Monday, August 11, 2008

The Kiss By Joby Talbot


biblical text
Revenge of the Jews

the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, on the thirteenth day of the month, the day had to execute the order and edict the king, and where the enemies of the Jews had hoped to rule over them, it was the opposite happened, and the Jews ruled over their enemies. The Jews assembled in their cities throughout all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, to lay hands on those who sought their destruction, and no one could withstand them, because the fear they had seized them all peoples. And all the heads of provinces, the satraps, governors, officials of the king, helped the Jews, because of the terror that inspired them Mordecai. For Mordecai was great in the king's house, and his fame spread in all provinces, because it was becoming increasingly powerful. The Jews struck down all their enemies with swords, they killed them and made them die, they treated him as they pleased those who were hostile to them. In Shushan the capital, the Jews slew and destroyed five hundred men, and they killed Parschandatha, Dalphon, Aspatha, Porath, Adalia, Aridatha, Parmaschtha, Ariz., and Vajezatha Arida, ten son of Haman, son of Hammedatha The enemy of the Jews. But they do not lay their hands on the plunder. That day, the number of those who were killed in Shushan the capital, came to the attention of the king.

New application of Esther to Ahasuerus

And the king said to Queen Esther: The Jews have killed and destroyed in Shushan the capital, five hundred and ten of Haman son; qu'auront they did in the rest of king's provinces? What is your request? She will be granted. What do you want more? You get it. Esther said: If the king's pleasure, it is possible for Jews who are in Shushan to act tomorrow also according to the decree today, and we hang ten wood son of Haman. And the king commanded to do so. The edict was issued in Susa. They hanged the ten son of Haman and the Jews who were in Susa gathered on the fourteenth day of the month Adar and killed three hundred men in Shushan. But they do not lay their hands on the plunder. Other Jews who were in the king's provinces gathered themselves together and defended their lives, they procured the rest by freeing themselves from their enemies, and they killed seventy-five thousand of those who were hostile to them. But they do not lay their hands on the plunder. These things happened on the thirteenth day of Adar. Jews rested on the fourteenth, and they made a day of feasting and joy. Those who were in Susa, having gathered on the thirteenth day and the fourteenth day, rested on the fifteenth, and they made a day of feasting and joy. Therefore the Jews of the campaign, who live in cities without walls, make the fourteenth day of Adar a day of joy, feasting and celebration, where sending portions one to another .

Institution of the Feast of Purim Memorial

Mordecai wrote these things, and he sent letters to all the Jews who were in all the provinces of King Xerxes, near and far. They prescribed every year to celebrate the fourteenth day and the fifteenth day of Adar as days where they got the rest by freeing themselves from their enemies, to celebrate the month when their sorrow was turned into joy and desolation in their holiday, and make these days the days of feasting and joy when sending portions one to another and where they distribute gifts to the poor. Jews undertook to do what they had already begun and that Mordecai wrote them. For Haman the son of Hammedatha Agagite the enemy of all Jews, had planned to destroy them, and had cast Pur, that is to say fate, to kill and destroy, but Esther having appeared before the king, the king ordered by writing to fall back on the head of the wicked Haman plan he had devised against the Jews, and hang in wood, he and his son. That's why they called these days Purim, called pure. From all the contents of this letter, from what they themselves had seen and what had happened, the Jews took for themselves, their posterity, and for all those who attach themselves to them, resolution and irrevocable commitment each year to celebrate these two days, in the prescribed manner and at the appointed time. These days should be remembered and celebrated from generation to generation in every family, every province and every city, and these days of Purim should never be abolished among the Jews, nor erase the memory of it among their descendants. Queen Esther, daughter of Abihail, and the Jew Mordecai wrote in a manner pressing a second time to confirm the letter of Purim. They sent letters to all Jews, within one hundred twenty-seven provinces of King Ahasuerus. They contained words of peace and loyalty, to prescribe these days of Purim at the specified time as Mordecai the Jew and Queen Esther had established for them, as they had established for themselves and their posterity, on the occasion of their fasting and their cries. Thus the order of Esther confirmed the institution of Purim, and it was written in the book.


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