Esther 2

1 Now he was staying at that time in the king’s court with Bagatha and Thara the king’s eunuchs, who were porters of the palace. 2 And when he realized their thoughts, and had diligently paid close attention, he learned that they were attempting to cast their hand against king Artaxerxes, and he reported this […]

Esther 4

1 And so, after this had been carried out, and the indignation of king Artaxerxes had subsided, he remembered Vashti, and what she had done, and what had happened to her. 2 And the servants of the king, and his ministers, said, “Let young women be sought for the king, virgins and beautiful, 3 and […]

Esther 5

1 After this, king Artaxerxes exalted Haman, the son of Hammedatha, who was of Agag lineage, and he set his throne above all the rulers whom he had. 2 And all the king’s servants, who passed by the doors of the palace, bent their knees and adored Haman, for so the ruler had instructed them. […]

Esther 6

1 And this was the text of the letter: “Artaxerxes, the great king from India all the way to Ethiopia, to the leaders and generals of the one hundred twenty-seven provinces, which are subject to his authority, greetings. 2 Although I have reigned over many nations and subjugated the whole world under my realm, I […]

Esther 7

1 When Mordecai had heard this, he tore his garments and put on sackcloth, strewing ashes on his head, and he cried out with a loud voice in the main street of the city, revealing the anguish of his soul. 2 And he continued with this lamenting, even up to the gate of the palace, […]

Esther 8

1 Queen Esther also, fearing the danger that was imminent, fled to the Lord. 2 And when she had put aside her royal apparel, she took up garments suitable for weeping and mourning, and instead of various ointments, she covered her head with ashes from burnt dung, and she humbled her body with fasting, and […]

Esther 9

1 So, on the third day, she put away her ornate apparel, and surrounded herself with glory. 2 And when she was shining in a royal manner, and had called upon God, the Guide and Savior of all, she took two maids with her. 3 And she was leaning upon one of them, as if, […]

Esther 10

1 The king passed that night without sleep, and so he ordered the histories and chronicles of former times to be brought to him. And when they were reading them before him, 2 they came to that place where it had been written, how Mordecai had reported the treachery of Bigthan and Teresh the eunuchs, […]