8/13/13

From Gary... Cudos


One can only wonder WHY this little guy in the center is getting so much adulation, but it is obvious to me that he is enjoying it!!!  Somehow, the saying "what goes around comes around" entered my mind when I saw this picture and with it a title given to someone who was obviously a very nice person....

Acts, Chapter 4
32 The multitude of those who believed were of one heart and soul. Not one of them claimed that anything of the things which he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common.  33 With great power, the apostles gave their testimony of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Great grace was on them all.  34 For neither was there among them any who lacked, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold,  35 and laid them at the apostles’ feet, and distribution was made to each, according as anyone had need.  36 Joses, who by the apostles was also calledBarnabas (which is, being interpreted, Son of Encouragement), a Levite, a man of Cyprus by race,  37 having a field, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 

For those who may be a bit more curious about him, here is a link with some more information...


Barnabus was someone special, but like you he had only one life to live and did it with gusto.  The only thing holding YOU back from being like him is YOU. So, give of yourself and whatever you give will undoubtedly come back with Cudos; even if you don't have fur and whiskers.

PS. I enjoyed the article- you might as well!!!

From Gary... Bible Reading and Study, August 13



Bible Reading and Study
August 13

The World English Bible

Aug. 13
Esther 1-3

Est 1:1 Now it happened in the days of Ahasuerus (this is Ahasuerus who reigned from India even to Ethiopia, over one hundred twenty-seven provinces),
Est 1:2 that in those days, when the King Ahasuerus sat on the throne of his kingdom, which was in Shushan the palace,
Est 1:3 in the third year of his reign, he made a feast for all his princes and his servants; the power of Persia and Media, the nobles and princes of the provinces, being before him.
Est 1:4 He displayed the riches of his glorious kingdom and the honor of his excellent majesty many days, even one hundred eighty days.
Est 1:5 When these days were fulfilled, the king made a seven day feast for all the people who were present in Shushan the palace, both great and small, in the court of the garden of the king's palace.
Est 1:6 There were hangings of white, green, and blue material, fastened with cords of fine linen and purple to silver rings and marble pillars. The couches were of gold and silver, on a pavement of red, white, yellow, and black marble.
Est 1:7 They gave them drinks in golden vessels of various kinds, including royal wine in abundance, according to the bounty of the king.
Est 1:8 In accordance with the law, the drinking was not compulsory; for so the king had instructed all the officials of his house, that they should do according to every man's pleasure.
Est 1:9 Also Vashti the queen made a feast for the women in the royal house which belonged to King Ahasuerus.
Est 1:10 On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcass, the seven eunuchs who served in the presence of Ahasuerus the king,
Est 1:11 to bring Vashti the queen before the king with the royal crown, to show the people and the princes her beauty; for she was beautiful.
Est 1:12 But the queen Vashti refused to come at the king's commandment by the eunuchs. Therefore the king was very angry, and his anger burned in him.
Est 1:13 Then the king said to the wise men, who knew the times, (for it was the king's custom to consult those who knew law and judgment;
Est 1:14 and the next to him were Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, and Memucan, the seven princes of Persia and Media, who saw the king's face, and sat first in the kingdom),
Est 1:15 "What shall we do to the queen Vashti according to law, because she has not done the bidding of the King Ahasuerus by the eunuchs?"
Est 1:16 Memucan answered before the king and the princes, "Vashti the queen has not done wrong to just the king, but also to all the princes, and to all the people who are in all the provinces of the King Ahasuerus.
Est 1:17 For this deed of the queen will become known to all women, causing them to show contempt for their husbands, when it is reported, 'King Ahasuerus commanded Vashti the queen to be brought in before him, but she didn't come.'
Est 1:18 Today, the princesses of Persia and Media who have heard of the queen's deed will tell all the king's princes. This will cause much contempt and wrath.
Est 1:19 If it please the king, let a royal commandment go from him, and let it be written among the laws of the Persians and the Medes, so that it cannot be altered, that Vashti may never again come before King Ahasuerus; and let the king give her royal estate to another who is better than she.
Est 1:20 When the king's decree which he shall make is published throughout all his kingdom (for it is great), all the wives will give their husbands honor, both great and small."
Est 1:21 This advice pleased the king and the princes, and the king did according to the word of Memucan:
Est 1:22 for he sent letters into all the king's provinces, into every province according to its writing, and to every people in their language, that every man should rule his own house, speaking in the language of his own people.
Est 2:1 After these things, when the wrath of King Ahasuerus was pacified, he remembered Vashti, and what she had done, and what was decreed against her.
Est 2:2 Then the king's servants who served him said, "Let beautiful young virgins be sought for the king.
Est 2:3 Let the king appoint officers in all the provinces of his kingdom, that they may gather together all the beautiful young virgins to the citadel of Susa, to the women's house, to the custody of Hegai the king's eunuch, keeper of the women. Let cosmetics be given them;
Est 2:4 and let the maiden who pleases the king be queen instead of Vashti." The thing pleased the king, and he did so.
Est 2:5 There was a certain Jew in the citadel of Susa, whose name was Mordecai, the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjamite,
Est 2:6 who had been carried away from Jerusalem with the captives who had been carried away with Jeconiah king of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away.
