Esther 9:1-32, NLT
The Victory of the Jews
1So on March 7*9:1 Hebrew on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar, of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar. This day was March 7, 473 b.c.; also see note on 2:16. the two decrees of the king were put into effect. On that day, the enemies of the Jews had hoped to overpower them, but quite the opposite happened. It was the Jews who overpowered their enemies.
5So the Jews went ahead on the appointed day and struck down their enemies with the sword. They killed and annihilated their enemies and did as they pleased with those who hated them.
11That very day, when the king was informed of the number of people killed in the fortress of Susa,
13Esther responded, “If it please the king, give the Jews in Susa permission to do again tomorrow as they have done today, and let the bodies of Haman’s ten sons be impaled on a pole.”
14So the king agreed, and the decree was announced in Susa. And they impaled the bodies of Haman’s ten sons.
16Meanwhile, the other Jews throughout the king’s provinces had gathered together to defend their lives. They gained relief from all their enemies, killing 75,000 of those who hated them. But they did not take any plunder.
The Festival of Purim
20Mordecai recorded these events and sent letters to the Jews near and far, throughout all the provinces of King Xerxes,
23So the Jews accepted Mordecai’s proposal and adopted this annual custom.
So because of Mordecai’s letter and because of what they had experienced,
29Then Queen Esther, the daughter of Abihail, along with Mordecai the Jew, wrote another letter putting the queen’s full authority behind Mordecai’s letter to establish the Festival of Purim.