Esther

Esther

 
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  • This man had a beautiful and lovely young cousin, Hadassah, who was also called Esther. When her father and mother had died, Mordecai adopted her into his family and raised her as his own daughter. - Esther 2:7


  • As a result of the king's decree, Esther, along with many other young women, was brought to the king's harem at the fortress of Susa and placed in Hegai's care. - Esther 2:8


  • Hegai was very impressed with Esther and treated her kindly. He quickly ordered a special menu for her and provided her with beauty treatments. He also assigned her seven maids specially chosen from the king's palace, and he moved her and her maids into the best place in the harem. - Esther 2:9


  • Esther had not told anyone of her nationality and family background, for Mordecai had told her not to. - Esther 2:10


  • Every day Mordecai would take a walk near the courtyard of the harem to ask about Esther and to find out what was happening to her. - Esther 2:11


  • When it was Esther's turn* to go to the king, she accepted the advice of Hegai, the eunuch in charge of the harem. She asked for nothing except what he suggested, and she was admired by everyone who saw her.3 - Esther 2:15


  • When Esther was taken to King Xerxes at the royal palace in early winter* of the seventh year of his reign,4 - Esther 2:16


  • To celebrate the occasion, he gave a banquet in Esther's honor for all his princes and servants, giving generous gifts to everyone and declaring a public festival for the provinces. - Esther 2:18


  • Esther continued to keep her nationality and family background a secret. She was still following Mordecai's orders, just as she did when she was living in his home. - Esther 2:20


  • But Mordecai heard about the plot and passed the information on to Queen Esther. She then told the king about it and gave Mordecai credit for the report. - Esther 2:22


  • When Queen Esther's maids and eunuchs came and told her about Mordecai, she was deeply distressed. She sent clothing to him to replace the sackcloth, but he refused it. - Esther 4:4


  • Then Esther sent for Hathach, one of the king's eunuchs who had been appointed as her attendant. She ordered him to go to Mordecai and find out what was troubling him and why he was in mourning. - Esther 4:5


  • Mordecai gave Hathach a copy of the decree issued in Susa that called for the death of all Jews, and he asked Hathach to show it to Esther. He also asked Hathach to explain it to her and to urge her to go to the king to beg for mercy and plead for her people. - Esther 4:8


  • So Hathach returned to Esther with Mordecai's message. - Esther 4:9


  • Then Esther told Hathach to go back and relay this message to Mordecai: - Esther 4:10
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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