Esther said, “ A foe and an enemy is this wicked Haman!” Then Haman became terrified before the king and queen.
As the proverb of the ancients says, ‘ Out of the wicked comes forth wickedness’; but my hand shall not be against you.
When all our enemies heard of it, and all the nations surrounding us saw it, they lost their confidence; for they recognized that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God.
Then the king took his signet ring from his hand and gave it to Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews.
“ Sounds of terror are in his ears; While at peace the destroyer comes upon him.
“Indeed, the light of the wicked goes out, And the flame of his fire gives no light.
When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh, My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell.
They are not in trouble as other men, Nor are they plagued like mankind.
Until I came into the sanctuary of God; Then I perceived their end.
O that You would slay the wicked, O God; Depart from me, therefore, men of bloodshed.
The fury of a king is like messengers of death, But a wise man will appease it.
He who says to the wicked, “You are righteous,” Peoples will curse him, nations will abhor him;
If you see oppression of the poor and denial of justice and righteousness in the province, do not be shocked at the sight; for one official watches over another official, and there are higher officials over them.
My mind reels, horror overwhelms me; The twilight I longed for has been turned for me into trembling.
Suddenly the fingers of a man’s hand emerged and began writing opposite the lampstand on the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace, and the king saw the back of the hand that did the writing.
But those who are outside, God judges. Remove the wicked man from among yourselves.
Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming;