Free online resources based on the Queen Esther Bible story. Her story can be found in your Bible in the book of Esther. See below for links to sermons, songs, stories and entertaining sites for Esther’s story.
And the king loved Esther more than all the women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the maidens, so that he set the royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.
Now when the turn for Esther the daughter of Abihail, the uncle of Mordecai who had taken her as his own daughter, had come to go in to the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the king’s attendant, the keeper of the women, suggested. And Esther won favor in the sight of all who saw her. — Esther 2:15, 2:17 <AMP>
After the Persian King Ahasuerus banished his queen Vashti, a beautiful young Jewish girl named Esther was selected queen. Her presence at court becomes a matter of great importance to her people when Haman, a court official, hatches a plan to destroy all Jews in the empire. Mordecai, her cousin and foster parent, pleads with her to approach the king and ask for her life, as well as all Jews in the empire. Mordecai knows that God has placed Esther in this position just as Joseph was placed in Egypt to save his family.
Entering the throne room without being summoned was a capital offense and Esther had not been summoned for almost a month. She told Mordecai along with all the Jews in the city to fast and pray with her for three days. At that time, Esther agreed to go before Ahasuerus by saying, “If I perish, I perish.”
After three days of seeking God, Esther could boldly go before the king. She entered the throne room and Ahasuerus extended the scepter allowing Esther to approach. After, inviting Ahasuerus and Haman to a banquet, she revealed her identity as a Jew and asked that her people be saved.
Haman was delivered to the gallows that he had built for Mordecai after he assaulted Esther. And Ahasuerus promoted Mordecai to Haman’s old position. Letters were written to Jews living across the empire giving them the right to defend themselves against Haman’s evil plan. The Jews escaped the slaughter and celebrate Purim in remembrance of their deliverance. The holiday is named for the way Haman selected the day for their destruction, by casting lots.
Mordecai sent this reply to Esther: “Don’t think for a moment that because you’re in the palace you will escape when all other Jews are killed. If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?” — Esther 4:13-14 <NLT>
Read Esther’s Story in five popular translations – AMP, KJV, HCSB, NIV, The Message:
Esther – Key Events In Her Life
Esther 1 – King Ahasuerus deposes Queen Vashti.
Esther 2 – Esther chosen as the new queen.
Esther 3 – Haman plots to kill all the Jews.
Esther 4 – Mordecai asks Esther to plead their case to the king.
Esther 5 – Esther invites the king and Haman to a banquet and requests that they come back for another.
Esther 6 – Ahasuerus commands Haman to honor Mordecai, further enraging Haman.
Esther 7 – Esther pleads for her people and her life.
Esther 8 – Mordecai is promoted and the king grants the Jews permission to fight against their enemies.
Esther 9 – The Jews are delivered and Purim is established as an annual holiday.
Check out all the wonderful Christian content linked below and learn more about Esther.
Children’s Bible Stories – Scriptures and Adaptations on Esther’s Story
Queen Esther – Short easy-to-read version
Esther-The Beautiful Girl who Became a Queen – Covers Esther 1 & 2
Haman’s Plans to Destroy All the Jews – From Esther 3:1 to 4:3
How Queen Esther Save the Lives of Her People – From Esther 4:4 to 10:3
Queen Esther – A paraphrase of Esther’s story
Queen Esther – A very simple version from Esther
Esther – Another brief story with activity pages
The Story of Esther – A long paraphrase of Queen Esther’s story
Queen Esther – A lengthy paraphrase of Esther.
Children’s Stories – Original Fiction Based on Esther’s Story
The Girl Who Moved to a Palace – Part 1 based on Esther 2:1-16
Part 2 – Based on Esther 2:15-23
Part 3 – Based on Esther 2:21-23; 3 and 4:1-16
Part 4 – Based on Esther 5 and 6:1-3
Part 5 – Based on Esther 6:4-14 and 7
Children’s Activities, Crafts, Coloring Pages, Music, Plays & Poetry for Esther’s Story
Queen Esther Craft Ideas – Instructions for making a scepter and a crown
The Story of Esther – Color Esther’s story
Esther Spoke Very Bravely To The King – A coloring page
Esther – An online quiz
Esther, Mordecai & King Xerxes – Lessons and crafts on Esther
Purim Crafts – Activities and crafts related to Purim, the Jewish holiday celebrating the story of Esther
The Story of Esther – A brief skit with 5 parts
Esther Was A She-Ro – A song by Darlene Conner
Children’s Sermons & Lessons on Esther
Esther – A lesson based on Esther 1 through 10
Mordecai Halts Plot Against The King – A lesson based on Esther 1 and 2
Devotions, Discussions & Sermons and Other Resources About Esther
Esther – Links to more resources on Esther
Purim – Good information on Purim, the holiday that commemorates the story of Esther.
Queen Esther: A Woman Willing to Save Others – Summary of Esther’s story
Esther: A Woman of Faith and Courage – A devotion on Queen Esther
A Lesson From Queen Esther – Brief article by Rabbi C. P. Scheinberg
Esther – Matthew Henry commentary on the Book of Esther
Commentary on Esther by David E. Pratte
Introduction to the Book of Esther – Esther 1
Esther Is Chosen as Queen – Esther 2
Haman Decrees the Death of the Jews – Esther 3
Mordecai Persuades Esther to Appeal to the King – Esther 4
Esther’s First Banquet for Haman and the King – Esther 5
Haman’s Defeat & the Jews’ Victory – Esther 6
Esther’s Request & Haman’s Downfall – Esther 7
The Decree to Spare the Jews Is Issued – Esther 8
The Jews Slay Their Enemies – Esther 9
Esther Conclusion – Esther 10
Purim – Secular references to Purim
Esther – Links to classical paintings from Queen Esther’s story
Ancient Empires – Persia – Brief overview of the Persian empire
Esther – Secular references to Esther
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