Old Testament - Esther
15 And he said, What shall we do to Queen Vashti, according to law, because she has not performed the command of King Akhshirash by the eunuchs?
17 For this deed of the queen shall reach all women, so that their husbands shall be despised in their eyes, and they shall say, King Akhshirash commanded Vashti the queen to be brought in before him, but she did not come.
20 And the king’s decree shall be proclaimed and published throughout all his empire (for it is great), that all wives shall give honor to their husbands, both great and small. 21 And the saying pleased the king and the princes; and the king did according to the word of Meaucan; 22 And he sent letters to all the king’s provinces, into every province according to the writing thereof and to every people according to its own language, that every man should bear rule in his own house and that it should be published according to the language of every people."
2 Then the king’s servants and his ministers said to him, Let there be beautiful young virgins sought for the king.
4 And let the maiden who pleases the king be queen instead of Vashti. And the thing pleased the king; and he did so.
7 And he brought up Hadassah, that is Esther, his uncle’s daughter; for she had neither father nor mother, and the maid was fair and beautiful; and when her father and mother died, Mordecai took her for his own daughter. 8 So when the king’s commandment and his decree were heard, and when many virgins were gathered together in Shushan the palace in the custody of Hegai, the eunuch, that Esther was brought also to the king’s house to the custody of Hegai, the keeper of the women. 9 And the maiden pleased him, and she obtained favor of him; and he speedily gave her things for purification, such things which were her portion, and seven maidens who were worthy to be given her from the king’s house; and he preferred her and her maidens much more than all the other women. 10 Esther had not made known her people nor her kindred; for Mordecai had charged her that she should not make it known.
15 Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, came to go in before the king, she asked for nothing but what Hegai the king’s eunuch, the keeper of the women, appointed. And Esther obtained favor in the sight of all those who saw her.
17 And the king loved Esther more than all the other women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the other virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.
20 But Esther had not yet made known her kindred nor her people, as Mordecai had charged her; for Esther obeyed the commandment of Mordecai, like as when she was faith fully brought up with him."
"21 In those days, while Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate, two of the king’s eunuchs, Bigthan and Teresh, of those who kept the door, were wroth and sought to lay hands on King Akhshirash. 22 And the thing became known to Mordecai, who told it to Esther the queen; and Esther told the king in Mordecai’s name. 23 And when the matter was investigated and found to be so, they were both nailed on crosses, and it was written in the book of chronicles be fore the king."
6 And he thought it nothing to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for they had revealed to him the people of Mordecai; wherefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews who were throughout the whole kingdom of Akhshirash, even the people of Mordecai."
8 Haman said to King Akhshirash, There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of King Akhshirash; and their laws are different from those of all other people; and they do not keep the king’s laws; therefore the king ought not to spare them.
10 And the king took his ring from his hand and gave it to Haman the son of Hammadatha the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews. 11 And the king said to Haman, The silver is given to you, the people also, to do with them as it seems good to you.
13 And the letters were sent by couriers to all the king’s provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to cause to perish all Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day, even upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, and to take their wealth for a prey. In the same day on the thirteenth day of the month of Adar they were written.
WHEN Mordecai learned all that was done, he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, howling with a loud and bitter lamentation.
5 Then Esther called for Hathan, one of the king’s eunuchs, who had been appointed to attend her, and ordered him to go to Mordecai to know what this was and why it was.
7 And Mordecai told him of all that had happened to him and of the sum of money that Haman had promised to pay to the king’s treasuries for the Jews, to destroy them.
13 Then Mordecai told him to tell Esther, Think not in yourself that you shall escape because you are in the king’s house, more than all the other Jews. 14 For if you altogether remain silent this time, then relief and salvation shall arise to the Jews from an other place; but you and your father’s house shall be destroyed; and who knows whether you have been called to come to the kingdom for such a time as this? 15 Then Esther told him to return Mordecai this answer: 16 Go, gather together all the Jews who are present in Shushan the pal ace, and fast for me, and neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day; I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and then I will go in to the king, which is not according to the law; and if I perish, I perish.
4 And Esther answered, If it please the king, let the king and Haman come to the banquet that I have pre pared for him. 5 Then the king said, Make haste to find Haman, that he may do as Esther has said. So the king and Haman came to the banquet that Esther had prepared. 6 And the king said to Esther at the banquet of wine, What is your petition? And it shall be granted you; and what is your request? Even to the half of the kingdom it shall be given you. 7 Then Esther answered and said, My petition and my request is this: 8 If I have found favor in your sight, O king, and if it please the king to grant my petition and to per form my request, let the king and Haman come to the banquet that I shall prepare for them tomorrow, as the king has said."
SO the king and Haman went in to the banquet which Esther the queen had prepared. 2 And the king said again to Esther on the second day of the banquet of wine, What is your petition and what is your request? It shall be granted you, even to the half of the kingdom. 3 Then Esther the queen answered and said, If I have found favor in your sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request; 4 For we are sold, I and my people, to be slain, to be put to the sword, and to perish. But if we had been sold merely as bondmen and bondwomen, I would have held my tongue, but the enemy would not hesitate to cause damage to the king. 5 Then King Akhshirash answered and said to Esther the queen, Who is he and where is he who dares to presume in his heart to do so? 6 And Esther said, The oppressor and enemy is this wicked Haman. Then Haman trembled before the king and the queen."
9 And Rahbona, one of his eunuchs, said before the king, Behold the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman had made to hang Mordecai because he had spoken good concerning the king, stands in the house of Haman. Then the king said, Hang him on it. 10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king’s wrath appeased."
ON that day King Akhshirash gave the house of Haman the enemy of the Jews to Esther the queen. And Mordecai came before the king; for Esther had told what he was to her. 2 And the king took off the ring which he had taken away from Haman and gave it to Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman."
"3 And Esther came back and spoke again before the king, and fell down at his feet and besought him and entreated him earnestly to put away the mischief of Haman the Agagite and his device that he had devised against the Jews. 4 Then the king held out the golden sceptre toward Esther. So Esther touched it and stood before the king 5 And said. If it please the king and the thing seem right before the king and if I have found favor in his eyes, let it be written to reverse the letters devised by Haman the Agagite which he wrote to destroy all the Jews who are in all the king’s provinces; 6 For how can I endure to see the calamity that shall come to my people? Or how can I endure to see the destruction of my kindred? 7 Then King Akhshirash said to Esther the queen, Behold, I have given you the house of Haman, and him they have hanged upon the gal lows because he lifted up his hand against the Jews. 8 And write also concerning the Jews as it please you, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s ring; for the writing which is written in the king’s name and sealed with the king’s ring may not be reversed.
26 Therefore they called these days Porayey, after the name Passover. Because of all the words of this letter and of that which they had seen concerning this matter and because of that which has befallen them. 27 The Jews ordained thus, and took upon themselves and upon their descendants and upon all such as joined themselves to them that it should not fail that they would keep these two days according to their writing and according to their appointed time every year.
3 For Mordecai the Jew was next to King Akhshirash and became the chief over the Jews, and he sought the good of his people and spoke on behalf of all his race.