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God's name is not mentioned in the book of Esther. There are some who see a big problem with this since it is in the Bible. But is it really a problem or are there lessons to learn in this book that clearly point to the intervention of the Creator, even though His name is not mentioned?

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A book in the Bible that does not mention GOD.  God's name does not appear in this book... so... what's up with that... it is the Bible after all...

The book of Esther...
Esther chapter 1
Esther chapter 2


Persecution Will Come
Matthew 10:16 Matthew 10:16Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the middle of wolves: be you therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
American King James Version×
  "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.
Matthew 10:17 Matthew 10:17But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will whip you in their synagogues;
American King James Version×
  But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues.
Matthew 10:18 Matthew 10:18And you shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
American King James Version×
  You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles.
Matthew 10:19 Matthew 10:19But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what you shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what you shall speak.
American King James Version×
  But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak;
Matthew 10:20 Matthew 10:20For it is not you that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaks in you.
American King James Version×
  for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.
Matthew 10:21 Matthew 10:21And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.
American King James Version×
  "Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death.
Matthew 10:22 Matthew 10:22And you shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endures to the end shall be saved.
American King James Version×
  And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.

Esther 3

Acts 8:1 Acts 8:1And Saul was consenting to his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.
American King James Version×
  Now Saul was consenting to his death. At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.
GOD works with circumstances... HE could have fixed the issue in many different ways... but HE allowed this for HIS purposed.  NO ONE can destroy ALL of God's people.

Matthew 16:15 Matthew 16:15He said to them, But whom say you that I am?
American King James Version×
  He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"
Matthew 16:16 Matthew 16:16And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
American King James Version×
  Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
Matthew 16:17 Matthew 16:17And Jesus answered and said to him, Blessed are you, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood has not revealed it to you, but my Father which is in heaven.
American King James Version×
  Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 16:18 Matthew 16:18And I say also to you, That you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
American King James Version×
  And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

Esther 3:8 Esther 3:8And Haman said to king Ahasuerus, There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of your kingdom; and their laws are diverse from all people; neither keep they the king's laws: therefore it is not for the king's profit to suffer them.
American King James Version×
  Then Haman said to King Ahasuerus, "There is a certain people scattered and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of your kingdom; their laws are different from all other people's, and they do not keep the king's laws. Therefore it is not fitting for the king to let them remain.
Esther 3:9 Esther 3:9If it please the king, let it be written that they may be destroyed: and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver to the hands of those that have the charge of the business, to bring it into the king's treasuries.
American King James Version×
  If it pleases the king, let a decree be written that they be destroyed, and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver into the hands of those who do the work, to bring it into the king's treasuries."
Esther 3:10 Esther 3:10And the king took his ring from his hand, and gave it to Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the Jews' enemy.
American King James Version×
  So the king took his signet ring from his hand and gave it to Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews.
Esther 3:11 Esther 3:11And the king said to Haman, The silver is given to you, the people also, to do with them as it seems good to you.
American King James Version×
  And the king said to Haman, "The money and the people are given to you, to do with them as seems good to you."
Esther 3:12 Esther 3:12Then were the king's scribes called on the thirteenth day of the first month, and there was written according to all that Haman had commanded to the king's lieutenants, and to the governors that were over every province, and to the rulers of every people of every province according to the writing thereof, and to every people after their language; in the name of king Ahasuerus was it written, and sealed with the king's ring.
American King James Version×
  Then the king's scribes were called on the thirteenth day of the first month, and a decree was written according to all that Haman commanded—to the king's satraps, to the governors who were over each province, to the officials of all people, to every province according to its script, and to every people in their language. In the name of King Ahasuerus it was written, and sealed with the king's signet ring.
Esther 3:13 Esther 3:13And the letters were sent by posts into all the king's provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to cause to perish, all Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day, even on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, and to take the spoil of them for a prey.
American King James Version×
  And the letters were sent by couriers into all the king's provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to annihilate all the Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day, on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar, and to plunder their possessions.
Esther 3:14 Esther 3:14The copy of the writing for a commandment to be given in every province was published to all people, that they should be ready against that day.
American King James Version×
  A copy of the document was to be issued as law in every province, being published for all people, that they should be ready for that day.
Esther 3:15 Esther 3:15The posts went out, being hastened by the king's commandment, and the decree was given in Shushan the palace. And the king and Haman sat down to drink; but the city Shushan was perplexed.
American King James Version×
  The couriers went out, hastened by the king's command; and the decree was proclaimed in Shushan the citadel. So the king and Haman sat down to drink, but the city of Shushan was perplexed.

