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done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honor.” And Mordecai came again to the king's gate.

But Haman hasted to his house mourning, and having his head covered. And Haman told Zeresh his wife and all his friends every thing that had befallen him.

And while they were yet talking with him, came the king's chamberlains, and hasted to bring Haman unto the banquet that Esther had prepared. So the king and Haman came to banquet with Esther the queen. And the king said again unto Esther on the second day at the banquet of wine, “ What is thy petition, queen Esther? and it shall be granted thee: and what is thy request? and it shall be performed, even to the half of the kingdom.” Then Esther the queen answered and said, “If I have found favor in thy sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request: for we are sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be slain, and to perish. If we had been sold for bondmen and bondwomen, I had held my tongue.” Then the king Ahasuerus answered and said unto Esther the queen, “Who is he, and where is he, that durst presume in his heart to do so ?” And Esther said, “The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman." Then Haman was afraid before the king and the queen. And the king arose from the banquet of wine in his wrath. And they covered Haman's face. And one of the chamberlains said before the king, “Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman had made for Mordecai, who had spoken good for the king, standeth in the house of Haman.” Then the king said, “Hang him thereon.” So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king's wrath pacified.

On that day did the king Ahasuerus give the house of Haman, the Jew's enemy, unto Esther the queen. And Mordecai came before the king; for Esther had told him what he was unto her. And the king took off his ring which he had taken from Haman, and gave it into Mordecai.

Then Esther fell down at the king's feet and besought him with tears to put away the mischief which Haman had devised against the Jews. Then the king held out the golden sceptre toward Esther, and said to her, “ Haman have they hanged upon the gallows because he laid his hand upon the Jews. Write ye also for the Jews as it liketh you, and seal it with the king's ring; for the writing which is sealed with the king's ring may no man reverse.” So a decree was made in Shushan the palace, according as it pleased Esther and Mordecai. And the posts that rode upon mules and camels went out, being hastened by the king's commandment.

And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue and white, and with a great crown of gold, and with a garment of fine linen and purple. And the city of Shushan rejoiced, and was glad. And the Jews had light, and gladness, and joy and honor. And in every province, and in every city whithersoever the king's commandment and decree came, the Jews had joy, and gladness, a feast, and a good

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day. And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them.

And king Ahasuerus advanced Mordecai, the Jew, and he was next unto king Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews, seeking the wealth of his people, and speaking peace to all his seed.

The Story of Job.

(From the Book of JOB.)

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THERE was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters. His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she-asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east. And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them. And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt-offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, “It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts." Thus did Job continually.

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them. And the Lord said unto Satan, “ Whence comest thou ?” Then

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Satan answered the Lord, and said, “ From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.” And the Lord said unto Satan, “Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil ?” Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, “Doth Job fear God for naught? Hast thou not made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side; thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.” And the Lord said unto Satan, “Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thy hand.” So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.

And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house : and there came a messenger unto Job, and said, “The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them: and the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away ; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.” While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, “ The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them, and I only have escaped to tell thee.” While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, “The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of

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