THE TENTH CHAPTER AFTER THE GREEK
HEN Mardocheus said, God hath done
For I remember a dream which I saw concerning these matters, and
nothing thereof hath failed.
A little fountain became a river, and there was light, and the sun,
and much water: this river is Esther, whom the king married, and
And the two dragons are I and Aman.
And the nations were those that were assembled to destroy the name
of the Jews:
And my nation is this Israel which cried to God, and were saved:
for the Lord hath saved his people and the Lord hath delivered us
from all those evils, and God hath wrought signs and great wonders,
which have not been done among the Gentiles.
10 Therefore hath he made two lots, one for the people of
God, and another for all the Gentiles.
11 And these two lots came at the hour, and time, and day of
judgment, before God among all nations.
12 So God remembered his people, and justified his
13 Therefore those days shall be unto them in the month
Adar, the fourteenth and fifteenth day of the same month, with au
assembly, and joy, and with gladness before God, according to the
generations for ever among his people.
[ The rest of Esther: Chapter 10: | Verses:
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N the fourth year of the reign of
Ptolemeus and Cleopatra, Dositheus, who said he was a priest and
Levite, and Ptolemeus his son, brought this epistle of Phurim,
which they said was the same, and that Lysimachus the son of
Ptolemeus, that was in Jerusalem, had interpreted it.
IN THE GREEK BEFORE CHAP. 1. 1 OF THE HEBREW]
In the second year of the reign of Artaxerxes the great, in the
first day of the month Nisan, Mardocheus the son of Jairus, the son
of Semei, the son of Cisai, of the tribe of Benjamin, had a
Who was a Jew, and dwelt in the city of Susa, a great man, being a
servitor in the king's court.
He was also one of the captives, which Nabuchodonosor the king of
Babylon carried from Jerusalem with Jechonias king of Judea; and
this was his dream:
Behold a noise of a tumult, with thunder, and earthquakes, and
uproar in the land:
And, behold, two great dragons came forth ready to fight, and their
cry was great.
And at their cry all nations were prepared to battle, that they
might fight against the righteous people.
And lo a day of darkness and obscurity, tribulation and anguish,
affliction and great uproar, upon the earth.
And the whole righteous nation was troubled, fearing their own
evils, and were ready to perish.
10 Then they cried unto God, and upon their cry, as it were
from a little Fountain, was made a great flood, even much
11 The light and the sun rose up, and the lowly were
exalted, and devoured the glorious.
12 Now when Mardocheus, who had seen this dream, and what
God had determined to do, was awake, he bare this dream in mind,
and until night by all means was desirous to know it.
[ The rest of Esther: Chapter 11: | Verses:
12 | Words: 292 ]
ND Mardocheus took his rest in the
court with Gabatha and Tharra, the two eunuchs of the king, and
keepers of the palace.
And he heard their devices, and searched out their purposes, and
learned that they were about to lay hands upon Artaxerxes the king;
and so he certified the king of them.
Then the king examined the two eunuchs, and after that they had
conFessed it, they were strangled.
And the king made a record of these things, and Mardocheus also
So the king commanded Mardocheus to serve in the court, and for
this he rewarded him.
Howbeit Aman the son of Amadathus the Agagite, who was in great
honour with the king, sought to molest Mardocheus and his people
because of the two eunuchs of the king.
[ The rest of Esther: Chapter 12: | Verses:
6 | Words: 132 ]
IN THE GREEK AFTER CHAP. 3. 13 OF THE HEBREW]
HE copy of the letters was this: The
great king Artaxerxes writeth these things to the princes and
governors that are under him from India unto Ethiopia, in an
hundred and seven and twenty provinces,
After that I became lord over many nations, and had dominion over
the whole world, not lifted up with presumption of my authority,
but carrying myself always with equity and mildness, I purposed to
settle my subjects continually in a quiet life, and making my
kingdom peaceable, and open for passage to the utmost coasts, to
renew peace, which is desired of all men.
Now when I asked my counsellers how this might be brought to pass,
Aman, that excelled in wisdom among us, and was approved for his
constant good will and stedfast fidelity, and had the honour of the
second place in the kingdom,
Declared unto us, that in all nations throughout the world there
was scattered a certain malicious people, that had laws contrary to
all nations, and continually despised the commandments of kings, so
as the uniting of our kingdoms, honourably intended by us, cannot
Seeing then we understand that this people alone is continually in
opposition unto all men, differing in the strange manner of their
laws, and evil affected to our state, working all the mischief they
can, that our kingdom ma not be firmly established:
Therefore have we commanded, that all they that are signified in
writing unto you by Aman, who is ordained over the affairs, and is
next unto us, shall all, with their wives and children, be utterly
destroyed by the sword of their enemies, without all mercy and
pity, the fourteenth day of the twelfth month Adar of this present
That they, who of old and now also are malicious, may in one day
with violence go into the grave, and so ever hereafter cause our
affairs to be well settled, and without trouble.