Est 2:7 He brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle's daughter; for she had neither father nor mother. The maiden was fair and beautiful; and when her father and mother were dead, Mordecai took her for his own daughter.
Est 2:8 So it happened, when the king's commandment and his decree was heard, and when many maidens were gathered together to the citadel of Susa, to the custody of Hegai, that Esther was taken into the king's house, to the custody of Hegai, keeper of the women.
Est 2:9 The maiden pleased him, and she obtained kindness from him. He quickly gave her cosmetics and her portions of food, and the seven choice maidens who were to be given her out of the king's house. He moved her and her maidens to the best place in the women's house.
Est 2:10 Esther had not made known her people nor her relatives, because Mordecai had instructed her that she should not make it known.
Est 2:11 Mordecai walked every day in front of the court of the women's house, to find out how Esther did, and what would become of her.
Est 2:12 Each young woman's turn came to go in to King Ahasuerus after her purification for twelve months (for so were the days of their purification accomplished, six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with sweet fragrances and with preparations for beautifying women).
Est 2:13 The young woman then came to the king like this: whatever she desired was given her to go with her out of the women's house to the king's house.
Est 2:14 In the evening she went, and on the next day she returned into the second women's house, to the custody of Shaashgaz, the king's eunuch, who kept the concubines. She came in to the king no more, unless the king delighted in her, and she was called by name.
Est 2:15 Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, came to go in to the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the king's eunuch, the keeper of the women, advised. Esther obtained favor in the sight of all those who looked at her.
Est 2:16 So Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus into his royal house in the tenth month, which is the month Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign.
Est 2:17 The king loved Esther more than all the women, and she obtained favor and kindness in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown on her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti.
Est 2:18 Then the king made a great feast for all his princes and his servants, even Esther's feast; and he proclaimed a holiday in the provinces, and gave gifts according to the king's bounty.
Est 2:19 When the virgins were gathered together the second time, Mordecai was sitting in the king's gate.
Est 2:20 Esther had not yet made known her relatives nor her people, as Mordecai had commanded her; for Esther obeyed Mordecai, like she did when she was brought up by him.
Est 2:21 In those days, while Mordecai was sitting in the king's gate, two of the king's eunuchs, Bigthan and Teresh, who were doorkeepers, were angry, and sought to lay hands on the King Ahasuerus.
Est 2:22 This thing became known to Mordecai, who informed Esther the queen; and Esther informed the king in Mordecai's name.
Est 2:23 When this matter was investigated, and it was found to be so, they were both hanged on a tree; and it was written in the book of the chronicles in the king's presence.
Est 3:1 After these things King Ahasuerus promoted Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes who were with him.
Est 3:2 All the king's servants who were in the king's gate bowed down, and paid homage to Haman; for the king had so commanded concerning him. But Mordecai didn't bow down or pay him homage.
Est 3:3 Then the king's servants, who were in the king's gate, said to Mordecai, "Why do you disobey the king's commandment?"
Est 3:4 Now it came to pass, when they spoke daily to him, and he didn't listen to them, that they told Haman, to see whether Mordecai's reason would stand; for he had told them that he was a Jew.
Est 3:5 When Haman saw that Mordecai didn't bow down, nor pay him homage, Haman was full of wrath.
Est 3:6 But he scorned the thought of laying hands on Mordecai alone, for they had made known to him Mordecai's people. Therefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews who were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus, even the Mordecai's people.
Est 3:7 In the first month, which is the month Nisan, in the twelfth year of King Ahasuerus, they cast Pur, that is, the lot, before Haman from day to day, and from month to month, and chose the twelfth month, which is the month Adar.
Est 3:8 Haman said to King Ahasuerus, "There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom, and their laws are different than other people's. They don't keep the king's laws. Therefore it is not for the king's profit to allow them to remain.
Est 3:9 If it pleases the king, let it be written that they be destroyed; and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver into the hands of those who are in charge of the king's business, to bring it into the king's treasuries."
Est 3:10 The king took his ring from his hand, and gave it to Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the Jews' enemy.
Est 3:11 The king said to Haman, "The silver is given to you, the people also, to do with them as it seems good to you."
Est 3:12 Then the king's scribes were called in on the first month, on the thirteenth day of the month; and all that Haman commanded was written to the king's satraps, and to the governors who were over every province, and to the princes of every people, to every province according its writing, and to every people in their language. It was written in the name of King Ahasuerus, and it was sealed with the king's ring.
Est 3:13 Letters were sent by couriers into all the king's provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to cause to perish, all Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day, even on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, and to plunder their possessions.
Est 3:14 A copy of the letter, that the decree should be given out in every province, was published to all the peoples, that they should be ready against that day.
Est 3:15 The couriers went forth in haste by the king's commandment, and the decree was given out in the citadel of Susa. The king and Haman sat down to drink; but the city of Shushan was perplexed.




