The Jews Authorized to Resist

81 On that day King Ahasuerus gave the house of Haman , the enemy of the Jews , to Queen Esther ; and Mordecai came before the king , for Esther had disclosed what he was to her. 2 The king took off his signet ring which he had taken away from Haman , and gave it to Mordecai . And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman .

3 Then Esther spoke again to the king , fell at his feet , wept and implored him to avert the evil scheme of Haman the Agagite and his plot which he had devised against the Jews . 4 The king extended the golden scepter to Esther . So Esther arose and stood before the king . 5 Then she said , " If it pleases e the king and if I have found favor before him and the matter seems proper to the king and I am pleasing in his sight , let it be written to revoke the letters devised by Haman , the son of Hammedatha the Agagite , which he wrote to destroy the Jews who are in all the king's provinces . 6 "For how can I endure to see the calamity which will befall my people , and how can I endure to see the destruction of my kindred ?" 7 So King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther and to Mordecai the Jew , "Behold , I have given the house of Haman to Esther , and him they have hanged on the gallows because e he had stretched out his hands against the Jews . 8 "Now you write to the Jews as you see fit , in the king's name , and seal it with the king's signet ring ; for a decree which is written in the name of the king and sealed with the king's signet ring may not be revoked ." 9 So the king's scribes were called at that time in the third month (that is, the month Sivan ), on the twenty-third e day; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded to the Jews , the satraps , the governors and the princes of the provinces which extended from India to Ethiopia , 127 e e provinces , to every province according to its script , and to every people according to their language as well as to the Jews according to their script and their language . 10 He wrote in the name of King Ahasuerus , and sealed it with the king's signet ring , and sent letters by couriers on horses , riding on steeds sired by the royal stud . 11 In them the king granted the Jews who were in each and every city the right to assemble and to defend their lives , to destroy , to kill and to annihilate the entire army of any people or province which might attack them, including children and women , and to plunder their spoil , 12 on one day in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus , the thirteenth e day of the twelfth e month (that is, the month Adar ). 13 A copy of the edict to be issued as law in each and every province was published to all the peoples , so that the Jews would be ready for this day to avenge themselves on their enemies . 14 The couriers , hastened and impelled by the king's command , went out, riding on the royal steeds ; and the decree was given out at the citadel in Susa .

15 Then Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal robes of blue and white , with a large crown of gold and a garment of fine linen and purple ; and the city of Susa shouted and rejoiced . 16 For the Jews there was light and gladness and joy and honor . 17 In each and every province and in each and every city , wherever e the king's commandment and his decree arrived , there was gladness and joy for the Jews , a feast and a holiday e . And many among the peoples of the land became Jews , for the dread of the Jews had fallen on them.