Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Esther Is Introduced to Ahasuerus


Esther Is Introduced to Ahasuerus
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn 1606 – 1669
drawing with pen and brush (18 × 25 cm) — ca. 1655
Esther 2:15 - 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.
The Persian king Ahasuerus had banished his previous wife and was now looking for a new queen. He ordered that all beautiful young virgins in his land be gathered in his house, so that he could make his choice.

Esther was one of the virgins. She was living with her old cousin Mordecai. He advised Esther not to mention her Jewish origins, as that might cause problems.

After a year of beauty treatments Esther was introduced to the king. Ahasuerus was impressed by her appearance and choose her to be his new wife.
>>>> Esther

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