19 If it meets the king’s approval, he should personally issue a royal decree. Let it be recorded in the laws of Persia and Media, so that it cannot be revoked: Vashti is not to enter King Ahasuerus’s presence, and her royal position is to be given to another woman who is more worthy than she.
Esther 1:19 (HCSB)
16 But I call to God, and the Lord will save me.
Psalm 55:16 (HCSB)
1 Listen, Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.
2 Protect my life, for I am faithful. You are my God; save Your servant who trusts in You.
3 Be gracious to me, Lord, for I call to You all day long.
4 Bring joy to Your servant’s life, because I turn to You, Lord.
5 For You, Lord, are kind and ready to forgive, rich in faithful love to all who call on You.
6 Lord, hear my prayer; listen to my plea for mercy.
7 I call on You in the day of my distress, for You will answer me.
8 Lord, there is no one like You among the gods, and there are no works like Yours.
9 All the nations You have made will come and bow down before You, Lord, and will honor Your name.
10 For You are great and perform wonders; You alone are God.
11 Teach me Your way, Yahweh, and I will live by Your truth. Give me an undivided mind to fear Your name.
12 I will praise You with all my heart, Lord my God, and will honor Your name forever.
13 For Your faithful love for me is great, and You deliver my life from the depths of Sheol.
Psalm 86:1-13 (HCSB)
1 How happy is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways!
2 You will surely eat what your hands have worked for. You will be happy, and it will go well for you.
3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house, your sons, like young olive trees around your table.
4 In this very way the man who fears the Lord will be blessed.
5 May the Lord bless you from Zion, so that you will see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life
6 and will see your children’s children! Peace be with Israel.
Psalm 128:1-6 (HCSB)
1 Doesn’t Wisdom call out? Doesn’t Understanding make her voice heard?
2 At the heights overlooking the road, at the crossroads, she takes her stand.
3 Beside the gates at the entry to the city, at the main entrance, she cries out:
4 “People, I call out to you; my cry is to mankind.
5 Learn to be shrewd, you who are inexperienced; develop common sense, you who are foolish.
6 Listen, for I speak of noble things, and what my lips say is right.
7 For my mouth tells the truth, and wickedness is detestable to my lips.
8 All the words of my mouth are righteous; none of them are deceptive or perverse.
9 All of them are clear to the perceptive, and right to those who discover knowledge.
10 Accept my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than pure gold.
11 For wisdom is better than jewels, and nothing desirable can compare with it.
12 I, Wisdom, share a home with shrewdness and have knowledge and discretion.
13 To fear the Lord is to hate evil. I hate arrogant pride, evil conduct, and perverse speech.
14 I possess good advice and competence; I have understanding and strength.
15 It is by me that kings reign and rulers enact just law;
16 by me, princes lead, as do nobles and all righteous judges.
17 I love those who love me, and those who search for me find me.
18 With me are riches and honor, lasting wealth and righteousness.
19 My fruit is better than solid gold, and my harvest than pure silver.
20 I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice,
21 giving wealth as an inheritance to those who love me, and filling their treasuries.
22 The Lord made me at the beginning of His creation, before His works of long ago.
23 I was formed before ancient times, from the beginning, before the earth began.
24 I was born when there were no watery depths and no springs filled with water.
25 I was delivered before the mountains and hills were established,
26 before He made the land, the fields, or the first soil on earth.
27 I was there when He established the heavens, when He laid out the horizon on the surface of the ocean,
28 when He placed the skies above, when the fountains of the ocean gushed out,
29 when He set a limit for the sea so that the waters would not violate His command, when He laid out the foundations of the earth.
30 I was a skilled craftsman beside Him. I was His delight every day, always rejoicing before Him.
31 I was rejoicing in His inhabited world, delighting in the human race.
32 And now, my sons, listen to me; those who keep my ways are happy.
33 Listen to instruction and be wise; don’t ignore it.
34 Anyone who listens to me is happy, watching at my doors every day, waiting by the posts of my doorway.
35 For the one who finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord,
36 but the one who misses me harms himself; all who hate me love death.”
Proverbs 8:1-36 (HCSB)