NASB — Esther 2 — KJV

Vashti’s Successor Sought

1 After these things awhen the anger of King Ahasuerus had subsided, he remembered Vashti and what she had done and bwhat had been decreed against her. 2 Then the king’s attendants, who served him, said, “aLet beautiful young virgins be sought for the king. 3 Let the king appoint overseers in aall the provinces of his kingdom that they may gather every beautiful young virgin to the citadel of Susa, to the harem, into the custody of bHegai, the king’s eunuch, who is in charge of the women; and clet their cosmetics be given [them]. 4 Then let the young lady who pleases the king be queen in place of Vashti.” And the matter pleased the king, and he did accordingly.

[1] aEs 7:10 bEs 1:19, 20
[2] a1K 1:2
[3] aEs 1:1, 2 bEs 2:8, 15 cEs 2:9, 12

5 ¶ [Now] there was at the citadel in Susa a Jew whose name was aMordecai, the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjamite, 6 awho had been taken into exile from Jerusalem with the captives who had been exiled with Jeconiah king of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had exiled. 7 He was bringing up Hadassah, that is aEsther, his uncle’s daughter, for she had no father or mother. Now the young lady was beautiful of form and Iface, and when her father and her mother died, Mordecai took her as his own daughter.

[5] aEs 3:2
[6] a2K 24:14, 15; 2Ch 36:10
[7] ILit good of appearance aEs 2:15

Esther Finds Favor

8 ¶ So it came about when the command and decree of the king were heard and amany young ladies were gathered to the citadel of Susa into the custody of bHegai, that Esther was taken to the king’s Ipalace into the custody of Hegai, who was in charge of the women. 9 Now the young lady pleased him and found favor with him. So he quickly provided her with her acosmetics and Ifood, gave her seven choice maids from the king’s palace and transferred her and her maids to the best place in the harem. 10 aEsther did not make known her people or her kindred, for Mordecai had instructed her that she should not make [them] known. 11 Every day Mordecai walked back and forth in front of the court of the harem to learn how Esther was and how she fared.

[8] ILit house aEs 2:3 bEs 2:3, 15
[9] ILit portions aEs 2:3, 12
[10] aEs 2:20

12 ¶ Now when the turn of each young lady came to go in to King Ahasuerus, after the end of her twelve months under the regulations for the women—for the days of their beautification were completed as follows: six months with oil of myrrh and six months with spices and the cosmetics for women13 the young lady would go in to the king in this way: anything that she Idesired was given her to take with her from the harem to the king’s palace. 14 In the evening she would go in and in the morning she would return to the second harem, to the Icustody of Shaashgaz, the king’s eunuch who was in charge of the concubines. She would not again go in to the king unless the king delighted in her and she was summoned by name.

[13] ILit said
[14] ILit hand

15 ¶ Now when the turn of Esther, athe daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai who had taken her as his daughter, came to go in to the king, she did not request anything except what bHegai, the king’s eunuch who was in charge of the women, Iadvised. And Esther found favor in the eyes of all who saw her. 16 So Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus to his royal palace in the tenth month which is the month Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign.

[15] ILit said aEs 2:7; 9:29 bEs 2:3, 8

Esther Becomes Queen

17 ¶ The king loved Esther more than all the women, and she found favor and kindness with him more than all the virgins, so that ahe set the royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. 18 Then athe king gave a great banquet, Esther’s banquet, for all his princes and his servants; he also made a holiday for the provinces and gave gifts baccording to the king’s bounty.

[17] aEs 1:11
[18] aEs 1:3 bEs 1:7

19aWhen the virgins were gathered together the second time, then Mordecai bwas sitting at the king’s gate. 20 aEsther had not yet made known her kindred or her people, even as Mordecai had commanded her; for Esther did Iwhat Mordecai told her as she had done bwhen under his care.

[19] aEs 2:3, 4 bEs 2:21; 3:2
[20] ILit the word of Mordecai aEs 2:10 bEs 2:7

Mordecai Saves the King

21 In those days, while Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate, aBigthan and Teresh, two of the king’s officials from those who guarded the door, became angry and sought to Ilay hands on King Ahasuerus. 22 But the Iplot became known to Mordecai and ahe told Queen Esther, and Esther IIinformed the king in Mordecai’s name. 23 Now when the plot was investigated and found [to be so], they were both hanged on a Igallows; and it was written in athe Book of the Chronicles in the king’s presence.

[21] ILit send a hand against aEs 6:2
[22] ILit matter, so also v 23 IILit told aEs 6:1, 2
[23] ILit tree aEs 10:2


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Out of the choice of virgins a queen is to be chosen.

