The prayer of Queen Esther to God (Greek text only)

“Queen Esther prayed to the Lord God of Israel.

‘O my Lord,

You only are our king.

Help me.

I am alone.

I have no helper but you.

My danger is in my hand.

Ever since I was born

I have heard in the tribe of my family

That you, O Lord, took Israel out of all the nations,

You took our ancestors from among all their forebears

For an everlasting inheritance.

You did for them all that you promised.

Now we have sinned before you.

You have handed us over to our enemies,

Because we glorified their gods.

You are righteous, O Lord!

Now they are not satisfied that we are in bitter slavery.

They have covenanted with their idols to abolish

What your mouth has ordained.

They want to destroy your inheritance.

They want to stop the mouths of those who praise you.

They want to quench your altar.

They want to quench your house.

They want to open the mouths of the nations to praise vain idols.

They want to magnify forever a mortal king.’”

In this Greek text, Queen Esther is saying that there only one king, the Lord of Israel. However, she is married to a king, the great king of 127 provinces. She has learned about the God of Israel from her family, which in this case was Mordecai. The Israelites were promised an everlasting inheritance. However, Queen Esther admits that the Israelites have sinned in glorifying foreign gods. Thus they were turned over to their enemies. The reality of the captivity was clear to her. Now, however, they wanted to destroy our mouths, God’s altar and his house. However, they had already been destroyed. In none of this prescription against the Jews was there any mention of a mortal king being magnified. The king has made no pretention of being immortal, only the Romans and Greek kings would do that, not this Persian king.

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