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Esther
Esther 1 1
Now it happened in the days of Ahasuerus (this is Ahasuerus who reigned from India even to
Ethiopia, over one hundred twenty-seven provinces),
And it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus (that is, the Ahasuerus that reigned from
India even to Ethiopia, over a hundred and twenty-seven provinces),
And it cometh to pass, in the days of Ahasuerus -- he [is] Ahasuerus who is
reigning from Hodu even unto Cush, seven and twenty and a hundred provinces --
Esther 1 2
that in those days, when the king Ahasuerus sat on the throne of his kingdom, which was in
Shushan the palace,
in those days, when the king Ahasuerus sat on the throne of his kingdom, which was in
Shushan the fortress,
in those days, at the sitting of the king Ahasuerus on the throne of his kingdom,
that [is] in Shushan the palace,
Esther 1 3
in the third year of his reign, he made a feast to all his princes and his servants; the power of
Persia and Media, the nobles and princes of the provinces, being before him;
in the third year of his reign, he made a feast to all his princes and his servants; the
power of Persia and Media, the nobles and the princes of the provinces being before him;
in the third year of his reign, he hath made a banquet to all his heads and his
servants; of the force of Persia and Media, the chiefs and heads of the provinces
[are] before him,
Esther 1 4
when he showed the riches of his glorious kingdom and the honor of his excellent majesty many
days, even one hundred eighty days.
when he shewed the glorious wealth of his kingdom and the splendid magnificence of his
grandeur many days, a hundred and eighty days.
in his shewing the wealth of the honour of his kingdom, and the glory of the
beauty of his greatness, many days -- eighty and a hundred days.
Esther 1 5
When these days were fulfilled, the king made a feast to all the people who were present in
Shushan the palace, both great and small, seven days, in the court of the garden of the king`s
palace.
And when these days were expired, the king made a feast to all the people that were
present in Shushan the fortress, both to great and small, seven days, in the court of the
garden of the king`s palace.
And at the fulness of these days hath the king made to all the people who are found
in Shushan the palace, from great even unto small, a banquet, seven days, in the
court of the garden of the house of the king --
Esther 1 6
[There were hangings of] white [cloth], [of] green, and [of] blue, fastened with cords of fine linen
and purple to silver rings and pillars of marble: the couches were of gold and silver, on a
pavement of red, and white, and yellow, and black marble.
White, green, and blue [hangings] were fastened with cords of byssus and purple to silver
rings and pillars of white marble; couches of gold and silver [lay] upon a pavement of red
and white marble, and alabaster, and black marble.
white linen, white cotton, and blue, fastened with cords of fine linen and purple
on rings of silver, and pillars of marble, couches of gold, and of silver, on a
pavement of smaragdus, and white marble, and mother-of-pearl, and black marble
--
Esther 1 7
They gave them drink in vessels of gold (the vessels being diverse one from another), and royal
wine in abundance, according to the bounty of the king.
And they gave drink in vessels of gold (the vessels being diverse one from another), and
royal wine in abundance, according to the king`s bounty.
and the giving of drink in vessels of gold, and the vessels [are] divers vessels, and
the royal wine [is] abundant, as a memorial of the king.
Esther 1 8
The drinking was according to the law; none could compel: for so the king had appointed to all
the officers of his house, that they should do according to every man`s pleasure.
And the drinking was, according to commandment, without constraint; for so the king
had appointed to all the magnates of his house, that they should do according to every
man`s pleasure.
And the drinking [is] according to law, none is pressing, for so hath the king
appointed for every chief one of his house, to do according to the pleasure of man
and man.
Esther 1 9
Also Vashti the queen made a feast for the women in the royal house which belonged to king
Ahasuerus.
Also the queen Vashti made a feast for the women of the royal house which belonged to
king Ahasuerus.
Also Vashti the queen hath made a banquet for women, in the royal house that the
king Ahasuerus hath.
Esther 1 10
On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman,
Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcass, the seven chamberlains who
ministered in the presence of Ahasuerus the king,
On the seventh day, when the king`s heart was merry with wine, he commanded
Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the seven
chamberlains that served in the presence of king Ahasuerus,
On the seventh day, as the heart of the king is glad with wine, he hath said to
Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the seven
eunuchs who are ministering in the presence of the king Ahasuerus,
Esther 1 11
to bring Vashti the queen before the king with the crown royal, to show the peoples and the
princes her beauty; for she was beautiful to look on.
to bring Vashti the queen before the king with the royal crown to shew the peoples and
the princes her beauty; for she was of beautiful countenance.
to bring in Vashti the queen before the king, with a royal crown, to shew the
peoples and the heads her beauty, for she [is] of good appearance,
Esther 1 12
But the queen Vashti refused to come at the king`s commandment by the chamberlains:
therefore was the king very angry, and his anger burned in him.
But the queen Vashti refused to come at the word of the king which was [sent] by the
chamberlains; and the king was very wroth, and his fury burned in him.
and the queen Vashti refuseth to come in at the word of the king that [is] by the
hand of the eunuchs, and the king is very wroth, and his fury hath burned in him.
Esther 1 13
Then the king said to the wise men, who knew the times, (for so was the king`s manner toward
all who knew law and judgment;
And the king said to the wise men who knew the times (for so was the king`s business
[conducted] before all that knew law and judgment;
And the king saith to wise men, knowing the times -- for so [is] the word of the
king before all knowing law and judgment,
Esther 1 14
and the next to him were Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, and Memucan,
the seven princes of Persia and Media, who saw the king`s face, and sat first in the kingdom),
and the next to him were Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, [and]
Memucan, the seven princes of Persia and Media, who saw the king`s face, and who sat
first in the kingdom),
and he who is near unto him [is] Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres,
Marsena, Memucan, seven heads of Persia and Media seeing the face of the king,
who are sitting first in the kingdom --
Esther 1 15
What shall we do to the queen Vashti according to law, because she has not done the bidding of
the king Ahasuerus by the chamberlains?
What shall be done to the queen Vashti according to law, because she has not performed
the word of the king Ahasuerus by the chamberlains?
`According to law, what -- to do with queen Vashti, because that she hath not done
the saying of the king Ahasuerus by the hand of the eunuchs?`
Esther 1 16
Memucan answered before the king and the princes, Vashti the queen has not done wrong to the
king only, but also to all the princes, and to all the peoples who are in all the provinces of the
king Ahasuerus.
Then said Memucan before the king and the princes, The queen Vashti has not done
wrong to the king only, but also to all the princes, and to all the peoples that are in all
the provinces of the king Ahasuerus.
And Memucan saith before the king and the heads, `Not against the king by
himself hath Vashti the queen done perversely, but against all the heads, and
against all the peoples that [are] in all provinces of the king Ahasuerus;
Esther 1 17
For this deed of the queen will come abroad to all women, to make their husbands contemptible
in their eyes, when it shall be reported, The king Ahasuerus commanded Vashti the queen to be
brought in before him, but she didn`t come.
For the act of the queen will come abroad to all women, so as to render their husbands
contemptible in their eyes, when they shall say, The king Ahasuerus commanded the
queen Vashti to be brought in before him, and she came not!
for go forth doth the word of the queen unto all the women, to render their
