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Esther 3




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After these things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes that were with him.
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And all the king's servants, that were in the king's gate, bowed, and reverenced Haman: for the king had so commanded concerning him. But Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence.
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Then the king's servants, which were in the king's gate, said unto Mordecai, Why transgressest thou the king's commandment?
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Now it came to pass, when they spake daily unto him, and he hearkened not unto them, that they told Haman, to see whether Mordecai's matters would stand: for he had told them that he was a Jew.
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And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, then was Haman full of wrath.
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And he thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for they had shewed him the people of Mordecai: wherefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews that were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus, even the people of Mordecai.
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In the first month, that is, the month Nisan, in the twelfth year of king Ahasuerus, they cast Pur, that is, the lot, before Haman from day to day, and from month to month, to the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar.
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And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of thy kingdom; and their laws are diverse from all people; neither keep they the king's laws: therefore it is not for the king's profit to suffer them.
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If it please the king, let it be written that they may be destroyed: and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver to the hands of those that have the charge of the business, to bring it into the king's treasuries.
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And the king took his ring from his hand, and gave it unto Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the Jews' enemy.
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And the king said unto Haman, The silver is given to thee, the people also, to do with them as it seemeth good to thee.
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Then were the king's scribes called on the thirteenth day of the first month, and there was written according to all that Haman had commanded unto the king's lieutenants, and to the governors that were over every province, and to the rulers of every people of every province according to the writing thereof, and to every people after their language; in the name of king Ahasuerus was it written, and sealed with the king's ring.
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And the letters were sent by posts into all the king's provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to cause to perish, all Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day, even upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, and to take the spoil of them for a prey.
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The copy of the writing for a commandment to be given in every province was published unto all people, that they should be ready against that day.
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The posts went out, being hastened by the king's commandment, and the decree was given in Shushan the palace. And the king and Haman sat down to drink; but the city Shushan was perplexed.

Esther 4




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When Mordecai perceived all that was done, Mordecai rent his clothes, and put on sackcloth with ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and cried with a loud and a bitter cry;
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And came even before the king's gate: for none might enter into the king's gate clothed with sackcloth.
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And in every province, whithersoever the king's commandment and his decree came, there was great mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.
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So Esther's maids and her chamberlains came and told it her. Then was the queen exceedingly grieved; and she sent raiment to clothe Mordecai, and to take away his sackcloth from him: but he received it not.
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Then called Esther for Hatach, one of the king's chamberlains, whom he had appointed to attend upon her, and gave him a commandment to Mordecai, to know what it was, and why it was.
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So Hatach went forth to Mordecai unto the street of the city, which was before the king's gate.
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And Mordecai told him of all that had happened unto him, and of the sum of the money that Haman had promised to pay to the king's treasuries for the Jews, to destroy them.
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Also he gave him the copy of the writing of the decree that was given at Shushan to destroy them, to shew it unto Esther, and to declare it unto her, and to charge her that she should go in unto the king, to make supplication unto him, and to make request before him for her people.
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And Hatach came and told Esther the words of Mordecai.
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Again Esther spake unto Hatach, and gave him commandment unto Mordecai;
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All the king's servants, and the people of the king's provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or women, shall come unto the king into the inner court, who is not called, there is one law of his to put him to death, except such to whom the king shall hold out the golden sceptre, that he may live: but I have not been called to come in unto the king these thirty days.
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And they told to Mordecai Esther's words.
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Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king's house, more than all the Jews.
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For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
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Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer,
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Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.
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So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that Esther had commanded him.

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Thought for November 28th. “IF YOU KEEP SILENT”

Thought for November 28th. “IF YOU KEEP SILENT”

Todays readings… Esther 3&4, Amos 8, Philemon      We are reading the dramatic story of Esther and how she became the Queen of King Ahasuerus.   Haman comes on the scene and wins the King’s favour, but Esther’s uncle, Mordecai declines to honour him by bowing down as he passes.  A proud man, Haman decides to destroy, not only Mordecai but ...
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Amos 8




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Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me: and behold a basket of summer fruit.
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And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said the LORD unto me, The end is come upon my people of Israel; I will not again pass by them any more.
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And the songs of the temple shall be howlings in that day, saith the Lord GOD: there shall be many dead bodies in every place; they shall cast them forth with silence.
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Saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? and the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit?
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That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; yea, and sell the refuse of the wheat?
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The LORD hath sworn by the excellency of Jacob, Surely I will never forget any of their works.
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Shall not the land tremble for this, and every one mourn that dwelleth therein? and it shall rise up wholly as a flood; and it shall be cast out and drowned, as by the flood of Egypt.
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And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day:
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And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning of an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day.
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Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
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And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.

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Thought for November 28th. "A FAMINE ... OF HEARING THE WORDS OF THE LORD"

Thought for November 28th. “A FAMINE … OF HEARING THE WORDS OF THE LORD”

“Behold, the days are coming,” the Lord GOD told the prophet, as we read today in Amos ch. 8 v.11, “when I will send a famine on the land— not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD.’ And what God ‘sent’ happened! Verse 7 is significant, “The LORD has sworn ...
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Daily Readings & Thought for November 28th. “THE SHARING OF YOUR FAITH”

Daily Readings & Thought for November 28th. “THE SHARING OF YOUR FAITH”

Today's readings.. (Esther 3,4), (Amos 8), (Philemon) How do we share our faith? Do we just talk to others about what we believe?  Paul’s letter to Philemon shows it is more than this. Our faith is confirmed to others by our actions, by what we do, because we genuinely believe.  Paul tells Philemon, "I thank my God always when I ...
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Daily Readings & Thought for November  28th. “IF YOU KEEP SILENT”

Daily Readings & Thought for November 28th. “IF YOU KEEP SILENT”

We are reading the dramatic story of Esther and how she became the Queen of King Ahasuerus.   Haman comes on the scene and wins the King’s favour, but Esther’s uncle, Mordecai declines to honour him by bowing down as he passes.  A proud man, Haman decides to destroy, not only Mordecai but also all the Jews and he sends out ...
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