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that in the third year of his reign he (A)made a feast for all his officials and servants—the powers of Persia and Media, the nobles, and the princes of the provinces being before him—

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12 And in that day the Lord God of hosts
(A)Called for weeping and for mourning,
(B)For baldness and for girding with sackcloth.
13 But instead, joy and gladness,
Slaying oxen and killing sheep,
Eating meat and (C)drinking wine:
(D)“Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!”

14 (E)Then it was revealed in my hearing by the Lord of hosts,
“Surely for this iniquity there (F)will be no atonement for you,
Even to your death,” says the Lord God of hosts.

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