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his father, nor from risking his own and beautiful; whom Mordecai when safety. Such was Abimelech's, who her father and mother were dead, took thought it his duty to suffer death in for his own daughter. behalf of the rights of hospitality, RY. O LORD, LORD. p. exv. rather than betray his fugitive friend. Nothing, then, is to be preferred to

Lesson II. honour, and the Scripture warns us of So it came to pass, when the king's even this, that it ought not to be commandment and his decree was passed by through zeal for friend- heard, and when many maidens were ship.

gathered together unto Shushan the Ry. We have heard. p. civ.

palace, to the custody of Hegai, that

Esther was brought also unto the Lesson VI. king's house, to the custody of Hegai,

And the THERE are very many questions keeper of the women.

proposed by philosophers. For maiden pleased him, and she obtained example, whether one ought, or ought kindness of him; and he speedily gave not, for a friend's sake, to take up an her her things for purification, with opinion against one's country, in order such things as belonged to her, and to comply with the friend? Or if one seven maidens, which were meet to be ought to break one's word, to suit and given her, out of the king's house: further a friend's advantage ? And and he preferred her and her maids the Scripture saith, A man that unto the best place of the house of beareth false witness against his the women. Esther had not shewed neighbour, is a maul, and a sword, her people nor her kindred: for and a sharp arrow. But ponder the Mordecai had charged her that she meaning. He does not censure wit should not show it. And Mordecai ness against a friend, but false walked every day before the court of witness. For what if one be obliged the women's house, to know how to bear witness in God's cause, or in Esther did, and what should become that of one's country ? Ought friend of her. ship to outweigh religion, or a fault to Ry. Strengthen. p. cx. outweigh charity?

Lesson III.
Rz. Blessed be Thou. p. cix.
Rz. vii. We know. p. cx.

NOW when the turn of Esther, the Ry. viii. Two Seraphim. p. xxviii.

daughter of Abihail the uncle of

Mordecai, who had taken her for his MONDAY.

daughter, was come to go in unto the Of the Book of Esther.

king, she required nothing but what

Hegai the king's chamberlain, the Lesson I. Chap ii.

keeper of the women, appointed. And Now in Shushan the palace there Esther obtained

favour in the sight of was a certain Jew, whose name all them that looked upon her. So was Mordecai, the son of Jair, the son Esther was taken untó king Ahasuerus of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Ben- into his house royal in the tenth jamite; who had been carried away month, which is the month Tebeth, in from Jerusalem with the captivity the seventh year of his reign. And which had been carried away with the king loved Esther above all the Jeconiah king of Judah, whom women, and she obtained grace and Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon favour in his sight more than all the had carried away. And he brought up virgins; so that he set the royal Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle's crown upon her head, and made her daughter: for she had neither father queen instead of Vashti. nor mother, and the maid was fair| By. No hope. p. cxv.

TUESDAY.

clothes, and put on sackcloth with Of the Book of Esther.

ashes, and went out into the midst of Lesson I. Chap. iii.

the city, and cried with a loud and

bitter cry; and came even before the AFTER these things didan kine king's gate:

for none might enter

into the king's gate, clothed with son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and

sackcloth. And in every province, advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes that were with him. ment and his decree came, there was

whithersoever the king's commandAnd all the king's servants, that were great mourning among the Jews, and in the king's gate, bowed, and reverenced Haman : for the king had so and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.

fasting, and weeping, and wailing; commanded concerning him. But

So Esther's maids and her chamberMordecai bowed not, nor did him lains came and told it her. Then was reverence. Then the king's servants, the queen exceedingly grieved; and which were in the king's gate, said she sent raiment to clothe Mordecai, unto Mordecai, Why transgressest and to take away his sackcloth from thou the king's commandment?

him : but he received it not. Then Ry. Remember me. p. CXV.

called Esther for Hatach, one of the Lesson II.

king's chamberlains, whom he had Now it came to pass, when they appointed to attend upon her, and

spake daily unto him, and he gave him a commandment to Morhearkened not unto them, that they decai, to know what it was, and why told Haman, to see whether Mordecai's it was. matters would stand: for he had told Ry. We know. p. cx. them that he was a Jew. And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not,

Lesson II. nor did him reverence, then was So Hatach went forth to Mordecai Haman full of wrath. And he thought unto the street of the city, which

to lay hands on Mordecai was before the king's gate. And alone.

Mordecai told him of all that had Rz. We have heard. p. civ.

happened unto him, and of the sum

of the money that Haman had proLesson III.

mised to pay to the king's treasuries FOR they had shewed him the for the Jews, to destroy them.

