Apocrypha / Deuterocanonical Books

Esther (Douay-Reims Bible)

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Cruelty and Violence
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Dwindling in Unbelief

Esther (Douay-Reims Bible): Family Values

  1. King Assuerus throws a seven-day party and encourages his guests to drink to excess. Then, on the seventh day when they are all drunk, he orders Queen Vashti to show her stuff before him and his guests. 1:5-11

  2. Vashti refuses to entertain the king's drunken guests by dancing before them. For this she is no longer to be queen, to be replaced by someone better (prettier?). 1:12-19

  3. Because of Vashti's disobedience, the king decrees that " all wives ... give honour to their husbands" and "the husbands should be rulers and masters in their houses." 1:20-22

  4. All the "beautiful maidens and virgins" throughout the kingdom are brought before the king, and the one that "pleaseth" the king the most will replace Vashti. 2:2-4

  5. When it was Esther turn to "go in unto the king," she pleases the king the most. Having won the sex contest, she is made queen in Vashti's place. 2:8-17

  6. The Jews kill everyone who ever had a bad thought about them, along with their Jew-hating families. 9:1-6

  7. Esther asks the king to kill all those who planned to kill the Jews and hang the already dead bodies of Aman's ten sons on trees. 9:12-14

  8. The Jews killed 75,300 men, along with their wives and children. Then had a big party to celebrate the slaughter. (This is the origin of the Jewish festival of Purim.) 9:15-22

  9. "Esther went in to the king, beseeching him ... And so both he and his sons were hanged upon gibbets." 9:25