1I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign: seven angels with the seven last plagues—last, because with them God’s wrath is completed.2And I saw what looked like a sea of glass glowing with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and its image and over the number of its name. They held harps given them by God3and sang the song of God’s servant Moses and of the Lamb: “Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the nations.4Who will not fear you, Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.”5After this I looked, and I saw in heaven the temple—that is, the tabernacle of the covenant law—and it was opened.6Out of the temple came the seven angels with the seven plagues. They were dressed in clean, shining linen and wore golden sashes around their chests.7Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls filled with the wrath of God, who lives for ever and ever.8And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his power, and no one could enter the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.
1So the king and Haman went to Queen Esther’s banquet,2and as they were drinking wine on the second day, the king again asked, “Queen Esther, what is your petition? It will be given you. What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be granted.”3Then Queen Esther answered, “If I have found favor with you, Your Majesty, and if it pleases you, grant me my life—this is my petition. And spare my people—this is my request.4For I and my people have been sold to be destroyed, killed and annihilated. If we had merely been sold as male and female slaves, I would have kept quiet, because no such distress would justify disturbing the king. ”5King Xerxes asked Queen Esther, “Who is he? Where is he—the man who has dared to do such a thing?”6Esther said, “An adversary and enemy! This vile Haman!” Then Haman was terrified before the king and queen.7The king got up in a rage, left his wine and went out into the palace garden. But Haman, realizing that the king had already decided his fate, stayed behind to beg Queen Esther for his life.8Just as the king returned from the palace garden to the banquet hall, Haman was falling on the couch where Esther was reclining. The king exclaimed, “Will he even molest the queen while she is with me in the house?” As soon as the word left the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face.9Then Harbona, one of the eunuchs attending the king, said, “A pole reaching to a height of fifty cubits stands by Haman’s house. He had it set up for Mordecai, who spoke up to help the king.” The king said, “Impale him on it!”10So they impaled Haman on the pole he had set up for Mordecai. Then the king’s fury subsided.
1That same day King Xerxes gave Queen Esther the estate of Haman, the enemy of the Jews. And Mordecai came into the presence of the king, for Esther had told how he was related to her.2The king took off his signet ring, which he had reclaimed from Haman, and presented it to Mordecai. And Esther appointed him over Haman’s estate.3Esther again pleaded with the king, falling at his feet and weeping. She begged him to put an end to the evil plan of Haman the Agagite, which he had devised against the Jews.4Then the king extended the gold scepter to Esther and she arose and stood before him.5“If it pleases the king,” she said, “and if he regards me with favor and thinks it the right thing to do, and if he is pleased with me, let an order be written overruling the dispatches that Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, devised and wrote to destroy the Jews in all the king’s provinces.6For how can I bear to see disaster fall on my people? How can I bear to see the destruction of my family?”7King Xerxes replied to Queen Esther and to Mordecai the Jew, “Because Haman attacked the Jews, I have given his estate to Esther, and they have impaled him on the pole he set up.8Now write another decree in the king’s name in behalf of the Jews as seems best to you, and seal it with the king’s signet ring—for no document written in the king’s name and sealed with his ring can be revoked.”9At once the royal secretaries were summoned—on the twenty-third day of the third month, the month of Sivan. They wrote out all Mordecai’s orders to the Jews, and to the satraps, governors and nobles of the 127 provinces stretching from India to Cush. These orders were written in the script of each province and the language of each people and also to the Jews in their own script and language.10Mordecai wrote in the name of King Xerxes, sealed the dispatches with the king’s signet ring, and sent them by mounted couriers, who rode fast horses especially bred for the king.11The king’s edict granted the Jews in every city the right to assemble and protect themselves; to destroy, kill and annihilate the armed men of any nationality or province who might attack them and their women and children, and to plunder the property of their enemies.12The day appointed for the Jews to do this in all the provinces of King Xerxes was the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar.13A copy of the text of the edict was to be issued as law in every province and made known to the people of every nationality so that the Jews would be ready on that day to avenge themselves on their enemies.14The couriers, riding the royal horses, went out, spurred on by the king’s command, and the edict was issued in the citadel of Susa.15When Mordecai left the king’s presence, he was wearing royal garments of blue and white, a large crown of gold and a purple robe of fine linen. And the city of Susa held a joyous celebration.16For the Jews it was a time of happiness and joy, gladness and honor.17In every province and in every city to which the edict of the king came, there was joy and gladness among the Jews, with feasting and celebrating. And many people of other nationalities became Jews because fear of the Jews had seized them.
1Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.2Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story— those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,3those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south.4Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle.5They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away.6Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.7He led them by a straight way to a city where they could settle.8Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind,9for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.10Some sat in darkness, in utter darkness, prisoners suffering in iron chains,11because they rebelled against God’s commands and despised the plans of the Most High.12So he subjected them to bitter labor; they stumbled, and there was no one to help.13Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.14He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains.15Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind,16for he breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron.17Some became fools through their rebellious ways and suffered affliction because of their iniquities.18They loathed all food and drew near the gates of death.19Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.20He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.21Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.22Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of his works with songs of joy.