Esther 8:9-17

9 1So the king's scribes were called at that time in the third month (that is, the month Sivan ), on the twenty-third * day; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded to the Jews, the satraps, the governors and the princes of the provinces which extended 2from India to Ethiopia, 127 * * provinces, to 3every province according to its script, and to every people according to their language as well as to the Jews according to their script and their language.
10 He wrote in the name of King Ahasuerus, and sealed it with the king's signet ring, and sent letters by couriers on 4horses, riding on steeds sired by the royal stud.
11 In them the king granted the Jews who were in each and every city the right 5to assemble and to defend their lives, 6to destroy, to kill and to annihilate the entire army of any people or province which might attack them, including children and women, and 7to plunder their spoil,
12 on 8one day in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, the thirteenth * day of the twelfth * month (that is, the month Adar ).
13 9A copy of the edict to be issued as law in each and every province was published to all the peoples, so that the Jews would be ready for this day to avenge themselves on their enemies.
14 The couriers, hastened and impelled by the king's command, went out, riding on the royal steeds; and the decree was given out at the citadel in Susa.
15 Then Mordecai went out from the presence of the king 10in royal robes of blue and white, with a large crown of gold and 11a garment of fine linen and purple; and 12the city of Susa shouted and rejoiced.
16 For the Jews there was 13light and gladness and joy and honor.
17 In each and every province and in each and every city, wherever * the king's commandment and his decree arrived, there was gladness and joy for the Jews, a feast and a 14holiday *. And 15many among the peoples of the land became Jews, for the dread of the Jews had fallen on them.
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