Then 1the kingtook his signetring from his hand and gave it to Haman, the son of Hammedatha2the Agagite, 3the enemy of the Jews.
The kingsaid to Haman, "The silver is ayours, and the people also, to do with them as you please ."
124Then the king'sscribes were summoned on the thirteenthday of the firstmonth, and it was writtenjust as Hamancommanded to 5the king'ssatraps, to the governorswho were overeachprovince and to the princes of eachpeople, eachprovince according to its script, eachpeople according to its language, being written6in the name of KingAhasuerus and sealed with the king'ssignetring.
13Letters were sent by 7couriers to all the king'sprovinces8to destroy, to kill and to annihilateall the Jews, bothyoung and old, women and children, 9in oneday, the thirteenth day of the twelfthmonth, which is the monthAdar, and to 10seize their possessions as plunder.
1411A copy of the edict to be bissued as law in everyprovince was published to all the peoples so that they should be ready for thisday.
The courierswent out impelled by the king'scommand while the decree was cissued at the citadel in Susa; and while the king and Hamansatdown to drink, 12the city of Susa was in confusion.