The Jews slaughter more than 75,000 people
Now in the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar, on the thirteenth day
of the same, when the king's commandment and his decree drew near to be put
in execution, in the day that the enemies of the Jews hoped to have power
over them, (though it was turned to the contrary, that the Jews had rule
over them that hated them;)
On the 13th day of the 12th month (the day that was supposed to be Kill-the-Jews Day, but turned out to
be opposite), the Jews ruled over those who hated them.
The Jews gathered themselves togetherin their cities throughout all the
provinces of the king Ahasuerus, to lay hand on such as sought their hurt:
and no man could withstand them; for the fear of them fell upon all people.
The Jews gathered throughout the provinces to kill whoever wanted to hurt them.
Everyone was afraid of the Jews.
And all the rulers of the provinces, and the lieutenants, and the
deputies, and officers of the king, helped the Jews; because the fear of
Mordecai fell upon them.
For Mordecai was great in the king's house, and his fame went out
throughout all the provinces: for this man Mordecai waxed greater and
All the rulers helped the Jews, because they were afraid of Mordecai.
Thus the Jews smote all their enemies with the stroke of the sword, and
slaughter, and destruction, and did what they would unto those that hated
And the Jews slaughtered their enemies with the sword, doing to them as they would have done to the Jews.
And in Shushan the palace the Jews slew and destroyed five hundred men.
And Parshandatha, and Dalphon, and Aspatha,
And Poratha, and Adalia, and Aridatha,
And Parmashta, and Arisai, and Aridai, and Vajezatha,
In the Shushan palace, they killed 500 men.
The ten sons of Haman the son of Hammedatha, the enemy of the Jews, slew
they; but on the spoil laid they not their hand.
On that day the number of those that were slain in Shushan the palace was
brought before the king.
They killed Haman's ten sons.
And the king said unto Esther the queen, The Jews have slain and destroyed
five hundred men in Shushan the palace, and the ten sons of Haman; what have
they done in the rest of the king's provinces? now what is thy petition? and
it shall be granted thee: or what is thy request further?
and it shall be done.
The king said to Esther,
The Jews have killed 500 men in the palace and the ten sons of Haman.
Are there any others that you'd like to kill?
Just ask, and they'll be killed too.
Then said Esther,
If it please the king, let it be granted to the Jews which are in Shushan to
do to morrow also according unto this day's decree, and let Haman's ten sons be
hanged upon the gallows.
Esther said to the king,
I'd like you to hang Haman's ten sons upon the gallows. 
And the king commanded
it so to be done: and the decree was given at Shushan; and they hanged Haman's
So the king commanded Haman's ten (already dead) sons to be hung on the gallows.
For the Jews that were in Shushan gathered themselves together on the
fourteenth day also of the month Adar, and slew three hundred men at
Shushan; but on the prey they laid not their hand.
Then the Jews killed another 300 men at Shushan. [3
But the other Jews
that were in the king's provinces gathered themselves together, and stood
for their lives, and had rest from their enemies, and slew of their foes seventy
and five thousand, but they laid not their hands on the prey,
And the Jews killed another 75,000 in the provinces.
They celebrate the slaughter with a two-day party (Purim)
On the thirteenth day of the month Adar; and on the fourteenth day of the
same rested they, and made it a day of feasting and gladness.
But the Jews that were at Shushan assembled together on the thirteenth day
thereof, and on the fourteenth thereof; and on the fifteenth day of the same
they rested, and made it a day of feasting and gladness.
Therefore the Jews of the villages, that dwelt in the unwalled towns, made
the fourteenth day of the month Adar a day of gladness and feasting, and a
good day, and of sending portions one to another.
And Mordecai wrote these things, and sent letters unto all the Jews that
were in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus, both nigh and far,
To stablish this among them, that they should keep the fourteenth day of
the month Adar, and the fifteenth day of the same, yearly,
As the days wherein the Jews rested from their enemies, and the month
which was turned unto them from sorrow to joy, and from mourning into a good
day: that they should make them days of feasting and joy, and of sending
portions one to another, and gifts to the poor.
And the Jews undertook to do as they had begun, and as Mordecai had
written unto them;
Because Haman the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the enemy of all the
Jews, had devised against the Jews to destroy them, and had cast Pur, that
is, the lot, to consume them, and to destroy them;
Then the Jews took a couple days off to party.
But when Esther came before the king, he commanded by letters that his
wicked device, which he devised against the Jews, should return upon his own
head, and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows.
And the king commanded that the ten sons of Haman be hanged on the gallows (again). [4
26 Wherefore they called these days Purim after the name of Pur. Therefore
for all the words of this letter, and of that which they had seen concerning
this matter, and which had come unto them,
The Jews ordained, and took upon them, and upon their seed, and upon all
such as joined themselves unto them, so as it should not fail, that they
would keep these two days according to their writing, and according to their
appointed time every year;
And that these days should be remembered and kept throughout every
generation, every family, every province, and every city; and that these
days of Purim should not fail from among the Jews, nor the memorial of them
perish from their seed.
Then Esther the queen, the daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew,
wrote with all authority, to confirm this second letter of Purim.
And he sent the letters unto all the Jews, to the hundred twenty and seven
provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, with words of peace and truth,
To confirm these days of Purim in their times appointed, according as
Mordecai the Jew and Esther the queen had enjoined them, and as they had
decreed for themselves and for their seed, the matters of the fastings and
And the decree of Esther confirmed these matters of Purim; and it was
written in the book.
That's why they called these days of partying "Purim". [5