husbands contemptible in their eyes, in their saying, The king Ahasuerus said to
bring in Vashti the queen before him, and she did not come;
Esther 1 18
This day will the princesses of Persia and Media who have heard of the deed of the queen say
[the like] to all the king`s princes. So [will there arise] much contempt and wrath.
And the princesses of Persia and Media who have heard of the queen`s act, will say it this
day to all the king`s princes, and there will be contempt and anger enough.
yea, this day do princesses of Persia and Media, who have heard the word of the
queen, say [so] to all heads of the king, even according to the sufficiency of
contempt and wrath.
Esther 1 19
If it please the king, let there go forth a royal commandment from him, and let it be written
among the laws of the Persians and the Medes, that it not be altered, that Vashti come no more
before king Ahasuerus; and let the king give her royal estate to another who is better than she.
If it please the king, let a royal order go forth from him, and let it be written among the
laws of the Persians and the Medes, that it may not pass, That Vashti come no more before
king Ahasuerus; and let the king give her royal estate to another that is better than she;
`If to the king [it be] good, there goeth forth a royal word from before him, and it
is written with the laws of Persia and Media, and doth not pass away, that Vashti
doth not come in before the king Ahasuerus, and her royalty doth the king give
to her companion who [is] better than she;
Esther 1 20
When the king`s decree which he shall make shall be published throughout all his kingdom (for
it is great), all the wives will give to their husbands honor, both to great and small.
and when the king`s edict which he shall make shall be heard throughout his realm -- for
it is great -- all the wives shall give to their husbands honour, from the greatest to the
least.
and the sentence of the king that he maketh hath been heard in all his kingdom --
for it [is] great -- and all the wives give honour to their husbands, from great even
unto small.`
Esther 1 21
The saying pleased the king and the princes; and the king did according to the word of
And the saying pleased the king and the princes; and the king did according to the word
of Memucan.
And the thing is good in the eyes of the king, and of the princes, and the king
doth according to the word of Memucan,
Esther 1 22
for he sent letters into all the king`s provinces, into every province according to the writing of
it, and to every people after their language, that every man should bear rule in his own house,
and should speak according to the language of his people.
And he sent letters into all the king`s provinces, into every province according to the
writing thereof, and to every people according to their language, That every man should
bear rule in his own house, and should speak according to the language of his people.
and sendeth letters unto all provinces of the king, unto province and province
according to its writing, and unto people and people according to its tongue, for
every man being head in his own house -- and speaking according to the language
of his people.
Esther 2 1
After these things, when the wrath of king Ahasuerus was pacified, he remembered Vashti, and
what she had done, and what was decreed against her.
After these things, when the fury of king Ahasuerus was appeased, he remembered
Vashti, and what she had done, and what was decreed against her.
After these things, at the ceasing of the fury of the king Ahasuerus, he hath
remembered Vashti, and that which she did, and that which hath been decreed
concerning her;
Esther 2 2
Then said the king`s servants who ministered to him, Let there be beautiful young virgins
sought for the king:
Then said the king`s servants that attended upon him, Let there be maidens, virgins of
beautiful countenance, sought for the king;
and servants of the king, his ministers, say, `Let them seek for the king young
women, virgins, of good appearance,
Esther 2 3
and let the king appoint officers in all the provinces of his kingdom, that they may gather
together all the beautiful young virgins to Shushan the palace, to the house of the women, to the
custody of Hegai the king`s chamberlain, keeper of the women; and let their things for
purification be given them;
and let the king appoint officers in all the provinces of his kingdom, that they may
gather together all the young virgins of beautiful countenance to Shushan the fortress,
to the house of the women, unto the custody of Hegai the king`s chamberlain, keeper of
the women; and let their things for purification be given.
and the king doth appoint inspectors in all provinces of his kingdom, and they
gather every young woman -- virgin, of good appearance -- unto Shushan the
palace, unto the house of the women, unto the hand of Hege eunuch of the king,
keeper of the women, and to give their purifications,
Esther 2 4
and let the maiden who pleases the king be queen instead of Vashti. The thing pleased the king;
and he did so.
And let the maiden that pleaseth the king be queen instead of Vashti. And the thing
pleased the king; and he did so.
and the young woman who is good in the eyes of the king doth reign instead of
Vashti;` and the thing is good in the eyes of the king, and he doth so.
Esther 2 5
There was a certain Jew in Shushan the palace, whose name was Mordecai, the son of Jair, the son
of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjamite,
There was in Shushan the fortress a certain Jew, whose name was Mordecai, the son of
Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjaminite,
A man, a Jew, there hath been in Shushan the palace, and his name [is] Mordecai
son of Jair, son of Shimei, son of Kish, a Benjamite --
Esther 2 6
who had been carried away from Jerusalem with the captives who had been carried away with
Jeconiah king of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away.
who had been carried away from Jerusalem with the captives who had been carried away
with Jeconiah king of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried
who had been removed from Jerusalem with the removal that was removed with
Jeconiah king of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon removed --
Esther 2 7
He brought up Hadassah, who is, Esther, his uncle`s daughter: for she had neither father nor
mother, and the maiden was fair and beautiful; and when her father and mother were dead,
Mordecai took her for his own daughter.
And he brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle`s daughter; for she had neither
father nor mother -- and the maiden was fair and beautiful -- and when her father and
mother were dead, Mordecai took her for his own daughter.
and he is supporting Hadassah -- she [is] Esther -- daughter of his uncle, for she
hath neither father nor mother, and the young woman [is] of fair form, and of good
appearance, and at the death of her father and her mother hath Mordecai taken
her to him for a daughter.
Esther 2 8
So it happened, when the king`s commandment and his decree was heard, and when many
maidens were gathered together to Shushan the palace, to the custody of Hegai, that Esther was
taken into the king`s house, to the custody of Hegai, keeper of the women.
And it came to pass when the king`s commandment and his decree was heard, and when
many maidens were gathered together unto Shushan the fortress, unto the custody of
Hegai, that Esther also was brought into the king`s house, unto the custody of Hegai,
keeper of the women.
And it cometh to pass, in the word of the king, even his law, being heard, and in
many young women being gathered unto Shushan the palace, unto the hand of
Hegai, that Esther is taken unto the house of the king, unto the hand of Hegai,
keeper of the women,
Esther 2 9
The maiden pleased him, and she obtained kindness of him; and he speedily gave her things for
her purification, with her portions, and the seven maidens who were meet to be given her out of
the king`s house: and he removed her and her maidens to the best place of the house of the
women.
And the maiden pleased him, and obtained favour before him; and he speedily gave her
her things for purification, and her portions, and the seven maidens selected to be given
her, out of the king`s house; and he removed her and her maids to the best [place] of the
house of the women.
and the young woman is good in his eyes, and she receiveth kindness before him,
and he hasteneth her purifications and her portions -- to give to her, and the
seven young women who are provided -- to give to her, from the house of the king,