Also people of Mordecai : wherefore he gave him the copy of the writing Haman sought to destroy all the Jews of the decree that was given at Shuthat were throughout the whole king. shan to destroy them, to shew it unto dom of Ahasuerus, even the people of Esther, and to declare it unto her, Mordecai. In the first month, that is, and to charge her that she should go the month Nisan, in the twelfth year in unto the king, to make supplication of king Ahasuerus, they cast Pur, that unto him, and to make request before is, the lot, before Haman from day to him for her people. And Hatach day, and from month to month, to the came and told Esther the words of twelfth month, that is, the month Mordecai. Again Esther spake unto Adar.

Hatach, and gave him commandment Ry. Blessed be Thou. p. cix. unto Mordecai; All the king's serWEDNESDAY.

vants, and the people of the king's

provinces, do know, that whosoever, Of the Book of Esther.

whether man or woman, shall come Lesson I. Chap. iv. unto the king into the inner court, WHEN Mordecai perceived all that who is not called, there is ove law of

was done, Mordecai rent his his to put him to death, except such

scorn

to whom the king shall hold out the ļ to the half of the kingdom. And golden sceptre, that he may live : but | Esther answered, If it seem good unto I have not been called to come in the king, let the king and Haman anto the king these thirty days. come this day unto the banquet that R7. Strengthen. p. cx.

I have prepared for him. Then the Lesson III.

king said, Cause Haman to make

haste, that he may do as Esther hath A

ND they told to Mordecai Esther's said. words. Then Mordecai com.

RY. O LORD, LORD. p. cxy. manded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in

Lesson II. the king's house, more than all the THEN went Haman forth that day Jews. For if thou altogether holdest joyful and with a glad heart : but thy peace at this time, then shall when Haman saw Mordecai in the there enlargement and deliverance king's gate, that he stood not up, nor arise to the Jews from another place ; , moved for him, he was full of but thou and thy father's house shall indignation against Mordecai. Neverbe destroyed : and who knoweth theless Haman refrained himself: and whether thou art come to the kingdom when he came home, he sent and for such a time as this? Then Es- called for his friends, and Zeresh his ther bade them return Mordecai this wife. And Haman told them of the answer, Go, gather together all the glory of his riches, and the multitudo Jews that are present in Shushan, of his children, and all the things and fast ye for me, and neither eat wherein the king had promoted him, nor drink three days, night or day: and how he had advanced him above I also and my maidens will fast like the princes and servants of the king. wise; and so will I go in unto the Haman said moreover, Yea, Esther the king, which is not according to the queen did let no man come in with law: and if I perish, I perish. So Mor- the king unto the banquet that she decai went his way, and did aceording had prepared but myself : and toto all that Esther had commanded him. morrow am I invited unto her also Ry. No hope. p. cxv.

with the king : yet all this availethi me THURSDAY.

nothing, so long as I see Mordecai

the Jew sitting at the king's gate. Of the Book of Esther.

Ry. Strengthen. p. cx.
Lesson I. Chap. v.

Lesson III.
Now it came to pass on the third

day, that Esther put on her royal TEEN said Zeresh his wife and all apparel, and stood in the inner court his of the king's house, over against the gallows be made of fifty cubits high, king's house : and the king sat upon and to morrow speak thou unto the his royal throne in the royal house, king that Mordecai may be hanged over against the gate of the house. thereon: then go thou in merrily with And it was so, when the king saw the king unto the banquet. And the Esther the queen standing in the thing pleased Haman; and he caused court, that she obtained favour in his the gallows to be made. sight: and the king beld out to Ry. No hope. p. cxy. Esther the golden sceptre that was in

FRIDAY, his hand. So Esther drew near, and touched the top of the sceptre. Then

Of the Book of Esther. said the king unto her, What wilt

Lesson 1. Chap. vi. thou, queen Esthere and what is thy ON that night could not the king

shall be even

the book of records of the chronicles ; sitteth at the king's gate; let nothing
and they were read before the king. fail of all that thou hast spoken.
And it was found written that Mor. Then took Haman the apparel and
decai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, the horse, and arrayed Mordecai, and
two of the king's chamberlains, the brought him on horseback through
keepers of the door, who sought to the street of the city, and proclaimed
lay hand on the king Ahasuerus. before him, Thus shall it be done
And the king said, What honour and unto the man whom the king de-
dignity have been done to Mordecai lighteth to honour. And Mordecai
for this? Then said the king's ser- came again to the king's gate. But
vants that ministered unto him, There Haman hasted to his house mourn-
is nothing done for him. And the ing, and having his head covered.
king said, Who is in the court ? Now And Haman told Zeresh his wife and
Haman was come into the outward all his friends every, thing that had
court of the king's house, to speak befallen him.
unto the king to hang Mordecai on the Ry. Blessed be Thou. p. cix.
gallows that he had prepared for him.

