So the Jews finished off all their enemies with the sword, slaughtering them right and left, and did as they pleased to those who hated them.
In the palace complex of Susa the Jews massacred five hundred men.
They also killed the ten sons of Haman son of Hammedatha, the archenemy of the Jews: Parshandatha Dalphon
oratha Adalia Aridatha
Parmashta Arisai Aridai Vaizatha
But they took no plunder.
That day, when it was all over, the number of those killed in the palace complex was given to the king.
The king told Queen Esther, "In the palace complex alone here in Susa the Jews have killed five hundred men, plus Haman's ten sons. Think of the killing that must have been done in the rest of the provinces! What else do you want? Name it and it's yours. Your wish is my command."
"If it please the king," Queen Esther responded, "give the Jews of Susa permission to extend the terms of the order another day. And have the bodies of Haman's ten sons hanged in public display on the gallows."
The king commanded it: The order was extended; the bodies of Haman's ten sons were publicly hanged.
The Jews in Susa went at it again. On the fourteenth day of Adar they killed another three hundred men in Susa. But again they took no plunder.
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