Esther 9:1–3


The king’s command and lawt went into effect on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month,u the month Adar. On the day when the Jews’ enemiesv had hoped to overpower them, just the opposite happened. The Jews overpowered those who hated them.w In each of King Ahasuerus’s provincesx the Jews assembled in their cities to attack those who intended to harm them.C Not a single person could withstand them; fear of themy fell on every nationality.z

All the officials of the provinces, the satraps, the governors, and the royal civil administrators* ,aa aided the Jews because they feared Mordecai.ab

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