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  • Queen Vashti gave a banquet for the women of the palace at the same time. - Esther 1:9

  • 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

  • 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

  • Even after all the young women had been transferred to the second harem* and Mordecai had become a palace official,5 - Esther 2:19

  • One day as Mordecai was on duty at the palace, two of the king's eunuchs, Bigthana* and Teresh--who were guards at the door of the king's private quarters--became angry at King Xerxes and plotted to assassinate him.6 - Esther 2:21

  • Then the palace officials at the king's gate asked Mordecai, "Why are you disobeying the king's command?" - Esther 3:3

  • He stood outside the gate of the palace, for no one was allowed to enter while wearing clothes of mourning. - Esther 4:2

  • So Hathach went out to Mordecai in the square in front of the palace gate. - Esther 4:6

  • Mordecai sent back this reply to Esther: "Don't think for a moment that you will escape there in the palace when all other Jews are killed. - Esther 4:13

  • If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. What's more, who can say but that you have been elevated to the palace for just such a time as this?" - Esther 4:14

  • Three days later, Esther put on her royal robes and entered the inner court of the palace, just across from the king's hall. The king was sitting on his royal throne, facing the entrance. - Esther 5:1

  • Then he added, "But all this is meaningless as long as I see Mordecai the Jew just sitting there at the palace gate." - Esther 5:13

  • "Who is that in the outer court?" the king inquired. Now, as it happened, Haman had just arrived in the outer court of the palace to ask the king to hang Mordecai from the gallows* he had prepared.1 - Esther 6:4

  • "Excellent!" the king said to Haman. "Hurry and get the robe and my horse, and do just as you have said for Mordecai the Jew, who sits at the gate of the palace. Do not fail to carry out everything you have suggested." - Esther 6:10

  • Afterward Mordecai returned to the palace gate, but Haman hurried home dejected and completely humiliated. - Esther 6:12

  • Then the king jumped to his feet in a rage and went out into the palace garden. But Haman stayed behind to plead for his life with Queen Esther, for he knew that he was doomed. - Esther 7:7

  • In despair he fell on the couch where Queen Esther was reclining, just as the king returned from the palace garden. "Will he even assault the queen right here in the palace, before my very eyes?" the king roared. And as soon as the king spoke, his attendants covered Haman's face, signaling his doom. - Esther 7:8
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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