Esther 2:19-3:15

  1. Mordecai made no secret of his Jewish faith, yet advised Esther to remain silent. What does this teach us for our own witness? Why did Mordecai not obey the king’s command? Cf. Eccles. 3:1, 7b; Dan. 3:8-12, 16-18; Acts 5:28, 29.
  2. What do we learn of Haman’s character in chapter 3? See particularly verses 5-9 and 15. To what was he blind in the schemes that he made?


  1. 2:19. ‘Sitting at the king’s gate’: the phrase may imply that he was in king’s service in some way.
  2. 2:21. ‘Who guarded the doorway …’: i.e., of the king’s sleeping apartments.

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