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The messengers 1 scurried forth 2 with the king’s order. 3 The edict was issued in Susa the citadel. While the king and Haman sat down to drink, the city of Susa was in an uproar! 4
In Susa the citadel the Jews killed and destroyed five hundred men.
In those days, as King Ahasuerus sat on his royal throne in Susa 1 the citadel, 2
On that same day the number of those killed in Susa the citadel was brought to the king’s attention.
So the king issued orders for this to be done. A law was passed in Susa, and the ten sons of Haman were hanged.
The Jews who were in Susa then assembled on the fourteenth day of the month of Adar, and they killed three hundred men in Susa. But they did not confiscate their property.
1 These are the words of Nehemiah 2 son of Hacaliah: It so happened that in the month of Kislev, in the twentieth year, 3 I was in Susa 4 the citadel.
Now there happened to be a Jewish man in Susa the citadel whose name was Mordecai. 1 He was the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjaminite,
The couriers who were riding the royal horses went forth with the king’s edict without delay. 1 And the law was presented in Susa the citadel as well.
Now Mordecai went out from the king’s presence in purple and white royal attire, with a large golden crown and a purple linen mantle. The city of Susa shouted with joy. 1
In this 1 vision I saw myself in Susa 2 the citadel, 3 which is located in the province of Elam. In the vision I saw myself at the Ulai Canal. 4
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.
And let the king appoint officers throughout all the provinces of his kingdom to gather all the attractive young women to Susa the citadel, to the harem 1 under the authority of Hegai, the king’s eunuch who oversees the women, and let him provide whatever cosmetics they desire. 2
It so happened that when the king’s edict and his law became known 1 many young women were taken to Susa the citadel to be placed under the authority of Hegai. Esther also was taken to the royal palace 2 to be under the authority of Hegai, who was overseeing the women.
He also gave him a written copy of the law that had been disseminated 1 in Susa for their destruction so that he could show it to Esther and talk to her about it. He also gave instructions that she should go to the king to implore him and petition him on behalf of her people.
Then the king said to Queen Esther, “In Susa the citadel the Jews have killed and destroyed five hundred men and the ten sons of Haman! What then have they done in the rest of the king’s provinces? What is your request? It shall be given to you. What other petition do you have? It shall be done.”
Esther replied, “If the king is so inclined, let the Jews who are in Susa be permitted to act tomorrow also according to today’s law, and let them hang the ten sons of Haman on the gallows.”
But the Jews who were in Susa assembled on the thirteenth and fourteenth days, and rested on the fifteenth, making it a day for banqueting and happiness.
“Go, assemble all the Jews who are found in Susa and fast in my behalf. Don’t eat and don’t drink for three days, night or day. My female attendants and I 1 will also fast in the same way. Afterward I will go to the king, even though it violates the law. 2 If I perish, I perish!”