Mordecai becomes powerful
1 King Xerxes caused everyone who lived in his kingdom to pay taxes. It included those who lived far away, on the coast of the sea.
2 Everything that King Xerxes did was written down in the History Book of the kings of Media and Persia. It tells about all the great things that King Xerxes did with his power and authority. It also tells how the king gave more authority to Mordecai, who became very great. 3 The Jewish man, Mordecai, was the most important Jew in the whole kingdom. Only King Xerxes himself had more authority than Mordecai. The other Jews respected Mordecai because he worked hard to help them. He made sure that all his people could live safely.