IN THE GREEK AFTER CHAP. 4. 17 OF THE HEBREW]
Then Mardocheus thought upon all the works of the Lord, and made
his prayer unto him,
Saying, O Lord, Lord, the King Almighty: for the whole world is in
thy power, and if thou hast appointed to save Israel, there is no
man that can gainsay thee:
10 For thou hast made heaven and earth, and all the wondrous
things under the heaven.
11 Thou art Lord of all things, and there is no man that can
resist thee, which art the Lord.
12 Thou knowest all things, and thou knowest, Lord, that it
was neither in contempt nor pride, nor for any desire of glory,
that I did not bow down to proud Aman.
13 For I could have been content with good will for the
salvation of Israel to kiss the soles of his feet.
14 But I did this, that I might not prefer the glory of man
above the glory of God: neither will I worship any but thee, O God,
neither will I do it in pride.
15 And now, O Lord God and King, spare thy people: for their
eyes are upon us to bring us to nought; yea, they desire to destroy
the inheritance, that hath been thine from the beginning.
16 Despise not the portion, which thou hast delivered out of
Egypt for thine own self.
17 Hear my prayer, and be merciful unto thine inheritance:
turn our sorrow into joy, that we may live, O Lord, and praise thy
name: and destroy not the mouths of them that praise thee, O
18 All Israel in like manner cried most earnestly unto the
Lord, because their death was before their eyes.
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18 | Words: 594 ]
UEEN Esther also, being in fear of
death, resorted unto the Lord:
And laid away her glorious apparel, and put on the garments of
anguish and mourning: and instead of precious ointments, she
covered her head with ashes and dung, and she humbled her body
greatly, and all the places of her joy she filled with her torn
And she prayed unto the Lord God of Israel, saying, O my Lord, thou
only art our King: help me, desolate woman, which have no helper
For my danger is in mine hand.
From my youth up I have heard in the tribe of my family, that thou,
O Lord, tookest Israel from among all people, and our fathers from
all their predecessors, for a perpetual inheritance, and thou hast
performed whatsoever thou didst promise them.
And now we have sinned before thee: therefore hast thou given us
into the hands of our enemies,
Because we worshipped their gods: O Lord, thou art righteous.
Nevertheless it satisfieth them not, that we are in bitter
captivity: but they have stricken hands with their idols,
That they will abolish the thing that thou with thy mouth hast
ordained, and destroy thine inheritance, and stop the mouth of them
that praise thee, and quench the glory of thy house, and of thine
10 And open the mouths of the heathen to set forth the
praises of the idols, and to magnify a fleshly lung for ever.
11 O Lord, give not thy sceptre unto them that be nothing,
and let them not laugh at our fall; but turn their device upon
themselves, and make him an example, that hath begun this against
12 Remember, O Lord, make thyself known in time of our
affliction, and give me boldness, O King of the nations, and Lord
of all power.
13 Give me eloquent speech in my mouth before the lion: turn
his heart to hate him that fighteth against us, that there may be
an end of him, and of all that are like-minded to him:
14 But deliver us with thine hand, and help me that am
desolate, and which have no other helper but thee.
15 Thou knowest all things, O Lord; thou knowest that I hate
the glory of the unrighteous, and abhor the bed of the
uncircumcised, and of all the heathen.
16 Thou knowest my necessity: for I abhor the sign of my
high estate, which is upon mine head in the days wherein I shew
myself, and that I abhor it as a menstruous rag, and that I wear it
not when I am private by myself,
17 And that thine handmaid hath not eaten at Aman's
table, and that I have not greatly esteemed the king's feast,
nor drunk the wine of the drink offerings.
18 Neither had thine handmaid any joy since the day that I
was brought hither to this present, but in thee, O Lord God of
19 O thou mighty God above all, hear the voice of the
forlorn, and deliver us out of the hands of the mischievous, and
deliver me out of my fear.
[ The rest of Esther: Chapter 14: | Verses:
19 | Words: 517 ]
ND upon the third day, when she had
ended her prayer, she laid away her mourning garments, and put on
her glorious apparel.
