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Merrily.

thereon ; then go thou in merrily with the

' king unto the banquet. And the thing peafed Haman; and he caused the gallows to be

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caused.

SECTION 5. Mordecairewarded-Haman banged.

records ? 46. On that night could not the king

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

read before the king: And it was found chronicles.

written that Mordecai had told of Bigthan

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

hands on king Ahasuerus. fervants. 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 hina. court.

48. And the king's servants said unto him, behold, Haman ftandeth in the court. And the king faid 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? apparel. 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 horfe be delivered to the hand of one of the king's most noble princes, that they may

array

uscar.

array the man withal whom the king de. Street. lighteth to honor, and bring him on horfeback through the freet 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 fatteth. haste, 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 he:lė. borjeback back thro the street of the city, and proclaimed before him, thus shall it be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honor.

31. AndMordecai came again to the king's befallen. gate.

But Haman hasted to his house mourning, and having his head covered. And Haman told Zerelh his wife and all his friends prevril? every thing that had befallen him. Then said his wise men and Zerelh his wife unto him, if surely. Mordecai beof 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 said again unto Estheron the focond day at the banquet of wine, what is thy petitiori,

queen Ether; 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 Esther 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- periff?, queft : For we are sold, I and my people, to be detroyed, to be flain, and to perifh. But

prefume ?

Countervail ? if we had been fold for bondmen and bondwe.

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, Wlio is he, and where is he, that durst preíume in his heart to do so ? And Esther said, 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 gardep: and Haman stood up to make reque? 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 faid 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.

faid before the king, Behold also, the gallows, fifty cubits higk, which Haman had made for

Mordecai, who had spoken good for the king, hangedi standeth 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 pacified.

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" Yet all this availeth me nothing."

Avail.

AMAN was rich,honored by his king

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fitting

dren; yet all this was of no avail so long as he faw Mordecai, the jew fitting at the king's gate. The poilellor of riches and honor un. leis endowed with reason and virtue becomes a llave to his paftions,

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reverence.

2. This was the fituation of Haman. Pid. Entitled. vanced over all the other princes and servants of the king,he thought himself entitled to their reverence and respect; but Mordecai tored lowed. nit, nor did him reverence.

3. This single circumstarce, strange as it lomage? may appear to those, who are unaccustomed juficient, to receive the homage of others, was sufficient to disturb the repose, and excite in the mind exsite. of the rich and much honored Haman, an in- insatiable? fatiable desire of revenge.

4. But such were his vain ideas of honor, insufficient. that he scorned to lay hands on Mordecai alone,his death keesteemedalı insufficientatonement for the affront offered to his dignity.

5. When, therefore, he was informed of extensive ? Mordecai's people, he fought the destruction of all the Jews, who resided in the extensive dominions of Ahasuerus. O Haman! what indiscrimin were your thoughts? what great advantage ate? could you expect to derive from this indir. criminate flaughter ? Could it appease your appease? wrath, give quiet to your flumbers, or display the glory of your power ?

6. No, surely,your heart must have recoiled recoiled ? at the inhuman transaction, and your mid. viitims ? night hours would have been disturbed with the fight of those innocent victims, you had satiate ? 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. who know not the true value of wealth and hon- career ? or. Very few,indeed, in the career of ambition, summit. are able to obtain the summit of their wishes, 9. The statesman, whose measures have been palesman ? Fruitless ?

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obtain.

exclaims.

valiantly.

obflinate?

capitulate?

sempel.

extensive?

crowned with success, at the fight of oppofi. tion, or, at least after a few fruitless attempts to obtain a favourite measure, retires in discontent, recounts to his family and friends the glory of his actions, the serviees he has render. ed to his Country, and to sum up the wholé, exclaims in the language of our text,“ Pet ell this avdileb me noihing.

19. The general, who has valiantly led his armies to victory, and obtained conquist after conqueft, is seldom fatis ied. Some obftinate city refuses to capitulate, and if liis ingenuity and the itrength of his forces prove iníufficient, as is often the case, to compel it to fubmission, in the rage of disappointed ambition, a rage which would willingly facriite every soul in the city, even tlie 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 exterifive as the globe, “ Yet all this availeth me noth. ing,so long as this one city remains unconquered.”

11. Thus, likewise, in the pursuit of wealth, we will admit that a man has obtained as much as his heart can desire. Still his happiness is incomplete. He reflects that he must foon leave his wealth, and to whom? To his children, who will dissipate 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 couns 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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incomplete.

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