12 1Then the king's scribes were summoned on the thirteenth * day of the first month, and it was written just * as Haman commanded to 2the king's satraps, to the governors who were over each province and to the princes of each people, each province according to its script, each people according to its language, being written 3in the name of King Ahasuerus and sealed with the king's signet ring.
13 Letters were sent by 4couriers to all the king's provinces 5to destroy, to kill and to annihilate all the Jews, both young and old, women and children, 6in one day, the thirteenth * day of the twelfth * month, which is the month Adar, and to 7seize their possessions as plunder.
14 8A copy of the edict to be issued as law in every province was published to all the peoples so that they should be ready for this day.
15 The couriers went out impelled by the king's command while the decree was issued at the citadel in Susa; and while the king and Haman sat down to drink, 9the city of Susa was in confusion.