1 That same day King Aha suerus gave Queen Esther the house of Haman, enemy of the Jews. Mordecai was admitted into the kings presence, for Esther had revealed how he was related to her. 2 The king took off his signet ring, which he had recovered from Haman, and gave it to Mordecai, whom Es ther appointed in charge of Ha mans house.
3 Once more Esther had an opportunity of being heard by the king. Weeping and falling before him, she begged him to frustrate the evil plot of Haman the Agagite against the Jews. 4 The king held out the golden scepter to her, and she rose and stood before him, saying,
5 If it pleases your majesty, if I am pleasing to your eyes and have found favor with you, and if you think it proper to do so, let an order be issued revoking the letters which Haman, son of Hamme datha the Agagite, wrote to destroy the Jews in all the royal pro vinces. 6 For how can I bear to see the destruction of my people, the extermination of my race?
7 King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther and to Mordecai the Jew, I have given Hamans house to Esther and had Haman hanged on the gallows for plotting to destroy the Jews. 8 Now you can write a decree as you please concerning the Jews, in the name of the king, and seal it with the royal signet ring
9 The royal scribes were summoned that very day, the twenty-third of the third month of Sivan, and as Mordecai dictated they wrote an order to the Jews, to the satraps, governors and officials of the one hun dred twenty-seven provinces from India to Ethiopia, to each province in its own script, to each people in its own language, and to the Jews in their own script and lan guage. 10 These letters written in the name of King Ahasuerus and sealed with the royal signet ring were carried by couriers mounted on the kings thoroughbred steeds.
11 The kings edict granted the Jews in each city the right to assemble and defend themselves, to kill, destroy and wipe out any armed group of any nation or province that might attack them and their women and children, and to seize their goods as spoil. 12 This edict took effect throughout the provinces of King Ahasuerus on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, Adar.