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 Then said the king's servants that ministered unto him, Let there be fair young virgins sought for the king: 3 And let the king appoint officers in all the provinces of his kingdom, that they may gather together all the fair young virgins unto Shushan the palace, to the house of the women, unto the custody of Hege the king's chamberlain, keeper of the women; and let their things for purification be given [them]: 4 And let the maiden which pleaseth the king be queen instead of Vashti. And the thing pleased the king; and he did so.

[1] Es 1:12; Dn 6:14.
[2] Gn 12:14; 1K 1:2; Es 1:10, 14; 6:14.
[3] Es 1:1; 2:8, 12; Is 3:18.
[4] 2S 13:4; 16:21; 17:4; Es 1:21; 3:9; Mt 14:6; 20:16; 22:14.

Mordecai the nursing father of Esther.

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 Benjamite; 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. 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.

[5] 1S 9:1; 2S 16:5; Es 1:2; 2:3; 3:2; 5:1; 10:3.
[6] 2K 24:6, 14; 2Ch 36:9, 20; Jr 22:24, 28; 24:1.
[7] Gn 48:5; Es 1:11; 2:15; Jr 32:7; Dn 1:6; 2Co 6:18; Ep 6:4; 1Jn 3:1.

Esther is preferred by Hegai before the rest.

8 ¶ So it came to pass, when the king's commandment and his decree was heard, and when many maidens were gathered together unto Shushan the palace, to the custody of Hegai, that Esther was brought also unto the king's house, to the custody of Hegai, keeper of the women. 9 And the maiden pleased him, and she obtained kindness of him; and he speedily gave her her things for purification, with such things as belonged to her, and seven maidens, [which were] meet to be given her, out of the king's house: and he preferred her and her maids unto the best [place] of the house of the women. 10 Esther had not shewed her people nor her kindred: for Mordecai had charged her that she should not shew [it]. 11 And Mordecai walked every day before the court of the women's house, to know how Esther did, and what should become of her.

[8] Es 2:3.
[9] Gn 39:21; 1K 8:50; Ezr 7:6; Ne 2:8; Es 2:3, 12; Ps 106:46; Pv 16:7; Dn 1:9; Ac 7:10.
[10] Es 2:7, 20; 3:8; 4:13; 7:4; Mt 10:16; Ep 6:1.
[11] Gn 37:14; 1S 17:18; Es 2:13; Ac 15:36.

The manner of purification, and going in to the king.

12 ¶ Now when every maid's turn was 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 odours, and with [other] things for the purifying of the women;) 13 Then thus came [every] maiden unto the king; whatsoever she desired was given her to go with her out of the house of the women unto the king's house. 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, which kept the concubines: she came in unto the king no more, except the king delighted in her, and that she were called by name.

[12] Pv 7:17; So 3:6; Is 57:9; Lk 7:37; 1Th 4:4.
[14] Gn 34:19; Dt 21:14; Es 4:11; Is 43:1; 45:4; 62:4.

Esther best pleasing the king is made queen.

15 ¶ Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to go in unto the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the king's chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed. And Esther obtained favour in the sight of all them that looked upon her. 16 So Esther was taken unto king Ahasuerus into his house royal in the tenth month, which [is] the month Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign. 17 And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour 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. 18 Then the king made a great feast unto 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. 19 And when the virgins were gathered together the second time, then Mordecai sat in the king's gate. 20 Esther had not [yet] shewed her kindred nor her people; as Mordecai had charged her: for Esther did the commandment of Mordecai, like as when she was brought up with him.

[15] Es 2:7; So 6:9; 8:10; Ac 7:10.
[16] Ezr 7:8; Es 2:1, 3; 8:9.
[17] 1S 2:8; Es 4:14; Ps 75:6; 113:7; Ezk 17:24; Lk 1:48.
[18] Gn 29:22; Jg 14:10; 1S 25:8; Ne 8:11; Es 1:3; 9:22; So 3:11; 5:1; Mt 22:2; Lk 14:8; Rv 11:10; 19:9.
[19] Es 2:3, 21; 3:2; 5:13.
[20] Es 2:10; Ep 6:1.

Mordecai discovering a treason is recorded in the chronicles.

21 ¶ In those days, while Mordecai sat in the king's gate, two of the king's chamberlains, Bigthan and Teresh, of those which kept the door, were wroth, and sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus. 22 And the thing was known to Mordecai, who told [it] unto Esther the queen; and Esther certified the king [thereof] in Mordecai's name. 23 And when inquisition was made of the matter, it was found out; therefore they were both hanged on a tree: and it was written in the book of the chronicles before the king.

[21] 2S 4:5; 16:11; 1K 15:25; 16:9; 2K 9:22; 12:20; 21:23; Es 6:2; Ps 144:10.
[22] Es 6:1; Ec 10:20; Ac 23:12; Ro 11:33; Php 2:4.
[23] Gn 40:19, 22; Dt 21:22; Jsh 8:29; Es 5:14; 6:1; 7:10; Mal 3:16.


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