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A copy of the king's letter in favour of the Jews.

 1 The great king Artaxerxes, from India to Ethiopia, to the governors and princes of a hundred and twenty-seven provinces, which obey our command, sendeth greeting.
Rex magnus Artaxerxes ab India usque Aethiopiam centum viginti septem provinciarum ducibus ac principibus, qui nostrae jussioni obediunt, salutem dicit.

 2 Many have abused unto pride the goodness of princes, and the honour that hath been bestowed upon them:
Multi bonitate principum et honore, qui in eos collatus est, abusi sunt in superbiam :

 3 And not only endeavour to oppress the king's subjects, but not bearing the glory that is given them, take in hand to practise also against them that gave it.
et non solum subjectos regibus nituntur opprimere, sed datam sibi gloriam non ferentes, in ipsos, qui dederunt, moliuntur insidias.

 4 Neither are they content not to return thanks for benefits received, and to violate in themselves the laws of humanity, but they think they can also escape the justice of God who seeth all things.
Nec contenti sunt gratias non agere beneficiis, et humanitatis in se jura violare, sed Dei quoque cuncta cernentis arbitrantur se posse fugere sententiam.

 5 And they break out into so great madness, as to endeavour to undermine by lies such as observe diligently the offices committed to them, and do all things in such manner as to be worthy of all men's praise,
Et in tantum vesaniae proruperunt, ut eos, qui credita sibi officia diligenter observant, et ita cuncta agunt ut omnium laude digni sint, mendaciorum cuniculis conentur subvertere,

 6 While with crafty fraud they deceive the ears of princes that are well meaning, and judge of others by their own nature.
dum aures principum simplices, et ex sua natura alios aestimantes, callida fraude decipiunt.

 7 Now this is proved both from ancient histories, and by the things which are done daily, how the good designs of kings are depraved by the evil suggestions of certain men.
Quae res et ex veteribus probatur historiis, et ex his, quae geruntur quotidie, quomodo malis quorumdam suggestionibus regum studia depraventur.

 8 Wherefore we must provide for the peace of all provinces.
Unde providendum est paci omnium provinciarum.

 9 Neither must you think, if we command different things, that it cometh of the levity of our mind, but that we give sentence according to the quality and necessity of times, as the profit of the commonwealth requireth.
Nec putare debetis, si diversa jubeamus, ex animi nostri venire levitate, sed pro qualitate et necessitate temporum, ut reipublicae poscit utilitas, ferre sententiam.

 10 Now that you may more plainly understand what we say, I Aman the son of Amadathi, a Macedonian both in mind and country, and having nothing of the Persian blood, but with his cruelty staining our goodness, was received being a stranger by us:
Et ut manifestius quod dicimus, intelligatis, Aman filius Amadathi, et animo et gente Macedo, alienusque a Persarum sanguine, et pietatem nostram sua crudelitate commaculans, peregrinus a nobis susceptus est :

 11 And found our humanity so great towards him, that he was called our father, and was worshipped by all as the next man after the king:
et tantam in se expertus humanitatem, ut pater noster vocaretur, et adoraretur ab omnibus post regem secundus :

 12 But he was so far puffed up with arrogancy, as to go about to deprive us of our kingdom and life.
qui in tantum arrogantiae tumorem sublatus est, ut regno privare nos niteretur et spiritu.

 13 For with certain new and unheard of devices he hath sought the destruction of Mardochai, by whose fidelity and good services our life was saved, and of Esther the partner of our kingdom, with all their nation:
Nam Mardochaeum, cujus fide et beneficiis vivimus, et consortem regni nostri Esther cum omni gente sua, novis quibusdam atque inauditis machinis expetivit in mortem :

 14 Thinking that after they were slain, he might work treason against us left alone without friends, and might transfer the kingdom of the Persians to the Macedonians.
hoc cogitans ut illis interfectis, insidiaretur nostrae solitudini, et regnum Persarum transferret in Macedonas.

 15 But we have found that the Jews, who were by that most wicked man appointed to be slain, are in no fault at all, but contrariwise, use just laws,
Nos autem a pessimo mortalium Judaeos neci destinatos, in nulla penitus culpa reperimus, sed e contrario justis utentes legibus,

 16 And are the children of the highest and the greatest, and the ever living God, by whose benefit the kingdom was given both to our fathers and to us, and is kept unto this day.
et filios altissimi et maximi, semperque viventis Dei, cujus beneficio et patribus nostris et nobis regnum est traditum, et usque hodie custoditur.

 17 Wherefore know ye that those letters which he sent in our name, are void and of no effect.
Unde eas litteras, quas sub nomine nostro ille direxerat, sciatis esse irritas.

 18 For which crime both he himself that devised it, and all his kindred hang on gibbets, before the gates of this city Susan: not we, but God repaying him as he deserved.
Pro quo scelere ante portas hujus urbis, id est, Susan, et ipse qui machinatus est, et omnis cognatio ejus pendet in patibulis : non nobis, sed Deo reddente ei quod meruit.

 19 But this edict, which we now send, shall be published in all cities, that the Jews may freely follow their own laws.
Hoc autem edictum, quod nunc mittimus, in cunctis urbibus proponatur, ut liceat Judaeis uti legibus suis.

 20 And you shall aid them that they may kill those who had prepared themselves to kill them, on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is called Adar.
Quibus debetis esse adminiculo, ut eos, qui se ad necem eorum paraverant, possint interficere tertiadecima die mensis duodecimi, qui vocatur Adar.

 21 For the almighty God hath turned this day of sadness and mourning into joy to them.
Hanc enim diem, Deus omnipotens, moeroris et luctus, eis vertit in gaudium.

 22 Wherefore you shall also count this day among other festival days, and celebrate it with all joy, that it may be known also in times to come,
Unde et vos inter ceteros festos dies, hanc habetote diem, et celebrate eam cum omni laetitia, ut et in posterum cognoscatur

 23 That all they who faithfully obey the Persians, receive a worthy reward for their fidelity: but they that are traitors to their kingdom, are destroyed for their wickedness.
omnes, qui fideliter Persis obediunt, dignam pro fide recipere mercedem; qui autem insidiantur regno eorum, perire pro scelere.

 24 And let every province and city, that will not be partaker of this solemnity, perish by the sword and by fire, and be destroyed in such manner as to be made unpassable, both to men and beasts, for an example of contempt, and disobedience.
Omnis autem provincia et civitas, quae noluerit solemnitatis hujus esse particeps, gladio et igne pereat, et sic deleatur, ut non solum hominibus, sed etiam bestiis invia sit in sempiternum, pro exemplo contemptus, et inobedientiae.

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