7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22
7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22
7:1 So the king and Haman went in to feast with Queen Esther.
On the second day, as they were drinking wine, the king again said
to Esther, "What is your petition, Queen Esther? It shall be
granted you. And what is your request? Even to the half of my
kingdom, it shall be fulfilled."
Then Queen Esther answered, "If I have won your favor, O
king, and if it pleases the king, let my life be given me -- that
is my petition -- and the lives of my people -- that is my
For we have been sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be
killed, and to be annihilated. If we had been sold merely as
slaves, men and women, I would have held my peace; but no enemy
can compensate for this damage to the king."
Then King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther, "Who is he, and
where is he, who has presumed to do this?"
Esther said, "A foe and enemy, this wicked Haman!" Then
Haman was terrified before the king and the queen.
Then Harbona, one of the eunuchs in attendance on the king, said,
"Look, the very gallows that Haman has prepared for Mordecai,
whose word saved the king, stands at Haman's house, fifty cubits
high." And the king said, "Hang him on that."
So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for
Mordecai. Then the anger of the king abated.
Mordecai recorded these things, and sent letters to all the Jews
who were in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, both near and
enjoining them that they should keep the fourteenth day of the
month Adar and also the fifteenth day of the same month, year by
as the days on which the Jews gained relief from their enemies,
and as the month that had been turned for them from sorrow into
gladness and from mourning into a holiday; that they should make
them days of feasting and gladness, days for sending gifts of food
to one another and presents to the poor.
124:1 If it had not been the LORD who was on our side -- let
Israel now say --
if it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when our enemies
then they would have swallowed us up alive, when their anger was
kindled against us;
then the flood would have swept us away, the torrent would have
gone over us;
then over us would have gone the raging waters.
Blessed be the LORD, who has not given us as prey to their teeth.
We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowlers; the
snare is broken, and we have escaped.
Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
5:13 Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any
cheerful? They should sing songs of praise.
Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the
church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in
the name of the Lord.
The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise
them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven.
Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one
another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is
powerful and effective.
Elijah was a human being like us, and he prayed fervently that it
might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain
on the earth. 5:18 Then he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain
and the earth yielded its harvest.
My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the
truth and is brought back by another,
you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering
will save the sinner's soul from death and will cover a multitude
9:38 John said to him, "Teacher, we saw someone casting out
demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not
But Jesus said, "Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed
of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of
Whoever is not against us is for us.
For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink
because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the
"If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these
little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a
great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown
into the sea.
If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for
you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell,
to the unquenchable fire.
And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better
for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown
And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better
for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two
eyes and to be thrown into hell,
where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.
"For everyone will be salted with fire.
Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you
season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one