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Esther 2

After
<0310>
these things
<01697>_,
when the wrath
<02534>
of king
<04428>
Ahasuerus
<0325>
was appeased
<07918> (8800)_,
he remembered
<02142> (8804)
Vashti
<02060>_,
and what she had done
<06213> (8804)_,
and what was decreed
<01504> (8738)
against her.
Then said
<0559> (8799)
the king's
<04428>
servants
<05288>
that ministered
<08334> (8764)
unto him, Let there be fair
<02896> <04758>
young
<05291>
virgins
<01330>
sought
<01245> (8762)
for the king
<04428>_:
And let the king
<04428>
appoint
<06485> (8686)
officers
<06496>
in all the provinces
<04082>
of his kingdom
<04438>_,
that they may gather together
<06908> (8799)
all the fair
<02896> <04758>
young
<05291>
virgins
<01330>
unto Shushan
<07800>
the palace
<01002>_,
to the house
<01004>
of the women
<0802>_,
unto the custody
<03027>
of Hege
<01896>
the king's
<04428>
chamberlain
<05631>_,
keeper
<08104> (8802)
of the women
<0802>_;
and let their things for purification
<08562>
be given
<05414> (8800)
[them]: {unto the...: Heb. unto the hand} {Hege: also called, Hegai}
And let the maiden
<05291>
which pleaseth
<03190> (8799) <05869>
the king
<04428>
be queen
<04427> (8799)
instead of Vashti
<02060>_.
And the thing
<01697>
pleased
<03190> (8799) <05869>
the king
<04428>_;
and he did so
<06213> (8799)_.
[Now] in Shushan
<07800>
the palace
<01002>
there was a certain
<0376>
Jew
<03064>_,
whose name
<08034>
[was] Mordecai
<04782>_,
the son
<01121>
of Jair
<02971>_,
the son
<01121>
of Shimei
<08096>_,
the son
<01121>
of Kish
<07027>_,
a Benjamite
<01145>_;
Who had been carried away
<01540> (8717)
from Jerusalem
<03389>
with the captivity
<01473>
which had been carried away
<01540> (8717)
with Jeconiah
<03204>
king
<04428>
of Judah
<03063>_,
whom Nebuchadnezzar
<05019>
the king
<04428>
of Babylon
<0894>
had carried away
<01540> (8689)_.
{Jeconiah: also called, Jehoiachin}
And he brought up
<0539> (8802)
Hadassah
<01919>_,
that [is], Esther
<0635>_,
his uncle's
<01730>
daughter
<01323>_:
for she had neither father
<01>
nor mother
<0517>_,
and the maid
<05291>
[was] fair
<03303> <08389>
and beautiful
<02896> <04758>_;
whom Mordecai
<04782>_,
when her father
<01>
and mother
<0517>
were dead
<04194>_,
took
<03947> (8804)
for his own daughter
<01323>_.
{brought...: Heb. nourished} {fair...: Heb. fair of form, and good of countenance}
So it came to pass, when the king's
<04428>
commandment
<01697>
and his decree
<01881>
was heard
<08085> (8736)_,
and when many
<07227>
maidens
<05291>
were gathered together
<06908> (8736)
unto Shushan
<07800>
the palace
<01002>_,
to the custody
<03027>
of Hegai
<01896>_,
that Esther
<0635>
was brought
<03947> (8735)
also unto the king's
<04428>
house
<01004>_,
to the custody
<03027>
of Hegai
<01896>_,
keeper
<08104> (8802)
of the women
<0802>_.
And the maiden
<05291>
pleased
<03190> (8799) <05869>
him, and she obtained
<05375> (8799)
kindness
<02617>
of him
<06440>_;
and he speedily
<0926> (8762)
gave
<05414> (8800)
her her things for purification
<08562>_,
with such things as belonged
<04490>
to her, and seven
<07651>
maidens
<05291>_,
[which were] meet
<07200> (8803)
to be given
<05414> (8800)
her, out of the king's
<04428>
house
<01004>_:
and he preferred
<08138> (8762)
her and her maids
<05291>
unto the best
<02896>
[place] of the house
<01004>
of the women
<0802>_.
{such...: Heb. her portions} {preferred: Heb. changed}
Esther
<0635>
had not shewed
<05046> (8689)
her people
<05971>
nor her kindred
<04138>_:
for Mordecai
<04782>
had charged
<06680> (8765)
her that she should not shew
<05046> (8686)
[it].
