Daily Bible Reading: Esther 1-5
Author: Not stated but perhaps Ezra or Nehemiah.
Date: Approximately 486-445 BC, during the reign of King Ahasuerus of Persia. Esther became queen around 479 BC
In ten words or less: A beautiful Jewish girl becomes queen and saves fellow Jews from slaughter.
“From Know Your Bible, published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. Used by permission”
Esther 1:20-22 (NKJV) When the king’s decree which he will make is proclaimed throughout all his empire (for it is great), all wives will honor their husbands, both great and small.” And the reply pleased the king and the princes, and the king did according to the word of Memucan. Then he sent letters to all the king’s provinces, to each province in its own script, and to every people in their own language, that each man should be master in his own house and speak in the language of his own people.
Esther 2:21-23 (NKJV) In those days, while Mordecai sat within the king’s gate, two of the king’s eunuchs, Bigthan and Teresh, doorkeepers, became furious and sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. So, the matter became known to Mordecai, who told Queen Esther, and Esther informed the king in Mordecai’s name. And when an inquiry was made into the matter, it was confirmed, and both were hung on a gallows, and it was written in the book of the Chronicles in the presence of the king.
Esther 4:16-17 (NKJV) “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!” So Mordecai went his way and did according to all that Esther commanded him.
Esther 5:3-5 (NKJV) And the king said to her, “What do you wish, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given to you–up to half the kingdom!” So, Esther answered, “If it pleases the king, let the king and Haman come today to the banquet that I have prepared for him.” Then the king said, “Bring Haman quickly, that he may do as Esther has said.” So, the king and Haman went to the banquet that Esther had prepared.
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