King Xerxes made the people in all his kingdom pay taxes.

Chapter 10 v1 King Xerxes made the people in all his kingdom pay taxes. v2 The kings of Media and Persia made official records. These records include all the things that Xerxes did by his authority and power. The records also give a full account of how the king made Mordecai a very great man. v3 In fact, Mordecai the *Jew was only second in rank to King Xerxes. Mordecai was the most important man among the *Jews. And he was popular with the *Jewish people. He worked hard for…

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The Jews killed many people. This might seem very cruel

Chapter 9 v1 The 13th day of the 12th month (the month called Adar) was the day to carry out the king’s law. This was the day when the enemies of the *Jews had hoped to have power over them. But, instead, on that day the *Jews had power over those who hated them. v2 The *Jews gathered in their cities in all the districts of King Xerxes. They attacked those who wanted to kill them. Nobody could oppose them, because the people of all the other nations were afraid…

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King Xerxes gave to Esther all the property of Haman.

Chapter 8 v1 That same day, King Xerxes gave to Esther all the property of Haman. (Haman had been the enemy of the *Jews.) And Mordecai came to see the king. Esther had told people now that Mordecai was her relative. v2 And the king took off his ring of authority, which he had taken back from Haman. The king gave his ring of authority to Mordecai. Esther gave Mordecai responsibility for the property of Haman. Verses 1-2 The king took the property of Haman and he gave it to…

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The king and Haman came to dine with Queen Esther.

Chapter 7 v1 So the king and Haman came to dine with Queen Esther. v2 As they were drinking wine, on that second day, the king said to Esther again, ‘What do you want, Queen Esther? You shall have it. What is your request? I will grant it. I will even give you up to half of my *kingdom.’ v3 Then Queen Esther replied, ‘I hope that you are pleased with me. My wish is that I might live. My request also is that the people from my nation might…

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Mordecai: That night the king could not sleep. He ordered that someone should bring the book of the official records of his rule.

Chapter 6 v1 That night the king could not sleep. He ordered that someone should bring the book of the official records of his rule. He ordered that they should read it to him. v2 In the book, he discovered the report about Mordecai. Mordecai had warned the king about Bigthan and Teresh. They were the king’s officials who guarded the door. They had planned to kill King Xerxes. v3 The king said, ‘What great honour have we given to Mordecai for this?’ ‘We have not done anything for him’,…

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Esther put on her royal clothing. She stood in the inner yard of the king’s palace.

Chapter 5 v1 On the third day, Esther put on her royal clothing. She stood in the inner yard of the king’s palace. This yard was in front of the king’s hall. The king was sitting on his royal seat in the hall. He was looking towards the entrance. v2 The king noticed Queen Esther who was standing in the yard. And he was pleased to see her. The king held out to Esther his gold stick that was in his hand. So Esther approached the king and she touched…

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Mordecai discovered what had happened. He tore his clothes.

Chapter 4 v1 Mordecai discovered what had happened. He tore his clothes. He put on *sackcloth and ashes and he went into the city. He cried aloud because he was very sad. v2 Nobody who was wearing *sackcloth could enter the king’s palace. So Mordecai stopped at the king’s gate. v3 When the people of every district heard the king’s law, the *Jews were very sad. They did not eat food. They wept aloud. Many *Jews lay on *sackcloth and ashes. Verses 1-3 The king’s law, that Haman had written,…

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King Xerxes rewarded Haman. Haman was from the family of Agag and his father was Hammedatha.

Chapter 3 v1 Some time later, King Xerxes rewarded Haman. Haman was from the family of Agag and his father was Hammedatha. The king gave more authority to Haman than to any of the other important people. Verse 1 In Chapter 2, we learned that Mordecai saved the king’s life. In Chapter 6, we shall read that the king did not reward Mordecai until much later. Chapter 3 starts with the news that King Xerxes rewarded Haman. The king made Haman very important. We do not know why the king…

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when the king was not still angry, he thought about Vashti

Chapter 2 v1 Later, when the king was not still angry, he thought about Vashti. He remembered what she had done. And he remembered the law that he had made. Verse 1 Xerxes may have been sorry for what he had done to Vashti. We do not know if he was sorry soon afterwards. It may have happened much later. It was several years later that Xerxes made Esther queen. (See Esther 2:16-17.) The delay was probably because Xerxes was abroad. During this time, he fought wars against the armies…

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God is in control

About the Book of Esther God is in control: The events that the first chapter of the book of Esther describes happened about 483 BC (Before Christ). Over 100 years earlier, Nebuchadnezzar (the king of Babylon) had attacked Jerusalem. He overcame the *Jews and he took many *Jews to Babylon. Almost 70 years after that, the king of Persia defeated the armies of Babylon in battle. Then the people in Persia allowed the *Jews to return to their own country, but not many *Jews did return. When the story of…

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