Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihailthe uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was cometo go in unto the king, she requirednothing but what Hegai the king’schamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed. And Estherobtainedfavour in the sight of all them that lookedupon her.
For the eyesof the Lordareoverthe righteous, andhisearsare openuntotheirprayers: but the face of the Lordisagainst them that doevil.
Andwhois he that will harmyou, ifye befollowers of that which is good?
Also I have made a decree, that whosoevershallalterthisword, let timber be pulled downfrom his house, and being set up, let him be hangedthereon; and let his house be made a dunghillforthis.
Let the work of thishouse of Godalone; let the governor of the Jews and the eldersof the Jewsbuildthishouse of Godin his place.
Moreover Imake a decreewhat ye shall dotothe elders of theseJews for the buildingof thishouse of God: that of the king’sgoods, evenof the tributebeyond the river, forthwithexpensesbegivenunto thesemen, that they be nothindered.
Then the peopleof the landweakened the hands of the peopleof Judah, and troubled them in building,
And hiredcounsellors against them, to frustratetheir purpose, all the days of Cyruskingof Persia, even until the reign of Dariusking of Persia.
Then they cameto Zerubbabel, and to the chief of the fathers, and saidunto them, Let us build with you: for we seek your God, as ye do; and we do sacrifice unto him since the days of Esarhaddonking of Assur, which brought us up hither.