Let it be known to the king that we have gone to the province of Judah, to the temple of the great God. It is being built with large stones, 1 and timbers are being placed in the walls. This work is being done with all diligence and is prospering in their hands.
And after they had spoken to him day after day 1 without his paying any attention to them, they informed Haman to see whether this attitude on Mordecai’s part would be permitted. 2 Furthermore, he had disclosed to them that he was a Jew. 3
When Esther’s female attendants and her eunuchs came and informed her about Mordecai’s behavior, 1 the queen was overcome with anguish. Although she sent garments for Mordecai to put on so that he could remove his sackcloth, he would not accept them.
For the music director, to be accompanied by stringed instruments; a well-written song 2 by David. It was written when the Ziphites came and informed Saul: “David is hiding with us.” 3 O God, deliver me by your name! 4 Vindicate me 5 by your power!
He 1 sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and look carefully for the child. When you find him, inform me so that I can go and worship him as well.”
What should you do then, brothers and sisters? 1 When you come together, each one has a song, has a lesson, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all these things be done for the strengthening of the church.
Then the king said to the messengers 1 who were stationed beside him, “Turn and kill the priests of the Lord, for they too have sided 2 with David! They knew he was fleeing, but they did not inform me.” But the king’s servants refused to harm 3 the priests of the Lord.
the Ammonite officials said to their lord Hanun, “Do you really think David is trying to honor your father by sending these messengers to express his sympathy? 1 No, David has sent his servants to you to get information about the city and spy on it so they can overthrow it!” 2
On the seventh day the child died. But the servants of David were afraid to inform him that the child had died, for they said, “While the child was still alive he would not listen to us 1 when we spoke to him. How can we tell him that the child is dead? He will do himself harm!” 2
Then they said to one another, “It’s not right what we’re doing! This is a day to celebrate, but we haven’t told anyone. 1 If we wait until dawn, 2 we’ll be punished. 3 So come on, let’s go and inform the royal palace.”
the Ammonite officials said to Hanun, “Do you really think David is trying to honor your father by sending these messengers to express his sympathy? 1 No, his servants have come to you so they can get information and spy out the land!” 2
Then I went to the house of Shemaiah son of Delaiah, the son of Mehetabel. He was confined to his home. 1 He said, “Let’s set up a time to meet in the house of God, within the temple. Let’s close the doors of the temple, for they are coming to kill you. It will surely be at night that they will come to kill you.”
But the thought of striking out against 1 Mordecai alone was repugnant to him, for he had been informed 2 of the identity of Mordecai’s people. 3 So Haman sought to destroy all the Jews (that is, the people of Mordecai) 4 who were in all the kingdom of Ahasuerus.
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.
For the music director; a well-written song 2 by David. It was written when Doeg the Edomite went and informed Saul: “David has arrived at the home of Ahimelech.” 3 Why do you boast about your evil plans, 4 O powerful man? God’s loyal love protects me all day long! 5
young men in whom there was no physical defect and who were handsome, 1 well versed in all kinds of wisdom, well educated 2 and having keen insight, 3 and who were capable 4 of entering the king’s royal service 5 – and to teach them the literature and language 6 of the Babylonians. 7
If you don’t inform me of the dream, there is only one thing that is going to happen to you. 1 For you have agreed among yourselves to report to me something false and deceitful 2 until such time as things might change. So tell me the dream, and I will have confidence 3 that you can disclose its interpretation.”