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er made Mordecai ruler over the house that had belonged to Haman. But Esther was still troubled, because the decree which Haman had written,and sealed with the kings seal, had been sent out to all the provinces, and theday on which the Jews were to be slain was near at hand. Now even the king himself could not alter this decree, because no law ordecree of the Medes or Persians could ever be changed. But Ahasuerus, the king,commanded that another decree should be written, in which permission wasgiven to the Jews to gather themselves together in every city, and to slay anddestroy all who. should try to harm them. And on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month the Jews took their swords,and gathered themselves together in every city, to fight for their lives; and theygained the victory over all who came out against them. But on the fourteenthand fifteenth days they rested from fighting against their enemies. So God savedEsther and her xDeople from those who had hoped to destroy them. 204
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QUEEN ESTHER ACCUSES HAMAX BEFORE THE KIXG. 205 ESTHEB VII. 6. The People Rebuild the Walls of Jerusalem. NINETY years had passed away since Zerubbabel, and those who were withhim, went up to Jerusalem. Artaxerxes was king over Persia, andISTehemiah, a Jew, was his cup-bearer, who carried his wine-cup to himwhen he wanted to drink. While Nehemiah was in the palace at Shushan, somemen came there from the land of Judah; and ISTehemiah asked them about theJews in that land, and about Jerusalem. The men told him that the Jews werein great affliction; that the walls of Jerusalem were still in ruins, and that thegates of the city had never been set up. When Nehemiah heard this, he ■wept. And he fasted and prayed for theJews: he prayed also that God -would make king Artaxerxes willing to do whathe should ask of him; for ISTehemiah was going to ask the king to send him toJerusalem, that he might build up the walls, and help the Jews who were there. After this, as king Artaxerxes was sitting
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