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Esther 3

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 1 Now after these events, King Ahasuerus promoted Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him and set his seat above all the princes who were with him.

 2 And all the king's servants who were at the king's gate bowed down and did reverence to Haman for the king had so commanded concerning him. But Mordecai did not bow down or do him reverence.

 3 Then the king's servants who were in the king's gate said to Mordecai, "Why do you transgress the king's command?"

 4 Now when they spoke to him daily and he refused to listen to them, they told Haman to see whether Mordecai's conduct would be tolerated for he had told them that he was a Jew.

 5 And when Haman saw that Mordecai would not bow down or do him reverence, he was enraged.

 6 But he disdained to lay hands on Mordecai alone. So since they had told him of Mordecai's nationality, Haman sought to destroy all the Jews, the people of Mordecai, throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus.

 7 In the twelfth year of King Ahasuerus, in the first month of Nisan, Pur (lots) were cast before Haman to determine the day and month to destroy the people of Mordecai in one day; and the lot fell on the twelfth month, the month Adar.

 8 Then Haman said to King Ahasuerus, "There is a certain people scattered and dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom; their laws are different from all other peoples, neither do they keep the king's laws. Therefore it is not in the king's interest to allow them to remain.

 9 If it pleases the king, let it be decreed that they may be destroyed, and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver into the hands of those who have the charge of the king's business to bring it into the king's treasuries."

 10 Then the king took his signet ring from his hand and gave it to Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the Jews' enemy.

 11 And the king said to Haman, "The silver and the people are given to you to do with as it seems good to you."

 12 Then the king's scribes were called on the thirteenth day of the first month, and a decree was written according to all that Haman commanded — to the king's rulers, the governors who were over every province, to the princes of the people of every province, and to each people in their own script and language; it was written in the name of King Ahasuerusand sealed with the king's ring.

 13 And the letters were sent by couriers into all the king's provinces — to destroy, to kill, and to annihilate all Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day, the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month Adar, and to seize their possessions as plunder.

 14 A copy of the document was to be published as law in every province to all peoples to be ready for that day.

 15 So couriers went out, hastened by the king's command, and the decree was issued in the citadel of Shushan. And the king and Haman sat down to drink, but the city of Shushan was perplexed.


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