October 16

Esther 9

1Now on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, when the time came for the king’s order to be put into effect, on the very day when the haters of the Jews had been hoping to have rule over them; though the opposite had come about, and the Jews had rule over their haters;

2On that day, the Jews came together in their towns through all the divisions of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, for the purpose of attacking all those who were attempting evil against them: and everyone had to give way before them, for the fear of them had come on all the peoples.

3And all the chiefs and the captains and the rulers and those who did the king’s business gave support to the Jews; because the fear of Mordecai had come on them.

4For Mordecai was great in the king’s house, and word of him went out through every part of the kingdom: for the man Mordecai became greater and greater.

5So the Jews overcame all their attackers with the sword and with death and destruction, and did to their haters whatever they had a desire to do.

6And in Shushan the Jews put to death five hundred men.

7They put to death Parshandatha, Dalphon, Aspatha,

8Poratha, Adalia, Aridatha,

9Parmashta, Arisai, Aridai, and Vaizatha,

10The ten sons of Haman the son of Hammedatha, the hater of the Jews; but they put not a hand on any of their goods.

11On that day the number of those who had been put to death in the town of Shushan was given to the king.

12And the king said to Esther the queen, The Jews have put five hundred men to death in Shushan, as well as the ten sons of Haman: what then have they done in the rest of the kingdom! Now what is your prayer? for it will be given to you; what other request have you? and it will be done.

13Then Esther said, If it is the king’s pleasure, let authority be given to the Jews in Shushan to do tomorrow as has been done today, and let orders be given for the hanging of Haman’s ten sons.

14And the king said that this was to be done, and the order was given out in Shushan, and the hanging of Haman’s ten sons was effected.

15For the Jews who were in Shushan came together again on the fourteenth day of the month Adar and put to death three hundred men in Shushan; but they put not a hand on their goods.

16And the other Jews in every division of the kingdom came together, fighting for their lives, and got salvation from their haters and put seventy-five thousand of them to death; but they did not put a hand on their goods.

17This they did on the thirteenth day of the month Adar; and on the fourteenth day of the same month they took their rest, and made it a day of feasting and joy.

18But the Jews in Shushan came together on the thirteenth and on the fourteenth day of the month; and on the fifteenth day they took their rest, and made it a day of feasting and joy.

19So the Jews of the country places living in unwalled towns make the fourteenth day of the month Adar a day of feasting and joy and a good day, a day for sending offerings one to another.

20And Mordecai sent letters to all the Jews in every division of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, near and far,

21Ordering them to keep the fourteenth day of the month Adar and the fifteenth day of the same month, every year,

22As days on which the Jews had rest from their haters, and the month which for them was turned from sorrow to joy, and from weeping to a good day: and that they were to keep them as days of feasting and joy, of sending offerings to one another and good things to the poor.

23And the Jews gave their word to go on as they had been doing and as Mordecai had given them orders in writing;

24Because Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the hater of all the Jews, had made designs for their destruction, attempting to get a decision by Pur (that is, chance) with a view to putting an end to them and cutting them off;

25But when the business was put before the king, he gave orders by letters that the evil design which he had made against the Jews was to be turned against himself; and that he and his sons were to be put to death by hanging.

26So these days were named Purim, after the name of Pur. And so, because of the words of this letter, and of what they had seen in connection with this business, and what had come to them,

27The Jews made a rule and gave an undertaking, causing their seed and all those who were joined to them to do the same, so that it might be in force for ever, that they would keep those two days, as ordered in the letter, at the fixed time every year;

28And that those days were to be kept in memory through every generation and every family, in every division of the kingdom and every town, that there might never be a time when these days of Purim would not be kept among the Jews, or when the memory of them would go from the minds of their seed.

29Then Esther the queen, daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew, sent a second letter giving the force of their authority to the order about the Purim.

30And he sent letters to all the Jews in the hundred and twenty-seven divisions of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, with true words of peace,

31Giving the force of law to these days of Purim at their fixed times, as they had been ordered by Mordecai the Jew and Esther the queen, and in keeping with the rules they had made for themselves and their seed, in connection with their time of going without food and their cry for help.

32The order given by Esther gave the force of law to the rules about the Purim; and it was recorded in the book.

