daughter. Of this fact, however, the King was evi-dently ignorant. or did he know the nation orrehgion of his wife.There was also another man, who had been raised tohigh honor at that court, whose name was Haman ;and because he did not receive those marks of respectfrom Mordecai to which he felt himself entitled, hesought to revenge himself on him by inducing theKing, by most false and foul means, to issue a decreefor the destruction of all the Jews within his exten-sive dominions. The day was fixed for carrying thatcruel edict into execution throughout his one hundredand twenty-seven provinces, and all the necessary ar-rangements were made for that purpose. That daywas near at hand. Of all these proceedings was Estherignorant, till informed by her kinsman Mordecai,through one of her attendants. To avert this cala-mity, an immediate repeal of the decree was indis-pensable, for the Jews had no means of defendingthemselves.But who had sufficient influence with the King toprocure its repeal ? To whom could they look withas much confidence or any hope of success as tothe Queen ? And yet when applied to, to intercede100 SERMOX V.with the King in behalf of the Jews, her reply wasthe following : " All the King's servants, and the peo-ple of the King's provinces, do know, that whosoever,whether man or woman, shall come unto the King, intothe inner court, who is not called, there is one law of his to put him to death, except such to whom theKing shall hold out the golden sceptre, that he maylive. But / have not been called to come unto theKing tliese thirty dai/s."