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Esther 10

 
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1 ἔγραψεν δὲ ὁ βασιλεὺς τέλη ἐπὶ τὴν βασιλείαν τῆς τε γῆς καὶ τῆς θαλάσσης 2 καὶ τὴν ἰσχὺν αὐτοῦ καὶ ἀνδραγαθίαν πλοῦτόν τε καὶ δόξαν τῆς βασιλείας αὐτοῦ ἰδοὺ γέγραπται ἐν βιβλίῳ βασιλέων Περσῶν καὶ Μήδων εἰς μνημόσυνον 3 ὁ δὲ Μαρδοχαῖος διεδέχετο τὸν βασιλέα Ἀρταξέρξην καὶ μέγας ἦν ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ καὶ δεδοξασμένος ὑπὸ τῶν Ιουδαίων καὶ φιλούμενος διηγεῖτο τὴν ἀγωγὴν παντὶ τῷ ἔθνει αὐτοῦ 1 This Assuerus received tribute from the whole mainland, and from the islands out at sea; 2 how great his reign was, you may learn from the Annals of the Medes and Persians. There, too, you will read of the high honours to which he raised Mardochaeus; 3 how Mardochaeus, a Jew, became next in rank to the king himself, a great name among Jewish names, a man well loved by his fellows, that sought his people’s good and brought blessings on their race.

(So runs the Book of Esther in the Hebrew text, omitting certain passages which appear in the Septuagint Greek. In our Latin version, these additional passages have been collected at the end of the book, as in the translation given below. The remaining verses of this chapter, with verse 1 of chapter 11, occur at the end of the Septuagint Greek; they may, however, have been displaced, being an extract from some fuller narrative. The dream referred to is described in chapter 11.)
1 Rex vero Assuerus omnem terram et cunctas maris insulas fecit tributarias: 2 cujus fortitudo et imperium, et dignitas atque sublimitas, qua exaltavit Mardochæum, scripta sunt in libris Medorum, atque Persarum: 3 et quomodo Mardochæus judaici generis secundus a rege Assuero fuerit, et magnus apud Judæos, et acceptabilis plebi fratrum suorum, quærens bona populo suo, et loquens ea quæ ad pacem seminis sui pertinerent.
4 καὶ εἶπεν Μαρδοχαῖος παρὰ τοῦ θεοῦ ἐγένετο ταῦτα 5 ἐμνήσθην γὰρ περὶ τοῦ ἐνυπνίου οὗ εἶδον περὶ τῶν λόγων τούτων οὐδὲ γὰρ παρῆλθεν ἀ{P'} αὐτῶν λόγος 6 ἡ μικρὰ πηγή ἣ ἐγένετο ποταμὸς καὶ ἦν φῶς καὶ ἥλιος καὶ ὕδωρ πολύ Εσθηρ ἐστὶν ὁ ποταμός ἣν ἐγάμησεν ὁ βασιλεὺς καὶ ἐποίησεν βασίλισσαν 7 οἱ δὲ δύο δράκοντες ἐγώ εἰμι καὶ Αμαν 8 τὰ δὲ ἔθνη τὰ ἐπισυναχθέντα ἀπολέσαι τὸ ὄνομα τῶν Ιουδαίων 9 τὸ δὲ ἔθνος τὸ ἐμόν οὗτός ἐστιν Ισραηλ οἱ βοήσαντες πρὸς τὸν θεὸν καὶ σωθέντες καὶ ἔσωσεν κύριος τὸν λαὸν αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐρρύσατο κύριος ἡμᾶς ἐκ πάντων τῶν κακῶν τούτων καὶ ἐποίησεν ὁ θεὸς τὰ σημεῖα καὶ τὰ τέρατα τὰ μεγάλα ἃ οὐ γέγονεν ἐν τοῖς ἔθνεσιν 10 διὰ τοῦτο ἐποίησεν κλήρους δύο ἕνα τῷ λαῷ τοῦ θεοῦ καὶ ἕνα πᾶσι τοῖς ἔθνεσιν 11 καὶ ἦλθον οἱ δύο κλῆροι οὗτοι εἰς ὥραν καὶ καιρὸν καὶ εἰς ἡμέραν κρίσεως ἐνώπιον τοῦ θεοῦ καὶ ἐν πᾶσι τοῖς ἔθνεσιν 12 καὶ ἐμνήσθη ὁ θεὸς τοῦ λαοῦ αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐδικαίωσεν τὴν κληρονομίαν αὐτοῦ 13 καὶ ἔσονται αὐτοῖς αἱ ἡμέραι αὗται ἐν μηνὶ Αδαρ τῇ τεσσαρεσκαιδεκάτῃ καὶ τῇ πεντεκαιδεκάτῃ τοῦ αὐτοῦ μηνὸς μετὰ συναγωγῆς καὶ χαρᾶς καὶ εὐφροσύνης ἐνώπιον τοῦ θεοῦ κατὰ γενεὰς εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα ἐν τῷ λαῷ αὐτοῦ Ισραηλ 4 …All this has been God’s doing, Mardochaeus said. 5 I have not forgotten the dream I had, and all this was foretold in it; not a word but has come true. 6 I dreamt of a little spring that grew into a river, spreading out into sun and sunlight, and so went rolling on in full tide. This was Esther, the king’s bride that became his queen. 7 I dreamt of two dragons; of these, I was one, and Aman the other. 8 I dreamt of nations mustering for battle; these were the men that would have blotted out the Jewish name. 9 And the single nation in my dream was Israel; did not Israel cry out to the Lord, and win his protection, win deliverance from its wrongs? Wondrous proof he gave of his power, for all the world to see. 10 Two dooms he ordained, one for God’s people and one for the Gentiles, 11 and either should take effect, all the world over, after an interval of time divinely decreed; 12 then it was the Lord shewed he remembered his own people still, pitied his own servants still. 13 With eager and glad hearts all must come together and observe that time, the fourteenth and fifteenth days of Adar, as long as Israel’s race shall last. 4 Dixitque Mardochæus: A Deo facta sunt ista. 5 Recordatus sum somnii quod videram, hæc eadem significantis: nec eorum quidquam irritum fuit. 6 Parvus fons, qui crevit in fluvium, et in lucem solemque conversus est, et in aquas plurimas redundavit: Esther est quam rex accepit uxorem, et voluit esse reginam. 7 Duo autem dracones: ego sum, et Aman. 8 Gentes, quæ convenerant: hi sunt, qui conati sunt delere nomen Judæorum. 9 Gens autem mea Israël est, quæ clamavit ad Dominum, et salvum fecit Dominus populum suum: liberavitque nos ab omnibus malis, et fecit signa magna atque portenta inter gentes: 10 et duas sortes esse præcepit, unam populi Dei, et alteram cunctarum gentium. 11 Venitque utraque sors in statutum ex illo jam tempore diem coram Deo universis gentibus: 12 et recordatus est Dominus populi sui, ac misertus est hæreditatis suæ. 13 Et observabuntur dies isti in mense Adar quartadecima et quintadecima die ejusdem mensis, cum omni studio et gaudio, in unum cœtum populi congregati, in cunctas deinceps generationes populi Israël.
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