- Chapter 1
Ahasuerus of Persia and Media makes royal feasts—Vashti disobeys the king and is deposed as queen.
- Chapter 2
Ahasuerus seeks a new queen—Mordecai presents Esther—Esther pleases the king and is chosen as queen—Mordecai exposes a plot against the king.
- Chapter 3
Mordecai, the Jew, refuses to bow to Haman—Haman arranges a decree to kill all the Jews in the kingdom.
- Chapter 4
Mordecai and the Jews mourn and fast because of the king’s decree—Esther, at the peril of her life, prepares to go in unto the king.
- Chapter 5
The king receives Esther—She invites him and Haman to a banquet—Haman plans to have Mordecai hanged.
- Chapter 6
Mordecai receives great honors—Haman mourns and is counseled by his wife.
- Chapter 7
Esther reveals Haman’s plot to destroy the Jews—He is hanged on his own gallows.
- Chapter 8
Mordecai is honored and placed over the house of Haman—Ahasuerus issues a decree to preserve the Jews.
- Chapter 9
The Jews slay their enemies, including Haman’s ten sons—The Feast of Purim is instituted to commemorate their deliverance and victory.
- Chapter 10
Mordecai, the Jew, stands next to Ahasuerus in power and might.