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Esther 8:12-17 (New International Version)

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12 The day appointed for the Jews to do this in all the provinces of King Xerxes was the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar.1 13 A copy of the text of the edict was to be issued as law in every province and made known to the people of every nationality so that the Jews would be ready on that day2 to avenge themselves on their enemies. 14 The couriers, riding the royal horses, raced out, spurred on by the king's command. And the edict was also issued in the citadel of Susa.3 15 Mordecai4 left the king's presence wearing royal garments of blue and white, a large crown of gold5 and a purple robe of fine linen.6 And the city of Susa held a joyous celebration.7 16 For the Jews it was a time of happiness and joy,8 gladness and honor.9 17 In every province and in every city, wherever the edict of the king went, there was joy10 and gladness among the Jews, with feasting and celebrating. And many people of other nationalities became Jews because fear11 of the Jews had seized them.12
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