Esther 2

2:1 After these things, when the wrath of king Ahasuerus was
 appeased, he remembered Vashti, and what she had done, and what
 was decreed against her.
2:2 Then said the king's servants that ministered to him, Let
 there be fair young virgins sought for the king:
2:3 And let the king appoint officers in all the provinces of
 his kingdom, that they may collect all the fair young virgins
 to Shushan the palace, to the house of the women, into the
 custody of Hege the king's chamberlain, keeper of the women;
 and let their things for purification be given [them]:
2:4 And let the maiden who pleaseth the king be queen instead of
 Vashti. And the thing pleased the king; and he did so.
2:5 [Now] in Shushan the palace there was a certain Jew, whose
 name [was] Mordecai, the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the
 son of Kish, a Benjaminite;
2:6 Who had been carried away from Jerusalem with the captivity
 which had been carried away with Jeconiah king of Judah, whom
 Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away.
2:7 And he brought up Hadassah, that [is], Esther, his uncle's
 daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and the maid
 [was] fair and beautiful; whom Mordecai, when her father and
 mother were dead, took for his own daughter.
2:8 So it came to pass, when the king's commandment and his
 decree were heard, and when many maidens were assembled at
 Shushan the palace, to the custody of Hegai, that Esther was
 brought also to the king's house, to the custody of Hegai,
 keeper of the women.
2:9 And the maiden pleased him, and she obtained kindness from
 him; and he speedily gave her her things for purification, with
 such things as belonged to her, and seven maidens [who were]
 meet to be given her, out of the king's house: and he preferred
 her and her maids to the best [place] of the house of the
2:10 Esther had not showed her people nor her kindred: for
 Mordecai had charged her that she should not show [it].
2:11 And Mordecai walked every day before the court of the
 women's house, to know how Esther did, and what would become of
2:12 Now when every maid's turn had come to go in to king
 Ahasuerus, after that she had been twelve months, according to
 the manner of the women, (for so were the days of their
 purifications accomplished, [to wit], six months with oil of
 myrrh, and six months with sweet odors, and with [other] things
 for the purifying of the women;)
2:13 Then thus came [every] maiden to the king; whatever she
 desired was given her to go with her out of the house of the
 women to the king's house.
2:14 In the evening she went, and on the morrow she returned
 into the second house of the women, to the custody of
 Shaashgaz, the king's chamberlain, who kept the concubines: she
 came in to the king no more, except that the king delighted in
 her, and she was called by name.
2:15 Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the
 uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, had come
 to go in to the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the
 king's chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed. And
 Esther obtained favor in the sight of all them that looked upon
2:16 So Esther was taken to king Ahasuerus into his house royal
 in the tenth month, which [is] the month Tebeth, in the seventh
 year of his reign.
2:17 And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she
 obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the
 virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made
 her queen instead of Vashti.
2:18 Then the king made a great feast to all his princes and his
 servants, [even] Esther's feast; and he made a release to the
 provinces, and gave gifts, according to the state of the king.
2:19 And when the virgins were assembled the second time, then
 Mordecai sat in the king's gate.
2:20 Esther had not [yet] showed her kindred, nor her people; as
 Mordecai had charged her: for Esther performed the commandment
 of Mordecai, as when she was brought up with him.
2:21 In those days, while Mordecai sat in the king's gate, two
 of the king's chamberlains, Bigthan and Teresh, of those who
 kept the door, were wroth, and sought to lay hand on the king
2:22 And the thing was known to Mordecai, who told [it] to
 Esther the queen; and Esther certified the king [of it] in
 Mordecai's name.
2:23 And when inquisition was made of the matter, it was
 discovered; therefore they were both hanged on a tree: and it
 was written in the book of the chronicles before the king.

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