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Chapter 15 12 And embraced her, and said, Speak unto me.13 Then said she unto him, I saw thee, my lord, as an angel of God, and my heart was troubled for fear of thy majesty.14 For wonderful art thou, lord, and thy countenance is full of grace.15 And as she was speaking, she fell down for faintness.16 Then the king was troubled, and ail his servants comforted her.

Chapter 16 1 The great king Artexerxes unto the princes and governors of an hundred and seven and twenty provinces from India unto Ethiopia, and unto all our faithful subjects, greeting.2 Many, the more often they are honoured with the great bounty of their gracious princes, the more proud they are waxen,3 And endeavour to hurt not our subjects only, but not being able to bear abundance, do take in hand to practise also against those that do them good:4 And take not only thankfulness away from among men, but also lifted up with the glorious words of lewd persons, that were never good, they think to escape the justice of God, that seeth all things and hateth evil.5 Oftentimes also fair speech of those, that are put in trust to manage their friends' affairs, hath caused many that are in authority to be partakers of innocent blood, and hath enwrapped them in remediless calamities:6 Beguiling with the falsehood and deceit of their lewd disposition the innocency and goodness of princes.7 Now ye may see this, as we have declared, not so much by ancient histories, as ye may, if ye search what hath been wickedly done of late through the pestilent behaviour of them that are unworthily placed in authority.8 And we must take care for the time to come, that our kingdom may be quiet and peaceable for all men,9 Both by changing our purposes, and always judging things that are evident with more equal proceeding.10 For Aman, a Macedonian, the son of Amadatha, being indeed a stranger from the Persian blood, and far distant from our goodness, and as a stranger received of us,11 Had so far forth obtained the favour that we shew toward every nation, as that he was called our father, and was continually honoured of all the next person unto the king.12 But he, not bearing his great dignity, went about to deprive us of our kingdom and life:13 Having by manifold and cunning deceits sought of us the destruction, as well of Mardocheus, who saved our life, and continually procured our good, as also of blameless Esther, partaker of our kingdom, with their whole nation.14 For by these means he thought, finding us destitute of friends to have translated the kingdom of the Persians to the Macedonians.