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Esther 2 - NIV

Esther Made Queen

1 Later when King Xerxes’ fury had subsided, he remembered Vashti and what she had done and what he had decreed about her.

2 Then the king’s personal attendants proposed, “Let a search be made for beautiful young virgins for the king.

3 Let the king appoint commissioners in every province of his realm to bring all these beautiful young women into the harem at the citadel of Susa. Let them be placed under the care of Hegai, the king’s eunuch, who is in charge of the women; and let beauty treatments be given to them.

4 Then let the young woman who pleases the king be queen instead of Vashti.” This advice appealed to the king, and he followed it.

5 Now there was in the citadel of Susa a Jew of the tribe of Benjamin, named Mordecai son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish,

6 who had been carried into exile from Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, among those taken captive with Jehoiachin[a] king of Judah.

7 Mordecai had a cousin named Hadassah, whom he had brought up because she had neither father nor mother. This young woman, who was also known as Esther, had a lovely figure and was beautiful. Mordecai had taken her as his own daughter when her father and mother died.

8 When the king’s order and edict had been proclaimed, many young women were brought to the citadel of Susa and put under the care of Hegai. Esther also was taken to the king’s palace and entrusted to Hegai, who had charge of the harem.

9 She pleased him and won his favor. Immediately he provided her with her beauty treatments and special food. He assigned to her seven female attendants selected from the king’s palace and moved her and her attendants into the best place in the harem.

10 Esther had not revealed her nationality and family background, because Mordecai had forbidden her to do so.

11 Every day he walked back and forth near the courtyard of the harem to find out how Esther was and what was happening to her.

12 Before a young woman’s turn came to go in to King Xerxes, she had to complete twelve months of beauty treatments prescribed for the women, six months with oil of myrrh and six with perfumes and cosmetics.

13 And this is how she would go to the king: Anything she wanted was given her to take with her from the harem to the king’s palace.

14 In the evening she would go there and in the morning return to another part of the harem to the care of Shaashgaz, the king’s eunuch who was in charge of the concubines. She would not return to the king unless he was pleased with her and summoned her by name.

15 When the turn came for Esther (the young woman Mordecai had adopted, the daughter of his uncle Abihail) to go to the king, she asked for nothing other than what Hegai, the king’s eunuch who was in charge of the harem, suggested. And Esther won the favor of everyone who saw her.

16 She was taken to King Xerxes in the royal residence in the tenth month, the month of Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign.

17 Now the king was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.

18 And the king gave a great banquet, Esther’s banquet, for all his nobles and officials. He proclaimed a holiday throughout the provinces and distributed gifts with royal liberality.

Mordecai Uncovers a Conspiracy

19 When the virgins were assembled a second time, Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate.

20 But Esther had kept secret her family background and nationality just as Mordecai had told her to do, for she continued to follow Mordecai’s instructions as she had done when he was bringing her up.

21 During the time Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate, Bigthana[b] and Teresh, two of the king’s officers who guarded the doorway, became angry and conspired to assassinate King Xerxes.

22 But Mordecai found out about the plot and told Queen Esther, who in turn reported it to the king, giving credit to Mordecai.

23 And when the report was investigated and found to be true, the two officials were impaled on poles. All this was recorded in the book of the annals in the presence of the king.


a. Esther 2:6 Hebrew Jeconiah, a variant of Jehoiachin
b. Esther 2:21 Hebrew Bigthan, a variant of Bigthana

