1Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars.2Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.3And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads.4His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born.5She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne.6Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.7And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought,8but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer.9So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.10Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, "Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.11And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.12Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time."13Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child.14But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent.15So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood.16But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth.17And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. 18 [No text]
1After these things, when the wrath of King Ahasuerus subsided, he remembered Vashti, what she had done, and what had been decreed against her.2Then the king's servants who attended him said: "Let beautiful young virgins be sought for the king;3and let the king appoint officers in all the provinces of his kingdom, that they may gather all the beautiful young virgins to Shushan the citadel, into the women's quarters, under the custody of Hegai the king's eunuch, custodian of the women. And let beauty preparations be given them.4Then let the young woman who pleases the king be queen instead of Vashti." This thing pleased the king, and he did so.5In Shushan the citadel there was a certain Jew whose name was Mordecai the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjamite.6Kish had been carried away from Jerusalem with the captives who had been captured with Jeconiah king of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away.7And Mordecai had brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle's daughter, for she had neither father nor mother. The young woman was lovely and beautiful. When her father and mother died, Mordecai took her as his own daughter.8So it was, when the king's command and decree were heard, and when many young women were gathered at Shushan the citadel, under the custody of Hegai, that Esther also was taken to the king's palace, into the care of Hegai the custodian of the women.9Now the young woman pleased him, and she obtained his favor; so he readily gave beauty preparations to her, besides her allowance. Then seven choice maidservants were provided for her from the king's palace, and he moved her and her maidservants to the best place in the house of the women.10Esther had not revealed her people or family, for Mordecai had charged her not to reveal it.11And every day Mordecai paced in front of the court of the women's quarters, to learn of Esther's welfare and what was happening to her.12Each young woman's turn came to go in to King Ahasuerus after she had completed twelve months' preparation, according to the regulations for the women, for thus were the days of their preparation apportioned: six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with perfumes and preparations for beautifying women.13Thus prepared, each young woman went to the king, and she was given whatever she desired to take with her from the women's quarters to the king's palace.14In the evening she went, and in the morning she returned to the second house of the women, to the custody of Shaashgaz, the king's eunuch who kept the concubines. She would not go in to the king again unless the king delighted in her and called for her by name.15Now when the turn came for Esther the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her as his daughter, to go in to the king, she requested nothing but what Hegai the king's eunuch, the custodian of the women, advised. And Esther obtained favor in the sight of all who saw her.16So Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus, into his royal palace, in the tenth month, which is the month of Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign.17The king loved Esther more than all the other women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins; so he set the royal crown upon her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.18Then the king made a great feast, the Feast of Esther, for all his officials and servants; and he proclaimed a holiday in the provinces and gave gifts according to the generosity of a king.19When virgins were gathered together a second time, Mordecai sat within the king's gate.20Now Esther had not revealed her family and her people, just as Mordecai had charged her, for Esther obeyed the command of Mordecai as when she was brought up by him.21In those days, while Mordecai sat within the king's gate, two of the king's eunuchs, Bigthan and Teresh, doorkeepers, became furious and sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus.22So the matter became known to Mordecai, who told Queen Esther, and Esther informed the king in Mordecai's name.23And when an inquiry was made into the matter, it was confirmed, and both were hanged on a gallows; and it was written in the book of the chronicles in the presence of the king.
26He sent Moses His servant, And Aaron whom He had chosen.27They performed His signs among them, And wonders in the land of Ham.28He sent darkness, and made it dark; And they did not rebel against His word.29He turned their waters into blood, And killed their fish.30Their land abounded with frogs, Even in the chambers of their kings.31He spoke, and there came swarms of flies, And lice in all their territory.32He gave them hail for rain, And flaming fire in their land.33He struck their vines also, and their fig trees, And splintered the trees of their territory.34He spoke, and locusts came, Young locusts without number,35And ate up all the vegetation in their land, And devoured the fruit of their ground.36He also destroyed all the firstborn in their land, The first of all their strength.37He also brought them out with silver and gold, And there was none feeble among His tribes.38Egypt was glad when they departed, For the fear of them had fallen upon them.39He spread a cloud for a covering, And fire to give light in the night.40The people asked, and He brought quail, And satisfied them with the bread of heaven.41He opened the rock, and water gushed out; It ran in the dry places like a river.42For He remembered His holy promise, And Abraham His servant.43He brought out His people with joy, His chosen ones with gladness.44He gave them the lands of the Gentiles, And they inherited the labor of the nations,45That they might observe His statutes And keep His laws. Praise the Lord!