But the Jews went ahead on the appointed day and struck down their enemies with the sword. They killed and annihilated their enemies and did as they pleased with those who hated them.
They killed five hundred people in the fortress of Susa.
They also killed Parshandatha, Dalphon, Aspatha,
Poratha, Adalia, Aridatha,
Parmashta, Arisai, Aridai, and Vaizatha --
the ten sons of Haman son of Hammedatha, the enemy of the Jews. But they did not take any plunder.
That evening, when the king was informed of the number of people killed in the fortress of Susa,
he called for Queen Esther and said, "The Jews have killed five hundred people in the fortress of Susa alone and also Haman's ten sons. If they have done that here, what has happened in the rest of the provinces? But now, what more do you want? It will be granted to you; tell me and I will do it."
And Esther said, "If it please Your Majesty, give the Jews in Susa permission to do again tomorrow as they have done today, and have the bodies of Haman's ten sons hung from the gallows.a"
So the king agreed, and the decree was announced in Susa. They also hung the bodies of Haman's ten sons from the gallows.
Then the Jews at Susa gathered together on March 8 b and killed three hundred more people, though again they took no plunder.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)