Queen Esther in the Bible
A song about how she saved her people

This is the story of Queen Esther in the Bible.  She was a courageous young woman, placing her own life in jeopardy in order to make an appeal for her people, the Jews.

This music could be sung and acted out for Purim, along with other Purim songs.  It is a nearly complete Book of Esther summary, with many verses, a repeating chorus that comes back around, and a total of 51 pages.  

Listen to the short video below to hear the flavor of this Purim music, and download the first 10 pages for free.

Here is the dramatic beginning for Esther:

Queen Esther in the Bible - a song for voice and piano that tells the story of Esther.

The chorus, "Esther, Mordecai, Ahasuerus," (or Achashverosh) comes back around again and again, though not necessarily after the same number of verses.  See pages 1, 2, and 3:

Queen Esther in the Bible - a song for voice and piano that tells the story of Esther.
The story of King Ahasuerus and Queen Vashti, set to music

Esther's beauty was what distinguished her initially, but there was surely more to her than mere beauty to cause Hegai, the keeper of the harem, to single her out for special treatment.

She was probably a brilliant young woman to hatch the plan of stringing the king and his favorite, Haman, along for two days, thus building a pleasant mystery for King Ahasuerus! 

He was even so sleepless that first night that he called for the Book of Records to be read to him, thus learning of Mordecai's noble deed.

Page 5:

Esther, the queen, is a Jew.  A song for voice and piano

What is this about the "Serpent, Dread and Sly" in verse 3, page 5?  

There can be little doubt that since very early times, the human race in general, and the descendants of Abraham in particular, have been the target of planned corruption or destruction.

Corruption?  I'm not speaking of "sinfulness," though there is plenty of that, but the defilement of the human genome itself. 

Genesis 6, the story of Noah and the flood, talks about "the sons of God" taking for themselves "the daughters of men."  Their offspring were "the mighty men of old" - perhaps those demi-gods spoken of in ancient myths.  And when God looked on the earth, he saw that Noah was still "perfect" in his generation, apparently a way to say he was still 100% human.

Does this sound crazy to our modern ears?  Yes, as Michael Heiser says in his book "The Unseen Realm," we modern Christians say we believe in a supernatural world, but we're mostly embarrassed to talk about it.

Why was an unpolluted human genome necessary?  For the Seed - the Messiah!  He had to be all human, the seed of the woman.  

Genesis 3:15: "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her Seed; It shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel.”

And he had to be of the Davidic line!  Hence, such an effort on Satan's part to eradicate that line, and those people.

And here it is, happening again in the story of Esther.  Haman plots the death of EVERY Jew, not just the one he finds so infuriating:

Hear this section in a second video:



Here is a free sample of "Esther, For Such a Time as This":


Download 10 pages of the Queen Esther in the Bible music


After page 11, the return to the chorus ("Esther, Mordecai, Ahasuerus") takes a more lyrical turn.  Listen to pages 10 to 12 here:

"Esther, For Such a Time as This" is through-composed.  That is, there are no sections where the music repeats, and no tricky "Da capo al coda" sections, etc.  

I have placed very few dynamic or articulation markings in "Esther."  I leave you, as a fellow musician, to decide where to add volume or tempo changes.

There are no pedal markings in this piece until just before the final page, where a feeling of ritard and a break seem necessary to me.  Then, a clean pedal change is suggested.  But again, you decide!

After you have taken a look at the sample, consider purchasing the entire song:

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I have been delivering sheet music digitally to customers for over 10 years now at my other site, Music-for-Music-Teachers.com (most of the music there is free, just like this site, SingTheBibleStory.com), and the system works very well.

This file is a "first" release; a paperback music book with some illustrations and a fabulous cover will be coming soon, but at a higher price both for the paperback and the updated digital download copy.

Esther 9 answers the question, What is Purim?  Purim's definition is the "casting of lots" - the lots that were cast were known as "purim"  (the word is plural).

Verses 20-32 tell the history of Purim:

20 Mordecai recorded these events, and he sent letters to all the Jews throughout the provinces of King Xerxes, near and far, 

21 to have them celebrate annually the fourteenth and fifteenth days of the month of Adar 

22 as the time when the Jews got relief from their enemies, and as the month when their sorrow was turned into joy and their mourning into a day of celebration. He wrote them to observe the days as days of feasting and joy and giving presents of food to one another and gifts to the poor.

23 So the Jews agreed to continue the celebration they had begun, doing what Mordecai had written to them. 

24 For Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the enemy of all the Jews, had plotted against the Jews to destroy them and had cast the pur (that is, the lot) for their ruin and destruction. 

25 But when the plot came to the king’s attention,[a] he issued written orders that the evil scheme Haman had devised against the Jews should come back onto his own head, and that he and his sons should be impaled on poles.

26 (Therefore these days were called Purim, from the word pur.) Because of everything written in this letter and because of what they had seen and what had happened to them, 

27 the Jews took it on themselves to establish the custom that they and their descendants and all who join them should without fail observe these two days every year, in the way prescribed and at the time appointed. 

28 These days should be remembered and observed in every generation by every family, and in every province and in every city. And these days of Purim should never fail to be celebrated by the Jews—nor should the memory of these days die out among their descendants.

29 So Queen Esther, daughter of Abihail, along with Mordecai the Jew, wrote with full authority to confirm this second letter concerning Purim. 

30 And Mordecai sent letters to all the Jews in the 127 provinces of Xerxes’ kingdom—words of goodwill and assurance— 

31 to establish these days of Purim at their designated times, as Mordecai the Jew and Queen Esther had decreed for them, and as they had established for themselves and their descendants in regard to their times of fasting and lamentation. 

32 Esther’s decree confirmed these regulations about Purim, and it was written down in the records.

[An interesting conjecture that I have no proof for, but have heard: Haman, the terrible enemy of the Jews, was an Agagite, of the Amalekites.  This was one of the nations God wanted destroyed.  Was King Agag Haman's ancestor? Agag was the man whom King Saul failed to kill, disobeying God's command.  

In contrast, Mordecai was a descendant of Shimei, a despicable and scornful man whom David spared when he became king.]

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