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Esther Poem

This is the entire book of Esther, put into a poem format. The divisions correspond to the sermons I preached on the Book of Esther and each poem was given at the end of those particular verses. I hope you will enjoy this poetic journey through Jonah.

Be advised, this is NOT to be considered for doctrine and is not an attempt to change the word of God from its intent and meaning. Rather, it is a poem based on Esther, nothing more.




Esther 1:1-12

A Party Gone Bad


Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus 

(This was the Ahasuerus who reigned

Over one hundred and twenty-seven provinces

From India to Ethiopia), as the Bible has explained


In those days when King Ahasuerus

Sat on his kingdom’s throne

Which was in Shushan the citadel 

As the Bible to us makes known


That in the third year of his reign

He made a feast for all his officials and servants too

The powers of Persia and Media

The nobles, and the princes of the provinces being before him

----------so he did do 


When he showed the riches of his glorious kingdom

And the splendor of his excellent majesty

For many days

Yes, days in all one hundred and eighty


And when these days were completed

The king made a feast lasting seven days

For all the people who were present

In Shushan the citadel, a feast surely to amaze


From great to small, so we are told this thing

In the court of the garden of the palace of the king 


There were white and blue linen curtains 

Fastened with cords of fine linen also

And purple on silver rods and marble pillars 

And the couches were of gold and silver, as we now know


On a mosaic pavement of alabaster; turquoise also

And white and black marble; really quite a show  


And they served drinks in golden vessels

Each vessel being different from the other

----------a most impressive thing

With royal wine in abundance

According to the generosity of the king 


In accordance with the law

The drinking was not compulsory

For so the king had ordered all the officers

Of his household, that such was how it should be


That they should do according to each man’s pleasure

And serve freely, without measure


Queen Vashti also made a feast

For the women in the royal palace

Yes, in that royal place

Which belonged to King Ahasuerus


On the seventh day

When the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded

Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas

Seven eunuchs who served in the presence of King Ahasuerus

----------so the kind demanded 


To bring Queen Vashti before the king 

Wearing her royal crown

In order to show her beauty to the people and the officials

For she was beautiful to behold; she could really knock ‘em down 


But Queen Vashti refused to come

At the king’s command to be brought by the eunuchs of the king

Therefore the king was furious

And his anger burned within him, because Vashti refused this thing


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Esther 1:13-22

Master of the House


Then the king said to the wise men

Who understood the times

(For this was the king’s manner

Toward all who knew law and justice, and how to handle crimes 


Those closest to him being Carshena

Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, and Memucan also

The seven princes of Persia and Media

Who had access to the king’s presence; anytime they could go


And who ranked in the kingdom highest 

To them his voice he then addressed


What shall we do to Queen Vashti according to law

Because she did not obey the command

Of King Ahasuerus brought to her by the eunuchs?”

She has flippantly disobeyed my demand!


And Memucan answered before the king and the princes:

Queen Vashti has not only wronged the king

But also all the princes

And all the people who are in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus

----------to them also she has done this thing! 


For the queen’s behavior will become known

----------to all women, so that they will despise

Their husbands in their eyes


When they report, ‘King Ahasuerus commanded

Queen Vashti to be brought in before him, but she did not come

----------she refused what he demanded! 


This very day the noble ladies of Persia and Media

Will say to all the king’s officials; just do the math!

That they have heard of the behavior of the queen

Thus there will be excessive contempt and wrath 


If it pleases the king, let a royal decree go out from him

And let it be recorded in the laws of the Persians and the Medes

So that it will not be altered

That Vashti shall come no more before King Ahasuerus

----------for her wicked deeds


And let the king give her royal position; surely you will agree

To another who is better than she 


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

It will be a slam dunk, and also a checkmate


And the reply pleased the king and the princes

----------it was really spot on

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

And this is what the letters did depict


That each man should be master in his own house

Great advice indeed

And speak in the language of his own people

Yes, each man his own house he should lead


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Esther 2:1-11 (In Search of a Queen)

