1. King Ahasuerus levied tribute throughout the empire including the distant islands.
2. All his acts of power and valor, together with a full account of the greatness of Mordecai who was raised by the king to high honor, are recorded in the chronicles of the kings of Media and Persia.
3. The Jew Mordecai was second in rank to King Ahasuerus; he was great among the Jews and esteemed by many of his brothers as the harbinger of peace and welfare for all his people.
4. And Mordecai said, "This is God's work.
5. I remember the dream I had about this, nothing of which has failed to be fulfilled -
6. the little spring that became a river, the light, the sun and the flood of water. Esther is the river, whom the king married and made queen.
7. Haman and I are the two dragons.
8. Those who assembled to destroy the Jews are the nations.
9. And my nation is Israel, my people, who cried to God and were saved. Yes, the Lord has saved his people and delivered us from all these evils. God has worked such signs and great wonders as have never occurred among the nations.
10. For this purpose, God prepared two destinies - one for his people and the other for all the nations.
11. These two destinies were fulfilled at the moment, the hour and the day laid down by God among the nations.
12. He remembered his people and rendered justice to his inheritance.
13. Thus, gathering together with joy before God on the fourteenth and fifteenth of the month of Adar, Israel will celebrate these days from generation to generation.