Chapter “D” is in Orthodox and Catholic Bibles. It reveals Esther approaching Ahasuerus without an invitation. This was illegal and punishable by death.
1. It came to pass on the third day, when she had ceased praying, that she took off her servant’s dress, and put on her glorious apparel.
2. Being splendidly dressed and having called upon God the Overseer and Preserver of all things, she took her two maids, and
3. she leaned upon one, as a delicate female,
4. and the other followed bearing her train.
5. She was blooming in the perfection of her beauty. Her face was cheerful and looked lovely, but her heart was filled with fear.
She was blooming in the perfection of her beauty. Esther must have been a sight to behold.
6. Having passed through all the doors, she stood before the king. He was sitting on his royal throne. He had put on all his glorious apparel, covered all over with gold and precious stones, and was very terrifying.
she stood before the king. Esther had almost certainly walked to her own execution.
7. And having raised his face resplendent with glory, he looked with intense anger. The queen fell, and changed her color as she fainted. She bowed herself upon the head of the maid who went before her.
8. But God changed the spirit of the king to gentleness, and in intense feeling, he sprang from off his throne, and took her into his arms, until she recovered. He comforted her with peaceful words, and said to her,
9. “What is the matter, Esther? I am your relative. Cheer up!
10. You shall not die, for our command is openly declared to you:
11. ‘Draw near.’ ”
12. And having raised the golden sceptre, he laid it upon her neck, and embraced her. He said, “Speak to me.”
13. So she said to him, “I saw you, my lord, as an angel of God, and my heart was troubled for fear of your glory;
14. for you, my lord, are to be wondered at, and your face is full of grace.” While she was speaking, she fainted and fell.
15. Then the king was troubled, and all his servants comforted her.
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