October 12

Esther 2

1After these things, when the king’s feelings were calmer, the thought of Vashti and what she had done and the order he had made against her, came back to his mind.

2Then the servants who were waiting on the king said to him, Let search be made for some fair young virgins for the king:

3Let the king give authority to certain men in all the divisions of his kingdom, to get together all the fair young virgins and send them to Shushan, the king’s town, to the women’s house, under the care of Hegai, the king’s servant, the keeper of the women: and let the things needed for making them clean be given to them;

4And let the girl who is pleasing to the king be queen in place of Vashti. And the king was pleased with this suggestion; and he did so.

5Now there was a certain Jew in Shushan named Mordecai, the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjamite;

6Who had been taken away from Jerusalem among those who had been made prisoner with Jeconiah, king of Judah, when Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, had taken him away.

7And he had been a father to Hadassah, that is Esther, the daughter of his father’s brother: for she had no father or mother, and she was very beautiful; and when her father and mother were dead, Mordecai took her for his daughter.

8So when the order made by the king was publicly given out, and a number of girls had been placed in the care of Hegai in the king’s house in Shushan, Esther was taken into the king’s house and put in the care of Hegai, the keeper of the women.

9And he was pleased with the girl and was kind to her; and he quickly gave her what was needed for making her clean, and the things which were hers by right, and seven servant-girls who were to be hers from the king’s house: and he had her and her servant-girls moved to the best place in the women’s part of the house.

10Esther had not said what family or people she came from, for Mordecai had given her orders not to do so.

11And every day Mordecai took his walk before the square of the women’s house, to see how Esther was and what would be done to her.

12Now every girl, when her turn came, had to go in to King Ahasuerus, after undergoing, for a space of twelve months, what was ordered by the law for the women (for this was the time necessary for making them clean, that is, six months with oil of myrrh and six months with sweet perfumes and such things as are needed for making women clean):

13And in this way the girl went in to the king; whatever she had a desire for was given to her to take with her from the women’s house into the house of the king.

14In the evening she went, and on the day after she came back to the second house of the women, into the keeping of Shaashgaz, one of the king’s unsexed servants who had the care of the king’s wives: only if the king had delight in her and sent for her by name did she go in to him again.

15Now when the time came for Esther, the daughter of Abihail, his father’s brother, whom Mordecai had taken as his daughter, to go in to the king, she made request for nothing but what Hegai, the king’s servant and keeper of the women, had given her. And Esther was looked on kindly by all who saw her.

16So Esther was taken in to King Ahasuerus in his house in the tenth month, which is the month Tebeth, in the seventh year of his rule.

17And Esther was more pleasing to the king than all the women, and to his eyes she was fairer and more full of grace than all the other virgins: so he put his crown on her head and made her queen in place of Vashti.

18Then the king gave a great feast for all his captains and his servants, even Esther’s feast; and he gave orders through all the divisions of his kingdom for a day of rest from work, and gave wealth from his store.

19And when the virgins came together in the second house of the women, Mordecai took his seat in the doorway of the king’s house.

20Esther had still said nothing of her family or her people, as Mordecai had given her orders; for Esther did what Mordecai said, as when she was living with him.

21In those days, while Mordecai was seated at the king’s doorway, two of the king’s servants, Bigthan and Teresh, keepers of the door, being angry, were looking for a chance to make an attack on King Ahasuerus.

22And Mordecai, having knowledge of their purpose, sent word of it to Esther the queen; and Esther gave the news to the king in Mordecai’s name.

23And when the thing had been looked into, it was seen to be true, and the two of them were put to death by hanging on a tree: and it was put down in the records before the king.

Psalms 105:26-45

26He sent Moses, his servant, and Aaron, the man of his selection.

27He let his signs be seen among the people, and his wonders in the land of Ham.

28He sent black night and made it dark; and they did not go against his word.

29At his word their waters were turned to blood, and he sent death on all their fish.

30Their land was full of frogs, even in the rooms of the king.

31He gave the word, and there came the dog-fly, and insects over all the land.

32He gave them ice for rain, and flaming fire in their land.

33He gave their vines and their fig-trees to destruction, and the trees of their land were broken down.

34At his word the locusts came, and young locusts more than might be numbered,

35And put an end to all the plants of their land, taking all the fruit of the earth for food.

36He put to death the first child of every family in the land, the first-fruits of their strength.

37He took his people out with silver and gold: there was not one feeble person among them.

38Egypt was glad when they went; for the fear of them had come down on them.

39A cloud was stretched over them for a cover; and he sent fire to give light in the night.

40At the people’s request he sent birds, and gave them the bread of heaven for food.

41His hand made the rock open, and the waters came streaming out; they went down through the dry places like a river.

42For he kept in mind his holy word, and Abraham, his servant.

43And he took his people out with joy, the men of his selection with glad cries:

44And gave them the lands of the nations; and they took the work of the peoples for a heritage;

45So that they might keep his orders, and be true to his laws. Give praise to the Lord.

Revelation of John 12

1And a great sign was seen in heaven: a A woman clothed with the sun, and with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.

2And she was with child; and she gave a cry, in the pains of childbirth.

3And there was seen another sign in heaven; a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven crowns.

4And his tail was pulling a third part of the stars of heaven down to the earth, and the dragon took his place before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when the birth had taken place he might put an end to her child.

5And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who was to have rule over all the nations with a rod of iron: and her child was taken up to God and to his high seat.

6And the woman went in flight to the waste land, where she has a place made ready by God, so that there they may give her food a thousand, two hundred and sixty days.

7And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels going out to the fight with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels made war,

8And they were overcome, and there was no more place for them in heaven.

9And the great dragon was forced down, the old snake, who is named the Evil One and Satan, by whom all the earth is turned from the right way; he was forced down to the earth, and his angels were forced down with him.

10And a great voice in heaven came to my ears, saying, Now is come the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ: because he who says evil against our brothers before our God day and night is forced down.

11And they overcame him through the blood of the Lamb and the word of their witness; and loving not their lives they freely gave themselves up to death.

12Be glad then, O heavens, and you who are in them. But there is trouble for the earth and the sea: because the Evil One has come down to you, being very angry, having the knowledge that he has but a short time.

13And when the dragon saw that he was forced down to the earth, he made cruel attacks on the woman who gave birth to the male child.

14And there were given to the woman two wings of a great eagle, so that she might go in flight into the waste land, to her place, where she is given food for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the snake.

15And the snake sent out of his mouth after the woman a river of water, so that she might be taken away by the stream.

16And the earth gave help to the woman, and with open mouth took up the river which the dragon sent out of his mouth.

17And the dragon was angry with the woman and went away to make war on the rest of her seed, who keep the orders of God, and the witness of Jesus:

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