In Search of a Queen


After these things, when the wrath of King Ahasuerus subsided

He remembered Vashti, what she had done

And what had been decreed against her 

After the course of his wrath had run


Then the king’s servants who attended him said

----------with a notable ring

Let beautiful young virgins be sought for the king 


And let the king appoint officers

In all the provinces of his kingdom, so to you we tell

That they may gather all the beautiful young virgins

To Shushan the citadel


Into the women’s quarters

Under the custody of Hegai 

The king’s eunuch, custodian of the women

Whom on the virgins he keeps his eye


And let beauty preparations be given them 

Then let the young woman who pleases the king

Be queen instead of Vashti

This thing pleased the king, and he did so; yes he did this thing


In Shushan the citadel there was a certain Jew

Whose name was Mordecai the son of Jair

The son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjamite

More of Modecai, you can bet we will hear


Kish had been carried away from Jerusalem

With the captives who had been captured in the fray

With Jeconiah, king of Judah

Whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away


And Mordecai had brought up Hadassah

That is, Esther, his uncle’s daughter; so they were related

For she had neither father nor mother

As the Bible to us has stated


The young woman was lovely and beautiful

When her father and mother died

Mordecai took her as his own daughter

Parenting skills to her he applied


So it was, when the king’s command and decree were heard

And when many young women were gathered

----------at Shushan the citadel 

Under the custody of Hegai

As the story does tell


That Esther also was taken to the king’s palace, there and then

Into the care of Hegai the custodian of the women 


Now the young woman pleased him
And she obtained his favor, so we know

So he readily gave beauty preparations to her

Besides her allowance, to her he did bestow


Then seven choice maidservants

Were provided for her from the palace of the king

And he moved her and her maidservants

To the best place in the house of the women

----------so for her he did this thing


Esther had not revealed her people or family one little bit

For Mordecai had charged her not to reveal it


And every day Mordecai paced

In front of the court of the women’s quarters

To learn of Esther’s welfare

And what was happening to her from any passing reporters

----------

Lord God, thank You for Your presence that is with us

Even when we don’t realize that You are there
Because You sent Your own Son Jesus

We can know that You truly do care


And so Lord, be real to us in a wonderful new way

Open our minds and our hearts to seeing You always

Through every step we take, and throughout every day

Be real to us, O God, and to You will shall give all of our praise


Hallelujah and Amen…


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Esther 2:12-23

A Night With the King


Each young woman’s turn came

To go in to King Ahasuerus, it was when

After she had completed twelve months’ preparation

According to the regulations for the women


For thus were the days of their preparation apportioned:

Six months with oil of myrrh, for a really good smell

And six months with perfumes and preparations

For beautifying women as well


Thus prepared, each young woman went to the king

And she was given whatever she desired

To take with her from the women’s quarters

To the king’s palace; as she was so inspired


In the evening she went, and in the morning she returned

To the second house of the women; her new confines

To the custody of Shaashgaz

The king’s eunuch who kept the concubines


She would not go in to the king again, for sure

Unless the king delighted in her, and by name called for her


Now when the turn came for Esther

The daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai

Who had taken her as his daughter

To go in to the king, by and by


She requested nothing but what Hegai the king’s eunuch

The custodian of the women, advised

And Esther obtained favor in the sight of all who saw her

With her beauty everyone was hypnotized


So Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus

Into his royal palace, in the tenth month, we know

Which is the month of Tebeth

In the seventh year of his reign it was so


The king loved Esther more than all the other women

And she obtained grace and favor in his sight

More than all the virgins

Esther pleased the king on that night


So he set the royal crown upon her head

And made her queen; replacing Vashti instead 


Then the king made a great feast, the Feast of Esther

For all his officials and servants he did this thing

And he proclaimed a holiday in the provinces and gave gifts According to the generosity of a king


When virgins were gathered together a second time, on that date

Mordecai sat within the king’s gate 


Now Esther had not revealed her family and her people

Just as Mordecai had charged her, so she did

For Esther obeyed the command of Mordecai

As when she was brought up by him, even as a kid


In those days, while Mordecai sat

Within the king’s gate, two of the king’s eunuchs

---------- they were treasonous

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, just the same

And Esther informed the king

Yes, she informed the king in Mordecai’s name 


And when an inquiry was made into the matter, it was confirmed And both were hanged on a gallows; so they were dangling

And it was written in the book of the chronicles

In the presence of the king


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Esther 3:1-15

There Is a Certain People


After these things King Ahasuerus promoted Haman

The son of Hammedatha the Agagite

And advanced him and set his seat

Above all the princes who were with him, as he deemed right 


And all the king’s servants

Who were within the king’s gate

Bowed and paid homage to Haman

For so the king had commanded concerning him

----------so that they would get this straight


But Mordecai would not bow or pay homage

Then the king’s servants who were within the king’s gate

Said to Mordecai, “Why do you transgress the king’s command?” 