Esther 10

1And King Ahasuerus put a tax on the land and on the islands of the sea.

2And all his acts of power and his great strength and the full story of the high place which the king gave Mordecai, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Media and Persia?

3For Mordecai the Jew was second only to King Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews and respected by the body of his countrymen; working for the good of his people, and saying words of peace to all his seed.

Psalms 107:23-43

23Those who go down to the sea in ships, who do business in the great waters;

24They see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.

25For at his word comes up the storm-wind, lifting high the waves.

26The sailors go up to heaven, and down into the deep; their souls are wasted because of their trouble.

27They are turned here and there, rolling like a man who is full of wine; and all their wisdom comes to nothing.

28Then they send up their cry to the Lord in their sorrow, and he gives them salvation out of all their troubles.

29He makes the storm into a calm, so that the waves are at peace.

30Then they are glad, because the sea is quiet, and he takes them to the harbour of their desire.

31Let men give praise to the Lord for his mercy, and for the wonders which he does for the children of men!

32Let them give glory to him in the meeting of the people, and praise among the chiefs.

33He makes rivers into waste places, and springs of water into a dry land;

34He makes a fertile country into a salt waste, because of the sins of those who are living there.

35He makes a waste land into a place of water, and a dry land into water-springs.

36And there he gives the poor a resting-place, so that they may make themselves a town;

37And put seed in the fields and make vine-gardens, to give them fruit.

38He gives them his blessing so that they are increased greatly, and their cattle do not become less.

39And when they are made low, and crushed by trouble and sorrow,

40He puts an end to the pride of kings, and sends them wandering in the waste lands where there is no way.

41But he puts the poor man on high from his troubles, and gives him families like a flock.

42The upright see it and are glad: the mouth of the sinner is stopped.

43Let the wise give thought to these things, and see the mercies of the Lord.

Revelation of John 16

1And a great voice out of the house of God came to my ears, saying to the seven angels, Go, and let that which is in the seven vessels of the wrath of God come down on the earth.

2And the first went, and let what was in his vessel come down on the earth; and it became an evil poisoning wound on the men who had the mark of the beast, and who gave worship to his image.

3And the second let what was in his vessel come out into the sea; and it became blood as of a dead man; and every living thing in the sea came to an end.

4And the third let what was in his vessel come out into the rivers and the fountains of water; and they became blood.

5And the voice of the angel of the waters came to my ears, saying, True and upright is your judging, O Holy One, who is and was from all time:

6For they made the blood of saints and prophets come out like a stream, and blood have you given them for drink; which is their right reward.

7And a voice came from the altar, saying, Even so, O Lord God, Ruler of all, true and full of righteousness is your judging.

8And the fourth let what was in his vessel come out on the sun; and power was given to it that men might be burned with fire.

9And men were burned with great heat: and they said evil things against the name of the God who has authority over these punishments; and they were not turned from their evil ways to give him glory.

10And the fifth let what was in his vessel come out on the high seat of the beast; and his kingdom was made dark; and they were biting their tongues for pain.

11And they said evil things against the God of heaven because of their pain and their wounds; and they were not turned from their evil works.

12And the sixth let what was in his vessel come out on the great river Euphrates; and it became dry, so that the way might be made ready for the kings from the east.

13And I saw coming out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits, like frogs.

14For they are evil spirits, working signs; who go out even to the kings of all the earth, to get them together to the war of the great day of God, the Ruler of all.

15(See, I come as a thief. Happy is he who is watching and keeps his robes, so that he may not go unclothed, and his shame be seen.)

16And they got them together into the place which is named in Hebrew Armageddon.

17And the seventh let what was in his vessel come out on the air; and there came out a great voice from the house of God, from the high seat, saying, It is done.

18And there were flames and voices and thunders; and there was a great earth-shock so that never, from the time when men were on the earth, had there been so great an earth-shock, so full of power.

19And the great town was cut into three parts, and the towns of the nations came to destruction: and Babylon the great came into mind before God, to be given the cup of the wine of his wrath.

20And every island went in flight, and the mountains were seen no longer.

21And great drops of ice, every one about the weight of a talent, came down out of heaven on men: and men said evil things against God because of the punishment of the ice-drops; for it is very great.

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