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7 Qualities That Make Esther Beautiful Inside and Out

We call women “beautiful inside and out” when we think they have both good looks and pleasing character. In the Bible, Esther was one of them.

In this article, you will:

  • Know the 7 qualities that make Esther beautiful inside and out
  • Learn important life lessons from her story

But first, let’s get to know her personally and dive into her story.

Who Was Esther in the Bible?

The origin and meaning of her name

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Esther’s name came from the old Persian word stāra, which means “star.”

How would you like to have this name?

But did you know that Hadassah was Esther’s original name in Hebrew?

It means “myrtle”1. Interestingly, part of it still denotes a star, knowing that myrtle is a green shrub with star-shaped flowers.

What a beautiful name!

Her family and residence

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Esther was the daughter of Abihail and the adopted daughter of her cousin, Mordecai, adviser to King Ahasuerus1.

Esther and Mordecai were “descendants of the Hebrew exiles who had been transported by Nebuchadnezzar to Babylon more than 100 years earlier.”

And despite the prophetic call for them to return to Judah (Isaiah 48:20; Jeremiah 50:8), they, among other Israelites, chose to stay in Persia.

With this, they both lived in Susa (Shushan), one of the capital cities of Persia, east of Babylon (Esther 2:5).

Her story

The beauty pageant

Heroes: Esther with other queen candidates in Persia
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Have you joined a beauty contest in your locality or on the national and international stage? If so, it must have been a great privilege for you. But the challenges were not a joke.

But what if you were rather chosen as a candidate? No need to audition or anything.

Well, that was what happened in the case of Esther.

King Ahasuerus was looking for a woman to replace Queen Vashti, who disobeyed him by refusing to come to his feast (Esther 1–2).

Esther was one of the several young women brought to the king’s palace. There, they were trained and taken care of by Hegai, the king’s eunuch, before they finally presented themselves before the king (verses 8-14 of chapter 2).

Chosen as the new queen

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In the 10th month, Esther was finally taken to the king in the royal residence.

“The king was attracted to [her] more than to any of the other women” (Esther 2:17, NIV). She must have been really beautiful inside and out.

And yes, Esther was crowned queen. All the preparation efforts paid off.

To celebrate it, the king organized a banquet, declaring that day a holiday throughout the provinces. He also gave her royal gifts (verse 18).

The plot to destroy the Jews

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5 years after the coronation, Haman was promoted to be the king’s chief adviser (Esther 3).

It was bad news for Mordecai as Haman was angry at him for not kneeling down or paying honor to him (verses 2-4).

Because of this, Haman wanted to kill Mordecai. But after learning that his people were the Jews themselves, he looked for a way to destroy them all (verses 5-6).

He told the king, “There is a certain people dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom who keep themselves separate. Their customs are different from those of all other people, and they do not obey the king’s laws; it is not in the king’s best interest to tolerate them” (verse 8, NIV).

Eventually, Haman convinced the king to sign a decree to destroy all the Jews (verses 9-11). Little did they know Esther was one of them.

With this, what do you think would happen to her?

The need to intercede for the Jews

Heroes: Esther talking to King Ahasuerus
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Mordecai asked Esther to intercede for the Jews (Esther 4). But the problem was that no one in the palace knew she was a Jew as it was a secret.

Besides, it was a palace rule that anyone who came to see the king uninvited would be put to death unless he held out his golden scepter to him or her (verse 11). And, in fact, King Ahasuerus had not called to see her for a month already.

But Mordecai reminded Esther, “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house, you alone of all the Jews will escape” (verse 13, NIV).

He continued, “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” (verse 14, NIV).

Though it would mean risking her life, Esther accepted the challenge.

She told Mordecai, “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish” (verse 16, NIV).

What a brave woman!

Executing the plan

Heroes: Esther in a feast with Ahasuerus and Haman
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The day has finally come for a moment of truth. No more turning back.

Esther fasted and prayed to prepare for this day that would forever change history. And she fixed herself, making sure she looked her best in her prettiest clothes.

Then, she stepped into the royal court. Surprisingly, the king was pleased with her and held out his scepter.

He asked, “What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be given you” (Esther 5:3, NIV).

But instead of revealing her secret right away, Esther acted with wisdom and kept her petition for the meantime.

She invited him and his adviser to come to a banquet she prepared. And they agreed to come.

In the first banquet, Esther tried to soften up the king to gain his confidence first. Yet, she decided it wasn’t yet time to reveal everything.

She invited them to another banquet the following day, surrendering everything to God’s will (verses 7-8).

In this second feast, Esther finally told the king, “If I have found favor with you, Your Majesty, and if it pleases you, grant me my life—this is my petition. And spare my people—this is my request” (verse 3 of chapter 7, NIV).

She continued, “For I and my people have been sold to be destroyed, killed, and annihilated. 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” (verse 4, NIV).

Finally, Esther revealed that it was Haman who made the plot. The king became so furious and Haman was terrified.

The happy ending

Heroes: Haman punished by the king's decree
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The king ordered that Haman be impaled on the stake he himself built for Mordecai (Esther 7:9-10).

Soon, Mordecai was promoted to replace Haman’s position as chief advisor. Then, he and Esther drafted a new decree to not only save the Jews but also avenge them on all their enemies (verses 8 and 11 of chapter 8).

