Then Mordecairecordedtheseevents, and he sentletters to all the Jewswho were in all the provinces of KingAhasuerus, both near and far,
21obliging them to celebrate the fourteenthday of the monthAdar, and the fifteenthdayaof the same month, annually ,
because on those days the Jewsbridthemselves of their enemies, and it was a monthwhich was 1turned for them from sorrow into gladness and from mourning into a choliday ; that they should make them days of feasting and rejoicing and 2sendingportions of food to oneanother and gifts to the poor.
Thus the Jewsundertookwhat they had started to do, and whatMordecai had written to them.
For Haman the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the adversary of all the Jews, had schemedagainst the Jews to destroy them and 3had castPur, that is the lot, to disturb them and destroy them.
But 4when it camedto the king'sattention, he commanded by letter5that his wickedschemewhich he had edevisedagainst the Jews, 6should return on his own head and that he and his sons should be hanged on the fgallows.
26Therefore they calledthesedaysPurimafter the name of Pur. gAnd 7because of the instructions in thisletter, both what they had seen in thisregard and what had happened to them,
the Jewsestablished and hmade a custom for themselves and for their idescendants and for 8all those who allied themselves with them, so that jthey would not fail9to celebratethesetwodays according to their kregulation and according to their appointedtimeannually .
So thesedays were to be remembered and celebrated throughout everygeneration, everyfamily, everyprovince and everycity; and thesedays of Purim were not to lfail from among the Jews, or their memorymfade from their ndescendants.
Then QueenEsther, 10daughter of Abihail, with Mordecai the Jew, wrote with fullauthority to confirm11thissecondletter about Purim.
He sentletters to all the Jews, 12to the 127provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, namely, words of peace and truth,
to establishthesedays of Purim at their appointedtimes, just as Mordecai the Jew and QueenEsther had established for them, and just as they had established for themselves and for their odescendants with pinstructions13for their times of fasting and their lamentations.
The command of Estherestablishedtheseqcustoms for 14Purim, and it was written in the book.