And Mordecai
<04782>
walked
<01980> (8693)
every day
<03117>
before
<06440>
the court
<02691>
of the women's
<0802>
house
<01004>_,
to know
<03045> (8800)
how Esther
<0635>
did
<07965>_,
and what should become
<06213> (8735)
of her. {to know...: Heb. to know the peace}
Now when every maid's
<05291>
turn
<08447>
was come
<05060> (8687)
to go in
<0935> (8800)
to king
<04428>
Ahasuerus
<0325>_,
after
<07093>
that she had been twelve
<08147> <06240>
months
<02320>_,
according to the manner
<01881>
of the women
<0802>_,
(for so were the days
<03117>
of their purifications
<04795>
accomplished
<04390> (8799)_,
[to wit], six
<08337>
months
<02320>
with oil
<08081>
of myrrh
<04753>_,
and six
<08337>
months
<02320>
with sweet odours
<01314>_,
and with [other] things for the purifying
<08562>
of the women
<0802>;)
Then thus came
<0935> (8802)
[every] maiden
<05291>
unto the king
<04428>_;
whatsoever she desired
<0559> (8799)
was given
<05414> (8735)
her to go
<0935> (8800)
with her out of the house
<01004>
of the women
<0802>
unto the king's
<04428>
house
<01004>_.
In the evening
<06153>
she went
<0935> (8802)_,
and on the morrow
<01242>
she returned
<07725> (8802)
into the second
<08145>
house
<01004>
of the women
<0802>_,
to the custody
<03027>
of Shaashgaz
<08190>_,
the king's
<04428>
chamberlain
<05631>_,
which kept
<08104> (8802)
the concubines
<06370>_:
she came in
<0935> (8799)
unto the king
<04428>
no more, except the king
<04428>
delighted
<02654> (8804)
in her, and that she were called
<07121> (8738)
by name
<08034>_.
Now when the turn
<08447>
of Esther
<0635>_,
the daughter
<01323>
of Abihail
<032>
the uncle
<01730>
of Mordecai
<04782>_,
who had taken
<03947> (8804)
her for his daughter
<01323>_,
was come
<05060> (8687)
to go in
<0935> (8800)
unto the king
<04428>_,
she required
<01245> (8765)
nothing
<01697>
but what Hegai
<01896>
the king's
<04428>
chamberlain
<05631>_,
the keeper
<08104> (8802)
of the women
<0802>_,
appointed
<0559> (8799)_.
And Esther
<0635>
obtained
<05375> (8802)
favour
<02580>
in the sight
<05869>
of all them that looked
<07200> (8802)
upon her.
So Esther
<0635>
was taken
<03947> (8735)
unto king
<04428>
Ahasuerus
<0325>
into his house
<01004>
royal
<04438>
in the tenth
<06224>
month
<02320>_,
which [is] the month
<02320>
Tebeth
<02887>_,
in the seventh
<07651>
year
<08141>
of his reign
<04438>_.
And the king
<04428>
loved
<0157> (8799)
Esther
<0635>
above all the women
<0802>_,
and she obtained
<05375> (8799)
grace
<02580>
and favour
<02617>
in his sight
<06440>
more than all the virgins
<01330>_;
so that he set
<07760> (8799)
the royal
<04438>
crown
<03804>
upon her head
<07218>_,
and made her queen
<04427> (8686)
instead of Vashti
<02060>_.
{favour: or, kindness} {in his...: Heb. before him}
Then the king
<04428>
made
<06213> (8799)
a great
<01419>
feast
<04960>
unto all his princes
<08269>
and his servants
<05650>_,
[even] Esther's
<0635>
feast
<04960>_;
and he made
<06213> (8804)
a release
<02010>
to the provinces
<04082>_,
and gave
<05414> (8799)
gifts
<04864>_,
according to the state
<03027>
of the king
<04428>_.
{release: Heb. rest}
And when the virgins
<01330>
were gathered together
<06908> (8736)
the second time
<08145>_,
then Mordecai
<04782>
sat
<03427> (8802)
in the king's
<04428>
gate
<08179>_.
Esther
<0635>
had not [yet] shewed
<05046> (8688)
her kindred
<04138>
nor her people
<05971>_;
as Mordecai
<04782>
had charged
<06680> (8765)
her: for Esther
<0635>
did
<06213> (8802)
the commandment
<03982>
of Mordecai
<04782>_,
like as when she was brought up
<0545>
with him.
In those days
<03117>_,
while Mordecai
<04782>
sat
<03427> (8802)
in the king's
<04428>
gate
<08179>_,
two
<08147>
of the king's
<04428>
chamberlains
<05631>_,
Bigthan
<0904>
and Teresh
<08657>_,
of those which kept
<08104> (8802)
the door
<05592>_,
were wroth
<07107> (8804)_,
and sought
<01245> (8762)
to lay
<07971> (8800)
hand
<03027>
on the king
<04428>
Ahasuerus
<0325>_.
{Bigthan: also called, Bigthana} {the door: Heb. the threshold}
And the thing
<01697>
was known
<03045> (8735)
to Mordecai
<04782>_,
who told
<05046> (8686)
[it] unto Esther
<0635>
the queen
<04436>_;
and Esther
<0635>
certified
<0559> (8799)
the king
<04428>
[thereof] in Mordecai's
<04782>
name
<08034>_.
And when inquisition
<01245> (8792)
was made of the matter
<01697>_,
it was found out
<04672> (8735)_;
therefore they were both
<08147>
hanged
<08518> (8735)
on a tree
<06086>_:
and it was written
<03789> (8735)
in the book
<05612>
of the chronicles
<01697> <03117>
before
<06440>
the king
<04428>_.


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