Why can’t you get this thing straight?


Now it happened, when they spoke to him daily

And he would not listen to them as planned

That they told it to Haman

To see whether Mordecai’s words would stand


For Mordecai had told them that he was a Jew

This is why this thing he wouldn’t do

 

When Haman saw that Mordecai

Did not bow or pay him homage; this thing he wouldn’t do

Haman was filled with wrath

And he was determined to do in this Jew 


But he disdained to lay hands on Mordecai alone

For they had told him of the people of Mordecai

----------to him this thing was shown


Instead, Haman sought to destroy all the Jews

Who throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus were 

The people of Mordecai

He wanted them all done in for sure


In the first month, which is the month of Nisan

In the twelfth year of Ahasuerus the king

They cast Pur (that is, the lot)

Before Haman to determine the day and the month of this thing 


Until it fell on the twelfth month of the calendar

Which is the month of Adar


Then Haman said to King Ahasuerus

There is a certain people scattered and dispersed

Among the people in all the provinces of your kingdom

Their laws are different from all other people’s

----------I think they are accursed


And they do not keep the king’s laws; it’s crazy and insane

Therefore it is not fitting for the king to let them remain 


If it pleases the king, let a decree be written that they be destroyed

And I will pay ten thousand talents of silver, so I shall do

Into the hands of those who do the work

To bring it into the king’s treasuries, if approved by you


So the king took his signet ring from his hand

And gave it to Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite

The enemy of the Jews

Believing that what he was doing was good and right 


And the king said to Haman

The money and the people are given to you

To do with them as seems good to you

So this thing you are instructed to do


Then the king’s scribes were called on the thirteenth day

Of the first month, when the year was new

And a decree was written

According to all that Haman commanded to do


To the king’s satraps

To the governors who were over each province

----------so they were equipped

To the officials of all people

To every province according to its script


And to every people in their language

In the name of King Ahasuerus it was written out

And sealed with the king’s signet ring

So that there would be no doubt


And the letters were sent by couriers

Into all the king’s provinces

----------to destroy, to kill, and to annihilate all the Jews

Both young and old, little children and women

In one day was to be accomplished this terrible news


On the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, if you did wonder

Which is the month of Adar, and to their possessions plunder 


A copy of the document was to be issued

As law in every province, as the law did say

Being published for all people

That they should be ready for that day 


The couriers went out, hastened by the king’s command

And the decree was proclaimed in Shushan the citadel

So the king and Haman sat down to drink

But the city of Shushan was perplexed at this bombshell


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Esther 4:1-17

Unseen and Unacknowledged


When Mordecai learned all that had happened

He tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, by and by

And went out into the midst of the city

He cried out with a loud and bitter cry 


He went as far as the front of the king’s gate, so we read

For no one might enter the king’s gate clothed with sackcloth

----------no one could do such a deed 


And in every province where the king’s command and decree arrived 

There was great mourning among the Jews

With fasting, weeping, and wailing

And many lay in sackcloth and ashes

----------such mourning they did choose


So Esther’s maids and eunuchs came and told her

And the queen was deeply distressed

Then she sent garments to clothe Mordecai

----------and take his sackcloth away from him

But he would not accept them; he refused to be so dressed 


Then Esther called Hathach 

One of the king’s eunuchs whom he had appointed to attend her

And she gave him a command concerning Mordecai

To learn what and why this was, for sure 


So Hathach went out to Mordecai; Esther’s words to state

In the city square that was in front of the king’s gate 


And Mordecai told him all that had happened to him

And the sum of money that Haman had promised to pay

Into the king’s treasuries to destroy the Jews

These things to him he did relay 


He also gave him a copy

Of the written decree for their destruction, so crazy and insane

Which was given at Shushan

That he might show it to Esther and to her it explain


And that he might command her to go in to the king

To make to him supplication

And plead before him for her people

Yes, to plead for her sentenced nation 


So Hathach returned and told Esther

The words of Mordecai, he told to her


Then Esther spoke to Hathach, giving a reply

And gave him a command for Mordecai 


All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces

