The Story of Esther
Esther then wept and fell at the king’s feet and implored him to avert the scheme of Haman to have the Jews destroyed. The king extended the golden scepter to her and she rose and stood before him. “If it pleases the king and if I have found favor before him and the matter seems proper to the king and I am pleasing in his sight, let it be written to revoke the letters devised by Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he wrote to destroy the Jews who are in all the king’s provinces. For how can I endure to see the calamity which will befall my people, and how can I endure to see the destruction of my kindred?” (Esther 8:3-6) – LASB – NASB*
The King told Esther and Mordecai to write to the Jews in the king’s name and seal the letter with the king’s signet ring, for any decree written in the king’s name and sealed with his signet ring could not be revoked.
The king’s scribes entered the room and Mordecai spoke to them and they wrote his words. The letters where then dispersed as before. In the decree, the king had granted the Jews who were in each and every city the right to assemble and to defend their lives, to destroy, to kill and to annihilate the entire army of any people or province which might attack them, including children and women, to plunder their spoil, on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month (the month of Adar).
Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal robes of blue and white, with a large crown of gold and a garment of fine linen and purple; and the city of Susa (Shushan) shouted and rejoiced for the Jews there was gladness, joy and honor. Everywhere the decree was read the Jews were overjoyed and made a feast.
Many people of the land became Jews because the dread of the Jews had fallen upon them.
….Stay tuned for what happens next!