Esther Agrees to Help the Jews
Esther 4:1 Esther 4:1When Mordecai perceived all that was done, Mordecai rent his clothes, and put on sackcloth with ashes, and went out into the middle of the city, and cried with a loud and a bitter cry;
American King James Version×
  When Mordecai learned all that had happened, he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the midst of the city. He cried out with a loud and bitter cry.
Esther 4:2 Esther 4:2And came even before the king's gate: for none might enter into the king's gate clothed with sackcloth.
American King James Version×
  He went as far as the front of the king's gate, for no one might enter the king's gate clothed with sackcloth.
Esther 4:3 Esther 4:3And in every province, wherever the king's commandment and his decree came, there was great mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.
American King James Version×
  And in every province where the king's command and decree arrived, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.

(Esther 4:16 Esther 4:16Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast you for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in to the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.
American King James Version×
)  "Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!"

(Proverbs 16:17 Proverbs 16:17The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keeps his way preserves his soul.
American King James Version×
)  The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who keeps his way preserves his soul.
(Proverbs 16:18 Proverbs 16:18Pride goes before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
American King James Version×
)  Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.
(Proverbs 11:2 Proverbs 11:2When pride comes, then comes shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
American King James Version×
)  When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom.

Proverbs 11:7 Proverbs 11:7When a wicked man dies, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perishes.
American King James Version×
  When a wicked man dies, his expectation will perish, And the hope of the unjust perishes.

Revelation 17:15 Revelation 17:15And he said to me, The waters which you saw, where the whore sits, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
American King James Version×
  Then he said to me, "The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues.
Revelation 17:16 Revelation 17:16And the ten horns which you saw on the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.
American King James Version×
  And the ten horns which you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire.
Revelation 17:17 Revelation 17:17For God has put in their hearts to fulfill his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.
American King James Version×
  For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled.
Revelation 17:18 Revelation 17:18And the woman which you saw is that great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth.
American King James Version×
  And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth."

Revelation 18:2 Revelation 18:2And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
American King James Version×
  And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, "Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!
Revelation 18:3 Revelation 18:3For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
American King James Version×
  For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury."
Revelation 18:4 Revelation 18:4And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues.
American King James Version×
  And I heard another voice from heaven saying, "Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.
Revelation 18:5 Revelation 18:5For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.
American King James Version×
  For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.
Revelation 18:6 Revelation 18:6Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double to her double according to her works: in the cup which she has filled fill to her double.
American King James Version×
  Render to her just as she rendered to you, and repay her double according to her works; in the cup which she has mixed, mix double for her.
Revelation 18:7 Revelation 18:7How much she has glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she said in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.
American King James Version×
  In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, 'I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.'
Revelation 18:8 Revelation 18:8Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judges her.
American King James Version×
  Therefore her plagues will come in one day—death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her.
Revelation 18:9 Revelation 18:9And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall mourn her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,
American King James Version×
  "The kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her will weep and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her burning,

Hebrews 11:35 Hebrews 11:35Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
American King James Version×
  Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection.
Hebrews 11:36 Hebrews 11:36And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yes, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
American King James Version×
  Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment.
Hebrews 11:37 Hebrews 11:37They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
American King James Version×
  They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented—
Hebrews 11:38 Hebrews 11:38(Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
American King James Version×
  of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.
Hebrews 11:39 Hebrews 11:39And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
American King James Version×
  And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise,
Hebrews 11:40 Hebrews 11:40God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.
American King James Version×
  God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.

Acts 23:1 Acts 23:1And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brothers, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.
American King James Version×
  Then Paul, looking earnestly at the council, said, "Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day."
Acts 23:2 Acts 23:2And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth.
American King James Version×
  And the high priest Ananias commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth.
Acts 23:3 Acts 23:3Then said Paul to him, God shall smite you, you white washed wall: for sit you to judge me after the law, and command me to be smitten contrary to the law?
American King James Version×
  Then Paul said to him, "God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! For you sit to judge me according to the law, and do you command me to be struck contrary to the law?"
Acts 23:4 Acts 23:4And they that stood by said, Revile you God's high priest?
American King James Version×
  And those who stood by said, "Do you revile God's high priest?"
Acts 23:5 Acts 23:5Then said Paul, I knew not, brothers, that he was the high priest: for it is written, You shall not speak evil of the ruler of your people.
American King James Version×
  Then Paul said, "I did not know, brethren, that he was the high priest; for it is written, 'YOU SHALL NOT SPEAK EVIL OF A RULER OF YOUR PEOPLE.'"
Acts 23:6 Acts 23:6But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brothers, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.
American King James Version×
  But when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, "Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee; concerning the hope and resurrection of the dead I am being judged!"
Acts 23:7 Acts 23:7And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided.
American King James Version×
  And when he had said this, a dissension arose between the Pharisees and the Sadducees; and the assembly was divided.
Acts 23:8 Acts 23:8For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both.
American King James Version×
  For Sadducees say that there is no resurrection—and no angel or spirit; but the Pharisees confess both.
Acts 23:9 Acts 23:9And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees' part arose, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this man: but if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him, let us not fight against God.
American King James Version×
  Then there arose a loud outcry. And the scribes of the Pharisees' party arose and protested, saying, "We find no evil in this man; but if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him, let us not fight against God."
Acts 23:10 Acts 23:10And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them, commanded the soldiers to go down, and to take him by force from among them, and to bring him into the castle.
American King James Version×
  Now when there arose a great dissension, the commander, fearing lest Paul might be pulled to pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down and take him by force from among them, and bring him into the barracks.
Acts 23:11 Acts 23:11And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as you have testified of me in Jerusalem, so must you bear witness also at Rome.
American King James Version×
  But the following night the Lord stood by him and said, "Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome."

