Outline of Esther 1

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Esther 1:1-2 Fame of the Persian
- Certainty - Now it came to pass
- Chronology - in the days of Ahasuerus
- Control - this is Ahasuerus which reigned
- Country - from India even unto Ethiopia
- Counties - an hundred and seven and twenty provinces
- Crown - the king Ahasuerus sat
- Command - the throne of his kingdom
- Citadel - Shushan the palace

Esther 1:3-9 Feasts of Pomp
- For the Powerful (Esther 1:3-4)
  Supporters of the Sovereign
  Show of Splendour
  Season of the Spread
- For the Public (Esther 1:5-8)
  Lavishness - Wealth of the Country (Esther 1:5-6)
  - Partakers "all the people ... great and small"
  - Period "seven days"
  - Place "court of the garden of the king's palace"
  - Presentation
     Lust of the Eyes
     "white, green, and blue, hangings,
       fastened with cords of fine linen and
       purple to silver rings and pillars of marble"
     Lust of the Flesh
     "the beds were of gold and silver"
     Pride of Life
     "upon a pavement of red, and blue,
       and white, and black, marble"
  Liquor - Wine of the Celebration (Esther 1:7-8)
  - Decoration "vessels of gold, ... being diverse"
  - Drink "royal wine in abundance"
  - Decree "the drinking was according to the law"
  - Discretion "none did compel"
  - Dispensing "the king had appointed..."
  - Desire "according to every man's pleasure"
- For the Partners (Esther 1:9)

Esther 1:10-22 Fury of the Potentate
- Drunkenness of the King (Esther 1:10-11)
- Defiance of the Queen (Esther 1:12)
- Deliberation of Princes (Esther 1:13-15)
- Diagnosis of Memucan (Esther 1:16-18)
- Disposal of Vashti (Esther 1:19-20)
- Decision of the Princes (Esther 1:21-22)

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