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Chapter 3 13
Letters were sent by couriers to all the king’s provinces with instruction to destroy, to kill, and to annihilate all Jews, young and old, women and children, in one day, the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar, and to plunder their goods. 14
A copy of the document was to be issued as a decree in every province by proclamation to all the peoples to be ready for that day.