Know that any man or woman who goes into the inner court

To the king, who has not been called 

He has but one law: put all to death, cutting that life short


Except the one to whom the king holds out the golden scepter

That he may live, and not die

Yet I myself have not been called to go in to the king

These thirty days, and I know not why 


So they told Mordecai Esther’s words

And Mordecai told them to answer Esther with his views

Do not think in your heart that you will escape

In the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews 


For if you remain completely silent at this time

Relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place

----------this point do not miss

But you and your father’s house will perish

Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom

----------for such a time as this?”


Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai: 

Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan

And fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day

And then with your plan I will proceed on


My maids and I will fast likewise

And which is against the law, so I will go to the king

And if I perish, I perish!”

So Mordecai went his way and to all that Esther commanded him

----------so he did this thing


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Esther 5:1-14

The Golden Scepter


Now it happened on the third day

That Esther put on her royal robes, instead of some regular blouse

And stood in the inner court of the king’s palace

Across from the king’s house


While the king sat on his royal throne, not expecting his spouse

In the royal house, facing the entrance of the house 


So it was, when the king saw Queen Esther

Standing in the court, that she found favor in his sight

And the king held out to Esther the golden scepter

----------that was in his hand

Then Esther went near and touched the top of the scepter

----------knowing that things would be alright


And the king said to her

What do you wish, Queen Esther?


What is your request? A royal sum?

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

Please do this thing, I pray


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 prepar-ed.


At the banquet of wine the king said to Esther

What is your petition? It shall be granted you

What is your request, up to half the kingdom?

It shall be done!” My word is true


Then Esther answered and said, not wishing her chance to miss

My petition and request is this: 


If I have found favor in the sight of the king

And if it pleases the king to grant my petition

----------and fulfill my request in the hours ahead

Then let the king and Haman come to the banquet

Which I will prepare for them, and tomorrow I will do

----------as the king has said


So Haman went out that day joyful and with a glad heart

But when Haman saw Mordecai in the king’s gate

And that he did not stand or tremble before him

He was filled with indignation against Mordecai

----------indignation and hate 


Nevertheless Haman restrained himself and went home

----------for a little family life

And he sent and called for his friends and Zeresh his wife 


Then Haman told them of his great riches

The multitude of his children, which made his heart sing

Everything in which the king had promoted him

And how he had advanced him above the officials

----------and servants of the king


Moreover Haman said

Besides, Queen Esther invited no one but me, a nifty thing!

To come in with the king to the banquet that she prepared

And tomorrow I am again invited by her along with the king 


Yet all this avails me nothing; I am filled with hate

So long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king’s gate


Then his wife Zeresh and all his friends said to him

Let a gallows be made, fifty cubits high

And in the morning suggest to the king

That be hanged on it Mordecai


Then go merrily with the king to the banquet, be not dismayed

And the thing pleased Haman; so he had the gallows made


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Esther 6:1-14

The Man Whom the King Delights to Honor


That night the king could not sleep

So one was commanded to bring

The book of the records of the chronicles

And they were read before the king 


And it was found written that Mordecai

Had told of Bigthana and Teresh, as he ought

Two of the king’s eunuchs

The doorkeepers who had, to lay hands on King Ahasuerus sought 


Then the king said

What honor or dignity has been bestowed for this on Mordecai?”

And the king’s servants who attended him said

Nothing has been done for him.” This was their reply


So the king said, “Who is in the court?”

Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the king’s palace

To suggest that the king hang Mordecai

On the gallows that he had prepared for him: such was his malice


The king’s servants said to him

Haman is there, standing in the court”

And the king said, “Let him come in”

To me, have that guy Haman report


So Haman came in, and the king asked him

What shall be done for the man

----------whom the king delights to honor? Tell me plainly

Now Haman thought in his heart

Whom would the king delight to honor more than me?” 


