Esther 2


The Search for a Queen

1And after these matters [4was abated 1the 2king's 3rage], and no longer was [2mentioned 1Vashti], remembering as much as she spoke, and how he condemned her. 2And [5said 1the 2servants 3of the 4king], Let there be sought to the king young women uncorrupted, beautiful in appearance! 3And [3shall place 1the 2king] magistrates in all the places of his kingdom, and let them choose young women, virgins, beautiful in appearance to be brought to Shushan the city, into the chamber of the women! And let them be delivered to the eunuch of the king, the keeper of the women! And let there be given to them a beauty treatment, and the remaining care! 4And the woman who ever should be pleasing to the king shall reign instead of Vashti. And [3pleased 4the 5king 1the 2thing], and he did so. 5And there was a man, a Jew, in Shushan the city. And his name was Mordecai, the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin; 6who was a captive from Jerusalem, which [5captured 1Nebuchadnezzar 2the 3king 4of Babylon]. 7And there was to this man a child that he brought up, the daughter of the brother of his father, and her name was Esther. And at the changeover of her parents, he instructed her to himself for a woman. And [3was 1the 2young woman] good in appearance. 8And when [4was heard 1the 2king's 3order], [3were gathered together 1many 2young women] in Shushan the city, by the hand of Hegai; and Esther was led to Hegai the keeper of the women.

Esther Chosen Queen

9And [3pleased 4him 1the 2young woman], and she found favor before him. And he hastened to give her the beauty treatment, and her portion, and the seven young women being exhibited to her from the royal palace. And he treated her well, and her handmaidens in the chamber of the women. 10But [2did not 3plainly show 1Esther] her race, nor her fatherland. For Mordecai gave charge to her not to report it. 11And each day Mordecai walked by the [2courtyard 1feminine], overseeing what would come to pass with Esther. 12For this was the time for a young woman to enter to the king, whenever she should have fulfilled [2months 1twelve], for thus are fulfilled the days of the treatment, [2months 1six] with the aromatics and with the beauty treatments for the women, 13and [2months 1six] being anointed with myrrh oil, and then she enters to the king. And to whom ever he should tell, he delivers her to enter together with him, from the chamber of the women unto the palaces. 14In the evening she enters, and by day she runs to the [2chamber of the women 1second], where Hegai the eunuch of the king the keeper of the women is. And no longer does she enter to the king if she should not be called by name. 15And in the fulfilling the time, Esther the daughter of Abihail, brother of the father of Mordecai, entered to the king. Not one thing she disregarded which [6gave charge 7to her 1the 2eunuch 3keeper 4of the 5women]. [3was 1For 2Esther] found in favor by all the ones seeing her. 16And Esther entered to Artaxerxes the king in the tenth month, which is Tebeth, in the seventh year of his kingship. 17And [3loved 5passionately 1the 2king 4Esther], and she found favor above all the virgins; and he placed upon her the [2diadem 1feminine]. 18And [3made 1the 2king] a banquet for all his friends, and the powerful ones, for [2days 1seven]. And he exalted the wedding feasts of Esther; and [2a release 1he made] to the ones under his kingdom. 19 But Mordecai attended to affairs in the courtyard. 20 Now Esther did not plainly tell of her fatherland, for thus [2gave charge 3to her 1Mordecai], to fear God, and to observe his orders, as she was with him. And Esther did not change her conduct. 21And [6fretted 1the 2two 3eunuchs 4of the 5king], and the chiefs of the body guards, for Mordecai advanced. And they sought to kill Artaxerxes the king. 22And [3was made manifest 4to Mordecai 1the 2matter], and he signaled it to Esther, and she revealed to the king the things of the plot. 23And the king examined the two eunuchs, and he hanged them. And [3gave order 1the 2king] to write for a memorial in the royal library about the good-will of Mordecai with commendation.
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