And it was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing in
the court, that she obtained favour in his sight
Which no doubt was of God, who has the hearts of kings in his hand, and turns them as he pleases; the king had not called her for thirty days past, or more, which showed coolness of affection to her, and now she transgressed a law by coming uncalled for, which might have provoked his wrath; and for a lesser matter than this was Vashti divorced; but yet his mind was inclined to her, and she appeared very amiable and pleasing to him:
and the king held out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his
as a token of his well pleasedness in her, and acceptance of her; and that no harm should come to her for transgressing the law:
so Esther drew near, and touched the top of the sceptre;
as acknowledging his kindness, and her thankfulness for it, as well as subjection and obedience to him.