Bible Heroes - Queen Esther
One of the most beautiful stories in the Bible reveals a heroine called Esther. She became the queen because she was so beautiful. From many available “brides”, the king chose her for her magnificent beauty.
This story takes place in the days when King Ahasuerus ruled over the land. The king had sent for his queen to come to his side, and she denied him. The king was so cross with her, and decreed that no woman should ever disobey her husband. Also, he decreed that all available beautiful girls in the land be brought to him to choose another queen.
Read the story now, of how Esther saved all her people, and why she is declared the next heroine in this Bible Heroes Collection that I have written.
Esther was an orphan; her parents died
Raised by a cousin named Mordecai
They were Jewish but no one knew
Many people then did not like Jews
During this time, parties were great
Food and wine, all lasting for days
Dishes of gold, all one of a kind
Silks, satins, the best they could find.
King Ahasuerus was proud of himself,
Liked to show off his riches and wealth
The king had a feast lasting many weeks
The best of breads, meats, wine, and cheese
After some days, and merry with wine,
Sent for Queen Vashti, his lovely wife
She had a beauty he wanted to show
He was Irate when she refused to go
To the King, all his wise men were called
For they were all very wise in the the law
“What can be done of Queen Vashti?
I bade her come; and she refused me”
“Oh King, she has also done wrong
To all the men beneath the throne
We must send decrees to all the names
To prevent other ladies doing the same”
“Furthermore, mighty King of ours,
It is well within your high powers
For all the fair virgins to be seen
So you may pick another queen.”
So a decree went out to all the lands
That all women should obey their man
Whatever requests might be from him
She will always honor, and obey them
Fair young virgins gathered for the king
Hopeful that one might be the new queen
Esther the Jew was among all of these
She remained silent, and obeyed the decree.
The virgins were brought to the palace there
And given gifts, and new clothes to wear
For one year, they were groomed and trained
So they would know how a queen must reign.
Mordecai was concerned, and very afraid
He nervously walked by the palace each day
If the palace finds out that Esther’s a Jew
He was terrified of what they might do.
Each virgin was presented one at a time
For the king to approve, or to decline
When beautiful Esther came before the king
He knew instantly she was the new queen.
As Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate
He heard two men speaking with hate
They wanted to do harm or kill the king
Mordecai told this to his cousin the queen.
She told the king of the planned evil deed
The men were both hanged high on a tree
Haman was the king’s second in command
People bowed to him, over all the land.
Now Mordecai did not revere nor bow
Each time he saw Haman walking about
He served only one God, for he was a Jew
He did not obey what Haman said do.
Haman was filled with rage and hate
Because Mordecai did not obey
His scorn was great against Mordecai,
And he vowed then and there to take his life!
Haman discovered Mordecai was a Jew
He thought of a very evil thing to do
It was his arrangement then to include
In all the kingdoms, to kill all the Jews
So Haman could get the king to agree,
He proposed to the king another decree,
“Some people in your kingdom, do not obey
Your laws, & rules oh king, they must pay”
He didn’t tell the king he was after the Jews
He feared this order, the king would refuse
The king thought that Haman was right,
The king gave approval for the plight.
So letters were written by Haman’s command
These letters went throughout all the lands
On a certain day, as the commandment told,
All Jews will be killed, the young, and the old
Haman offered riches to all who would kill
The destruction of all Jews was Haman’s will
Over all the lands, the Jews prayed and wept
Hoping their God would send some help.
A friend of Mordecai found the decree
And brought it to Mordecai, so he could see
Mordecai soon gave Queen Esther the post
He knew that the queen could help the most.
She had a message delivered to the Jews
“Fast for three days, the same I will do
I’ll try to get the King to listen to me
To put a stop to this terrible decree”
Meanwhile, troubled, king ordered the books
All the records, so he could have a look
It was written there, it was the Jew Mordecai
Who reported the two men, saved the kings life.
The time was gone, but the king still asked,
How was this man privileged for that?
He should be honored with high tribute
This man is Mordecai, Mordecai the Jew.”
Haman told the king no action was made
To honor the man who sat at the gate
The king ordered a fine robe and crown
To honor Mordecai the Jew from town
Haman was furious, complained to his wife
“I must honor this Jew, I can’t end his life”
The wife and friends began to say.
“Build a gallows; hang him after today”
Now Esther was a most incredible queen
Standing in the hallway so she could be seen
The king found favor, and bade her to come
The Jews had but one hope; she was that one!
The king asked Esther, “What is your desire?
The answer is yes, if it is in my power”
Esther said the king and Haman are invited
To a dinner she prepared Haman was excited
Haman boasted to all the people he knew
Of the banquet the queen invited him to
“Aside from the king, I’m the only guest”
He will be shocked at Queen Esther’s request.
At the banquet again the king asked his wife
“Queen Esther tell me your wishes in life
For I will honor any request that you make
Your request will be granted on this very day.”
“Oh king, if I have favor in thy sight,
My petition is to grant me my life”
For it is ordered that my people and I
To be slain all together, surely to die”
“Who and where is such an evil man
Who would carry out this ghastly plan?”
“It is wicked Haman”, replied the queen.
Haman then trembled before the king.
The king was told of the gallows so high
So Haman could hang the Jew Mordecai
On the gallows, a man did hang until dead,
It wasn’t Mordecai, but Haman instead!!