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sleep, and he commanded to bring the book read. of records of the chronicles; and they were

read before the king. And it found chronicles. written that Mordecai had told of Big than

and Teresh, two of the king's chamberlains, fought. the keepers of the door, who fought to lay

hands on king Ahasuerus. servants. 47. And the king said, what honor and

dignity have been done to Mordecai for this? ministered. Then said the king's servants that ministered

unto him, there is nothing done for him. Speak.

And the king said, who is in the court ? Now

Haman was come into the outward court prepared of the king's house, to speak unto the king

to hang Mordecai on the gallows that he

had prepared for hing. . court.

48. And the king's servants said unto him, behold, Haman ftandeth in the court. And the king said let him come in. So Ha

man came in. And the king faid unto him, tboughts what shall be done to the man whom the

king delighteth to honor ? Now Haman thought in his heart, whom would the king delight to honor more than myself?

49. And Haman answered the king, for the man whom the king delighteth to horor, Let the royal apparel be brought which the king useth to wear, and the horse that the king rideth upon, and the crown royal which

is set upon his head ; And let this apparel noble. and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king's most noble princes, that they may

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apparel.

Qrray the man withal whom the king de. Street. lighteth to honor, and bring him on horfe. back through the Areet of the city, and pro. proclaim? claim before him, thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delighteth to honor.

50. Then the king said to Haman make kitteth hafte, and take the apparel and the horse, as thou hast said, and do even fo to Mordecai the fril. Jew, that fitteth at the king's gate: let nothing fail of all that thou hast spoken. Then arrayed. took Haman the apparel and the horse, and arrayed Mordecai, and brought him on horle- horjeback back thro the street of the city, and proclained before him, thus shall it be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honor.

$1. And Mordecai came again to the king's befallen. gate. But Haman hasted to his house mourning, and having his head covered. And Haman told Zeresh his wife and all his friends prevail? every thing that had befallen him. Then said his wise men and Zerelh his wife unto him, if surely. Mordecai be of the feel of the jews,before whom thou hast begun to fall, thou shalt not prevail against him, but shalt surely 'fall before hiin.

52. And while they where yet talking with ta'king, . him, came the king's chamberlains and hafted to bring Haman unto the banquet that Esther had prepared. So the king and Haman came to banquet with Esther the queen. And the petition. king faid again unto Estheron the focond day at the banquet of wine, what is thy petitioti, queen Esther; and it shall be granted thec; and what is thy request? and it shall be performed, even to the half of the kingdom.

53. Then Either the queen answered and said, people. If I have found favour in thy fight, Oking, and if it please the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my re- perif?, queft : For we are sold, I und my people, to be deltroyed, to be flain, and to perifh. But

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men, I had held my tongue, although the en

emy could not countervail the king's damage. durft. 54. Then the king Ahasuerus aniwered and

faid unto Esther the queen, Who is he, and where is he, that durft preiume in his heart to do so ? And Esther faid, the adversary

and enemy is this wicked Haman. Then afraid.

Haman was afraid before the king and the

queen palace.

55. And the king arising from the banquet of wine in his wrath went into the palace garden: and Haman ftood up to make requeft for his life to Esther the queen; for he saw that there was evil determined against him by the king. Then the king returned out of the palace garden into the place of the ban

quet of wine; and Haman was fallen upon determined? the bed whereon Erther was. Then said the

king, Will he force the queen also before me in the house? As the word went out of the king's mouth, they covered Haman's face.

56.And Harbanah, one of the chamberlains, gallows.

said before the king, Behold also, the gallows, fifty cubits hig”, which Haman had made for

Mordecai, who had fpoken good for the king, hangedi Itandeth in the house of Haman. Then the

king faid hang him thereon. So they hanged

Haman on the gallows that he had prepared pacified? for Mordecai. Then was the king's wrath

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dren; yet all this was of no avail so long as he saw Mordecai, the jew fitting at the king's gate. The poífelfor of riches and honor unleis endowed wiih reason and virtue becomes a llave to his pallions.

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2. This was the fituation of Haman. Pud. Entitled. vanced over all the other princes andiervants of the king,he thought himself entitled to their reverenst. reverence and respect ; but Mordecai tuued lowed. not, nor did him reverence.

3. This single circumstance, itrange as it bomage? may appear to those, who are unaccuítonied judient, to receive the homage of others, was suficient to diíturb the repose, and excite in the mid ex'ite. of the rich and much honored Hamán, an in- injatiable? fatiable desire of revenge.

4. But fuch were his vain ideas of honor, insuficient. that he scorned to lay hands on Mordecai alone,his death beesteemedan insuíficientatonement for the affront offered to his dignity.

5. When, therefore, he was informied of extensive ? Mordecai's people, he fought the destruction of all the Jews, who resided in the extensive dominions of a hasuerus. 0 Haman! what indiscriminwere your thoughts? what great advantage ale? could you expect to derive from this indit. criminate flaughter ? Could it appease your appease? wrath, give quiet to your slumbers,or display the glory of your power?

6. No, surely,your heart must have recoiled recoiled ? at the inhuman tranfaction, and your mid. viilims? night hours would hare been disturbed with the fight of those innocent victims, you had fatiate ? sacrificed to satiate your revenge.

7. But, fortunately for the Jews, your in- intentions. tentions were discovered, your wickedness turned upon your own head, and yourself and family hung on the fame gallows you had prepared for Mordecai.

8. This is a picture, not of Haman's char. piąure. acter only, but of many other vain mortals, value: whoknow not the true value of wealth and lion

career ? or. Very few,indeed, in the career of ambition, fummit. are able to obtain the summit of their wishes 9. The statesman, whose measures have been sta!efman ??

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crowned with success, at the fight of oppofition, or, at least,after a few fruitless attempts to obtain a favourite measure, retires in difcontent, recounts to his family and friends the glory of his actions, the serviees he has rendered to his Country, and to fum

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the whole, exclaims in the language of our text,“ Yet ell ibis avcileth me noihing.

19. The general, who has valiantly led his armies to victory, and obtained conquist after conqueft, is feldom fatisfied. Some obftinate city refuses to capitulate, and if l:is ingenuity and the strength of his forces prove iníufficient, as is often the case, to compel it to fubmiffion, in the rage of disappointed ambition, a rage which would willingly facritice every soul in the city, even the mother and her helpless off. spring, he lays to himself, “ Tho, I have conquered many cities, provinces and kingdoms, and the fame of my arms has been as extenfive as the globe, “ Yet all this availeth noih ing,'

» so long as this one city remains uneonquered."

11. Thus, likewise, in the pursuit of wealth, we will admit that a man has obtained as much as bis heart can desire. Still his happiness is incomplete. He reflects that he must soon leave his wealth, and to whom? To his children, who will diffipate it in luxuries, and the gratification of their vicious passions and appetites. Judge for yourself, whether this man has not reason to complain, “ Yet all this availeth me nothing."

12. Reader reflect feriously on the above observations, and if you are the poffeffor of wealth, or have been honored by your couils try, learn to estimate their real worth. Think not they will entitle you to respect, but confider them as the gift of Providence, put into your hands, for the purpose of doing good to your fellow men,

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