear to see the destruction of my family?”

King Xerxes replied to Queen Esther and to Mordecai the Jew, “Because Haman attacked the Jews, I have given his estate to Esther, and they have impaled him on the pole he set up. Now write another decree in the king’s name in behalf of the Jews as seems best to you, and seal it with the king’s signet ring—for no document written in the king’s name and sealed with his ring can be revoked.”

At once the royal secretaries were summoned—on the twenty-third day of the third month, the month of Sivan. They wrote out all Mordecai’s orders to the Jews, and to the satraps, governors and nobles of the 127 provinces stretching from India to Cush.[c] These orders were written in the script of each province and the language of each people and also to the Jews in their own script and language. 10 Mordecai wrote in the name of King Xerxes, sealed the dispatches with the king’s signet ring, and sent them by mounted couriers, who rode fast horses especially bred for the king.

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,[d] and to plunder 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. 13 A copy of the text of the edict was to be issued as law in every province and made known to the people of every nationality so that the Jews would be ready on that day to avenge themselves on their enemies.

14 The couriers, riding the royal horses, went out, spurred on by the king’s command, and the edict was issued in the citadel of Susa.

The Triumph of the Jews

15 When Mordecai left the king’s presence, he was wearing royal garments of blue and white, a large crown of gold and a purple robe of fine linen. And the city of Susa held a joyous celebration. 16 For the Jews it was a time of happiness and joy, gladness and honor. 17 In every province and in every city to which the edict of the king came, there was joy and gladness among the Jews, with feasting and celebrating. And many people of other nationalities became Jews because fear of the Jews had seized them.

On the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar, the edict commanded by the king was to be carried out. On this day the enemies of the Jews had hoped to overpower them, but now the tables were turned and the Jews got the upper hand over those who hated them. The Jews assembled in their cities in all the provinces of King Xerxes to attack those determined to destroy them. No one could stand against them, because the people of all the other nationalities were afraid of them. And all the nobles of the provinces, the satraps, the governors and the king’s administrators helped the Jews, because fear of Mordecai had seized them. Mordecai was prominent in the palace; his reputation spread throughout the provinces, and he became more and more powerful.

The Jews struck down all their enemies with the sword, killing and destroying them, and they did what they pleased to those who hated them. In the citadel of Susa, the Jews killed and destroyed five hundred men. They also killed Parshandatha, Dalphon, Aspatha, Poratha, Adalia, Aridatha, Parmashta, Arisai, Aridai and Vaizatha, 10 the ten sons of Haman son of Hammedatha, the enemy of the Jews. But they did not lay their hands on the plunder.

11 The number of those killed in the citadel of Susa was reported to the king that same day. 12 The king said to Queen Esther, “The Jews have killed and destroyed five hundred men and the ten sons of Haman in the citadel of Susa. What have they done in the rest of the king’s provinces? Now what is your petition? It will be given you. What is your request? It will also be granted.”

13 “If it pleases the king,” Esther answered, “give the Jews in Susa permission to carry out this day’s edict tomorrow also, and let Haman’s ten sons be impaled on poles.”

14 So the king commanded that this be done. An edict was issued in Susa, and they impaled the ten sons of Haman. 15 The Jews in Susa came together on the fourteenth day of the month of Adar, and they put to death in Susa three hundred men, but they did not lay their hands on the plunder.

16 Meanwhile, the remainder of the Jews who were in the king’s provinces also assembled to protect themselves and get relief from their enemies. They killed seventy-five thousand of them but did not lay their hands on the plunder. 17 This happened on the thirteenth day of the month of Adar, and on the fourteenth they rested and made it a day of feasting and joy.

18 The Jews in Susa, however, had assembled on the thirteenth and fourteenth, and then on the fifteenth they rested and made it a day of feasting and joy.

19 That is why rural Jews—those living in villages—observe the fourteenth of the month of Adar as a day of joy and feasting, a day for giving presents to each other.

Purim Established

20 Mordecai recorded these events, and he sent letters to all the Jews throughout the provinces of King Xerxes, near and far, 21 to have them celebrate annually the fourteenth and fifteenth days of the month of Adar 22 as the time when the Jews got relief from their enemies, and as the month when their sorrow was turned into joy and their mourning into a day of celebration. He wrote them to observe the days as days of feasting and joy and giving presents of food to one another and gifts to the poor.

23 So the Jews agreed to continue the celebration they had begun, doing what Mordecai had written to them. 24 For Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the enemy of all the Jews, had plotted against the Jews to destroy them and had cast the pur (that is, the lot) for their ruin and destruction. 25 But when the plot came to the king’s attention,[e] he issued written orders that the evil scheme Haman had devised against the Jews should come back onto his own head, and that he and his sons should be impaled on poles. 26 (Therefore these days were called Purim, from the word pur.) Because of everything written in this letter and because of what they had seen and what had happened to them, 27 the Jews took it on themselves to establish the custom that they and their descendants and all who join them should without fail observe these two days every year, in the way prescribed and at the time appointed. 28 These days should be remembered and observed in every generation by every family, and in every province and in every city. And these days of Purim should never fail to be celebrated by the Jews—nor should the memory of these days die out among their descendants.

29 So Queen Esther, daughter of Abihail, along with Mordecai the Jew, wrote with full authority to confirm this second letter concerning Purim. 30 And Mordecai sent letters to all the Jews in the 127 provinces of Xerxes’ kingdom—words of goodwill and assurance— 31 to establish these days of Purim at their designated times, as Mordecai the Jew and Queen Esther had decreed for them, and as they had established for themselves and their descendants in regard to their times of fasting and lamentation. 32 Esther’s decree confirmed these regulations about Purim, and it was written down in the records.

The Greatness of Mordecai

10 King Xerxes imposed tribute throughout the empire, to its distant shores. And all his acts of power and might, together with a full account of the greatness of Mordecai, whom the king had promoted, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Media and Persia? Mordecai the Jew was second in rank to King Xerxes, preeminent among the Jews, and held in high esteem by his many fellow Jews, because he worked for the good of his people and spoke up for the welfare of all the Jews.

Footnotes:

  1. Esther 7:4 Or quiet, but the compensation our adversary offers cannot be compared with the loss the king would suffer
  2. Esther 7:9 That is, about 75 feet or about 23 meters
  3. Esther 8:9 That is, the upper Nile region
  4. Esther 8:11 Or province, together with their women and children, who might attack them;
  5. Esther 9:25 Or when Esther came before the king
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