Esther approaches the king. [UPDATED]
This chapter is recognized as Deuterocanonical Scripture by the Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, and Catholic Churches
VERSE 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.
she took off her servant’s dress. Even though she was the queen, Esther normally wore the clothing of a servant.
put on her glorious apparel. Now she puts on the garb of the queen.
VERSE 2. Being splendidly dressed and having called upon God the Overseer and Preserver of all things, she took her two maids, and
as a delicate female. Perhaps more accurately, “as someone who had just fasted for three days.”
VERSE 4. and the other followed bearing her train.
VERSE 5. She was blooming in the perfection of her beauty. Her face was cheerful and looked lovely, but her heart was filled with fear.
NAB translation. She glowed with the perfection of her beauty and her countenance was as joyous as it was lovely.
She was blooming in the perfection of her beauty. Esther must is a sight to behold.
VERSE 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 is almost certainly walking to her own execution.
VERSE 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.
he looked with intense anger. The fundamental nature of Xerxes is anger.
VERSE 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,
VERSE 9. “What is the matter, Esther? I am your relative. Cheer up!
VERSE 10. You shall not die, for our command is openly declared to you:
VERSE 11. ‘Draw near.’ ”
VERSE 12. And having raised the golden sceptre, he laid it upon her neck, and embraced her. He said, “Speak to me.”
VERSE 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;
VERSE 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.
VERSE 15. Then the king was troubled, and all his servants comforted her.
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