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Bible Commentaries

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Esther

- Esther

by E.W. Bullinger

Est ESTHER. THE STRUCTURE OF THE BOOK AS A WHOLE. Esther 1:1 AHASUERUS. REIGN. EXTENT OF KINGDOM Esther 1:22 . AHASUERUS. ON HIS THRONE. Esther 2:21-23 . MORDECAI. Discovery of Plot (Bigthan and Teresh). Esther 3:1-15 . HAMAN. HIS PLOT. Esther 4:1-3 . MORDECAI. Discovery of Haman''s Plot. Esther 4:4 - Esther 5:1-14 . ESTHER. HER INTERCESSION. Esther 6:1 . AHASUERUS. ON HIS BED. Esther 6:2-3 . MORDECAI. KING''S INQUIRY. Esther 6:4-9 . HAMAN. KING''S INQUIRY. Esther 6:10-14 . MORDECAI. KING''S COMMAND. Esther 7:1 . ESTHER. HER BANQUET. Esther 7:2 -. AHASUERUS. AT ESTHER''S TABLE. Esther 7:2 . KING. INQUIRY AND PROMISE. Esther 7:3-4 . ESTHER. PLEA FOR LIFE. Esther 7:5-10 . KING. INQUIRY AND WRATH. Esther 8:1 -. ESTHER. HER ROYAL GIFT. Esther 8:1-2 . AHASUERUS. ON HIS THRONE. Esther 8:3-6 . ESTHER. PLEA FOR HER PEOPLE. Esther 8:7-17 . KING. DECREE. Esther 9:1-28 . ESTHER. PLEA FOR HER PEOPLE. Esther 9:29-32 . ESTHER. HER ROYAL AUTHORITY. Esther 10:1-3 . AHASUERUS. REIGN. EXTENT OF KINGDOM. Note: No Divine Name or Title is found in the book of Esther. See Appdx-60. TITLE, Book Of Esther. One of the five Megilloth. For its place in the Hebrew Canon see Appdx-1. Read at the Feast of Purim. Comes chronologically thus:  (1) Daniel; (2) Esther; (3) Nehemiah; (4) Ezra. The Divine name does not occur, except five times in the form of an Acrostic (Appdx-6) . See Appdx-60, and notes on Esther 1:20 ; Esther 5:4 ; Esther 5:13 ; Esther 7:5 ; Esther 7:7 . Esther 1:2 - Esther 2:20 . AHASUERUS. ON HIS THRONE. Esther 1:2-12 . Queen Vashti. Offence. Esther 1:13-22 ; Esther 2:1 . Queen Vashti. Degradation. Esther 2:2-20 . Queen Esther. Substiuted. Esther 1:2-12 . QUEEN VASHTI. OFFENCE. Esther 1:2-3 . Feast:king''s to nobles. Esther 1:4 . Display of riches. Esther 1:5-9 . Feasts:king''s to people; queen''s to women. Esther 1:10-12 . Display of Vashti. Esther 1:13-22 . QUEEN VASHTI. DEGRADATION. Esther 1:13-15 . Kings inquiry of wise men. Esther 1:16-20 . Advice. Given. Esther 1:21 . King''s agreement with wise men. Esther 1:22 . Advice. Acted on. Esther 2:1-20 . QUEEN ESTHER. SUBSTITUTED. Esther 2:1-4 . Maidens. Sought. Esther 2:5-6 . Mordecai. Position. Esther 2:7 . Esther. Relation. Esther 2:8 -. Maidens. Gathered. - Esther 2:8-9 . Esther. Included. Esther 2:10-11 . Mordecai. Solicitude. Esther 2:12-14 . Maidens. Rotation. Esther 2:15-18 . Esther. Selection. Esther 2:19-20 . Mordecai. Station. Esther 2:1-23 . MORDECAI. DISCOVERY OF PLOT. Esther 2:21 -. Mordecai. Station. - Esther 2:21 . Conspiracy. Made. Esther 2:22-23 -. Mordecai. Discovery. - Esther 2:23 . Conspiracy. Punished. Esther 3:1-15 . HAMAN. PLOT. Esther 3:1-2 -. Haman. Advancement. - Esther 3:2-4 . The king. Command re Haman. Esther 3:5-6 . The plot. Devised. Esther 3:7 . Pur. The month by lot. Twelfth month. Esther 3:8-9 . Haman. Plot purposed. Esther 3:10-11 . The king. Compliance with Haman. Esther 3:12 -. Pur. The day by lot. Thirteenth day. - Esther 3:12-15 . The plot. Succeeds. Esther 4:1-3 . MORDECAI. DISCOVERY OF (HAMAN''S) PLOT. Esther 4:4 - Esther 5:14 . ESTHER. INTERCESSION. Esther 4:4-17 . Esther and Mordecai. Esther 5:1-14 . Esther and the king. Esther 4:4-17 . ESTHER AND MORDECAI. Esther 4:4 . Esther. Information. Esther 4:5-6 . Esther. Inquiry of Mordecai. Esther 4:7-9 . Mordecai. Reply and expostulation. Esther 4:15-17 . Esther. Decision. Esther 5:1-14 . ESTHER AND THE KING. Esther 5:1-2 . King on the royal throne. Esther 5:3 . King. Inquiry. Esther 5:4 . Esther. Invitation given. Esther 5:5 -. King. Compliance. - Esther 5:5 . Esther. Invitation accepted. Esther 5:6 -. King at Esther''s banquet. - Esther 5:6 . King. Promise. Esther 5:7-8 . Esther. Second invitation. Esther 5:9 -. Haman''s joy. - Esther 5:9-14 . Esther. Second invitation. Esther 5:9-14 . ESTHER. SECOND INVITATION. - Esther 5:9 . Mordecia. Haman''s indignation. Esther 5:10-11 . Haman. Ostentation. Esther 5:12 . Haman. Pride. Esther 5:13-14 . Mordecai. Haman''s gallows. Esther 8:7-17 . KING. DECREE. Esther 8:7 -. The king. - Esther 8:7 . Grant to Esther. Esther 8:8 . The writing. Commanded. Decree. Esther 8:9-10 . The writing. Written. Esther 8:11-12 . Grant to Esther''s People. Esther 8:13 . The writing. Copied. Esther 8:14 . The writing. Decree. Dispatched. Esther 8:15-17 . The king. Esther 9:1-28 . ESTHER. PLEA FOR HER PEOPLE. Esther 9:1-4 . Assemblage. Esther 9:5-10 -. Slaughter. Palace. - Esther 9:10 . Abstention from plunder. Esther 9:11 . King. Receives report. Esther 9:12-13 . Esther''s request. Esther 9:14 . King. Makes another decree. Esther 9:15 -. Assemblage. - Esther 9:15 -. Slaughter. Shushan. City. - Esther 9:15 . Abstention from plunder. Esther 9:16 -. Assemblage. - Esther 9:16 -. Slaughter. Province. - Esther 9:16 . Abstention from plunder. Esther 9:17 . Feasting. Provinces. One day (13th). Esther 9:18 . Feasting. Shushan. Three days (13th , 14th, and 15th). Esther 9:19 . Feasting. Villages. One day (14th). Esther 9:20 Letters of Mordecai. Esther 9:21-22 . Days. Commemoration. Esther 9:23-24 . Observance. Esther 9:25 . Letters of the king. Esther 9:26 . Days. Names (Purim). Esther 9:27-28 . Observance. Esther 9:29-32 ESTHER. ROYAL AUTHORITY.