and he changeth her and her young women to a good [place in] the house of the
women.
Esther 2 10
Esther had not made known her people nor her relatives; for Mordecai had charged her that she
should not make it known.
Esther had not made known her people nor her birth; for Mordecai had charged her that
she should not make it known.
Esther hath not declared her people, and her kindred, for Mordecai hath laid a
charge on her that she doth not declare [it];
Esther 2 11
Mordecai walked every day before the court of the women`s house, to know how Esther did, and
what would become of her.
And Mordecai walked every day before the court of the women`s house, to know how
Esther did, and what should become of her.
and during every day Mordecai is walking up and down before the court of the
house of the women to know the welfare of Esther, and what is done with her.
Esther 2 12
Now when the turn of every maiden was come to go in to king Ahasuerus, after it had been done
to her according to the law for the women twelve months (for so were the days of their
purification accomplished, [to wit], six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with sweet
odors and with the things for the purifying of the women),
And when every maiden`s turn came to go in to king Ahasuerus after that she had been
treated for twelve months, according to the manner of the women (for so were the days of
their purification accomplished -- six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with
spices, and with things for the purifying of the women,
And in the drawing nigh of the turn of each young woman to come in unto the
king Ahasuerus, at the end of there being to her -- according to the law of the
women -- twelve months, for so they fulfil the days of their purifications; six
months with oil of myrrh, and six months with spices, and with the purifications
of women,
Esther 2 13
then in this wise came the maiden to the king: whatever she desired was given her to go with
her out of the house of the women to the king`s house.
and thus came the maiden in unto the king), whatever she desired was given her to go
with her out of the house of the women to the king`s house.
and with this the young woman hath come in unto the king, all that she saith is
given to her, to go in with her, out of the house of the women, unto the house of
the king;
Esther 2 14
In the evening she went, and on the next day she returned into the second house of the women, to
the custody of Shaashgaz, the king`s chamberlain, who kept the concubines: she came in to the
king no more, except the king delighted in her, and she were called by name.
In the evening she went, and on the morrow she returned into the second house of the
women, unto the custody of Shaashgaz, the king`s chamberlain, keeper of the concubines.
She came in to the king no more, unless the king delighted in her, and she were called
by name.
in the evening she hath gone in, and in the morning she hath turned back unto
the second house of the women, unto the hand of Shaashgaz eunuch of the king,
keeper of the concubines; she cometh not in any more unto the king except the
king hath delighted in her, and she hath been called by name.
Esther 2 15
Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her
for his daughter, was come to go in to the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the king`s
chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed. Esther obtained favor in the sight of all those
who looked at her.
And when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had
taken her for his daughter, came to go in to the king, she required nothing but what
Hegai the king`s chamberlain, keeper of the women, appointed. And Esther obtained
grace in the sight of all them that saw her.
And in the drawing nigh of the turn of Esther -- daughter of Abihail, uncle of
Mordecai, whom he had taken to him for a daughter -- to come in unto the king,
she hath not sought a thing except that which Hegai eunuch of the king, keeper of
the women, saith, and Esther is receiving grace in the eyes of all seeing her.
Esther 2 16
So Esther was taken to king Ahasuerus into his house royal in the tenth month, which is the
month Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign.
So Esther was taken to king Ahasuerus, into his royal house, in the tenth month, that is,
the month Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign.
And Esther is taken unto the king Ahasuerus, unto his royal house, in the tenth
month -- it [is] the month of Tebeth -- in the seventh year of his reign,
Esther 2 17
The king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained favor and kindness in his sight
more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown on her head, and made her queen
instead of Vashti.
And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour in his
sight more than all the virgins, and he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her
queen instead of Vashti.
and the king loveth Esther above all the women, and she receiveth grace and
kindness before him above all the virgins, and he setteth a royal crown on her
head, and causeth her to reign instead of Vashti,
Esther 2 18
Then the king made a great feast to all his princes and his servants, even Esther`s feast; and he
made a release to the provinces, and gave gifts, according to the bounty of the king.
And the king made a great feast to all his princes and his servants, Esther`s feast; and he
made a release to the provinces, and gave presents according to the king`s bounty.
and the king maketh a great banquet to all his heads and his servants -- the
banquet of Esther -- and a release to the provinces hath made, and giveth gifts as a
memorial of the king.
Esther 2 19
When the virgins were gathered together the second time, then Mordecai was sitting in the
king`s gate.
And when the virgins were gathered together the second time, Mordecai sat in the
king`s gate.
And in the virgins being gathered a second time, then Mordecai is sitting in the
gate of the king;
Esther 2 20
Esther had not yet made known her relatives nor her people; as Mordecai had charged her: for
Esther did the commandment of Mordecai, like as when she was brought up with him.
(Esther, as Mordecai had charged her, had not yet made known her birth nor her people;
for Esther did what Mordecai told her, like as when she was brought up with him.)
Esther is not declaring her kindred and her people, as Mordecai hath laid a
charge upon her, and the saying of Mordecai Esther is doing as when she was truly
with him.
Esther 2 21
In those days, while Mordecai was sitting in the king`s gate, two of the king`s chamberlains,
Bigthan and Teresh, of those who kept the threshold, were angry, and sought to lay hands on the
king Ahasuerus.
In those days, while Mordecai sat in the king`s gate, two of the king`s chamberlains,
Bigthan and Teresh, of those which kept the threshold, were wroth, and sought to lay
hand on the king Ahasuerus.
In those days, when Mordecai is sitting in the gate of the king, hath Bigthan been
wroth, and Teresh, (two of the eunuchs of the king, the keepers of the threshold,)
and they seek to put forth a hand on king Ahasuerus,
Esther 2 22
The thing became known to Mordecai, who showed it to Esther the queen; and Esther told the
king [of it] in Mordecai`s name.
And the thing became known to Mordecai, and he related it to Esther the queen, and
Esther told it to the king in Mordecai`s name.
and the thing is known to Mordecai, and he declareth [it] to Esther the queen, and
Esther speaketh to the king in the name of Mordecai,
Esther 2 23
When inquisition was made of the matter, and it was found to be so, they were both hanged on a
tree: and it was written in the book of the chronicles before the king.
And the matter was investigated and found out; and they were both hanged on a tree.
And it was written in the book of the chronicles before the king.
and the thing is sought out, and found, and they are hanged both of them on a
tree, and it is written in the book of the Chronicles before the king.
Esther 3 1
After these things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and
advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes who were with him.
After these things king Ahasuerus promoted Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite,
and advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes that were with him.
After these things hath the king Ahasuerus exalted Haman son of Hammedatha the
Agagite, and lifteth him up, and setteth his throne above all the heads who [are]
with him,
Esther 3 2
All the king`s servants, who were in the king`s gate, bowed down, and did reverence to Haman;
