Esther 8:1-10 (New American Standard)

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Mordecai Promoted

1 On that day King Ahasuerus gave the house of Haman, 1the enemy of the Jews, to Queen Esther; and Mordecai came before the king, for Esther had disclosed 2what he was to her. 2 3The king took off his signet ring which he had taken away from Haman, and gave it to Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman. 3 Then Esther spoke again to the king, fell at his feet, wept and implored him to avert the evil scheme of Haman the Agagite and his plot which he had devised against the Jews. 4 4The king extended the golden scepter to Esther. So Esther arose and stood before the king. 5 Then she said, "5If it pleases the king and if I have found favor before him and the matter seems proper to the king and I am pleasing in his sight, let it be written to revoke the 6letters devised by Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he wrote to destroy the Jews who are in all the king's provinces. 6 "For 7how can I endure to see the calamity which will befall my people, and how can I endure to see the destruction of my kindred?" 7 So King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther and to Mordecai the Jew, "Behold, 8I have given the house of Haman to Esther, and him they have hanged on the gallows because he had stretched out his hands against the Jews.

The King's Decree Avenges the Jews

8 "Now you write to the Jews aas you see fit, in the king's name, and 9seal it with the king's signet ring; for a decree which is written in the name of the king and sealed with the king's signet ring 10may not be revoked." 9 11So the king's scribes were called at that time in the third month (that is, the month Sivan ), on the twenty-third bday; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded to the Jews, the satraps, the governors and the princes of the provinces which extended 12from India to cEthiopia, 127 provinces, to 13every province according to its script, and to every people according to their language as well as to the Jews according to their script and their language. 10 He wrote in the name of King Ahasuerus, and sealed it with the king's signet ring, and sent letters by couriers on 14horses, riding on steeds sired by the royal stud.
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