Esther 8 ©
Esther having made known Mordecai's nearness of kin unto her, he is advanced in Haman's room. Esther with tears beseecheth for the reversal of the letters gone forth against the Jews. The king granteth authority to the Jews to stand upon their defence, and letters are issued out accordingly. Mordecai's honours, and the joy of the Jews.
And said, If it please the king, and if I have found favour in his sight, and the thing seem right before the king, and I be hpleasing in his eyes, let it be written to reverse 2the letters 3devised by Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, 4which he wrote to destroy the Jews which are in all the king's provinces:
For how can I 5endure to see the evil that shall come unto my people? or how can I endure to see the destruction of my kindred?
Then were the king's scribes called at that time in the lthird month, that is, the month Sivan, on the three and twentieth day thereof; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded munto the Jews, and to nthe *lieutenants, and the deputies and rulers of the provinces which are from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto every province according to the writing thereof, and unto every people after their language, and to the Jews according to their writing, and according to their language.
Wherein the king granted the Jews which were in every city to gather themselves together, and qto stand for their life, to destroy, to slay, and to cause to perish, all the power of the people and province that would assault them, both little ones and women, and to rtake the spoil of them for a *prey,
The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour.