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Brief for Esther

Took place during chapters 6 and 7 of Ezra. Mordecai. Plot to kill the Jewish people.

Synopsis for Esther

The Book of Esther, in the form of a short story similar to the Book of Ruth, has its setting in the palace of Shushan, or Susa, one of the three capitals of the Persian Empire. The story gives us a vivid picture of the Jews in exile, of the hostility of their non-Jewish enemies in Persia, and of how Esther became the queen of Ahasuerus (Xerxes), subsequently risking her life in order to save her people, the Jews, from total destruction. God's providential care of His people is magnified throughout, though the word "God" never appears in the book.

 

Search the Book of Esther Chapter 8

33 verses for:  Esther, Chapter: 8, Verse: 9 - 10  (speed: 0.02 sec)

Esther 8:9

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Then were the king's scribes called at that time, in the third month Sivan, on the three and twentieth 'day' thereof; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded unto the Jews, and to the satraps, and the governors and princes of the provinces which are from India unto Ethiopia, a hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto every province according to the writing thereof, and unto every people after their language, and to the Jews according to their writing, and according to their language. [9]   And he wrote the name of king Ahasuerus, and sealed it with the king's ring, and sent letters by post on horseback, riding on swift steeds that were used in the king's service, bred of the stud: [10]   wherein the king granted the Jews that were in every city to gather themselves together, and to stand for their life, to destroy, to slay, and to cause to perish, all the power of the people and province that would assault them, 'their' little ones and women, and to take the spoil of them for a prey, [11]   upon one day in all the provinces of king Ahasuerus, 'namely', upon the thirteenth 'day' of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar. [12]   A copy of the writing, that the decree should be given out in every province, was published unto all the peoples, and that the Jews should be ready against that day to avenge themselves on their enemies. [13]   So the posts that rode upon swift steeds that were used in the king's service went out, being hastened and pressed on by the king's commandment; and the decree was given out in Shushan the palace. [14]   And Mordecai went forth from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue and white, and with a great crown of gold, and with a robe of fine linen and purple: and the city of Shushan shouted and was glad. [15]   The Jews had light and gladness, and joy and honor. [16]   And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king's commandment and his decree came, the Jews had gladness and joy, a feast and a good day. And many from among the peoples of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews was fallen upon them. [17]   

Esther 9:9

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and Parmashta, and Arisai, and Aridai, and Vaizatha, [9]   the ten sons of Haman the son of Hammedatha, the Jew's enemy, slew they; but on the spoil they laid not their hand. [10]   On that day the number of those that were slain in Shushan the palace was brought before the king. [11]   

And the king said unto Esther the queen, The Jews have slain and destroyed five hundred men in Shushan the palace, and the ten sons of Haman; what then have they done in the rest of the king's provinces! Now what is thy petition? and it shall be granted thee: or what is thy request further? and it shall be done. [12]   Then said Esther, If it please the king, let it be granted to the Jews that are in Shushan to do to-morrow also according unto this day's decree, and let Haman's ten sons be hanged upon the gallows. [13]   And the king commanded it so to be done: and a decree was given out in Shushan; and they hanged Haman's ten sons. [14]   And the Jews that were in Shushan gathered themselves together on the fourteenth day also of the month Adar, and slew three hundred men in Shushan; but on the spoil they laid not their hand. [15]   And the other Jews that were in the king's provinces gathered themselves together, and stood for their lives, and had rest from their enemies, and slew of them that hated them seventy and five thousand; but on the spoil they laid not their hand. [16]   'This was done' on the thirteenth day of the month Adar; and on the fourteenth day of the same they rested, and made it a day of feasting and gladness. [17]   But the Jews that were in Shushan assembled together on the thirteenth 'day' thereof, and on the fourteenth thereof; and on the fifteenth 'day' of the same they rested, and made it a day of feasting and gladness. [18]   Therefore do the Jews of the villages, that dwell in the unwalled towns, make the fourteenth day of the month Adar 'a day of' gladness and feasting, and a good day, and of sending portions one to another. [19]   And Mordecai wrote these things, and sent letters unto all the Jews that were in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus, both nigh and far, [20]   to enjoin them that they should keep the fourteenth day of the month Adar, and the fifteenth day of the same, yearly, [21]   as the days wherein the Jews had rest from their enemies, and the month which was turned unto them from sorrow to gladness, and from mourning into a good day; that they should make them days of feasting and gladness, and of sending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor. [22]   

And the Jews undertook to do as they had begun, and as Mordecai had written unto them; [23]   because Haman the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the enemy of all the Jews, had plotted against the Jews to destroy them, and had cast Pur, that is the lot, to consume them, and to destroy them; [24]   but when 'the matter' came before the king, he commanded by letters that his wicked device, which he had devised against the Jews, should return upon his own head, and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows. [25]   Wherefore they called these days Purim, after the name of Pur. Therefore because of all the words of this letter, and of that which they had seen concerning this matter, and that which had come unto them, [26]   the Jews ordained, and took upon them, and upon their seed, and upon all such as joined themselves unto them, so that it should not fail, that they would keep these two days according to the writing thereof, and according to the appointed time thereof, every year; [27]   and that these days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, every family, every province, and every city; and that these days of Purim should not fail from among the Jews, nor the remembrance of them perish from their seed. [28]   Then Esther the queen, the daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew, wrote with all authority to confirm this second letter of Purim. [29]   And he sent letters unto all the Jews, to the hundred twenty and seven provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, 'with' words of peace and truth, [30]   to confirm these days of Purim in their appointed times, according as Mordecai the Jew and Esther the queen had enjoined them, and as they had ordained for themselves and for their seed, in the matter of the fastings and their cry. [31]   And the commandment of Esther confirmed these matters of Purim; and it was written in the book. [32]   


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