“Beware 1 of the experts in the law. 2 They 3 like walking around in long robes, and they love elaborate greetings 4 in the marketplaces and the best seats 5 in the synagogues 6 and the places of honor at banquets.
Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the head steward,” 1 and they did.
So David hid in the field. When the new moon came, the king sat down to eat his meal.
And now when you eat and drink, are you not doing so for yourselves?’”
He sent his slaves 1 to summon those who had been invited to the banquet, but they would not come.
However, there is an annual festival to the Lord in Shiloh, which is north of Bethel 1 (east of the main road that goes up from Bethel to Shechem) and south of Lebonah.”
Hezekiah expressed his appreciation to all the Levites, 1 who demonstrated great skill in serving the Lord. 2 They feasted for the seven days of the festival, 3 and were making peace offerings and giving thanks to the Lord God of their ancestors.
The king contributed 1 some of what he owned for burnt sacrifices, including the morning and evening burnt sacrifices and the burnt sacrifices made on Sabbaths, new moon festivals, and at other appointed times prescribed 2 in the law of the Lord.
When those days 1 were completed, the king then provided a seven-day 2 banquet for all the people who were present 3 in Susa the citadel, for those of highest standing to the most lowly. 4 It was held in the court located in the garden of the royal palace.
ת (Tav) As if it were a feast day, you call 1 enemies 2 to terrify me 3 on every side. 4 On the day of the Lord’s anger no one escaped or survived. My enemy has finished off those healthy infants whom I bore 5 and raised. 6
You are to observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread; seven days 1 you must eat bread made without yeast, as I commanded you, at the appointed time of the month of Abib, for at that time 2 you came out of Egypt. No one may appear before 3 me empty-handed.
At that time Solomon and all Israel with him celebrated a festival before the Lord our God for two entire weeks. This great assembly included people from all over the land, from Lebo Hamath in the north to the Brook of Egypt 1 in the south. 2
So the king and Haman came to dine 1 with Queen Esther.
Throughout every province and throughout every city where the king’s edict and his law arrived, the Jews experienced happiness and joy, banquets and holidays. Many of the resident peoples 1 pretended 2 to be Jews, because the fear of the Jews had overcome them. 3