Esther 9:14-24 (New International Version)

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14 So the king commanded that this be done. An edict was issued in Susa, and they hanged1 the ten sons of Haman. 15 The Jews in Susa came together on the fourteenth day of the month of Adar, and they put to death in Susa three hundred men, but they did not lay their hands on the plunder.2 16 Meanwhile, the remainder of the Jews who were in the king's provinces also assembled to protect themselves and get relief3 from their enemies.4 They killed seventy-five thousand of them5 but did not lay their hands on the plunder.6 17 This happened on the thirteenth day of the month of Adar, and on the fourteenth they rested and made it a day of feasting7 and joy.

Purim Celebrated

18 The Jews in Susa, however, had assembled on the thirteenth and fourteenth, and then on the fifteenth they rested and made it a day of feasting and joy. 19 That is why rural Jews--those living in villages--observe the fourteenth of the month of Adar8 as a day of joy and feasting, a day for giving presents to each other.9 20 Mordecai recorded these events, and he sent letters to all the Jews throughout the provinces of King Xerxes, near and far, 21 to have them celebrate annually the fourteenth and fifteenth days of the month of Adar 22 as the time when the Jews got relief10 from their enemies, and as the month when their sorrow was turned into joy and their mourning into a day of celebration.11 He wrote them to observe the days as days of feasting and joy and giving presents of food12 to one another and gifts to the poor.13 23 So the Jews agreed to continue the celebration they had begun, doing what Mordecai had written to them. 24 For Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite,14 the enemy of all the Jews, had plotted against the Jews to destroy them and had cast the "pur"15 (that is, the lot16) for their ruin and destruction.17
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