Esther Chapter 2
3 And let the king appoint officers in all the provinces of his kingdom, that they may gather together all the fair young virgins unto Shushan the palace, to the house of the women, unto the custody of Hege the king's chamberlain, keeper of the women; and let their things for purification be given them:
7 And he brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle's daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and the maid was fair and beautiful; whom Mordecai, when her father and mother were dead, took for his own daughter.
8 So it came to pass, when the king's commandment and his decree was heard, and when many maidens were gathered together unto Shushan the palace, to the custody of Hegai, that Esther was brought also unto the king's house, to the custody of Hegai, keeper of the women.
9 And the maiden pleased him, and she obtained kindness of him; and he speedily gave her her things for purification, with such things as belonged to her, and seven maidens, which were meet to be given her, out of the king's house: and he preferred her and her maids unto the best place of the house of the women.
12 Now when every maid's turn was come to go in to king Ahasuerus, after that she had been twelve months, according to the manner of the women, (for so were the days of their purifications accomplished, to wit, six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with sweet odours, and with other things for the purifying of the women;)
14 In the evening she went, and on the morrow she returned into the second house of the women, to the custody of Shaashgaz, the king's chamberlain, which kept the concubines: she came in unto the king no more, except the king delighted in her, and that she were called by name.
15 Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to go in unto the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the king's chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed. And Esther obtained favour in the sight of all them that looked upon her.
17 And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti.
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Esther Chapter 2 Bible commentary...
Esther chosen queen. (1-20) Mordecai discovers a plot against the king. (21-23)
1-20 We see to what absurd practices those came, who were destitute of Divine revelation, and what need there was of the gospel of Christ, to purify men from the lusts of the flesh, and to bring them back to the original institution of marriage. Esther was preferred as queen. Those who suggest that Esther committed sin to come at this dignity, do not consider the custom of those times and countries. Every one that the king took was married to him, and was his wife, though of a lower rank. But how low is human nature sunk, when such as these are the leading pursuits and highest worldly happiness of men! Disappointment and vexation must follow; and he most wisely consults his enjoyment, even in this present life, who most exactly obeys the precepts of the Divine law. But let us turn to consider the wise and merciful providence of God, carrying on his deep but holy designs in the midst of all this. And let no change in our condition be a pretext for forgetting our duties to parents, or the friends who have stood in their place.
21-23 Good subjects must not conceal any bad design they know of against the prince, or the public peace. Mordecai was not rewarded at the time, but a remembrance was written. Thus, with respect to those who serve Christ, though their recompence is not till the resurrection of the just, yet an account is kept of their work of faith and labour of love, which God is not unrighteous to forget. The servant of God must be faithful to every trust, and watchful for those who employ him. If he appear to be neglected now, he will be remembered hereafter. None of our actions can be forgotten; even our most secret thoughts are written in lasting registers, #Re 20:12|.
Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.
Armetta's Esther Chapter 2 comment on 7/15/2015, 2:56pm...
Ahasuerus sounds like the name one would name a sneeze instead of the name of a king, yet Esther went before him like a trooper and her courage saved a very selective, and set aside group of people, who were and are chosen by God, The Jewish people. When Jesus walked on this earth, he was Jewish, born to a Jewish mother.
Armetta's Esther Chapter 2 comment on 7/15/2015, 2:48pm...
There is a beauty that is beyond the senses, Esther appeared to have both-------she probably had beauty from within. She was an orphan herself, and she had probably been teased by some members of her community for being reared by a relative instead of her birth parents whom she had never really known. Her courage to go before the King is to be noted, because she had to endure one year of beauty treatments before she could do so. She came along in a point of time to save her people, a special group of people through which all the nations of the world would be blessed.
Crystal Mac Nicol's Esther Chapter 2 comment on 11/03/2014, 4:28am...
I woke last night with the words in my head Esther2.1 . I got out of bed and read it and further. I feel this is certainly a message from God for me . But not sure what the message is. Still thrilled to have a scripture.
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