Esther 1

  1. Read this chapter in the light of 2 Cor. 4:18 and 1 John 2:16, 17.
    What choice do such considerations force upon us?
  2. What can we learn of the characters of Ahasuerus, Vashti and Memucan as seen in this chapter?
    Cf. Prov. 20:2; Jas. 1:19, 20; Eph. 4:26, 27.



  1. Verse 11. Persian women were usually present at feasts, so this would not be taken as a personal affront to Vashti.
  2. Verse 14. ‘Who had special access to the king …’: i.e., belonging to the inner circle of the king’s counsellors.