A Plot to Kill Paul
Acts 23:12 Acts 23:12And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.
American King James Version×
  And when it was day, some of the Jews banded together and bound themselves under an oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.
Acts 23:13 Acts 23:13And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy.
American King James Version×
  Now there were more than forty who had formed this conspiracy.
Acts 23:14 Acts 23:14And they came to the chief priests and elders, and said, We have bound ourselves under a great curse, that we will eat nothing until we have slain Paul.
American King James Version×
  They came to the chief priests and elders, and said, "We have bound ourselves under a great oath that we will eat nothing until we have killed Paul.
Acts 23:15 Acts 23:15Now therefore you with the council signify to the chief captain that he bring him down to you to morrow, as though you would inquire something more perfectly concerning him: and we, or ever he come near, are ready to kill him.
American King James Version×
  Now you, therefore, together with the council, suggest to the commander that he be brought down to you tomorrow, as though you were going to make further inquiries concerning him; but we are ready to kill him before he comes near."
Acts 23:16 Acts 23:16And when Paul's sister's son heard of their lying in wait, he went and entered into the castle, and told Paul.
American King James Version×
  So when Paul's sister's son heard of their ambush, he went and entered the barracks and told Paul.
Acts 23:17 Acts 23:17Then Paul called one of the centurions to him, and said, Bring this young man to the chief captain: for he has a certain thing to tell him.
American King James Version×
  Then Paul called one of the centurions to him and said, "Take this young man to the commander, for he has something to tell him."
Acts 23:18 Acts 23:18So he took him, and brought him to the chief captain, and said, Paul the prisoner called me to him, and prayed me to bring this young man to you, who has something to say to you.
American King James Version×
  So he took him and brought him to the commander and said, "Paul the prisoner called me to him and asked me to bring this young man to you. He has something to say to you."
Acts 23:19 Acts 23:19Then the chief captain took him by the hand, and went with him aside privately, and asked him, What is that you have to tell me?
American King James Version×
  Then the commander took him by the hand, went aside, and asked privately, "What is it that you have to tell me?"
Acts 23:20 Acts 23:20And he said, The Jews have agreed to desire you that you would bring down Paul to morrow into the council, as though they would inquire somewhat of him more perfectly.
American King James Version×
  And he said, "The Jews have agreed to ask that you bring Paul down to the council tomorrow, as though they were going to inquire more fully about him.
Acts 23:21 Acts 23:21But do not you yield to them: for there lie in wait for him of them more than forty men, which have bound themselves with an oath, that they will neither eat nor drink till they have killed him: and now are they ready, looking for a promise from you.
American King James Version×
  But do not yield to them, for more than forty of them lie in wait for him, men who have bound themselves by an oath that they will neither eat nor drink till they have killed him; and now they are ready, waiting for the promise from you."
Acts 23:22 Acts 23:22So the chief captain then let the young man depart, and charged him, See you tell no man that you have showed these things to me.
American King James Version×
  So the commander let the young man depart, and commanded him, "Tell no one that you have revealed these things to me."

And so, to ROME he went..  ......

2Co 5:4  For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life.
2Co 5:5  Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
2Co 5:6  So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord.
2Co 5:7  For we walk by faith, not by sight.


Romans 8:28 Romans 8:28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
American King James Version×
  And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:29 Romans 8:29For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
American King James Version×
  For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Romans 8:30 Romans 8:30Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
American King James Version×
  Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
(Romans 8:31 Romans 8:31What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
American King James Version×
)  What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
(Romans 8:32 Romans 8:32He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
American King James Version×
)  He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
(Romans 8:33 Romans 8:33Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifies.
American King James Version×
)  Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies.
(Romans 8:34 Romans 8:34Who is he that comdemns? It is Christ that died, yes rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.
American King James Version×
)  Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.
(Romans 8:35 Romans 8:35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
American King James Version×
)  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
(Romans 8:36 Romans 8:36As it is written, For your sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
American King James Version×
)  As it is written: "FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE KILLED ALL DAY LONG; WE ARE ACCOUNTED AS SHEEP FOR THE SLAUGHTER."

(Romans 8:37 Romans 8:37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
American King James Version×
)  Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
(Romans 8:38 Romans 8:38For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
American King James Version×
)  For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,
(Romans 8:39 Romans 8:39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
American King James Version×
)  nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

God has a plan and HE will carry it out, no matter what the circumstances, events and opposing forces!!!!!

HE IS ALWAYS Sovereign and His will MUST and WILL be done!