And being gloriously adorned, after she had called upon God who is
the beholder and saviour of all things, she took two maids with
And upon the one she leaned, as carrying herself daintily;
And the other followed, bearing up her train.
And she was ruddy through the perfection of her beauty, and her
countenance was cheerful and very amiable: but her heart was in
anguish for fear.
Then having passed through all the doors, she stood before the
king, who sat upon his royal throne, and was clothed with all his
robes of majesty, all glittering with gold and precious stones; and
he was very dreadful.
Then lifting up his countenance that shone with majesty, he looked
very fiercely upon her: and the queen fell down, and was pale, and
fainted, and bowed herself upon the head of the maid that went
Then God changed the spirit of the king into mildness, who in a
fear leaped from his throne, and took her in his arms, till she
came to herself again, and comforted her with loving words, and
said unto her,
Esther, what is the matter? I am thy brother, be of good cheer:
10 Thou shalt not die, though our commandment be general:
11 And so he held up his golden sceptre, and laid it upon
12 And embraced her, and said, Speak unto me.
13 Then said she unto him, I saw thee, my lord, as an angel
of God, and my heart was troubled for fear of thy majesty.
14 For wonderful art thou, lord, and thy countenance is full
15 And as she was speaking, she fell down for faintness.
16 Then the king was troubled, and all his servants
[ The rest of Esther: Chapter 15: | Verses:
16 | Words: 313 ]
IN THE GREEK AFTER CHAP. 8. 12 OF THE HEBREW]
HE great king Artaxerxes unto the
Princes and governors of an hundred and seven and twenty provinces
from India unto Ethiopia, and unto all our faithful subjects,
Many, the more often they are honoured with the great bounty of
their gracious princes, the more proud they are waxen,
And endeavour to hurt not our subjects only, but not being able to
bear abundance, do take in hand to practise also against those that
do them good:
And take not only thankfulness away from among men, but also lifted
up with the glorious words of lewd persons, that were never good,
they think to escape the justice of God, that seeth all things, and
Oftentimes also fair speech of those, that are put in trust to
manage their friends' affairs, hath caused many that are in
authority to be partakers of innocent blood, and hath enwrapped
them in remediless calamities:
Beguiling with the falsehood and deceit of their lewd disposition
the innocency and goodness of princes.
Now ye may see this, as we have declared, not so much by ancient
histories, as ye may, if ye search what hath been wickedly done of
late through the pestilent behaviour of them that are unworthily
placed in authority.
And we must take care for the time to come, that our kingdom may be
quiet and peaceable for all men,
Both by changing our purposes, and always judging things that are
evident with more equal proceeding.
10 For Aman, a Macedonian, the son of Amadatha, being indeed
a stranger from the Persian blood, and far distant from our
goodness, and as a stranger received of us,
11 Had so far forth obtained the favour that we shew toward
every nation, as that he was called our father, and was continually
honoured of all men, as the next person unto the king.
12 But he, not bearing his great dignity, went about to
deprive us of our kingdom and life;
13 Having by manifold and cunning deceits sought of us the
destruction, as well of Mardocheus, who saved our life, and
continually procured our good, as also of blameless Esther,
partaker of our kingdom, with their whole nation.
14 For by these means he thought, finding us destitute of
friends, to have translated the kingdom of the Persians to the
15 But we find that the Jews, whom this wicked wretch hath
delivered to utter destruction, are no evildoers, but live by most
16 and that they be children of the most high and most
mighty living God, who hath ordered the kingdom both unto us and to
our progenitors in the most excellent manner.
17 Wherefore ye shall do well not to put in execution the
letters sent unto you by Aman the son of Amadatha.
18 For he, that was the worker of these things, is hanged at
the gates of Susa with all his family: God, who ruleth all things,
speedily rendering vengeance to him according to his deserts.
19 Therefore ye shall publish the copy of this letter in all
places, that the Jews may freely live after their own laws.
20 And ye shall aid them, that even the same day, being the
thirteenth day of the twelfth month Adar, they may be avenged on
them, who in the time of their affliction shall set upon them.
21 For Almighty God hath turned to joy unto them the day,
wherein the chosen people should have perished.
22 Ye shall therefore among your solemn feasts keep it an
high day with all feasting:
23 That both now and hereafter there may be safety to us,
and the well affected Persians; but to those which do conspire
against us a memorial of destruction.
24 Therefore every city and country whatsoever, which shall
not do according to these things, shall be destroyed without mercy
with fire and sword, and shall be made not only unpassable for men,
but also most hateful to wild beasts and fowls for ever.
THE END OF THE rEST oF ESTHER –
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