The Book of Esther, Its Practical Lessons and Dramatic Scenes

The Book of Esther, Its Practical Lessons and Dramatic Scenes

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...expecting no doubt to hear some very special tidings of the queen's banquet, and what came of it, and certainly not expecting to hear any complaint from Haman's lips. Nor do they for a while. He began a kind of set speech to them, the subject of which was himself! His wealth, his children, his honours, are all dilated upon, carefully put into a narrative for a purpose. Nor does the proud and vain man forget to add the crowning circumstance, the very last that had occurred, that he alone had been allowed to go with the king to the queen's banquet; and that he brought an invitation home with him from the queen herself that he should to-morrow repeat the visit. And now comes the purpose of this long and vainglorious narrative. It is to give weight to a most dolorous complaint, to tell them in fact that "all this avails him nothing, so long as he sees Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king's gate." In all history perhaps we have no more striking instance of the utter insufficiency of the very highest forms and fullest measures of worldly good to secure individual happiness--the happiness of a worldly man! One thing lacking, or one thing present and irrevocable, makes a hundred other things of no avail! One fly in the ointment makes it to send forth a stinking savour, at least to the dainty nostril. Ahab wears a crown and rules a kingdom, and yet, failing to get a vineyard which he coveted, from poor Naboth the owner, he takes to his bed and will eat no bread! Ten thousand men will rise up to Haman when he appears in the city--but the fact that one will not, is enough to poison his peace and make him completely miserable. And the whole boastful narrative is really an appeal to his friends and to his wife to help him out of the misery by giving...show more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236582683
  • 9781236582683