Purim Service


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ESTHER 1 1Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus (this was the Ahasuerus who reigned over one hundred and twenty-seven provinces, from India to Ethiopia). ESTHER 2 1After these things, when the wrath of King Ahasuerus subsided, he remembered Vashti, what she had done, and what had been decreed against her. 5In Shushan the citadel there was a certain Jew whose name was Mordecai the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjamite. 7And Mordecai had brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle’s daughter, for she had neither father nor mother. The young woman was lovely and beautiful. When her father and mother died, Mordecai took her as his own daughter. 17The king loved Esther more than all the other women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins; so he set the royal crown upon her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. 18Then the king made a great feast, the Feast of Esther, for all his officials and servants; and he proclaimed a holiday in the provinces and gave gifts according to the generosity of a king. 21In those days, while Mordecai sat within the king’s gate, two of the king’s eunuchs, Bigthan and Teresh, doorkeepers, became furious and sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. 22So the matter became known to Mordecai, who told Queen Esther, and Esther informed the king in Mordecai’s name. 23And when an inquiry was made into the matter, it was confirmed, and both were hanged on a gallows; and it was written in the book of the chronicles in the presence of the king.   ESTHER 3 1After 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. 2And all the king’s servants who were within the king’s gate bowed and paid homage to Haman, for so the king had commanded concerning him. But Mordecai would not bow or pay homage. 5When Haman saw that Mordecai did not bow or pay him homage, Haman was filled with wrath. 6But he disdained to lay hands on Mordecai alone, for they had told him of the people of Mordecai. Instead, Haman sought to destroy all the Jews who were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus—the people of Mordecai. 7In the first month, which is the month of Nisan, in the twelfth year of King Ahasuerus, they cast Pur (that is the lot), before Haman to determine the day and the month, until it fell on the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar. 8Then Haman said to King Ahasuerus, “There is a certain people scattered and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of your kingdom; their laws are different from all other people’s, and they do not keep the king’s laws. Therefore it is not fitting for the king to let them remain.   ESTHER 4 10Then Esther spoke to Hathach, and gave him a command for Mordecai: 11”All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that any man or woman who goes into the inner court to the king, who has not been called, he has but one law: put all to death, except the one to whom the king holds out the golden scepter, that he may live. Yet I myself have not been called to go in to the king these thirty days.” 12So they told Mordecai Esther’s words. 13And Mordecai told them to answer Esther:  “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. 14For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”   ESTHER 5 2So it was, when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court,  that she found favor in his sight, and the king held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand.  Then Esther went near and touched the top of the scepter. 3And the king said to her, “What do you wish, Queen Esther? What is your request?  It shall be given to you—up to half the kingdom!” 4So Esther answered, “If it pleases the king, let the king and Haman come today to the banquet that I have prepared for him.” 5Then the king said, “Bring Haman quickly, that he may do as Esther has said.” So the king and Haman went to the banquet that Esther had prepared. 6At the banquet of wine the king said to Esther, “What is your petition? It shall be granted you. What is your request, up to half the kingdom? It shall be done!” 7Then Esther answered and said, “My petition and request is this: 8”If I have found favor in the sight of the king, and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and fulfill my request, then let the king and Haman come to the banquet which I will prepare for them, and tomorrow I will do as the king has said.” 9So Haman went out that day joyful and with a glad heart; but when Haman saw Mordecai in the king’s gate, and that he did not stand or tremble before him, he was filled with indignation against Mordecai. 12Moreover Haman said, “Besides, Queen Esther invited no one but me to come in with the king to the banquet that she prepared; and tomorrow I am again invited by her, along with the king. 13”Yet all this avails me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king’s gate. 14Then his wife Zeresh and all his friends said to him, “Let a gallows be made, fifty cubits high, and in the morning suggest to the king that Mordecai be hanged on it; then go merrily with the king to the banquet.” And the thing pleased Haman; so he had the gallows made.   