The Complete Bible: An American Translation

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THE ADDITIONS TO THE BOOK OF ESTHER

In THE second year of the reign of112 Artaxerxes the Great, on the first day of Nisan, Mordecai the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin, had a dream. He was a Jew, and lived in the3 city of Susa, an important man, in at tendance at the royal court; he was one4 of the captives that Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, had brought from Jerusalem, with Jeconiah, king of Judah. And this was his dream: be-5 hold, noise and tumult, thunders and earthquake, uproar on the earth. And6 here came two great dragons, both ready to wrestle, and they uttered a great roar. And at their roar every na-7 tion made ready for war, to fight against the nation of the upright. And behold, a day of darkness and8 gloom, affliction and anguish, distress and great tumult upon the earth. And9 the whole upright nation was troubled, fearing their own hurt, and they pre-10 pared to perish; and they cried out to God. And at their cry there arose as though from a tiny spring, a great river, with abundant water; light came, and11 the sun rose, and the humble were exalted and consumed the glorious.

When Mordecai, who had had this12 dream, and had seen what God had resolved to do, awoke, he kept it in his mind, and all day sought by all means to understand it.

Now Mordecai took his rest in the12 court with Gabatha and Tharra, the two royal eunuchs who kept watch in the court. He overheard their reflections,2 and inquired into their designs, and found out that they were preparing to lay hands on King Artaxerxes, and he informed the king about them. And3 the king examined the two eunuchs, and when they confessed, they were led off to execution. And the king wrote a4 memorandum about this matter, and Mordecai also wrote about it. And the5 king ordered Mordecai to be in attendance at the court, and he made him presents because of it. But Haman,6 the son of Ammedatha, a Bougaean, was in high honor with the king, and he set out to injure Mordecai and his people, because of the two royal eunuchs.

(Esther 1:1-3:13 follows here
in the Greek.)

And this is the copy of the letter: 13 "The Great King, Artaxerxes, to the rulers of a hundred and twenty-seven provinces, from India to Ethiopia, and to the subordinate governors, writes thus: Having become ruler of many 2 nations, and come to have dominion over the whole world, I desire, not because I am elated by the presumption of power, but behaving always with mildness and moderation, to insure that my subjects shall live in unbroken tranquillity, and in order to make my kingdom peaceable and open for travel in all its extent, to re-establish the peace which all men desire. When I asked My 3 counselors how this end might be accomplished, Haman, who excels among us in soundness of judgment, and is distinguished for his unfailing loyalty and steadfast fidelity, and has attained the second rank in the kingdom, pointed 4 out to us, that among all the nations of the world there is scattered an illdisposed people, with laws contrary to those of every nation, which continually disregards the royal ordinances, so that the unifying of our realm, directed by us with the best intentions, cannot be effected. Understanding therefore's that this nation, and it alone, stands in constant opposition to all men, perversely following a strange manner of life and laws, and ill-disposed to our administration, doing all the harm it can, so that our rule may not be made secure, we have decreed that the per-6 sons designated in the letters sent to you by Haman, who is in charge of our administration, and is a second father to us, shall all, with their wives and children, be destroyed, root and branch, by the sword of their enemies, without pity or mercy, on the fourteenth day of

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Table of Contents vii
  • The Old Testament - An American Translation xi
  • Preface xiii
  • Publisher's Note xvi
  • Part I - The Pentateuch *
  • The Book of Genesis 1
  • The Book of Exodus 51
  • The Book of Leviticus 90
  • The Book of Numbers 118
  • The Book of Deuteronomy 158
  • Part II - The Historical Books 193
  • The Book of Joshua 195
  • The Book of Judges 218
  • The Book of Ruth 243
  • The First Book of Samuel 247
  • The Second Book of Samuel 281
  • The First Book of Kings 310
  • The Second Book of Kings 342
  • The First Book of Chronicles 373
  • The Second Book of Chronicles 400
  • The Book of Ezra 434
  • The Book of Nehemiah 444
  • The Book of Esther 458
  • Part III - The Poetical Books 467
  • The Book of Job 469
  • The Psalms 500
  • The Book of Proverbs 581
  • The Book of Ecclesiastes 611
  • The Song of Songs 619
  • Part IV - The Books of the Prophets 625
  • The Book of Isaiah 627
  • The Book of Jeremiah 690
  • The Book of Lamentations 753
  • The Book of Ezekiel 761
  • The Book of Daniel 810
  • The Book of Hosea 826
  • The Book of Joel 836
  • The Book of Amos 840
  • The Book of Obadiah 848
  • The Book of Jonah 850
  • The Book of Micah 852
  • The Book of Nahum 858
  • The Book of Habakkuk 861
  • The Book of Zephaniah 864
  • The Book of Haggai 868
  • The Book of Zechariah 870
  • The Book of Malachi 880
  • The Apocrypha - An American Translation i
  • Preface ii
  • The First Book of Esdras 1
  • The Second Book of Esdras 16
  • The Book of Tobit 45
  • The Book of Judith 55
  • The Additions to the Book of Esther 69
  • The Wisdom of Solomon 73
  • The Wisdom of Sirach 91
  • The Book of Baruch 137
  • The Story of Susanna 144
  • The Song of the Three Children 147
  • The Story of Bel and the Dragon 150
  • The Prayer of Manasseh 152
  • The First Book of Maccabees 153
  • The Second Book of Maccabees 182
  • The New Testament - An American Translation i
  • Preface iii
  • The Gospel According to Matthew 1
  • The Gospel According to Mark 32
  • The Gospel According to Luke 52
  • The Gospel According to John 85
  • The Acts of the Apostles 111
  • The Letter to the Romans 142
  • The First Letter to the Corinthians 155
  • The Second Letter to the Corinthians 168
  • The Letter to the Galatians 176
  • The Letter to the Ephesians 181
  • The Letter to the Philippians 185
  • Letter to the Colossians 188
  • The First Letter to the Thessalonians 191
  • The Second Letter to the Thessalonians 194
  • The First Letter to Timothy 196
  • The Second Letter to Timothy 200
  • The Letter to Titus 203
  • The Letter to Philemon 205
  • The Letter to the Hebrews 206
  • The Letter of James 216
  • The First Letter of Peter 219
  • The Second Letter of Peter 223
  • The First Letter of John 226
  • The Second Letter of John 230
  • The Third Letter of John 231
  • The Letter of Jude 232
  • The Revelation of John 233
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