for the king had so commanded concerning him. But Mordecai didn`t bow down, nor did him
reverence.
And all the king`s servants that were in the king`s gate bowed and did Haman reverence,
for the king had so commanded concerning him. But Mordecai bowed not, nor did [him]
reverence.
and all servants of the king, who [are] in the gate of the king, are bowing and
doing obeisance to Haman, for so hath the king commanded for him; and Mordecai
doth not bow nor do obeisance.
Esther 3 3
Then the king`s servants, who were in the king`s gate, said to Mordecai, Why disobey you the
king`s commandment?
Then the king`s servants, who were in the king`s gate, said to Mordecai, Why
transgressest thou the king`s commandment?
And the servants of the king, who [are] in the gate of the king, say to Mordecai,
`Wherefore [art] thou transgressing the command of the king?`
Esther 3 4
Now it came to pass, when they spoke daily to him, and he didn`t listen to them, that they told
Haman, to see whether Mordecai`s matters would stand: for he had told those who he was a Jew.
And it came to pass as they spoke daily to him, and he hearkened not to them, that they
informed Haman, to see whether Mordecai`s matters would stand; for he had told them
that he was a Jew.
And it cometh to pass, in their speaking unto him, day by day, and he hath not
hearkened unto them, that they declare [it] to Haman, to see whether the words of
Mordecai do stand, for he hath declared to them that he [is] a Jew.
Esther 3 5
When Haman saw that Mordecai didn`t bow down, nor did him reverence, then was Haman full of
wrath.
And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, Haman was full of
fury.
And Haman seeth that Mordecai is not bowing and doing obeisance to him, and
Haman is full of fury,
Esther 3 6
But he thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for they had made known to him the people
of Mordecai: why Haman sought to destroy all the Jews who were throughout the whole kingdom
of Ahasuerus, even the people of Mordecai.
But he scorned to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for they had made known to him the
people of Mordecai; therefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews that were in all the
kingdom of Ahasuerus -- the people of Mordecai.
and it is contemptible in his eyes to put forth a hand on Mordecai by himself, for
they have declared to him the people of Mordecai, and Haman seeketh to destroy
all the Jews who [are] in all the kingdom of Ahasuerus -- the people of Mordecai.
Esther 3 7
In the first month, which is the month Nisan, in the twelfth year of king Ahasuerus, they cast
Pur, that is, the lot, before Haman from day to day, and from month to month, [to] the twelfth
[month], which is the month Adar.
In the first month, that is, the month Nisan, in the twelfth year of king Ahasuerus, they
cast Pur, that is, the lot, before Haman for each day and for each month, to the twelfth
[month], that is, the month Adar.
In the first month -- it [is] the month of Nisan -- in the twelfth year of the king
Ahasuerus, hath one caused to fall Pur (that [is] the lot) before Haman, from day to
day, and from month to month, [to] the twelfth, it [is] the month of Adar.
Esther 3 8
Haman said to king Ahasuerus, There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among
the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom; and their laws are diverse from [those of]
every people; neither keep they the king`s laws: therefore it is not for the king`s profit to allow
them.
And Haman said to king Ahasuerus, There is a people scattered abroad and dispersed
among the peoples in all the provinces of thy kingdom; and their laws are diverse from
[those of] every people, and they keep not the king`s laws; and it is not for the king`s
profit to suffer them.
And Haman saith to the king Ahasuerus, `There is one people scattered and
separated among the peoples, in all provinces of thy kingdom, and their laws [are]
diverse from all people, and the laws of the king they are not doing, and for the
king it is not profitable to suffer them;
Esther 3 9
If it please the king, let it be written that they be destroyed: and I will pay ten thousand talents
of silver into the hands of those who have the charge of the [king`s] business, to bring it into the
king`s treasuries.
If it please the king, let it be written that they may be destroyed, and I will pay ten
thousand talents of silver into the hands of those that have charge of the affairs, to bring
[it] into the king`s treasuries.
if to the king [it be] good, let it be written to destroy them, and ten thousand
talents of silver I weigh into the hands of those doing the work, to bring [it] in
unto the treasuries of the king.`
Esther 3 10
The king took his ring from his hand, and gave it to Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite,
the Jews` enemy.
And the king took his ring from his hand, and gave it to Haman the son of Hammedatha
the Agagite, the Jews` enemy.
And the king turneth aside his signet from off his hand, and giveth it to Haman
son of Hammedatha the Agagite, adversary of the Jews;
Esther 3 11
The king said to Haman, The silver is given to you, the people also, to do with them as it seems
good to you.
And the king said to Haman, The silver is given to thee, the people also, to do with them
as seems good to thee.
and the king saith to Haman, `The silver is given to thee, and the people, to do
with it as [it is] good in thine eyes.`
Esther 3 12
Then were the king`s scribes called in the first month, on the thirteenth day of it; and there was
written according to all that Haman commanded to the king`s satraps, and to the governors
who were over every province, and to the princes of every people, to every province according
to the writing of it, and to every people after their language; in the name of king Ahasuerus was
it written, and it was sealed with the king`s ring.
Then were the king`s scribes called, in the first month, on the thirteenth day of the
[month], and there was written according to all that Haman commanded unto the king`s
satraps, and to the governors over every province, and to the princes of every people; to
every province according to the writing thereof, and to every people according to their
language: in the name of king Ahasuerus was it written, and sealed with the king`s ring.
And scribes of the king are called, on the first month, on the thirteenth day of it,
and it is written according to all that Haman hath commanded, unto lieutenants
of the king, and unto the governors who [are] over province and province, and
unto the heads of people and people, province and province, according to its
writing, and people and people according to its tongue, in the name of the king
Ahasuerus it hath been written and sealed with the signet of the king,
Esther 3 13
Letters were sent by posts into all the king`s provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to cause to
perish, all Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day, even on the
thirteenth [day] of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, and to take the spoil of them for
And the letters were sent by couriers into all the king`s provinces, to destroy, to kill,
and to cause to perish, all Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one
day, upon the thirteenth of the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar, and [to take] the
spoil of them for a prey.
and letters to be sent by the hand of the runners unto all provinces of the king, to
cut off, to slay, and to destroy all the Jews, from young even unto old, infant and
women, on one day, on the thirteenth of the twelfth month -- it [is] the month of
Adar -- and their spoil to seize,
Esther 3 14
A copy of the writing, that the decree should be given out in every province, was published to
all the peoples, that they should be ready against that day.
That the decree might be given in every province, a copy of the writing was published to
all peoples, that they should be ready against that day.
a copy of the writing to be made law in every province and province is revealed to
all the peoples, to be ready for this day.
Esther 3 15
The posts went forth in haste by the king`s commandment, and the decree was given out in
Shushan the palace. The king and Haman sat down to drink; but the city of Shushan was
perplexed.
The couriers went out, being hastened by the king`s commandment, and the decree was
given in Shushan the fortress. And the king and Haman sat down to drink; but the city of
Shushan was in consternation.
The runners have gone forth, hastened by the word of the king, and the law hath
been given in Shushan the palace, and the king and Haman have sat down to