And Haman answered the king

For the man whom the king delights to honor” Yes, he said

Let a royal robe be brought which the king has worn

And a horse on which the king has ridden

----------which has a royal crest placed on its head 


Then let this robe and horse be delivered

To the hand of one of the most noble princes of the king

That he may array the man whom the king delights to honor

Yes, you should commit to do this thing


Then parade him on horseback through the city square

And proclaim before him, you see:

Thus shall it be done to the man

Whom the king delights to honor!” So should it be


 Then the king said to Haman

Hurry, take the robe and the horse, as you have suggested

And do so for Mordecai the Jew who sits within the king’s gate!

Leave nothing undone of all that you have spoken

----------as I have now attested


So Haman took the robe and the horse

Arrayed Mordecai and led him on horseback

----------through the city square

And proclaimed before him

Thus shall it be done to the man

----------whom the king delights to honor with fanfare


Afterward Mordecai went back to the king’s gate

But Haman hurried to his house

Mourning and with his head covered

And feeling like a louse


When Haman told his wife Zeresh and all his friends

Everything that had happened to him

His wise men and his wife Zeresh said to him

Words that were quite grim


If Mordecai, before whom you have begun to fall

Is of Jewish descent

You will not prevail against him

But will surely fall before him; a bad end you cannot prevent


While they were still talking with him

The king’s eunuchs came, while he sat there scared

And hastened to bring Haman to the banquet

Which Esther had prepared


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Esther 7:1-10

Hang Him High


So the king and Haman went to dine

With Queen Esther

And on the second day, at the banquet of wine

The king again to Esther, said to her


What is your petition, Queen Esther?

It shall be granted you

And what is your request, up to half the kingdom?

It shall be done!” My word is true


Then Queen Esther answered and said

If I have found favor in your sight, O king, I speak at your behest

And if it pleases the king

Let my life be given me at my petition

----------and my people at my request


For we have been sold, my people and I

To be destroyed, to be killed, and to be annihilated

Had we been sold as male and female slaves

I would have held my tongue, leaving my pain unstated


Although the enemy could never compensate for the king’s loss

The difference is that of gold, compared to mere dross


So King Ahasuerus answered and said to Queen Esther

Who is he, and where is he

Who would dare presume in his heart to do such a thing?”

And Esther said, “This wicked Haman is the adversary and enemy 


So Haman was terrified before the king and queen

Looks likely that his last day has been seen


Then the king arose in his wrath from the banquet of wine 

And went into the palace garden, his head it did ring

But Haman stood before Queen Esther, pleading for his life

For he saw that evil was determined against him by the king


When the king returned from the palace garden

To the place of the banquet of wine given by his spouse

Haman had fallen across the couch where Esther was

Then the king said, “Will he also assault the queen

----------while I am in the house?”


As the word left the king’s mouth, over this disgrace

They covered Haman’s face


Now Harbonah, one of the eunuchs, said to the king

Look! The gallows, fifty cubits high

----------which Haman made for Mordecai

Who spoke good on the king’s behalf

Is standing at the house of Haman. Let’s use Haman to give it a try


Then the king said, “Hang him on it!”

So they hanged Haman on the gallows as the king decided

Those that he had prepared for Mordecai

Then the king’s wrath subsided


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Esther 8:1-17

Beauty for Ashes


On that day King Ahasuerus

Gave Queen Esther the house of Haman

The enemy of the Jews

There it was in Shushan, and not in Grand Cayman


And Mordecai came before the king

For Esther had told how he was related to her

----------she informed the king of this thing


So the king took off his signet ring

Which he had taken from Haman, and gave it to Mordecai

And Esther appointed Mordecai over the house of Haman

Because her cousin was a really good guy


Now Esther spoke again to the king

Fell down at his feet, and implored him with tears

----------she really had the blues

To counteract the evil of Haman the Agagite

And the scheme which he had devised against the Jews 


And the king held out the golden scepter toward Esther

----------for her he did this thing

So Esther arose and stood before the king


And said, “If it pleases the king

And if I have found favor in his sight

And the thing seems right to the king

And I am pleasing in his eyes, then relive our plight


Let it be written to revoke the letters devised by Haman

The son of Hammedatha the Agagite

Which he wrote to annihilate the Jews

Who are in all the king’s provinces, to remove us from his sight


For how can I endure to see the evil

That will come to my people then

Or how can I endure to see the destruction

Of my countrymen


Then King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther

And Mordecai the Jew, relaying this news

Indeed, I have given Esther the house of Haman

----------And they have hanged him on the gallows

Because he tried to lay his hand on the Jews


You yourselves write a decree concerning the Jews

As you please, in the king’s name

And seal it with the king’s signet ring

Write it according to your desired aim


For whatever is written in the king’s name

----------Really it’s not a joke!

