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Esther before Ahasuerus

illumination (64 × 99 mm) — 15th century Museum Royal Library, The Hague

This work is linked to Esther 5:2

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Ahasuerus's forecourt cannot be entered without permission on penalty of death. Esther risks her life willingly to visit the king when she learns from her uncle Mordecai that the king had decided to kill all the Jews.

The king allows Esther to enter, upon which she invites the king and his vizier (advisor) Haman for a meal at her home.

In the illumination the king points his scepter at Esther to indicate that she may speak.

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