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But in the seventh month 1 Ishmael son of Nethaniah, son of Elishama, who was a member of the royal family, 2 came with ten of his men and murdered Gedaliah, 3 as well as the Judeans and Babylonians who were with him at Mizpah.
When you perceived that his heart was faithful toward you, you established a 1 covenant with him to give his descendants 2 the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, and the Girgashites. You have fulfilled your promise, 3 for you are righteous.
Haman then related to his wife Zeresh and to all his friends everything that had happened to him. These wise men, 1 along with his wife Zeresh, said to him, “If indeed this Mordecai before whom you have begun to fall is Jewish, 2 you will not prevail against him. No, you will surely fall before him!”
Therefore, because of the account found in this letter and what they had faced in this regard and what had happened to them, the Jews established as binding on themselves, their descendants, and all who joined their company that they should observe these two days without fail, just as written and at the appropriate time on an annual basis.
These days were to be remembered and to be celebrated in every generation and in every family, every province, and every city. The Jews were not to fail to observe these days of Purim; the remembrance of them was not to cease among their descendants.
to establish these days of Purim in their proper times, just as Mordecai the Jew and Queen Esther had established, and just as they had established both for themselves and their descendants, matters pertaining to fasting and lamentation.
Sow your seed in the morning, and do not stop working 1 until the evening; 2 for you do not know which activity 3 will succeed 4 – whether this one or that one, or whether both will prosper equally. 5
1 The sinful nation is as good as dead, 2 the people weighed down by evil deeds. They are offspring who do wrong, children 3 who do wicked things. They have abandoned the Lord, and rejected the Holy One of Israel. 4 They are alienated from him. 5
He will water the seed you plant in the ground, and the ground will produce crops in abundance. 1 At that time 2 your cattle will graze in wide pastures.
1 The rain and snow fall from the sky and do not return, but instead water the earth and make it produce and yield crops, and provide seed for the planter and food for those who must eat.
This man, Jeconiah, will be like a broken pot someone threw away. He will be like a clay vessel 1 that no one wants. 2 Why will he and his children be forced into exile? Why will they be thrown out into a country they know nothing about? 3
The Lord says, “Enroll this man in the register as though he were childless. 1 Enroll him as a man who will not enjoy success during his lifetime. For none of his sons will succeed in occupying the throne of David or ever succeed in ruling over Judah.”
But at that time they will affirm them with “I swear as surely as the Lord lives who delivered the descendants of the former nation of Israel 1 from the land of the north and from all the other lands where he had banished 2 them.” 3 At that time they will live in their own land.’”
So I, the Lord, tell you not to be afraid, you descendants of Jacob, my servants. 1 Do not be terrified, people of Israel. For I will rescue you and your descendants from a faraway land where you are captives. 2 The descendants of Jacob will return to their land and enjoy peace. They will be secure and no one will terrify them. 3
The Lord says, “I will not reject all the descendants of Israel because of all that they have done. 1 That could only happen if the heavens above could be measured or the foundations of the earth below could all be explored,” 2 says the Lord. 3
I will make the children who follow one another in the line of my servant David very numerous. I will also make the Levites who minister before me very numerous. I will make them all as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sands which are on the seashore.’” 1
Do not build houses. Do not plant crops. Do not plant a vineyard or own one. 1 Live in tents all your lives. If you do these things you will 2 live a long time in the land that you wander about on.’ 3
I will punish him and his descendants and the officials who serve him for the wicked things they have done. 1 I will bring on them, the citizens of Jerusalem, 2 and the people of Judah all the disaster that I threatened to do to them. I will punish them because I threatened them but they still paid no heed.”’” 3
But in the seventh month 1 Ishmael, the son of Nethaniah and grandson of Elishama who was a member of the royal family and had been one of Zedekiah’s chief officers, came with ten of his men to Gedaliah son of Ahikam at Mizpah. While they were eating a meal together with him there at Mizpah,
1 “You descendants of Jacob, my servants, 2 do not be afraid; do not be terrified, people of Israel. For I will rescue you and your descendants from the faraway lands where you are captives. 3 The descendants of Jacob will return to their land and enjoy peace. They will be secure and no one will terrify them.