Esther 8:13
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New International Version
A copy of the text of the edict was to be issued as law in every province and made known to the people of every nationality so that the Jews would be ready on that day to avenge themselves on their enemies.

King James Bible
The copy of the writing for a commandment to be given in every province was published unto all people, and that the Jews should be ready against that day to avenge themselves on their enemies.

Darby Bible Translation
That the decree might be given in every province, a copy of the writing was published to all the peoples, and that the Jews should be ready against that day to avenge themselves on their enemies.

World English Bible
A copy of the letter, that the decree should be given out in every province, was published to all the peoples, that the Jews should be ready for that day to avenge themselves on their enemies.

Young's Literal Translation
a copy of the writing to be made law in every province and province is revealed to all the peoples, and for the Jews being ready at this day to be avenged of their enemies.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

To destroy, to slay, and to cause to perish - The same words as in Haman's decree: therefore the Jews had as much authority to slay their enemies, as their enemies had to slay them.

Little ones and women - This was the ordinary custom, to destroy the whole family of those convicted of great crimes; and whether this was right or wrong, it was the custom of the people, and according to the laws. Besides, as this edict was to give the Jews the same power against their enemies as they had by the former decree against them, and the women and children were there included; consequently they must be included here.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

published. Heb. revealed. avenge themselves.

Judges 16:28 And Samson called to the LORD, and said, O Lord God, remember me, I pray you, and strengthen me, I pray you...

Psalm 37:14,15 The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy...

Psalm 68:23 That your foot may be dipped in the blood of your enemies, and the tongue of your dogs in the same.

Psalm 92:10,11 But my horn shall you exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil...

Psalm 149:6-9 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand...

Luke 18:7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night to him, though he bear long with them?

Revelation 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true...

Library
The Net Broken
'And Esther spake yet again before the king, and fell down at his feet, and besought him with tears to put away the mischief of Haman the Agagite, and his device that he had devised against the Jews. 4. Then the king held out the golden sceptre toward Esther. So Esther arose, and stood before the king, 5. And said, If it please the king, and if I have found favour in his sight, and the thing seem right before the king, and I be pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to reverse the letters devised
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Esther
The spirit of the book of Esther is anything but attractive. It is never quoted or referred to by Jesus or His apostles, and it is a satisfaction to think that in very early times, and even among Jewish scholars, its right to a place in the canon was hotly contested. Its aggressive fanaticism and fierce hatred of all that lay outside of Judaism were felt by the finer spirits to be false to the more generous instincts that lay at the heart of the Hebrew religion; but by virtue of its very intensity
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Esther 3:14
A copy of the text of the edict was to be issued as law in every province and made known to the people of every nationality so they would be ready for that day.

Esther 8:14
The couriers, riding the royal horses, went out, spurred on by the king's command, and the edict was issued in the citadel of Susa.

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