drink, and the city Shushan is perplexed.


Study Questions

In what city was the royal throne of Ahasuerus? 1:2

How long was the feast? 1:4

What was queen Vashti's wrongdoing? 1:16-18

Mordecai was from what tribe? 2:5

Esther was also known as ________? 2:7

Why did Haman seek to destroy the Jews? 3:1-6

What did Haman tell king Ahasuerus about the Jews? 
3:8-9

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Acts 25

Act 25:1 Festus therefore, having come into the province, after three days went up to Jerusalem from Caesarea.
Act 25:2 Then the high priest and the principal men of the Jews informed him against Paul, and they begged him,
Act 25:3 asking a favor against him, that he would summon him to Jerusalem; plotting to kill him on the way.
Act 25:4 However Festus answered that Paul should be kept in custody at Caesarea, and that he himself was about to depart shortly.
Act 25:5 "Let them therefore," said he, "that are in power among you go down with me, and if there is anything wrong in the man, let them accuse him."
Act 25:6 When he had stayed among them more than ten days, he went down to Caesarea, and on the next day he sat on the judgment seat, and commanded Paul to be brought.
Act 25:7 When he had come, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him, bringing against him many and grievous charges which they could not prove,
Act 25:8 while he said in his defense, "Neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar, have I sinned at all."
Act 25:9 But Festus, desiring to gain favor with the Jews, answered Paul and said, "Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem, and be judged by me there concerning these things?"
Act 25:10 But Paul said, "I am standing before Caesar's judgment seat, where I ought to be tried. I have done no wrong to the Jews, as you also know very well.
Act 25:11 For if I have done wrong, and have committed anything worthy of death, I don't refuse to die; but if none of those things is true that they accuse me of, no one can give me up to them. I appeal to Caesar!"
Act 25:12 Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, "You have appealed to Caesar. To Caesar you shall go."
Act 25:13 Now when some days had passed, Agrippa the King and Bernice arrived at Caesarea, and greeted Festus.
Act 25:14 As he stayed there many days, Festus laid Paul's case before the king, saying, "There is a certain man left a prisoner by Felix;
Act 25:15 about whom, when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews informed me, asking for a sentence against him.
Act 25:16 To whom I answered that it is not the custom of the Romans to give up any man to destruction, before the accused has met the accusers face to face, and has had opportunity to make his defense concerning the matter laid against him.
Act 25:17 When therefore they had come together here, I didn't delay, but on the next day sat on the judgment seat, and commanded the man to be brought.
Act 25:18 Concerning whom, when the accusers stood up, they brought no charge of such things as I supposed;
Act 25:19 but had certain questions against him about their own religion, and about one Jesus, who was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.
Act 25:20 Being perplexed how to inquire concerning these things, I asked whether he was willing to go to Jerusalem and there be judged concerning these matters.
Act 25:21 But when Paul had appealed to be kept for the decision of the emperor, I commanded him to be kept until I could send him to Caesar."
Act 25:22 Agrippa said to Festus, "I also would like to hear the man myself." "Tomorrow," he said, "you shall hear him."
Act 25:23 So on the next day, when Agrippa and Bernice had come with great pomp, and they had entered into the place of hearing with the commanding officers and principal men of the city, at the command of Festus, Paul was brought in.
Act 25:24 Festus said, "King Agrippa, and all men who are here present with us, you see this man, about whom all the multitude of the Jews petitioned me, both at Jerusalem and here, crying that he ought not to live any longer.
Act 25:25 But when I found that he had committed nothing worthy of death, and as he himself appealed to the emperor I determined to send him.
Act 25:26 Of whom I have no certain thing to write to my lord. Therefore I have brought him forth before you, and especially before you, King Agrippa, that, after examination, I may have something to write.

Act 25:27 For it seems to me unreasonable, in sending a prisoner, not to also specify the charges against him.




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Acts 25 1
Festus therefore, having come into the province, after three days went up to Jerusalem from
Caesarea.
Festus therefore, being come into the eparchy, after three days went up to Jerusalem
from Caesarea.
Festus, therefore, having come into the province, after three days went up to
Jerusalem from Caesarea,

Acts 25 2
Then the high priest and the principal men of the Jews informed him against Paul, and they
begged him,
And the chief priests and the chief of the Jews laid informations before him against Paul,
and besought him,
and the chief priest and the principal men of the Jews made manifest to him [the
things] against Paul, and were calling on him,
Acts 25 3
asking a favor against him, that he would send for him to Jerusalem; plotting to kill him on the
way.
asking as a grace against him that he would send for him to Jerusalem, laying people in
wait to kill him on the way.
asking favour against him, that he may send for him to Jerusalem, making an
ambush to put him to death in the way.
Acts 25 4
However Festus answered that Paul was kept in custody at Caesarea, and that he himself was
about to depart shortly.
Festus therefore answered that Paul should be kept at Caesarea, and that he himself was
about to set out shortly.
Then, indeed, Festus answered that Paul is kept in Caesarea, and himself is about
speedily to go on thither,
Acts 25 5
"Let them therefore," said he, "that are in power among you go down with me, and if there is
anything wrong in the man, let them accuse him."
Let therefore the persons of authority among you, says he, going down too, if there be
anything in this man, accuse him.
`Therefore those able among you -- saith he -- having come down together, if there
be anything in this man -- let them accuse him;`
Acts 25 6
When he had stayed among them more than ten days, he went down to Caesarea, and on the next
day he sat on the judgment seat, and commanded Paul to be brought.
And having remained among them not more than eight or ten days, he went down to
Caesarea; and on the next day, having sat down on the judgment-seat, commanded Paul to
be brought.
and having tarried among them more than ten days, having gone down to
Caesarea, on the morrow having sat upon the tribunal, he commanded Paul to be
brought; 
Acts 25 7
When he had come, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him, bringing
against him many and grievous charges which they could not prove,
And when he was come, the Jews who were come down from Jerusalem stood round,
bringing many and grievous charges which they were not able to prove:
and he having come, there stood round about the Jews who have come down from
Jerusalem -- many and weighty charges they are bringing against Paul, which
they were not able to prove,
Acts 25 8
while he said in his defense, "Neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor
against Caesar, have I sinned at all."
Paul answering for himself, Neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple,
nor against Caesar, have I offended [in] anything.
he making defence -- `Neither in regard to the law of the Jews, nor in regard to
the temple, nor in regard to Caesar -- did I commit any sin.`
Acts 25 9
But Festus, desiring to gain favor with the Jews, answered Paul and said, "Will you go up to
Jerusalem, and there be judged of these things before me?"
But Festus, desirous of obliging the Jews, to acquire their favour, answering Paul, said,
Art thou willing to go up to Jerusalem, there to be judged before me concerning these
things?
And Festus willing to lay on the Jews a favour, answering Paul, said, `Art thou
willing, to Jerusalem having gone up, there concerning these things to be judged
before me?`
Acts 25 10
But Paul said, "I am standing before Caesar`s judgment seat, where I ought to be tried. I have
done no wrong to the Jews, as you also know very well.
But Paul said, I am standing before the judgment-seat of Caesar, where I ought to be
judged. To the Jews have I done no wrong, as *thou* also very well knowest.
and Paul said, `At the tribunal of Caesar I am standing, where it behoveth me to
be judged; to Jews I did no unrighteousness, as thou dost also very well know;