ESTHER 6 1That night the king could not sleep. So one was commanded to bring the book of the records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king. 6So Haman came in, and the king asked him, “What shall be done for the man whom the king delights to honor? “ Now Haman thought in his heart, “Whom would the king delight to honor more than me?” 7And Haman answered the king, “For the man whom the king delights to honor, 8let a royal robe be brought which the king has worn, and a horse on which the king has ridden, which has a royal crest placed on its head. 9Then let this robe and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king’s most noble princes, that he may array the man whom the king delights to honor. Then parade him on horseback through the city square, and proclaim before him: ‘Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor!’” 10Then the king said to Haman, “Hurry, take the robe and the horse, as you have suggested, and do so for Mordecai the Jew who sits within the king’s gate! Leave nothing undone of all that you have spoken.” 13When Haman told his wife Zeresh and all his friends everything that had happened to him, his wise men and his wife Zeresh said to him,  “If Mordecai, before whom you have begun to fall, is of Jewish descent, you will not prevail against him but will surely fall before him.” 14While they were still talking with him, the king’s eunuchs came, and hastened to bring Haman to the banquet which Esther had prepared.   ESTHER 7 3Then Queen Esther answered and said, “If I have found favor in your sight O king, and if it pleases the king, let my life be given at my petition, and my people at my request. 4For we have been sold, my people and I, to be destroyed, to be killed, and to be annihilated. Had we been sold as male and female slaves, I would have held my tongue, although the enemy could never compensate for the king’s loss.” 5So King Ahasuerus answered and said to Queen Esther,  “Who is he, and where is he, who would dare presume in his heart to do such a thing?” 6And Esther said, “The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman!”  So Haman was terrified before the king and queen. 10So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the king’s wrath subsided. ESTHER 8 5…”If it pleases the king, and if I have found favor in his sight and the thing seems right to the king and I am pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to revoke the letters devised by Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he wrote to annihilate the Jews who are in all the king’s provinces. 15So Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue and white, with a great crown of gold and a garment of fine linen and purple; and the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad. 16The Jews had light and gladness, joy and honor. 17And in every province and city, wherever the king’s command and decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a holiday. Then many of the people of the land became Jews, because fear of the Jews fell upon them.   ESTHER 9 1Now in the twelfth month, that is the month of Adar, on the thirteenth day, the time came for the king’s command and his decree to be executed. On the day that the enemies of the Jews had hoped to overpower them, the opposite occurred, in that the Jews themselves overpowered those who hated them. 13Then Esther said,  “If it pleases the king, let it be granted to the Jews who are in Shushan to do again tomorrow according to today’s decree, and let Haman’s ten sons be hanged on the gallows.” 23So the Jews accepted the custom which they had begun, as Mordecai had written to them, 26So they called these days Purim, after the name Pur. Therefore, because of all the words of this letter, what they had seen concerning this matter, and what had happened to them, 27the Jews established and imposed it upon themselves and their descendants and all who would join them, that without fail they should celebrate these two days every year, according to the written instructions and according to the prescribed time, ESTHER 10 3For Mordecai the Jew was second to King Ahasuerus, and was great among the Jews and well received by the multitude of his brethren, seeking the good of his people and speaking peace to all his countrymen. PURIM SONG SHEET     CHAG PURIM Chag Purim Chag Purim Chag gadol hoo lay’dhoodim Masaychot Ra-ah-shanim Zmirot Rikudim Hava narisha rahsh, rahsh, rahsh Hava narisha rahsh, rahsh, rahsh Hava narisha rahsh, rahsh, rahsh Ba ra-ah-shanim   (The holiday  of Purim is a great one for the Jews Masks, graeggers, songs and dances; Come let’s make noise With our graeggers.)       UTZU ETZA Ootzoo etza v’toofar Dabroo davar v’lo yakoom   Ootzoo etza v’toofar Dabroo davar v’lo yakoom Key imanu El   Ootzoo etza v’toofar Dabroo davar v’lo yakoom Key imanu El     (Form your plot It shall fall Lay your plan It shall not prevail For God is with us.  (Isaiah 8:10)       ANI PURIM Ani Purim Ani Purim Samayach oom’vadayach Halo rock pa-am bashanah Avo l’hitarayach La, la, la…..               My name is Purim And I come Great fun and frolic bringing Just once a year I visit you To cheer you with my singing.   La, la, la…   Hurrah Purim Hurrah Purim We love your merry drumming And if we had our way Purim Each month you would be coming. La, la, la…             A WICKED WICKED MAN O once there was a wicked, wicked man And Haman was his name, sir He would have murdered all the Jews Though they were not to blame, sir CHORUS Oh, today we’ll merry merry be, Oh, today we’ll merry merry be Oh, today we’ll merry merry be And nosh some hamentaschen. And Esther was the lovely queen Of King Achashverosh When Haman said he’d kill us all Oh, my how he did scare us. CHORUS But Mordechai her cousin bold Said: “What a dreadful chutzpah! If guns were but invented now This Haman I would shoot sir, CHORUS The guest of honor he shall be This clever Mr. Smarty And high above us he shall swing At a little hanging party. CHORUS Of all his cruel and unkind ways This little joke did cure him And don’t forget we owe him thanks For this jolly feast of Purim CHORUS

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