(Show plain text in new window)
Triumph of the Jews...
And in the twelfth month, that is, the month of Adar, on the thirteenth day, when the sovereign`s command and his decree came to be done, on the day that the enemies of the Yehudim had waited to overpower them, it turned around, so that the Yehudim overpowered those who hated them.
The Yehudim assembled in their cities, throughout all the provinces of Sovereign Ahashwerosh to lay hands on those who sought their evil. And no one stood against them, because fear of them fell upon all people.
And all the officials of the provinces, and the viceroys, and the governors, and all those doing the sovereign's work, helped the Yehudim, because the fear of Mordekai fell upon them.
For Mordekai was great in the palace of the sovereign, and his report spread into all the provinces, for this man Mordekai became greater and greater.
And the Yehudim smote all their enemies with the stroke of the sword, with slaughter and destruction, and did what they pleased to those who hated them.
And in the citadel of Shushan the Yehudim slew and destroyed five hundred men.
And they slew Parshandatha, and Dalphon, and Aspatha,
and Poratha, and Adalya, and Aridatha,
and Parmashta, and Arisai, and Aridai, and Wayezatha,
the ten sons of Haman son of Hammedatha, the enemy of the Yehudim. But they did not lay a hand on the plunder.
On that day the number of those who were slain in the citadel of Shushan came before the sovereign.
And the sovereign said to Sovereigness Ester, 'The Yehudim have slain and destroyed five hundred men in the citadel of Shushan, and the ten sons of Haman. What have they done in the rest of the sovereign's provinces? And what is your petition? And it is given to you. And what is your further request? And it is done.'
And Ester said, 'If it pleases the sovereign, let it be given to the Yehudim who are in Shushan to do again tomorrow according to today's decree, and let Haman's ten sons be impaled on the stake.'
And the sovereign commanded this to be done. And the decree was given in Shushan, and they impaled Haman's ten sons.
And the Yehudim who were in Shushan also assembled on the fourteenth day of the month of Adar and they slew three hundred men at Shushan. But they did not lay a hand on the plunder.
And the rest of the Yehudim in the sovereign's provinces assembled and stood for their lives, and to get rest from their enemies, and to slay seventy-five thousand of their enemies. But they did not lay a hand on the plunder.
That was on the thirteenth day of the month of Adar, and on the fourteenth day of the month they rested and made it a day of feasting and gladness.
But the Yehudim who were at Shushan assembled on the thirteenth day, as well as on the fourteenth day. And on the fifteenth day of the month they rested, and made it a day of feasting and gladness.
Therefore the Yehudim of the villages who dwelt in the unwalled towns were making the fourteenth day of the month of Adar a good day of gladness and feasting, and for sending portions to one another.
And Mordekai wrote these matters and sent letters to all the Yehudim who were in all the provinces of Sovereign Ahashwerosh, both near and far,
to establish among them, to observe the fourteenth and fifteenth days of the month of Adar, yearly,
as the days on which the Yehudim had rest from their enemies, as the month which was turned from sorrow to joy for them, and from mourning to a good day, that they should make them days of feasting and joy, of sending portions to one another and gifts to the poor.
And the Yehudim undertook to do as they had begun, and as Mordekai had written to them,
because Haman, son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the adversary of all the Yehudim, had plotted against the Yehudim to destroy them, and had cast Pur - that is, the lot - to crush them and to destroy them.
But when she came before the sovereign, he commanded by letter that his evil plot which Haman had plotted against the Yehudim should return on his own head, and that he and his sons should be impaled on the stake.
Therefore they called these days Purim, after the name Pur. Therefore, because of all the words of this letter, what they had seen concerning this matter, and what had come upon them,
the Yehudim established and imposed it upon themselves and upon their seed and all who should join them, that without fail they should observe these two days every year, according to their writing and at their appointed time,
and that these days should be remembered and observed throughout every generation, every clan, every province, and every city, and that these days of Purim should not fail from among the Yehudim, and that the remembrance of them should not cease from their seed.
And Sovereigness Ester, the daughter of Abihayil, with Mordekai the Yehudite, wrote with all authority to confirm this second letter about Purim.
And Mordekai sent letters to all the Yehudim, to the hundred and twenty-seven provinces of the reign of Ahashwerosh, words of peace and truth,
to establish these days of Purim at their appointed times, as Mordekai the Yehudite and Sovereigness Ester had established for them, and as they had established for themselves and their seed concerning matters of their fastings and lamenting.
And the decree of Ester established these matters of Purim, and it was written in the book.