On the thirteenth day of the month Adar
This belongs to the preceding verse; and the meaning is, that on
this day the Jews gathered together and slew so many thousand of
their enemies as before related:
and on the fourteenth day of the same rested they, and made
it a feast of gladness:
rejoicing that they were delivered out of the hand of their
enemies, who hoped and expected on that day to have made an utter
end of them; according to the Jewish canons F12,
mourning and fasting on this day were forbidden, but feasting and
gladness were to be multiplied.
F12 Lebush, c. 697. Schulchan Aruch, par. 1.