As Eleazar concluded his prayer, the king arrived. The Jews cried out in prayer so loudly that even the nearby valleys echoed, panicking the army. God then sent two frightening angels down. Although the Jews could not see them, everybody else good, and the sight paralyzed them in fright. The elephants that had been leading the army turned back on them and trampled them.
The king's anger repented. He accused his friends of using their power badly, that they were trying to destroy him. He demanded that the Jews be released and allowed to go back to their homes. On the other hand, he ordered punishment for those who had believed that the Jews should have been destroyed.
The Jews decided that this festival should be celebrated annually by Jews living in exile there--not an occasion to eat and drink too much, but as a memory of the rescue that God had accomplished for them.
They appealed to the king, asking for his permission to return to their homes. Read Chapter 7 to find out how the king responded.
After the king decided not to discriminate against the Jews, he denounced people who had believed the way he had used to. When we repent, should we forgive people who did what we used to do?
How do survivors of discrimination forgive people who had escaped the effects of that discrimination?