Dictionary of Bible Names

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Bible Meaning: Flee away, give ye thanks
Strong's Concordance #H4480, #H1912

India appears only twice in the King James Bible Old Testament.

The book of Esther mentions India, meaning the territory northwest of the Indus River, on two separate occasions. Both references delineate the eastern extent of the Persian Empire under Xerxes (Ahasuerus).

India received, as one of the empire's provinces, Prime Minister Haman's inspired edict that all Jews were to be killed on a certain date (Esther 3:12 - 15). His edict commanded non-Jewish residents to kill any Jews (including women and children) within the empire. As a reward for performing such a grisly act, residents were allowed to take any land, cattle or other possessions owned by those they murdered!

After Haman's plans were foiled by Queen Esther and Mordecai, however, another edict was sent to India giving Jews permission to defend themselves against all those seeking to do them harm (Esther 8:8 - 14). Jews, to this day, celebrate this deliverance from extermination through the holiday called Purim.

Important Verses

Esther 1:1 - 3
Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus, (this is Ahasuerus which reigned, from India even unto Ethiopia, over an hundred and seven and twenty provinces:)

That in those days, when the king Ahasuerus sat on the throne of his kingdom, which was in Shushan the palace. In the third year of his reign, he made a feast unto all his princes and his servants; the power of Persia and Media, the nobles and princes of the provinces, being before him

Persian Empire Northwest of Indus River Map
The lands northwest of the Indus River
was considered India in the Persian Empire

Esther 8:7, 9
Then the king Ahasuerus said unto Esther the queen and to Mordecai the Jew, Behold, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and him they have hanged upon the gallows, because he laid his hand upon the Jews.

Then were the king's scribes called at that time in the third month, that is, the month Sivan, on the three and twentieth day thereof: and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the deputies and rulers of the provinces which are from India unto Ethiopia,

an hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto every province according to the writing thereof, and unto every people after their language, and to the Jews according to their writing, and according to their language.

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Series Notes
References are based on the
King James Bible translation (KJV).