For in the twelfth month, on the thirteenth day of the month which is Adar, the letters written by the king arrived.
In that day the adversaries of the Jews perished: for no one resisted, through fear of them.
For the chiefs of the satraps, and the princes and the royal scribes, honoured the Jews; for the fear of Mardochaeus lay upon them.
For the order of the king was in force, that he should be celebrated in all the kingdom.
And in the city Susa the Jews slew five hundred men:
both Pharsannes, and Delphon and Phasga,
and Pharadatha, and Barea, and Sarbaca,
and Marmasima, and Ruphaeus, and Arsaeus, and Zabuthaeus,
the ten sons of Aman the son of Amadathes the Bugaean, the enemy of the Jews, and they plundered on the same day:
and the number of them that perished in Susa was rendered to the king.
And the king said to Esther, The Jews have slain five hundred men in the city Susa; and how, thinkest thou, have they used them in the rest of the country? What then dost thou yet ask, that it may be for thee?
And Esther said to the king, let it be granted to the Jews so to treat them tomorrow as to hand the ten sons of Aman.
And he permitted it to be so done; and he gave up to the Jews of the city the bodies of the sons of Aman to hang.
And the Jews assembled in Susa on the fourteenth of Adar, and slew three hundred men, but plundered no property.
And the rest of the Jews who were in the kingdom assembled, and helped one another, and obtained rest from their enemies: for they destroyed fifteen thousand of them on the thirteenth of Adar, but took no spoil.
And they rested on the fourteenth of the same month, and kept it as a day of rest with joy and gladness.
And the Jews in the city Susa assembled also on the fourteenth and rested; and they kept also the fifteenth with joy and gladness.
On this account then the Jews dispersed in every foreign land keep the fourteenth of Adar a holy day with joy, sending portions each to his neighbour.
And Mardochaeus wrote these things in a book, and sent them to the Jews, as many as were in the kingdom of Artaxerxes, both them that were near and them that were afar off,