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Esther 5:1-8
1 On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the palace, in front of the king's hall. The king was sitting on his royal throne in the hall, facing the entrance. 2 When he saw Queen Esther standing in the court, he was pleased with her and held out to her the gold scepter that was in his hand. So Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter. 3 Then the king asked, "What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be given you."

4 "If it pleases the king," replied Esther, "let the king, together with Haman, come today to a banquet I have prepared for him."

5 "Bring Haman at once," the king said, "so that we may do what Esther asks." So the king and Haman went to the banquet Esther had prepared.

6 As they were drinking wine, the king again asked Esther, "Now what is your petition? It will be given you. And what is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be granted."

7 Esther replied, "My petition and my request is this: 8 If the king regards me with favor and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and fulfill my request, let the king and Haman come tomorrow to the banquet I will prepare for them. Then I will answer the king's question."

Esther 7:1-6
1 So the king and Haman went to dine with Queen Esther, 2 and as they were drinking wine on that second day, the king again asked, "Queen Esther, what is your petition? It will be given you. What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be granted."

3 Then Queen Esther answered, "If I have found favor with you, O king, and if it pleases your majesty, grant me my life--this is my petition. And spare my people--this is my request. 4 For I and my people have been sold for destruction and slaughter and annihilation. If we had merely been sold as male and female slaves, I would have kept quiet, because no such distress would justify disturbing the king."

5 King Xerxes asked Queen Esther, "Who is he? Where is the man who has dared to do such a thing?"

6 Esther said, "The adversary and enemy is this vile Haman."

Then Haman was terrified before the king and queen.
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gregmarcus2 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2019  New Deviant
I used this in a blog post, with the attribution credit you gave when someone asked to use it a few years ago. If you have an objection please let me know. FYI I sent a message yesterday. Since I don't know how often you check messages here, and you gave permission to someone else, I went ahead.…
Godismyfather Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015
Her bravery is what set her people free.
The power of God has opened the door to many who believe.
This one woman's courage and brave heart set many lives free.
May the God of all creation's power be set forward for all those who believe.
moonjumper4 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Student General Artist
She is honestly one of my favorite characters in the bible cause she had the courage to speak what is right
LadyPep Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Great job on this (Esther is one of my favorite books in The Old Testament :D)! You use such amazing perspective in your pictures!

Just curious, how long does it take you to research the clothing for your art?
eikonik Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. I am constantly researching, I guess, and take notes and save pics whenever I come across something I know I could use. There are lots of things out there on ancient Egypt, Babylon, Assyria, etc. that influences how I might approach clothing. But sometimes, if there isn't a lot to go on, I have a little fun making something up.
gckatz Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Professional Writer
Esther.  What a total boss.
eikonik Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:D (Big Grin) 
Kristafee Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful image! I nice captured moment in Hadassah's story.
eikonik Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
MikaTheBlueKitty Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Esther is a really brave queen in the story.
She had to save the jewish:D
Bernard-Karp Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
*The Jews.
MikaTheBlueKitty Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Feesu-san Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Student Filmographer
AWESOMENESS!!!!!!!!!! Esther is one of the most inspirational women in the Bible!!!
Dani-Claw Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
So beautiful! Her story is so inspiring and this portrayal is so intriguing. Those beefy guards have awesome anatomy! ;)
LittleNinja9185 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Damilar3 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
i'd love to use your pics in my blog ( very awesome!!!!!
eikonik Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That's great!

Just make sure you add this byline with it:

Copyright 2013 Joe Goode [link]
Writer4Him Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is very professional and I can almost enter into the story. Ah, Hadassah of Purim who became Queen Esther!
ZedRoyale55 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
I like this story a lot
AnittinA Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Amazing! My best friend was named after her:)
eJcalado Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very good!
7disney7 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
brilliant work!
Inspiringseeker21 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
One of my favorite stories! Well done!
LadyElisera Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it! My favorite Bible character! I love the colors, well done! :aww:
NeverBeenDarkMarked Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012   Traditional Artist
Isn't Ester amazing?? Her story is so great and this picture shows this moment awesomely!
MaraudersGirl394 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Love it!
elfgirlunltd Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful. I love the story of Esther. I really like the perspective of looking over her shoulder into the throne room.
MrsTiggular66 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
Lovely drawing! Esther was so brave...
dennisldunn1 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
I’ve written a couple of Christian musicals and I was wondering if I may use the image on the web page I’m building to show people my stuff I love your version of Esther!

Hopefully, I’ll be up and running in 24 hours at and you can look (maybe listen) to what I’ve done. Hopefully, it glorifies God and sells.

Also: In crediting you (assuming it's OK), is it just Eikonik?

