For many in Judah had sworn allegiance to him, 1 because he was the son-in-law of Shecaniah son of Arah. His son Jonathan had married the daughter of Meshullam son of Berechiah.
Those who were closest to him were Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, and Memucan. These men were the seven officials of Persia and Media who saw the king on a regular basis 1 and had the most prominent offices 2 in the kingdom.
For the music director; according to the tune of “Lilies;” 2 by the Korahites, a well-written poem, 3 a love song. My heart is stirred by a beautiful song. 4 I say, “I have composed this special song 5 for the king; my tongue is as skilled as the stylus of an experienced scribe.” 6
My heart cries out because of Moab’s plight, 1 and for the fugitives 2 stretched out 3 as far as Zoar and Eglath Shelishiyah. For they weep as they make their way up the ascent of Luhith; they loudly lament their demise on the road to Horonaim. 4
“Say to the rebellious house of Israel: 1 ‘Don’t you know what these things mean?’ 2 Say: ‘See here, the king of Babylon came to Jerusalem 3 and took her king and her officials prisoner and brought them to himself in Babylon.
the Babylonians and all the Chaldeans, Pekod, 1 Shoa, 2 and Koa, 3 and all the Assyrians with them, desirable young men, all of them governors and officials, officers and nobles, all of them riding on horses.
On that day the Lord himself will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the weakest among them will be like mighty David, and the dynasty of David will be like God, like the angel of the Lord before them. 1
Gaal son of Ebed said, “Who is Abimelech and who is Shechem, that we should serve him? Is he not the son of Jerub-Baal, and is not Zebul the deputy he appointed? 1 Serve the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem! But why should we serve Abimelech? 2
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
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
So the royal scribes 1 were summoned in the first month, on the thirteenth day of the month. Everything Haman commanded was written to the king’s satraps 2 and governors who were in every province and to the officials of every people, province by province according to its script and people by people according to its language. In the name of King Ahasuerus it was written and sealed with the king’s signet ring.
The king’s scribes were quickly 1 summoned – in the third month (that is, the month of Sivan), on the twenty-third day. 2 They wrote out 3 everything that Mordecai instructed to the Jews and to the satraps and the governors and the officials of the provinces all the way from India to Ethiopia 4 – a hundred and twenty-seven provinces in all – to each province in its own script and to each people in their own language, and to the Jews according to their own script and their own language.