Esther Chapter 1
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5 And when these days were expired, the king made a feast unto all the people that were present in Shushan the palace, both unto great and small, seven days, in the court of the garden of the king's palace;
6 Where were white, green, and blue, hangings, fastened with cords of fine linen and purple to silver rings and pillars of marble: the beds were of gold and silver, upon a pavement of red, and blue, and white, and black, marble.
10 On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the seven chamberlains that served in the presence of Ahasuerus the king,
14 And the next unto him was Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, and Memucan, the seven princes of Persia and Media, which saw the king's face, and which sat the first in the kingdom;)
16 And Memucan answered before the king and the princes, Vashti the queen hath not done wrong to the king only, but also to all the princes, and to all the people that are in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus.
17 For this deed of the queen shall come abroad unto all women, so that they shall despise their husbands in their eyes, when it shall be reported, The king Ahasuerus commanded Vashti the queen to be brought in before him, but she came not.
19 If it please the king, let there go a royal commandment from him, and let it be written among the laws of the Persians and the Medes, that it be not altered, That Vashti come no more before king Ahasuerus; and let the king give her royal estate unto another that is better than she.
22 For he sent letters into all the king's provinces, into every province according to the writing thereof, and to every people after their language, that every man should bear rule in his own house, and that it should be published according to the language of every people.
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Matthew Henry's Esther Chapter 1 Bible commentary...
We find in this book, that even those Jews who were scattered in the province of the heathen, were taken care of, and were wonderfully preserved, when threatened with destruction. Though the name of God be not in this book, the finger of God is shown by minute events for the bringing about his people's deliverance. This history comes in between #Ezr 6; 7|.
The royal feast of Ahasuerus. (1-9) Vashti's refusal to appear, The king's decree. (10-22)
1-9 The pride of Ahasuerus's heart rising with the grandeur of his kingdom, he made an extravagant feast. This was vain glory. Better is a dinner of herbs with quietness, than this banquet of wine, with all the noise and tumult that must have attended it. But except grace prevails in the heart, self-exaltation and self-indulgence, in one form or another, will be the ruling principle. Yet none did compel; so that if any drank to excess, it was their own fault. This caution of a heathen prince, even when he would show his generosity, may shame many called Christians, who, under pretence of sending the health round, send sin round, and death with it. There is a woe to them that do so; let them read it, and tremble, #Hab 2:15,16|.
10-22 Ahasuerus's feast ended in heaviness, by his own folly. Seasons of peculiar festivity often end in vexation. Superiors should be careful not to command what may reasonably be disobeyed. But when wine is in, men's reason departs from them. He that had rule over 127 provinces, had no rule over his own spirit. But whether the passion or the policy of the king was served by this decree, God's providence made way for Esther to the crown, and defeated Haman's wicked project, even before it had entered into his heart, and he arrived at his power. Let us rejoice that the Lord reigns, and will overrule the madness or folly of mankind to promote his own glory, and the safety and happiness of his people.
Keith's Esther Chapter 1 comment on 11/23/2013, 10:00pm...
Esther was a chosen vessel and God does as He pleases, what God does He does in love and brings about great victories, No questions asked. off course the human mind can't comprehend the ways of the lord.
Kagiso's Esther Chapter 1 comment on 11/05/2013, 9:27am...
A true and interesting book that teaches nothing but the truth
Jenelle's Esther Chapter 1 comment on 8/06/2013, 8:42am...
I'd like to know where Jeff, whose comment was on 7/29/13, determined that Queen Vashti had to parade in front of the King's court naked. There is nothing that I can find in history that states the queen had to expose herself in such a depraved manner. If she was beautiful to behold, then her royal attire would have enhanced her beauty. The Bible was never meant to be read as porn. It's God's word. We read it, learn from God's teachings, draw from it to grow in God's purpose for our life, comforted in times of need and sustained spiritually by feasting on His word. I don't agree with Jeff AT ALL about how the queen was to present herself.
Jeff's Esther Chapter 1 comment on 7/28/2013, 3:57pm...
Queen Va****i was a victim of a selfish indulgent king who lost his dignity when he requested her to be viewed upon naked. However God allowed this cir***stance to bring a blessing of deliverance to Esthers tribe. God allows bad things to turn into good.
Janice's Esther Chapter 1 comment on 7/04/2013, 10:40am...
The King who was in power and ruled many did not realized the responsibilities that comes with it. So when in over indulging orders Vashti to come before them in their drunkeness, she didn't give honor to her King. The King was not ruling with honor. God knew him and was going to use Esther who loved and honored God.
Mercy's Esther Chapter 1 comment on 6/18/2013, 2:50am...
I love esther because she was real. God sent to her people at the right time.
Ellen's Esther Chapter 1 comment on 6/15/2013, 7:56am...
Esther's bravery, obedience, and morals are commendable. As for king Ahasuerus, a spineless, immoral, drunk, swayed by drunken princes to divorce his wife, Vashti, without just cause, --she refused to strut her body before drunken, lustful men without morals; --he signs a decree into law that affects the entire nation without thinking matters through. Let us be cautious for it will be repeated in our time, by unscrupulous leaders/politicians.
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