And on the twenty-third day of the third month, the decree was signed and implemented in all of the 127 provinces stretching from India to Cush. It was also issued in the citadel of Susa (verses 9 and 14).

It was indeed a time of happiness, joy, and honor for the Jews.

7 Qualities That Make Esther Beautiful Inside and Out

1) She was remarkably beautiful and pleasing.

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Esther was “a remarkably beautiful young woman”1.

As you’ve seen from her story, King Ahasuerus was attracted to her “more than to any of the other women” (Esther 2:17, NIV).

But at the same time, Esther was admirable and pleasing to be with—beautiful inside and out indeed.

No wonder why she pleased the king’s eunuch and easily won his favor that he provided her special food and all the necessary beauty treatments (verse 9).

Also, Esther’s “tact and winsomeness brought her into royal favor and earned for her the title of queen after the former queen, Vashti, fell into disfavor”1.

2) She was humble and polite.

Heroes: Esther bowing down to King Ahasuerus
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Esther showed politeness in inviting the king and his adviser to a banquet.

She said, “If it pleases the king, let [him], together with Haman, come today to a banquet I have prepared for him” (Esther 5:4, NIV).

Also, if not only for Mordecai’s insistence, she would probably faithfully comply with the palace rule to never come before the king uninvited (verse 11 of chapter 4).

And even as she won the king’s trust for her to finally reveal her secret, Esther was still humble and polite with her request.

She said, “If I have found favor with you, Your Majesty, and if it pleases you, grant me my life—this is my petition. And spare my people—this is my request” (verse 3 of chapter 7, NIV).

Such a commendable woman.

3) She was wise.

Heroes: Esther talking to King Ahasuerus
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Let’s go back to the first banquet (Esther 5).

Knowing it was a private time with the king and his adviser anyway, Esther could have told them her request. But, as you’ve seen from the story, she didn’t reveal her cards right away.

Instead, she used it as an opportunity to win the king’s confidence first so much so that he felt compelled to grant her something in return, having been invited to another banquet (chapter 7).

4) She was submissive and obedient.

Heroes: Queen Esther
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As you read earlier, Esther and Mordecai descended from the Hebrew exiles transported to Babylon during Nebuchadnezzar’s time1.

As such, he advised the young woman never to reveal her Jewish identity and family background in the king’s palace. Or else, her life would be in danger.

She did as she was told (Esther 2:10).

Another evidence of Esther’s obedience was her commitment to abide by the palace rule to never approach the king uninvited unless he held his scepter on her.

She just did it because Mordecai insisted. After all, it was done for a good purpose—to save the Jews from Haman’s plot (verses 13-14 of chapter 4).

5) She was concerned about the people around him.

Heroes: Haman's plot against the Jews
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Esther could have used her power and authority for fame and luxury. She could have just enjoyed the benefits and privileges of the royal life.

But she didn’t forget her fellow Jews. Instead, she used her position to save them from Haman’s plot (Esther 5–7).

Such a golden heart and loving concern for her people.

6) She was bold enough to take risks.

Heroes: Esther entering the king's court
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At first, Esther was hesitant to take Mordecai’s advice to make a petition to the king on behalf of the threatened Jews. And she couldn’t break the palace rule to never enter the king’s court uninvited.

But she changed her mind and bravely took the challenge no matter how risky it was.

She confirmed, “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish” (Esther 4:16, NIV).

And she has shown this same courage when she approached the king and laid down her petition (chapter 5).

7) She remained faithful to God.

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Knowing that the fate of the Jews was upon her, Esther must have felt like the world was revolving around her. Whatever she chose to do would result in something that would forever change history and could never be regained.

“The crisis that Esther faced demanded quick, earnest action; but both she and Mordecai realized that unless God should work mightily in their behalf, their own efforts would be unavailing”2.

She surrendered it all to God in fasting and prayer with Mordecai and the rest of the Jews.

“At a time when it seemed that no power could save them, Esther and the women associated with her, by fasting and prayer and prompt action, met the issue, and brought salvation to their people”3.

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  1. Siegfried Horn, The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Dictionary, 1979, 341-43 [] [] [] [] []
  2. Ellen White, Daughters of God, 46.5 []
  3. Ellen White, Daughters of God, 45.3 []
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10 Responses

  1. Uno de las primeras cualidades de Ester, es que confiaba en Dios, obedecía cada mandato , es un ejemplo para cada una de las mujeres de nuestro tiempo, Yo pido a Dios cada día que Mi hija se como Ester es más que supere esas cualidades.

  2. Such a beautiful story of a woman with a big heart willing to risk her life for the sake of others,and her faith in God encourage us, no matter what challenges we face in life, just pray and fast and trust and ask God to help and direct us on the right path, by giving us knowledge and wisdom how to overcome any obstacles in our journey in life thank you 🙏🙏

  3. I love the way you put this story together. It captured my attention and made me hunger for more of her story. I would love to use this for a ministry class.

  4. Submitting to Gods Will not our own in prayer and fasting will make the impossible happen.

    Obedience and humbleness will find favour with God

  5. I had a prophetic word received to me several years ago. In that word I was told that God said I reminded Him of Ester. I was honored and not to mention deeply touched by her story. I’ve always had this motto that I would treat people the way I desired to be treated even though sometimes it’s anything but easy to do. I do however have tremendous faith in my Lord and savior and will relentlessly try to do the things that pleases Him….Always

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