17 And in every province and in every city, wherever the king's command and his edict reached, there was gladness and joy among the Jews, a feast and (A)a holiday. (B)And many from the peoples of the country declared themselves Jews, (C)for fear of the Jews had fallen on them.

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19 Therefore the Jews of the villages, who live in (A)the rural towns, hold the fourteenth day of the month of Adar as a day for gladness and feasting, as (B)a holiday, and (C)as a day on which they send gifts of food to one another.

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22 as the days on which the Jews got relief from their enemies, and as the month that had been turned for them from sorrow into gladness and from mourning into (A)a holiday; that they should make them days of feasting and gladness, days for sending gifts of food to one another and gifts to the poor.

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