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Esther By the accident of her beauty and the accident of the former queens dismissal Esther found herself queen of one of the largest powers in the entire world Then when all seemed to be going fairly well her crucial moment to stand for what she believed in came This is the story of Esther King Xerxes ruled over many provinces stretching from India to Cush He owned huge amounts of gold and silver riches and a palace of great size Three years into his reign he gave a banquet for the officials and nobles of the land After the one hundred and eighty day celebration King Xerxes threw another party for everyone in the citadel of Susa to display his many riches During this time King Xerxess wife was giving a banquet for the women in the royal palace of King Xerxes Queen Vashti was a very beautiful woman and the king wanted to show her off to his many guests The message came to her but she refused to see him King Xerxes became very furious and sent out a decree that stated Vashti is never again to enter the presence of King Xerxes Esther 119 He then decided to find a beautiful young virgin to take her place Esther niece of Mordecai was brought to the kings presence under the decree Esther was soon chosen and was immediately given beauty treatments and fancy food After completely the twelve-month beauty treatment she became queen instead of Vashti During this time Esther kept her family background and nationality a secret just as Mordecai had instructed her to do Following this event Mordecai overheard two men plotting to kill King Xerxes He soon told the king but Haman received all the credit and was given a high place in the court When asked to bow to Haman Mordecai refused and stated that he was a Jew Haman soon became very mad He
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