And sealed with the king’s signet ring, no one can revoke


So the king’s scribes were called at that time

In the third month, which is the month of Sivan

On the twenty-third day 

The task was taken on


And it was written, according to all that Mordecai commanded

To the Jews, the satraps, the governors, and the princes too

Of the provinces from India to Ethiopia

One hundred and twenty-seven provinces in all

----------A lot of writing they needed to do


To every province in its own script, so they did do

To every people in their own language

And to the Jews in their own script and language too


And he wrote in the name of King Ahasuerus

Sealed it with the king’s signet ring; from the throne it proceeds

And sent letters by couriers on horseback

Riding on royal horses bred from swift steeds


By these letters the king permitted the Jews

Who were in every city to gather together and their lives protect

To destroy, kill, and annihilate all the forces of any people

Or province that would assault them

----------if any harm they did detect


Both little children and women, and to plunder their possessions 

On one day in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, near and far

On the thirteenth day of the twelfth month
Which is the month of Adar


A copy of the document was to be issued

As a decree in every province and published for all people too

So that the Jews would be ready on that day

To avenge themselves on their enemies; so they were to do


The couriers who rode on royal horses went out

Hastened and pressed on by the king’s command

And the decree was issued in Shushan the citadel

And throughout all the empire’s land


So Mordecai went out from the presence of the king

In royal apparel of blue and white

With a great crown of gold and a garment of fine linen and purple

He was a pretty dandy sight


And the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad

Things had turned to good from what was once really bad


The Jews had light and gladness, joy and honor

And in every province and city… hooray!

Wherever the king’s command and decree came

The Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a holiday


Then many of the people of the land became Jews

Because fear of the Jews fell upon them by this royal news


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Esther 9:1-17

Rest From Their Enemies


Now in the twelfth month, that is, the month of Adar

On the thirteenth day; a date not disputed

The time came for the king’s command

And his decree to be executed


On the day that the enemies of the Jews

Had hoped to overpower them, as is stated

The opposite occurred

In that the Jews themselves overpowered those

----------who them had hated 


The Jews gathered together in their cities

Gathering even from field and farm

Throughout all the provinces of King Ahasuerus

To lay hands on those who sought their harm


And no one could withstand them, so the account does tell

Because fear of them upon all people fell


And all the officials of the provinces

The satraps, the governors as well

And all those doing the king’s work helped the Jews

Because the fear of Mordecai upon them fell 


For Mordecai was great in the king’s palace

And his fame spread throughout all the provinces

For this man Mordecai became increasingly prominent

So the account to us says


Thus the Jews defeated all their enemies

With the stroke of the sword, as is stated

With slaughter and destruction

And did what they pleased with those who them had hated


And in Shushan the citadel, there and then

The Jews killed and destroyed five hundred men


Also Parshandatha, Dalphon, Aspatha 

Poratha, Adalia, Aridatha too

Parmashta, Arisai, Aridai, and Vajezatha

To them was bid tata and adieu


The ten sons of Haman the son of Hammedatha

The enemy of the Jews—they killed

But they did not lay a hand on the plunder

It was enough that their blood was spilled


On that day the number of those who were killed

----------in Shushan the citadel

Was brought to the king; to him the stats they did tell


And the king said to Queen Esther

The Jews have killed and destroyed five hundred men

In Shushan the citadel

And the ten sons of Haman


What have they done in the rest of the king’s provinces?

