Mordecai becomes powerful
1 King Xerxes caused everyone to pay tribute. Those who lived on the land had to pay tribute. And those who lived on the islands in the sea had to pay tribute too.
2 The Book of Years of the kings of Media and Persia records all the great and powerful things that the king did. And the book records how Mordecai became powerful. 3 King Xerxes gave a lot of authority to Mordecai and so Mordecai became very powerful. Only the king had more authority than Mordecai. Many Jews knew that Mordecai was a great man. And Mordecai always did what was right to help his people, the Jews.