Esther 10
Appendix to the book of Esther

 1 ¶ And the king Ahasuerus laid a tribute upon the land, and upon the isles of the sea.   Tribute Ahasuerus (Xerxes) had failed in his campaign against Greece and would have needed the funds. In da1102 we see him as the great raiser of tribute. Darius Hystepes was the first Persian monarch to tax his kingdom.
  Isles Literally "coastlands." In this case provinces on the Mediterranean and Aegean seas.
.2 And all the acts of his power and of his might, and the declaration of the greatness of Mordecai, whereunto the king advanced him, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Media and Persia?   Kings of Media and Persia It is interesting that the author recognizes the association between the two. See da0820. (The book's author is unknown but could have been Mordecai himself.)
 3 For Mordecai the Jew was next unto king Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews, and accepted of the multitude of his brethren, seeking the wealth of his people, and speaking peace to all his seed.   Wealth That is the welfare" of the Jews.
  His seed Probably "his people."

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