Esther 9:23
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So the Jews agreed to continue the celebration they had begun, doing what Mordecai had written to them.

King James Bible
And the Jews undertook to do as they had begun, and as Mordecai had written unto them;

Darby Bible Translation
And the Jews undertook to do as they had begun, and as Mordecai had written to them.

World English Bible
The Jews accepted the custom that they had begun, as Mordecai had written to them;

Young's Literal Translation
And the Jews have received that which they had begun to do, and that which Mordecai hath written unto them,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The Jews undertook to do as they had begun - They had already kept the fifteenth day, and some of them in the country the fourteenth also, as a day of rejoicing: Mordecai wrote to them to bind themselves and their successors, and all their proselytes, to celebrate this as an annual feast throughout all their generations; and this they undertook to do. And it has been observed among them, in all places of their dispersion, from that day to the present time, without any interruption.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the days.

Esther 3:12,13 Then were the king's scribes called on the thirteenth day of the first month...

Exodus 13:3-8 And Moses said to the people, Remember this day, in which you came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage...

Psalm 103:2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

Isaiah 12:1,2 And in that day you shall say, O LORD, I will praise you: though you were angry with me, your anger is turned away...

Isaiah 14:3 And it shall come to pass in the day that the LORD shall give you rest from your sorrow, and from your fear...

from sorrow.

Psalm 30:11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing: you have put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;

Matthew 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

John 16:20-22 Truly, truly, I say to you, That you shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and you shall be sorrowful...

sending portions.

Esther 9:19 Therefore the Jews of the villages, that dwelled in the unwalled towns...

Nehemiah 8:10-12 Then he said to them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions to them for whom nothing is prepared...

Luke 11:41 But rather give alms of such things as you have; and, behold, all things are clean to you.

Acts 2:44-46 And all that believed were together, and had all things common...

Galatians 2:10 Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.

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Of the Practice of Piety in Holy Feasting.
Holy feasting is a solemn thanksgiving, appointed by authority, to be rendered to God on some special day, for some extraordinary blessings or deliverances received. Such among the Jews was the feast of the Passover (Exod. xii. 15), to remember to praise God for their deliverance out of Egypt's bondage; or the feast of Purim (Esth. ix. 19, 21), to give thanks for their deliverance from Haman's conspiracy. Such amongst us is the fifth of November, to praise God for the deliverance of the king and
Lewis Bayly—The Practice of Piety

Place of Jesus in the History of the World.
The great event of the History of the world is the revolution by which the noblest portions of humanity have passed from the ancient religions, comprised under the vague name of Paganism, to a religion founded on the Divine Unity, the Trinity, and the Incarnation of the Son of God. It has taken nearly a thousand years to accomplish this conversion. The new religion had itself taken at least three hundred years in its formation. But the origin of the revolution in question with which we have to do
Ernest Renan—The Life of Jesus

Cross References
Esther 9:22
as the time when the Jews got relief from their enemies, and as the month when their sorrow was turned into joy and their mourning into a day of celebration. He wrote them to observe the days as days of feasting and joy and giving presents of food to one another and gifts to the poor.

Esther 9:24
For Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the enemy of all the Jews, had plotted against the Jews to destroy them and had cast the pur (that is, the lot) for their ruin and destruction.

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