October 15

Esther 6:14

14While they were still talking, the king’s servants came to take Haman to the feast which Esther had made ready.

Esther 7

1So the king and Haman came to take wine with Esther the queen.

2And the king said to Esther again on the second day, while they were drinking, What is your prayer, Queen Esther? for it will be given to you; and what is your request? for it will be done, even to the half of my kingdom.

3Then Esther the queen, answering, said, If I have your approval, O king, and if it is the king’s pleasure, let my life be given to me in answer to my prayer, and my people at my request:

4For we are given up, I and my people, to destruction and death and to be cut off. If we had been taken as men-servants and women-servants for a price, I would have said nothing, for our trouble is little in comparison with the king’s loss.

5Then King Ahasuerus said to Esther the queen, Who is he and where is he who has had this evil thought in his heart?

6And Esther said, Our hater and attacker is this evil Haman. Then Haman was full of fear before the king and the queen.

7And the king in his wrath got up from the feast and went into the garden: and Haman got to his feet to make a prayer for his life to Esther the queen: for he saw that the king’s purpose was evil against him.

8Then the king came back from the garden into the room where they had been drinking; and Haman was stretched out on the seat where Esther was. Then the king said, Is he taking the queen by force before my eyes in my house? And while the words were on the king’s lips, they put a cloth over Haman’s face.

9Then Harbonah, one of the unsexed servants waiting before the king, said, See, the pillar fifty cubits high, which Haman made for Mordecai, who said a good word for the king, is still in its place in Haman’s house. Then the king said, Put him to death by hanging him on it.

10So Haman was put to death by hanging him on the pillar he had made for Mordecai. Then the king’s wrath became less.

Esther 8

1That day the king gave all the family of Haman, the hater of the Jews, to Esther the queen. And Mordecai came before the king, for Esther had made clear what he was to her.

2And the king took off his ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it to Mordecai. And Esther put Mordecai over the family of Haman.

3Then Esther again came before the king, falling down at his feet, and made request to him with weeping, that he would put a stop to the evil purposes of Haman the Agagite and the designs which he had made against the Jews.

4Then the king put out the rod of gold to Esther, and she got up before the king.

5And she said, If it is the king’s pleasure and if I have his approval and this thing seems right to the king and I am pleasing to him, then let letters be sent giving orders against those which Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, sent out for the destruction of the Jews in all divisions of the kingdom:

6For how is it possible for me to see the evil which is to overtake my nation? how may I see the destruction of my people?

7Then King Ahasuerus said to Esther the queen and to Mordecai the Jew, See now, I have given Esther the family of Haman, and he has come to his death by hanging, because he made an attack on the Jews.

8So now send a letter about the Jews, writing whatever seems good to you, in the king’s name, and stamping it with the king’s ring: for a writing signed in the king’s name and stamped with the king’s ring may not be changed.

9Then at that time, on the twenty-third day of the third month, which is the month Sivan, the king’s scribes were sent for; and everything ordered by Mordecai was put in writing and sent to the Jews and the captains and the rulers and the chiefs of all the divisions of the kingdom from India to Ethiopia, a hundred and twenty-seven divisions, to every division in the writing commonly used there, and to every people in their language, and to the Jews in their writing and their language.

10The letters were sent in the name of King Ahasuerus and stamped with his ring, and they were taken by men on horseback, going on the quick-running horses used for the king’s business, the offspring of his best horses:

11In these letters the king gave authority to the Jews in every town to come together and make a fight for their lives, and to send death and destruction on the power of any people in any part of the kingdom attacking them or their children or their women, and to take their goods from them by force,

12On one day in every division of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, that is, on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month Adar.

13A copy of the writing, to be made public as an order in every division of the kingdom, was given out to all the peoples, so that the Jews might be ready when that day came to give punishment to their haters.

14So the men went out on the quick-running horses used on the king’s business, wasting no time and forced on by the king’s order; and the order was given out in Shushan, the king’s town.

15And Mordecai went out from before the king, dressed in king-like robes of blue and white, and with a great crown of gold and clothing of purple and the best linen: and all the town of Shushan gave loud cries of joy.

16And the Jews had light and joy and honour.

17And in every part of the kingdom and in every town, wherever the king’s letter and his order came, the Jews were glad with great joy, and had a feast and a good day. And a great number of the people of the land became Jews: for the fear of the Jews had come on them.

Psalms 107:1-22

1O give praise to the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy is unchanging for ever.

2Let those whose cause the Lord has taken up say so, his people whom he has taken out of the hands of their haters;

3Making them come together out of all the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.

4They were wandering in the waste places; they saw no way to a resting-place.

5Their souls became feeble for need of food and drink.

6Then they sent up their cry to the Lord in their sorrow, and he gave them salvation out of all their troubles;

7Guiding them in the right way, so that they might come into the town of their resting-place.

8Let men give praise to the Lord for his mercy, and for the wonders which he does for the children of men!

9He gives its desire to the unresting soul, so that it is full of good things.

10Those who were in the dark, in the black night, in chains of sorrow and iron;

11Because they went against the words of God, and gave no thought to the laws of the Most High:

12So that he made their hearts weighted down with grief; they were falling, and had no helper.

13Then they sent up their cry to the Lord in their sorrow, and he gave them salvation out of all their troubles.

14He took them out of the dark and the black night, and all their chains were broken.

15Let men give praise to the Lord for his mercy, and for the wonders which he does for the children of men!

16The doors of brass are broken by his arm, and the bands of iron are cut in two.

17Foolish men, because of their sins, and because of their wrongdoing, are troubled;

18They are disgusted by all food, and they come near to the doors of death.

19Then they send up their cry to the Lord in their sorrow, and he gives them salvation out of all their troubles.

20He sent his word and made them well, and kept them safe from the underworld.

21Let men give praise to the Lord for his mercy, and for the wonders which he does for the children of men!

22Let them make offerings of praise, giving news of his works with cries of joy.

Revelation of John 15

1And I saw another sign in heaven, great and strange; seven angels having the seven last punishments, for in them the wrath of God is complete.

2And I saw a sea which seemed like glass mixed with fire; and those who had overcome the beast and his image and the number of his name, were in their places by the sea of glass, with God’s instruments of music in their hands.

3And they give the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and full of wonder are your works, O Lord God, Ruler of all; true and full of righteousness are your ways, eternal King.

4What man is there who will not have fear before you, O Lord, and give glory to your name? because you only are holy; for all the nations will come and give worship before you; for your righteousness has been made clear.

5And after these things I saw, and the house of the Tent of witness in heaven was open:

6And the seven angels who had the seven punishments came out from the house of God, clothed with linen, clean and bright and with bands of gold about their breasts.

7And one of the four beasts gave to the seven angels seven gold vessels full of the wrath of God, who is living for ever and ever.

8And the house of God was full of smoke from the glory of God, and from his power, and no one was able to go into the house of God, till the seven punishments of the seven angels were ended.

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