“The following is a copy of this letter.
‘The Great King, Artaxerxes,
To the rulers of the provinces from India to Ethiopia,
One hundred and twenty-seven provinces,
And to those who are loyal to our government,
Once again we go to the Greek text. There is no “copy” of the letter that Mordecai sent out under the name of King Artaxerxes in the Hebrew text. This is much the same as the title of the Greek text decree that was inserted after chapter 3. They seemed proud to talk about the 127 provinces.