Now what is your petition? It shall be granted to you

Or what is your further request? It shall be done

Speak as to what you desire me to do


Then Esther said, “If it pleases the king

Let it be granted to the Jews who are in Shushan

To do again tomorrow according to today’s decree

And let be hanged on the gallows the ten sons of Haman


So the king commanded this to be done

The decree was issued in Shushan

And they hanged Haman’s ten sons, yes each and every one


And the Jews who were in Shushan

Gathered together again on

The fourteenth day of the month of Adar

And killed three hundred men at Shushan


But they did not lay on the plunder a hand

They only killed their enemies; so we are to understand


The remainder of the Jews in the king’s provinces

Gathered together and protected their lives

----------had rest from their enemies, truly a wonder

And killed seventy-five thousand of their enemies

But they did not lay a hand on the plunder 


This was on the thirteenth day

Of the month of Adar

And on the fourteenth of the month they rested

And made it a day of feasting and gladness, both near and far


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Esther 9:18-32

The Days of Purim


But the Jews who were at Shushan

Assembled together on the thirteenth day 

----------as well as on the fourteenth, after great success

And on the fifteenth of the month they rested

And made it a day of feasting and gladness


Therefore the Jews of the villages

Who dwelt in the unwalled towns celebrated the fourteenth day

----------whoo hoo! O brother!

Of the month of Adar with gladness and feasting

As a holiday, and for sending presents to one another


And Mordecai wrote these things

And sent letters to all the Jews, near and far

Who were in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus 

To establish among them that they should celebrate yearly

----------the fourteenth and fifteenth days of the month of Adar 


As the days on which the Jews

Had rest from their enemies, hip hip hooray

As the month which was turned from sorrow to joy for them

And from mourning to a holiday


That they should make them days of feasting and joy, for sure

Of sending presents to one another and gifts to the poor


So the Jews accepted the custom which they had begun

As Mordecai had written to them, with this good news

Because Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite

The enemy of all the Jews


Had plotted against the Jews to annihilate them

And had cast Pur (that is, the lot)

To consume them and destroy them

But when Esther came before the king

----------he commanded by letter that this wicked plot...


Which Haman had devised against the Jews

Should return on his own head

And that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows

There they hung, eleven of them dead


So they called these days Purim, after the name Pur

Therefore, because of all the words of this letter

What they had seen concerning this matter

And what had happened to them; how things turned for the better


The Jews established and imposed it

Upon themselves and their descendants far and near

And all who would join them

That without fail they should celebrate these two days every year


According to the written instructions 

And according to the prescribed time, with happy elation

That these days should be remembered

And kept throughout every generation


Every family, every province, and every city

That these days of Purim should not fail 

----------to be observed among the Jews

And that the memory of them should not perish

Among their descendants, but should be kept alive this happy news


Then Queen Esther, the daughter of Abihail

With Mordecai the Jew

Wrote with full authority to confirm this second letter about Purim

This thing he did do


And Mordecai sent letters to all the Jews

To the provinces one hundred and twenty-seven

Of the kingdom of Ahasuerus

With words of peace and truth, words without leaven


To confirm these days of Purim at their appointed time

As Mordecai the Jew and Queen Esther for them had prescribed

And as they had decreed for themselves and their descendants

Concerning matters of their fasting and lamenting

----------as they had described


So the decree of Esther these matters of Purim confirmed

And it was written in the book; thus it was affirmed


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Esther 10:1-3

The Greatness of Mordecai


And King Ahasuerus imposed tribute on the land

And on the islands of the sea; so we understand


Now all the acts of his power and his might

And the account of the greatness of Mordecai

----------to which advanced him the king 

Are they not written in the book of the chronicles

Of the kings of Media and Persia? Don’t they speak of this thing? 


For Mordecai the Jew was second to King Ahasuerus

And was great among the Jews

And well received by the multitude of his brethren

----------seeking the good of his people

And speaking peace to all his countrymen
----------sending out the good news



Lord God, thank You for Your presence that is with us

Even when we don’t realize that You are there
Because You sent Your own Son Jesus

We can know that You truly do care


And Lord God, thank you for this wonderful book

Esther! What a marvel to have studied it

Into every detail possible we took a look

And to You our thanks and praise we now submit!


Hallelujah to Christ our Lord!

Hallelujah for Esther, a marvelous part of Your superior word!


Hallelujah and Amen…

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