Kakashi-9 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! I love it!
kwr2k11 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
The Jews to this day celebrate the Feast of Purim to commemorate the courage of Queen Esther. Chosen by King Xerxes of Persia over the former Queen Vashni, Esther's cousin Mordecai became Prime Minister in Haman's stead.

The Jews were going to be killed by Haman's treachery. He tricked King Xerxes into signing a law to only worship the king. Mordecai had earlier uncovered an assassination plot by two servants to poison King Xerxes. Haman wanted to take credit for finding the poison and executing the servants. But the royal scribe indicated Mordecai, not Haman, told the guards about the poison attempt first. So, when Mordecai got to ride in Xerxes chariot and an offer of Prime Minister was mentioned, Haman set in motion a plan to kill all the Jews. Esther's bravery and Mordecei's faith saved the Jews from extermination. Mordecei advised Esther to fast, as well as the Jews, and all of Queen Esther's servants in her harem did as well. After that, she decided to invite her husband and Haman to dinner to discuss things. Persian law said you cannot get an audience from the King without an appointment by touching the royal scepter. If you walked into the throne room without being announced or accepting the royal scepter, you could be killed. Of course, King Xerxes let his wife touch the royal scepter and listened to his wife's petition to have dinner and invite Haman. Later on, Esther at the 2ndbanquet reveals Haman's plot, as uncovered by Mordecei. King Xerxes then had Haman and his family sent to the gallows instead of Mordecei. The Jews have a special pastry, shaped in a 3 corner hat, and filled with prunes or dates. The three-cornered hat was traditionally worn by Haman, and represents his self-righteoous and his treacherous behavior towards the Jews. The modern day version of Haman would be Adolf Hitler, and both Haman and Hitler are both dead.

There was a TBN movie out called "One night with the King." The entire story is told from Mordecei's point of view, as he instructs the scribes to record the deeds of Queen Esther. King Xerxes makes a new law that the Jews of the Persian Empire will be able to worship God, and be protected.
HPNotHarryPotter Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
Love it, one of my favorite scenes, my favorite holiday, all rolled into one beautiful painting.
TeSavi Featured By Owner May 14, 2010
Thank you very much, this has to be my favorite story of all time. I grew up admiring esther. People at church have told me that I have a spirit like that of esther's which made me admire her even more. :) thank you.
SuperSpieth Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
I love your work.
Esther was very brave indeed.
MrsDallowaysFlowers Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010
That's wonderful! And very cool. Esther's a hero of mine and probably has my favorite Bible story outside of the 4 gospels. Very well done!! :)
Otulissa3 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009   Writer
yeah Esther is my favorite bible story. This picture is wonderful by the way.
dragonstar10 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
This is a beautifully done rendition of the scene. :heart:
Esther's my hero. Definitely.
MissSunflower Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009
this is lovely, the mood and setting are perfect and I love the gold bands in her hair. :D
keitsu-monster Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008

i love celebrating Purim!!
Marikunin Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the story of Esther. Even though God isn't mentioned by name in the entire book, you can tell that He is there.

Love your art......and I have to say that I do like how you made her hair look. XD
LOTRFN Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
Very cool! The story of Esther is one of my favorites.
dubangel Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008
I used this in my journal!

eikonik Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, thanks a lot! Your answers were great, btw!
dubangel Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008
Lol, thanks!
afterthestars Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008
This is my absolute favourite story from the Bible. There is something so moving about her tenacity and bravery. In a time where women were property, it was really something to stand up to a man, let alone two of the most powerful men in the kingdom.

If I had one thing to critique about this, it would be that her hips are a bit too slender, while her shoulders are very broad. The mood, however, and the expression on the men's faces is perfect.
CountessDeSangre Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008
This was always a great story and i think you did a good job making a pic to go with it.
avatarfreak2 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
I love this pic!

but I'm a little confused on the Bible you think you could help me understand it? I'm not really sure who Esther's people are or what Haman did.
eikonik Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
At the time of Esther the Israelites were held in captivity by the Persian Empire ruled by King Xerxes. Esther was an Israelite and because of her beauty was placed in the King's harem. Xerxes adored Esther more than any other and made her queen.

Haman, a counselor of the King, did not like the Israelites and plotted to have them eradicated and tricked Xerxes into making a decree to have them wiped out. Xerxes did not realize that Esther was an Israelite, and the decree would have her killed along with her people.

Esther's cousin Mordecai warned Esther about the decree and Haman and then asked Esther to approach the King about it. Approaching the King was not allowed unless the King summoned you. If he did not raise his scepter to allow you to approach, then you would be killed. Esther took risked it anyway. And that brings us to the part that I have illustrated above.

Hope this helps!
avatarfreak2 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008
cool! thanks, now I understand. Esther's really amazing!
bear48 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007  Professional
this is wonderful
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