Plans are made to select a new queen to replace Vashti.

Scripture: Esther 1:13-2:4

ESV Text: Esther 1:13-2:4


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 1 13 Then the king said to the wise men, which knew the times, (for so was the king’s manner toward all that knew law and judgment: 14 And the next unto him was Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, and Memucan, the seven princes of Persia and Media, which saw the king’s face, and which sat the first in the kingdom;) 15 What shall we do unto the queen Vashti according to law, because she hath not performed the commandment of the king Ahasuerus by the chamberlains? 16 And Memucan answered before the king and the princes, Vashti the queen hath not done wrong to the king only, but also to all the princes, and to all the people that are in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus. 17 For this deed of the queen shall come abroad unto all women, so that they shall despise their husbands in their eyes, when it shall be reported, The king Ahasuerus commanded Vashti the queen to be brought in before him, but she came not. 18 Likewise shall the ladies of Persia and Media say this day unto all the king’s princes, which have heard of the deed of the queen. Thus shall there arise too much contempt and wrath. 19 If it please the king, let there go a royal commandment from him, and let it be written among the laws of the Persians and the Medes, that it be not altered, That Vashti come no more before king Ahasuerus; and let the king give her royal estate unto another that is better than she. 20 And when the king’s decree which he shall make shall be published throughout all his empire, (for it is great,) all the wives shall give to their husbands honour, both to great and small. 21 And the saying pleased the king and the princes; and the king did according to the word of Memucan: 22 For he sent letters into all the king’s provinces, into every province according to the writing thereof, and to every people after their language, that every man should bear rule in his own house, and that it should be published according to the language of every people.(KJV)


(Alt. audio): Chapter: 2 1 After these things, when the wrath of king Ahasuerus was appeased, he remembered Vashti, and what she had done, and what was decreed against her. 2 Then said the king’s servants that ministered unto him, Let there be fair young virgins sought for the king: 3 And let the king appoint officers in all the provinces of his kingdom, that they may gather together all the fair young virgins unto Shushan the palace, to the house of the women, unto the custody of Hege the king’s chamberlain, keeper of the women; and let their things for purification be given them: 4 And let the maiden which pleaseth the king be queen instead of Vashti. And the thing pleased the king; and he did so.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 4:
God Himself Is Present

— Organ Audio

1. God Himself is present: 
Let us now adore Him 
And with awe appear before Him. 
God is in His temple– 
All within keep silence, 
Prostrate lie with deepest reverence. 
Him alone God we own, 
Him, our God and Savior; 
Praise His name forever. 

2. God Himself is present: 
Hear the harps resounding; 
See the hosts the throne surrounding! 
“Holy, holy, holy”– 
Hear the hymn ascending, 
Songs of saints and angels blending. 
Bow Thine ear To us here: 
Hear, O Christ, the praises 
That Thy Church now raises. 

3. O Thou Fount of blessing, 
Purify my spirit, 
Trusting only in Thy merit. 
Like the holy angels, 
Who behold Thy glory, 
May I ceaselessly adore Thee. 
Let Thy will Ever still 
Rule Thy Church terrestrial 
As the hosts celestial. 


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