The Book of Esther Chapter 3 – New King James Version (NKJV) – Audio Bible

Chapter 3. After these things King ahasueres Promoted Haman the son of hamadatha the Aeger guide and advanced him and set his Seat above all the princes who were with Him And all the king's servants who were Within the king's gate bowed and paid Homage to Haman for so the king had Commanded concerning him But Mordecai would not bow or pay homage Then the king's servants who were within The king's gate said to Mordecai Why do you transgress the King's Command Now it happened when they spoke to him Daily and he would not listen to them That they told it to Haman to see Whether Mordecai's words would stand For Mordecai had told them that he was a Jew When Haman saw that Mordecai did not bow Or pay him homage Amen was filled with Roth But he disdained to lay hands on Mordecai alone For they had told him of the people of Mordecai Instead Haman sought to destroy all the Jews who were throughout the whole Kingdom of ahasurerus the people of Mordecai In the first month which is the month of Nisan In the 12th year of King ahasurerus they

Cast pure that is the lot before Haman To determine the day and the month Until it fell on the 12th month which is The month of Adar Then Haman said to King ahasureris There is a certain people scattered and Dispersed among the people in all the Provinces of your kingdom Their laws are different from all other Peoples and they do not keep the king's Laws Therefore it is not fitting for the king To let them remain If it pleases the king let a decree be Written that they be destroyed And I will pay 10 000 talents of silver Into the hands of those who do the work To bring it into the king's treasuries So the king took his Signet ring from His hand and gave it to Haman the son of Hamadatha the agite The enemy of the Jews And the King said to Haman The money and the people are given to You to do with them as seems good to you Then the king's scribes were called on The 13th day of the first month And a decree was written according to All that Haman commanded To the king's satraps to the governors Who were over each province to the Officials of all people to every Province according to its script And to every people in their language

In the name of King ahasureris it was Written and sealed with the king's Signet ring And the letters were sent by couriers Into all the king's provinces To destroy to kill and to annihilate all The Jews both young and old little Children and women in one day on the 13th day of the 12th month which is the Month of Adar And to plunder their possessions A copy of the document was to be issued As law in every province being published For all people that they should be ready For that day The couriers went out hastened by the King's Command And the decree was proclaimed in shushan The Citadel So the king and Haman sat down to drink But the city of shushan was perplexed

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