Acts 25 11
For if I have done wrong, and have committed anything worthy of death, I don`t refuse to die;
but if none of those things is true that these accuse me of, no one can give me up to them. I
appeal to Caesar!"
If then I have done any wrong and committed anything worthy of death, I do not
deprecate dying; but if there is nothing of those things of which they accuse me, no man
can give me up to them. I appeal to Caesar.
for if indeed I am unrighteous, and anything worthy of death have done, I
deprecate not to die; and if there is none of the things of which these accuse me,
no one is able to make a favour of me to them; to Caesar I appeal!`
Acts 25 12
Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, "You have appealed to Caesar.
To Caesar you will go."
Then Festus, having conferred with the council, answered, Thou hast appealed to Caesar.
To Caesar shalt thou go.
then Festus, having communed with the council, answered, `To Caesar thou hast
appealed; to Caesar thou shalt go.`
Acts 25 13
Now when some days had passed, Agrippa, the King, and Bernice arrived at Caesarea, and
greeted Festus.
And when certain days had elapsed, Agrippa the king and Bernice arrived at Caesarea to
salute Festus.
And certain days having passed, Agrippa the king, and Bernice, came down to
Caesarea saluting Festus,
Acts 25 14
As they stayed there many days, Festus laid Paul`s case before the King, saying, "There is a
certain man left a prisoner by Felix;
And when they had spent many days there, Festus laid before the king the matters
relating to Paul, saying, There is a certain man left prisoner by Felix,
and as they were continuing there more days, Festus submitted to the king the
things concerning Paul, saying, `There is a certain man, left by Felix, a prisoner,
Acts 25 15
about whom, when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews informed me,
asking for a sentence against him.
concerning whom, when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews
laid informations, requiring judgment against him:
about whom, in my being at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews
laid information, asking a decision against him,
Acts 25 16
To whom I answered that it is not the custom of the Romans to give up any man to destruction,
before the accused have met the accusers face to face, and have had opportunity to make his
defense concerning the matter laid against him.
to whom I answered, It is not [the] custom of the Romans to give up any man before that
the accused have the accusers face to face, and he have got opportunity of defence
touching the charge.
unto whom I answered, that it is not a custom of Romans to make a favour of any
man to die, before that he who is accused may have the accusers face to face, and
may receive place of defence in regard to the charge laid against [him].
Acts 25 17
When therefore they were come together here, I didn`t delay, but on the next day sat on the
judgment seat, and commanded the man to be brought.
When therefore they had come together here, without putting it off, I sat the next day on
the judgment-seat and commanded the man to be brought:
`They, therefore, having come together -- I, making no delay, on the succeeding
[day] having sat upon the tribunal, did command the man to be brought,
Acts 25 18
Concerning whom, when the accusers stood up, they brought no charge of such things as I
supposed;
concerning whom the accusers, standing up, brought no such accusation of guilt as *I*
supposed;
concerning whom the accusers, having stood up, were bringing against [him] no
accusation of the things I was thinking of,
Acts 25 19
but had certain questions against him of their own religion, and of one Jesus, who was dead,
whom Paul affirmed to be alive.
but had against him certain questions of their own system of worship, and concerning a
certain Jesus who is dead, whom Paul affirmed to be living.
but certain questions concerning their own religion they had against him, and
concerning a certain Jesus who was dead, whom Paul affirmed to be alive;
Acts 25 20
I, being perplexed how to inquire concerning these things, asked whether he would go to
Jerusalem and there be judged of these matters.
And as I myself was at a loss as to an inquiry into these things, I said, Was he willing to go
to Jerusalem and there to be judged concerning these things?
and I, doubting in regard to the question concerning this, said, If he would wish
to go on to Jerusalem, and there to be judged concerning these things --
Acts 25 21
But when Paul had appealed to be kept for the decision of the emperor, I commanded him to be
kept until I should send him to Caesar."
But Paul having appealed to be kept for the cognisance of Augustus, I commanded him to
be kept till I shall send him to Caesar.
but Paul having appealed to be kept to the hearing of Sebastus, I did command
him to be kept till I might send him unto Caesar.`
Acts 25 22
Agrippa said to Festus, "I also would like to hear the man myself." "Tomorrow," he said, "you
will hear him."
And Agrippa [said] to Festus, I myself also would desire to hear the man. To-morrow, said
he, thou shalt hear him.
And Agrippa said unto Festus, `I was wishing also myself to hear the man;` and he
said, `To-morrow thou shalt hear him;`
Acts 25 23
So on the next day, when Agrippa and Bernice had come with great pomp, and they had entered
into the place of hearing with the commanding officers and principal men of the city, at the
command of Festus, Paul was brought in.
On the morrow therefore, Agrippa being come, and Bernice, with great pomp, and
having entered into the hall of audience, with the chiliarchs and the men of distinction
of the city, and Festus having given command, Paul was brought.
on the morrow, therefore -- on the coming of Agrippa and Bernice with much
display, and they having entered into the audience chamber, with the chief
captains also, and the principal men of the city, and Festus having ordered -- Paul
was brought forth.
Acts 25 24
Festus said, "King Agrippa, and all men who are here present with us, you see this man, about
whom all the multitude of the Jews petitioned me, both at Jerusalem and here, crying that he
ought not to live any longer.
And Festus said, King Agrippa, and all men who are here present with us, ye see this
person, concerning whom all the multitude of the Jews applied to me both in Jerusalem
and here, crying out against [him] that he ought not to live any longer.
And Festus said, `King Agrippa, and all men who are present with us, ye see this
one, about whom all the multitude of the Jews did deal with me, both in Jerusalem
and here, crying out, He ought not to live any longer;
Acts 25 25
But when I found that he had committed nothing worthy of death, and as he himself appealed to
the emperor I determined to send him.
But I, having found that he had done nothing worthy of death, and this [man] himself
having appealed to Augustus, I have decided to send him;
and I, having found him to have done nothing worthy of death, and he also himself
having appealed to Sebastus, I decided to send him,
Acts 25 26
Of whom I have no certain thing to write to my lord. Therefore I have brought him forth before
you, and especially before you, king Agrippa, that, after examination, I may have something to
write.
concerning whom I have nothing certain to write to my lord. Wherefore I have brought
him before you, and specially before thee, king Agrippa, so that an examination having
been gone into I may have something to write:
concerning whom I have no certain thing to write to [my] lord, wherefore I
brought him forth before you, and specially before thee, king Agrippa, that the
examination having been made, I may have something to write;
Acts 25 27
For it seems to me unreasonable, in sending a prisoner, not to also specify the charges against
him."
for it seems to me senseless, sending a prisoner, not also to signify the charges against
him.
for it doth seem to me irrational, sending a prisoner, not also to signify the

charges against him.`


Study Questions

Who did Paul appeal to? 25:11

Why did Festus bring Paul before king Agrippa? 25:24-26