SATURDAY.
And the king's servants said unto him,
Behold, Haman standeth in the court.

Of the Book of Esther.
And the king said, Let him come

Lesson I. Chap. vii. in.

So the king, and Haman came to Ry. Remember me. p. cxv.

banquet with Esther the queen.

And the king said again unto Esther Lesson II.

on the second day at the banquet of So Haman came in. And the king wine, What thy petition, queen

said unto him, What shall be done Esther ? and it shall be granted thee : unto the man whom the king de- and what is thy request ? and it shall lighteth to honour ? Now Haman be performed, even to the half of the thought in his heart, To whom would kingdom. Then Esther the queen the king delight to do honour more answered and said, If I have found than to myself ? And Haman an- favour in thy sight, o king, and if it swered the king, For the man whom please the king, let my life be given the king delighteth to honour, let me at my petition, and my people at the royal apparel be brought which my request: for we are sold, I and my the king useth to wear, and the horse people, to be destroyed, to be slain, that the king rideth upon, and the and to perish. But if we had been crown royal which is set upon his sold for bondmen and bondwomen, I head : and let this apparel and horse had held my tongue, although the be delivered to the hand of one of the enemy could not countervail the king's king's most noble princes, that they damage. may array the man withal whom the

Ry. We know. p. cx. king delighteth to honour, and bring him on horseback through the streets

Lesson II. of the city, and proclaim before him, THEN the king Ahasuerus answered

to

and said unto Esther the queen, whom the king delighteth to honour. Who is he, and where is he, that Ry. We have heard. p. civ.

durst presume in his heart to do so ?

And Esther said, The adversary and Lesson III.

enemy is this wicked Haman. Then THEN the king said to Haman, Haman was afraid before the king

Make haste. and take the apparel and the queen. And the king arising and the horse, as thou hast said, and from the banquet of wine in his wrath do even so to Mordecai the Jew, that went into the palace garden : and

*

was.

Haman stood up to make request for fore he called his servants, such as his life to Esther the queen; for he were honourable, and had been brought saw that there was evil determined up with him from his youth, and against him by the king.

parted his kingdom among them while Ry. Strengthen. p. cx.

he was yet alive.

Ry. The LORD open your hearts in Lesson III.

His law and commandments, and THEN the king returned out of the send you peace in your days,

and palace garden into the place of give you salvation and redeem you the banquet of wine ; and Haman was from evil. y. The LORD hear your fallen upon the bed whereon Esther prayers, and be at one with you, and

Then said the king, Will be never forsake you in time of trouble. force the queen also before me in the And. house ? As the word went out of the

Lesson II. king's mouth, they covered Haman's face. And Harbonah, one of the So Alexander reigned twelve years,

and then died. And his servants chamberlains, said before the king, bare rule every one in his place. And Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits after his death they all put crowns high, which Haman had made for Mordecai, who had spoken good for upon themselves; so did their song the king, standeth in the house of multiplied in the earth. And there

after them many years : and evils were Haman. Then the king said, Hang him thereon. So they hanged Haman Antiochus surnamed Epiphanes, son

came out of them a wicked root, on the gallows that he had prepared of Antiochus the

king, who had been for Mordecai. Then was the king's an hostage at Rome, and he reigned in wrath pacified.

the hundred and thirty and seventh R¥. No hope. p. cxv.

year of the kingdom of the Greeks. FIRST SUNDAY IN OCTOBER.

Ry. The LORD hear your prayers,

and be at one with you and never FIRST NOCTURN.

forsake you in time of trouble. * The Here beginneth the 1st Book of LORD our God. _y. Give you all a Maccabees.

heart to serve Him and do His will. Lesson I. Chap. i.

The LORD.

Lesson III. AND it happened, after that Alex

ander, son of Philip, the Mace- In those days went there out of donian, who came out of the land of Israel wicked men, who persuaded Chettiim, had smitten Darius king of many, saying, Let us go and make & the Persians and Medes, that he covenant with the heathen that are reigned in his stead, the first over round about us : for since we departed Greece, and made many wars, and won from them we have had much sorrow. many strong holds, and slow the kings So this device pleased them well. of the earth, and went through to the Then certain of the people were so forends of the earth, and took spoils of ward herein, that they went to the many nations, insomuch that the king, who gave them license to do earth was quiet before him; where- after the ordinances of the heathen: upon he was exalted, and his heart whereupon they built a place of was lifted up. And he gathered a exercise at Jerusalem according to the mighty strong host, and ruled over customs of heathen: and made themcountries, and nations, and kings, who selves uncircumcised, and forsook the became tributaries unto him. And holy covenant, and joined themselves after these things he fell sick, and to the heathen, and were sold to do perceived that he should die. Where- mischief.

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