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August 23


Esther 3:1-15
1. After these things king Ahasuerus promoted Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes that were with him.
2. And all the king's servants that were in the king's gate bowed and did Haman reverence, for the king had so commanded concerning him. But Mordecai bowed not, nor did [him] reverence.
3. Then the king's servants, who were in the king's gate, said to Mordecai, Why transgressest thou the king's commandment?
4. And it came to pass as they spoke daily to him, and he hearkened not to them, that they informed Haman, to see whether Mordecai's matters would stand; for he had told them that he was a Jew.
5. And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, Haman was full of fury.
6. But he scorned to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for they had made known to him the people of Mordecai; therefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews that were in all the kingdom of Ahasuerus the people of Mordecai.
7. In the first month, that is, the month Nisan, in the twelfth year of king Ahasuerus, they cast Pur, that is, the lot, before Haman for each day and for each month, to the twelfth [month], that is, the month Adar.
8. And Haman said to king Ahasuerus, There is a people scattered abroad and dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of thy kingdom; and their laws are diverse from [those of] every people, and they keep not the king's laws; and it is not for the king's profit to suffer them.
9. If it please the king, let it be written that they may be destroyed, and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver into the hands of those that have charge of the affairs, to bring [it] into the king's treasuries.
10. And the king took his ring from his hand, and gave it to Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the Jews' enemy.
11. And the king said to Haman, The silver is given to thee, the people also, to do with them as seems good to thee.
12. Then were the king's scribes called, in the first month, on the thirteenth day of the [month], and there was written according to all that Haman commanded unto the king's satraps, and to the governors over every province, and to the princes of every people; to every province according to the writing thereof, and to every people according to their language: in the name of king Ahasuerus was it written, and sealed with the king's ring.
13. And the letters were sent by couriers into all the king's provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to cause to perish, all Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day, upon the thirteenth of the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar, and [to take] the spoil of them for a prey.
14. That the decree might be given in every province, a copy of the writing was published to all peoples, that they should be ready against that day.
15. The couriers went out, being hastened by the king's commandment, and the decree was given in Shushan the fortress. And the king and Haman sat down to drink; but the city of Shushan was in consternation.

Esther 4:1-17
1. And when Mordecai knew all that was done, Mordecai rent his garments, and put on sackcloth with ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and cried with a loud and bitter cry,
2. and came even before the king's gate; for none might enter into the king's gate clothed with sackcloth.
3. And in every province, wherever the king's commandment and his decree came, there was great mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and wailing: many lay in sackcloth and ashes.
4. And Esther's maids and her chamberlains came and told [it] her; and the queen was exceedingly grieved: and she sent raiment to clothe Mordecai, and to take away his sackcloth from him; but he received [it] not.
5. Then Esther called for Hatach, [one] of the king's chamberlains, whom he had appointed to wait upon her, and gave him a commandment to Mordecai, to know what it was, and why it was.
6. And Hatach went forth to Mordecai, unto the public place of the city which was before the king's gate.
7. And Mordecai told him of all that had happened to him, and of the sum of money that Haman had promised to pay to the king's treasuries for the Jews, to destroy them.
8. And he gave him a copy of the writing of the decree that had been given at Shushan to destroy them, to shew [it] to Esther, and to declare [it] to her, and to charge her that she should go in unto the king, to make supplication to him, and to make request before him, for her people.
9. And Hatach came and told Esther the words of Mordecai.
10. And Esther spoke to Hatach, and gave him commandment unto Mordecai:
11. All the king's servants and the people of the king's provinces do know that whoever, whether man or woman, shall come to the king into the inner court, who is not called, there is *one* law, to put [him] to death, except [such] to whom the king shall hold out the golden sceptre, that he may live; and I have not been called to come in unto the king these thirty days.
12. And they told Mordecai Esther's words.
13. And Mordecai bade to answer Esther: Imagine not in thy heart that thou shalt escape in the king's house, more than all the Jews.
14. For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there arise relief and deliverance to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall perish. And who knows whether thou art [not] come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
15. And Esther bade to answer Mordecai:
16. Go, gather together all the Jews that are found in Shushan, and fast for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise, and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law; and if I perish, I perish.
17. And Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that Esther had commanded him.

Psalms 89:46-52
46. How long, Jehovah, wilt thou hide thyself for ever? shall thy fury burn like fire?
47. Remember, as regards me, what life is. Wherefore hast thou created all the children of men to be vanity?
48. What man liveth, and shall not see death? Shall he deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah.
49. Where, Lord, are thy former loving-kindnesses, [which] thou swarest unto David in thy faithfulness?
50. Remember, Lord, the reproach of thy servants that I bear in my bosom [that of] all the mighty peoples
51. Wherewith thine enemies, O Jehovah, have reproached, wherewith they have reproached the footsteps of thine anointed.
52. Blessed be Jehovah for evermore! Amen, and Amen.

Proverbs 22:7-8
7. The rich ruleth over the poor; and the borrower is servant to the lender.
8. He that soweth unrighteousness shall reap iniquity, and the rod of his wrath shall have an end.

Romans 3:1-31
1. What then [is] the superiority of the Jew? or what the profit of circumcision?
2. Much every way: and first, indeed, that to them were entrusted the oracles of God.
3. For what? if some have not believed, shall their unbelief make the faith of God of none effect?
4. Far be the thought: but let God be true, and every man false; according as it is written, So that thou shouldest be justified in thy words, and shouldest overcome when thou art in judgment.
5. But if our unrighteousness commend God's righteousness, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who inflicts wrath? I speak according to man.
6. Far be the thought: since how shall God judge the world?
7. For if the truth of God, in my lie, has more abounded to his glory, why yet am *I* also judged as a sinner?
8. and not, according as we are injuriously charged, and according as some affirm that we say, Let us practise evil things, that good ones may come? whose judgment is just.
9. What then? are we better? No, in no wise: for we have before charged both Jews and Greeks with being all under sin:
10. according as it is written, There is not a righteous [man], not even one;
11. there is not the [man] that understands, there is not one that seeks after God.
12. All have gone out of the way, they have together become unprofitable; there is not one that practises goodness, there is not so much as one:
13. their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; asps' poison [is] under their lips:
14. whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness;
15. swift their feet to shed blood;
16. ruin and misery [are] in their ways,
17. and way of peace they have not known:
18. there is no fear of God before their eyes.
19. Now we know that whatever the things the law says, it speaks to those under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world be under judgment to God.
20. Wherefore by works of law no flesh shall be justified before him; for by law [is] knowledge of sin.
21. But now without law righteousness of God is manifested, borne witness to by the law and the prophets;
22. righteousness of God by faith of Jesus Christ towards all, and upon all those who believe: for there is no difference;
23. for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
24. being justified freely by his grace through the redemption which [is] in Christ Jesus;
25. whom God has set forth a mercy-seat, through faith in his blood, for [the] shewing forth of his righteousness, in respect of the passing by the sins that had taken place before, through the forbearance of God;
26. for [the] shewing forth of his righteousness in the present time, so that he should be just, and justify him that is of [the] faith of Jesus.
27. Where then [is] boasting? It has been excluded. By what law? of works? Nay, but by law of faith;
28. for we reckon that a man is justified by faith, without works of law.
29. Is [God] the God of Jews only? is he not of [the] nations also? Yea, of nations also:
30. since indeed [it is] one God who shall justify [the] circumcision on the principle of faith, and uncircumcision by faith.
31. Do we then make void law by faith? Far be the thought: [no,] but we establish law.