his constant good will and steadfast fidelity, and had the honour of the second place in the kingdom,
Declared unto us, that in all nations throughout the world there was scattered a certain malicious people,
that had laws contrary to ail nations, and continually despised the commandments of kings, so as the
uniting of our kingdoms, honourably intended by us cannot go forward.
 Seeing then we understand
that this people alone is continually in opposition unto all men, differing in the strange manner of their
laws, and evil affected to our state, working all the mischief they can that our kingdom may not be firmly
 Therefore have we commanded, that all they that are signified in writing unto you by
Aman, who is ordained over the affairs, and is next unto us, shall all, with their wives and children, be
utterly destroyed by the sword of their enemies, without all mercy and pity, the fourteenth day of the
twelfth month Adar of this present year:
 That they, who of old and now also are malicious, may in
one day with violence go into the grave, and so ever hereafter cause our affairs to be well settled, and
 Then Mardocheus thought upon all the works of the Lord, and made his prayer unto
 Saying, O Lord, Lord, the King Almighty: for the whole world is in thy power, and if thou hast
appointed to save Israel, there is no man that can gainsay thee:
 For thou hast made heaven and
earth, and all the wondrous things under the heaven.
 Thou art Lord of all things, and and there is
no man that can resist thee, which art the Lord.
 Thou knowest all things, and thou knowest, Lord,
that it was neither in contempt nor pride, nor for any desire of glory, that I did not bow down to proud
 For I could have been content with good will for the salvation of Israel to kiss the soles of
 But I did this, that I might not prefer the glory of man above the glory of God: neither will I
worship any but thee, O God, neither will I do it in pride.
 And now, O Lord God and King, spare thy
people: for their eyes are upon us to bring us to nought; yea, they desire to destroy the inheritance, that
hath been thine from the beginning.
 Despise not the portion, which thou hast delivered out of Egypt
for thine own self.
 Hear my prayer, and be merciful unto thine inheritance: turn our sorrow into joy,
that we may live, O Lord, and praise thy name: and destroy not the mouths of them that praise thee, O
 All Israel in like manner cried most earnestly unto the Lord, because their death was before
 Queen Esther also, being in fear of death, resorted unto the Lord:
 And laid away her glorious apparel,
and put on the garments of anguish and mourning: and instead of precious ointments, she covered her
head with ashes and dung, and she humbled her body greatly, and all the places of her joy she filled
with her torn hair.
 And she prayed unto the Lord God of Israel, saying, O my Lord, thou only art our
King: help me, desolate woman, which have no helper but thee:
 For my danger is in mine hand.
From my youth up I have heard in the tribe of my family that thou, O Lord, tookest Israel from among all
people, and our fathers from all their predecessors, for a perpetual inheritance, and thou hast performed
whatsoever thou didst promise them.
 And now we have sinned before thee: therefore hast thou given
us into the hands of our enemies,
 Because we worshipped their gods: O Lord, thou art righteous.
Nevertheless it satisfieth them not, that we are in bitter captivity: but they have stricken hands with their
 That they will abolish the thing that thou with thy mouth hast ordained, and destroy thine inheritance,
and stop the mouth of them that praise thee, and quench the glory of thy house, and of thine altar,
And open the mouths of the heathen to set forth the praises of the idols, and to magnify a fleshly king
 O Lord, give not thy sceptre unto them that be nothing, and let them not laugh at our fall; but
turn their device upon themselves, and make him an example, that hath begun this against us.
O Lord, make thyself known in time of our affliction, and give me boldness, O King of the nations, and
Lord of all power.
 Give me eloquent speech in my mouth before the lion: turn his heart to hate him
that fighteth against us, that there may be an end of him, and of all that are likeminded to him:
deliver us with thine hand, and help me that am desolate, and which have no other help but thee.
Thou knowest all things, O Lord; thou knowest that I hate the glory of the unrighteous, and abhor the
bed of the uncircumcised, and of all the heathen.
 Thou knowest my necessity: for I abhor the sign
of my high estate, which is upon mine head in the days wherein I shew myself, and that I abhor it as a
menstruous rag, and that I wear it not when I am private by myself.
 And that thine handmaid hath
not eaten at Aman's table, and that I have not greatly esteemed the king's feast, nor drunk the wine of
the drink offerings.
 Neither had thine handmaid any joy since the day that I was brought hither to this