Bible Reading (Esther 14:4-14)

(I have no helper but you)

Queen Esther took refuge with the Lord in the mortal peril which had overtaken her. She besought the Lord God of Israel in these words:
“My Lord, our King, the only one,
come to my help, for I am alone
and have no helper but you
and am about to take my life in my hands.

I have been taught from my earliest years,
in the bosom of my family, that you, Lord, chose
Israel out of all the nations
and our ancestors out of all the people of old times
to be your heritage for ever;
and that you have treated them as you promised.
Remember, Lord; reveal yourself
in the time of our distress.

As for me, give me courage,
King of gods and master of all power.
Put persuasive words into my mouth
when I face the lion;
change his feeling into hatred for our enemy,
that the latter and all like him
may be brought to their end.

As for ourselves, save us by your hand,
and come to my help, for I am alone
and have no one but you, Lord.”

The word of the Lord.
R.) Thanks be to God.

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