I thought about the days of old, about ancient times. 1
Make us happy in proportion to the days you have afflicted us, in proportion to the years we have experienced 1 trouble!
For the years that lie ahead are few, 1 and then I will go on the way of no return. 2
Then I said, “I am sickened by the thought that the sovereign One 1 might become inactive. 2
Listen, my child, 1 and accept my words, so that 2 the years of your life will be many. 3
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to relax, 1
For because 1 of me your days will be many, and years will be added 2 to your life.
“A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to relax,
Remember the ancient days; bear in mind 1 the years of past generations. 2 Ask your father and he will inform you, your elders, and they will tell you.
Then Haman said to King Ahasuerus, “There is a particular people 1 that is dispersed and spread among the inhabitants 2 throughout all the provinces of your kingdom whose laws differ from those of all other peoples. Furthermore, they do not observe the king’s laws. It is not appropriate for the king to provide a haven for them. 3