Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
As the days wherein the Jews rested from their enemies, and the month which was turned unto them from sorrow to joy, and from mourning into a good day: that they should make them days of feasting and joy, and of sending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor.
So the royal scribes were summoned in the first month, on the thirteenth day of the month. Everything Haman commanded was written to the king's satraps and governors who were in every province and to the officials of every people, province by province according to its script and people by people according to its language. In the name of King Ahasuerus it was written and sealed with the king's signet ring.
Moses said to the people, "Remember this day on which you came out from Egypt, from the place where you were enslaved, for the Lord brought you out of there with a mighty hand -- and no bread made with yeast may be eaten.
Praise the Lord, O my soul! Do not forget all his kind deeds!
At that time you will say: "I praise you, O Lord, for even though you were angry with me, your anger subsided, and you consoled me.
When the Lord gives you relief from your suffering and anxiety, and from the hard labor which you were made to perform,
Then you turned my lament into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and covered me with joy.
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
I tell you the solemn truth, you will weep and wail, but the world will rejoice; you will be sad, but your sadness will turn into joy.
This is why the Jews who are in the rural country -- those who live in rural cities -- set aside the fourteenth day of the month of Adar as a holiday for happiness, banqueting, holiday, and sending gifts to one another.
He said to them, "Go and eat delicacies and drink sweet drinks and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared. For this day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."
But give from your heart to those in need, and then everything will be clean for you.
All who believed were together and held everything in common,
They requested only that we remember the poor, the very thing I also was eager to do.