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Elmer Towns avatar
Grandpa Mordecai Lesson 9
Shared by: Elmer Towns on Nov, 2016
Summary: Greatest Adopted Child in History
Scripture: Esther 2:5-7
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 40
Archie Norman avatar
When Your Life Becomes a Soap Opera
Shared by: Archie Norman on Sep, 2015
Summary: Esther
Series: Esther
Scripture: Esther 2:15-17
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 390
Shawn Drake avatar
How To Make Good Decisions
Shared by: Shawn Drake on Jul, 2015
Summary: This is the 2nd sermon in the series "God Is Here". Christians need to be reminded in how to make decisions that please God.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Esther 2:1-23
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,333
Thomas Swope avatar
Beautiful Inside And Out
Shared by: Thomas Swope on Jun, 2015
Summary: A study of the book of Ester chapter 2 verses 1 through 23
Series: Ester
bala samson avatar
Sin not with your lips!
Shared by: bala samson on Feb, 2015
Summary: Yes, Bible reading, church-going Christians join the ‘curse God club’ and get ruined.
E. True Neilson avatar
Surprising Endings
Shared by: E. True Neilson on Jan, 2015
Summary: Though God is never mentioned in this book, his fingerprints are all over the story of the heroic Esther and Mordecai. Study along as we discuss the ins and outs of living for God in a godless culture.
Scripture: Esther 2:1-18
Denomination: Christian Church
Views: 455
E. True Neilson avatar
Taking a Stand
Shared by: E. True Neilson on Jan, 2015
Summary: Though God is never mentioned in this book, his fingerprints are all over the story of the heroic Esther and Mordecai. Study along as we discuss the ins and outs of living for God in a godless culture.
Scripture: Esther 2:19-3:15
Denomination: Christian Church
Views: 832
Ed McNeely avatar
When God wants something done He's with you until it is done
Shared by: Ed McNeely on Jan, 2015
Summary: From rags to riches; the will of God fulfills the faithful if they are willing. God knows best.
Scripture: Esther 1:1-2:23
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 458
Ed McNeely avatar
When God wants someting done He is with you uintil it is done
Shared by: Ed McNeely on Jan, 2015
Summary: God uses our faith in accomplishing His will
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Esther 2:1-4:17
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 499
Charlie Roberts avatar
Where Are All The Esther's?
Shared by: Charlie Roberts on May, 2014
Summary: The option that says, I know God is bigger than this, I know God has said that all things are possible to those who believe, I know God is a God of miracles, but ....it's so cozy and warm right where we are
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Esther 2:5-8:2
Views: 3,109
Clair Sauer avatar
With Great Privilege, Comes Great Responsibility
Shared by: Clair Sauer on Sep, 2013
Summary: As disciples of Christ, we have an obligation to
Scripture: Esther 2:16-8:17
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 879
David Owens avatar
Here Comes Trouble!
Shared by: David Owens on Jul, 2013
Summary: God is always at work at we can trust Him, even when evil looks like it is taking over.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Esther 2:21-3:15
Views: 1,682
David Owens avatar
And The Winner Is...Esther!
Shared by: David Owens on Jul, 2013
Summary: In this sermon, we consider the part of the story of Esther where she enters the contest and wins the kings heart and the crown. For application, we wrestle with the questions: Where were the parents and was Esther always godly?
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Esther 2:2-18
Views: 857
David Owens avatar
The Party and The Pageant
Shared by: David Owens on Jul, 2013
Summary: This sermon covers most of Esther 1 and 2. I tell that part of the story and then draw some applications at the end.
Scripture: Esther 1:1-2:16
Views: 1,087
Jason Jones avatar
Responsible for a Deliverer
Shared by: Jason Jones on Jan, 2013
Summary: Exposition of Responsibility
Scripture: Esther 2:5-7
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 438
Bobby Stults avatar
Shared by: Bobby Stults on Nov, 2012
Summary: This is a topical look into thankfulness using the Book of Esther as the biblical pattern. We can learn a great deal from Esther and Mordecai about being thankful. This morning we will see the general reason for our need to be thankful.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Esther 2:17
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,690
Rick Crandall avatar
Great Help for Hard Times
Shared by: Rick Crandall on Sep, 2012
Summary: 1. Focus on your family right now (2:19-20). 2. Boldly decide to make a difference (2:21-23). 3. Pray for a Godly government (3:1-2). 4. Be prepared for persecution (3:3-15). 5. Have complete confidence in the Lord (3:2).
Scripture: Esther 2:16-3:15
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,400
Rick Crandall avatar
God’s Plan for His People
Shared by: Rick Crandall on Sep, 2012
Summary: 1. Rejecting God’s way leads to a sick society (vs. 1-4). 2. God wants His servants to stand in the gap (vs. 5-7). 3. God has a heavenly purpose for our earthly success (vs. 8-9 & 12-17). 4. The right choice changes everything (vs. 17).
Scripture: Esther 2:1-17
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,504
Jamie Lee avatar
God At Work
Shared by: Jamie Lee on May, 2011
Summary: Start of Esther, we wonder how God moves and why He moves His people
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Esther 1:1-2:17
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,120
Gordon Curley avatar
God Cares
Shared by: Gordon Curley on Nov, 2010
Summary: Showing how God cares through the story of Esther - PowerPoint slides aere available for this sermon on request - email: gcurley@gcurley.info
based on 6 ratings
Scripture: Esther 2:5-11
Denomination: Brethren
Views: 982
Larry Finley avatar
Six Truths to Live By
Shared by: Larry Finley on Jul, 2009
Summary: Biblical records of failures are to warn and to teach
Series: Esther
based on 13 ratings
Scripture: Esther 2:19-23
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,834
Larry Finley avatar
The Tragedy of a One Night Stand
Shared by: Larry Finley on Jul, 2009
Summary: Esther had many good qualities but she was not a person I would want my daughter to emulate in all of her ways
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Esther 2:1-20
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,060
Brian Atwood avatar
Making Good Decisions (and Getting Over Bad Ones)
Shared by: Brian Atwood on Jan, 2009
Summary: Five practical precepts for making good choices based on Esther chapter two.
based on 18 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 9,392
Richard White avatar
saying Yes to God part 2
Shared by: Richard White on Aug, 2008
Summary: Sometimes God puts us into positions or places we would not normally go. For such a time as this we are where we are for God’s glory.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Esther 2:1-20
Views: 686
Charles La Porte avatar
The Life of Esther pt 1
Shared by: Charles La Porte on Jun, 2008
Summary: this two part series looks at the life of Esther and relates how we can begin to live as God intended thru the transforming power of the Holy Spirit
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Esther 2:1-17
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 2,006
Victor Yap avatar
Be the World to One Person
Shared by: Victor Yap on Dec, 2007
Summary: Esther, Pt. 2
based on 9 ratings
Scripture: Esther 2:1-20
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 1,682
Vera Hughes avatar
It's Time to Get Out of the Box!
Shared by: Vera Hughes on Aug, 2007
Summary: God has purposed you to walk in His will for your life. Many times we start believing what others have destined for our lives such as "you will never be anything; you are stupid; you are nothing". This has caused many of us to "be in a box". It’s time
based on 27 ratings
Scripture: Esther 2:5-8
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 6,806
David Owens avatar
Avoiding the Mistake of Revenge
Shared by: David Owens on Jun, 2007
Summary: Seeking revenge ends up hurting us more than anyone. Look at how that truth is discovered in Haman’s situation.
based on 5 ratings
Scripture: Esther 2:1-7:15
Views: 1,661
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Queen Esther
Shared by: Matthew Sickling on Apr, 2007
Summary: This sermon focuses on the amazing circumstances surrounding the beautiful story of a young Jewish girl and her ’Cinderala story.’
based on 30 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 10,233
Victor Yap avatar
The Visible Minority
Shared by: Victor Yap on Oct, 2006
Summary: Esther, Pt. 2
Series: "Esther"
based on 6 ratings
Scripture: Esther 2:1-23
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 2,522