You were adorned with gold and silver, while your clothing was of fine linen, silk, and embroidery. You ate the finest flour, honey, and olive oil. You became extremely beautiful and attained the position of royalty.
“Then there will arise in his place a despicable person 1 to whom the royal honor has not been rightfully conferred. He will come on the scene in a time of prosperity and will seize the kingdom through deceit.
Asher’s 1 food will be rich, 2 and he will provide delicacies 3 to royalty.
She makes for herself coverlets; 1 her clothing is fine linen and purple. 2
The crown will then be turned over to Helem, 1 Tobijah, Jedaiah, and Hen 2 son of Zephaniah as a memorial in the temple of the Lord.
They took forty days, for that is the full time needed for embalming. 1 The Egyptians mourned 2 for him seventy days. 3
Your head crowns 1 you like Mount Carmel. 2 The locks of your hair 3 are like royal tapestries 4 – the king is held captive 5 in its tresses!
Then Samuel talked to the people about how the kingship would work. 1 He wrote it all down on a scroll and set it before the Lord. Then Samuel sent all the people away to their homes.
You will drink the milk of nations; you will nurse at the breasts of kings. 1 Then you will recognize that I, the Lord, am your deliverer, your protector, 2 the powerful ruler of Jacob. 3
To him was given ruling authority, honor, and sovereignty. All peoples, nations, and language groups were serving 1 him. His authority is eternal and will not pass away. 2 His kingdom will not be destroyed. 3
Indeed, he will build the temple of the Lord, and he will be clothed in splendor, sitting as king on his throne. Moreover, there will be a priest 1 with him on his throne and they will see eye to eye on everything.
If the king is so inclined, 1 let a royal edict go forth from him, and let it be written in the laws of Persia and Media that cannot be repealed, 2 that Vashti 3 may not come into the presence of King Ahasuerus, and let the king convey her royalty to another 4 who is more deserving than she. 5
“Don’t imagine that because you are part of the king’s household you will be the one Jew 1 who will escape. If you keep quiet at this time, liberation and protection for the Jews will appear 2 from another source, 3 while you and your father’s household perish. It may very well be 4 that you have achieved royal status 5 for such a time as this!”
For I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, 1 so that you may not be conceited: A partial hardening has happened to Israel 2 until the full number 3 of the Gentiles has come in.