Destruction of the Enemies of the Jews
1Now in the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar, on the thirteenth day, when the king's command and edict were about to be executed, on the very day when the enemies of the Jews hoped to gain power over them, but which had been changed to a day when the Jews would gain power over their foes,2the Jews gathered in their cities throughout all the provinces of King Ahasuerus to lay hands on those who had sought their ruin; and no one could withstand them, because the fear of them had fallen upon all peoples.3All the officials of the provinces, the satraps and the governors, and the royal officials were supporting the Jews, because the fear of Mordecai had fallen upon them.4For Mordecai was powerful in the king's house, and his fame spread throughout all the provinces as the man Mordecai grew more and more powerful.5So the Jews struck down all their enemies with the sword, slaughtering, and destroying them, and did as they pleased to those who hated them.6In the citadel of Susa the Jews killed and destroyed five hundred people.7They killed Parshandatha, Dalphon, Aspatha,8Poratha, Adalia, Aridatha,9Parmashta, Arisai, Aridai, Vaizatha,10the ten sons of Haman son of Hammedatha, the enemy of the Jews; but they did not touch the plunder.11That very day the number of those killed in the citadel of Susa was reported to the king.12The king said to Queen Esther, “In the citadel of Susa the Jews have killed five hundred people and also the ten sons of Haman. What have they done in the rest of the king's provinces? Now what is your petition? It shall be granted you. And what further is your request? It shall be fulfilled.”13Esther said, “If it pleases the king, let the Jews who are in Susa be allowed tomorrow also to do according to this day's edict, and let the ten sons of Haman be hanged on the gallows.”14So the king commanded this to be done; a decree was issued in Susa, and the ten sons of Haman were hanged.15The Jews who were in Susa gathered also on the fourteenth day of the month of Adar and they killed three hundred persons in Susa; but they did not touch the plunder.