1 H310 After H1697 these things, H2534 when the wrath H4428 of king H325 Ahasuerus H7918 was pacified, H2142 he remembered H2060 Vashti, H6213 and what she had done, H1504 and what was decreed against her.
2 H559 Then said H4428 the king's H5288 servants H8334 that ministered H2896 unto him, Let there be fair H5291 young H1330 virgins H1245 sought H4428 for the king:
3 H4428 and let the king H6485 appoint H6496 officers H4082 in all the provinces H4438 of his kingdom, H6908 that they may gather together H2896 all the fair H5291 young H1330 virgins H7800 unto Shushan H1002 the palace, H1004 to the house H802 of the women, H3027 unto the custody H1896 of Hegai H4428 the king's H5631 chamberlain, H8104 keeper H802 of the women; H8562 and let their things for purification H5414 be given them;
4 H5291 and let the maiden H3190 that pleaseth H4428 the king H4427 be queen H2060 instead of Vashti. H1697 And the thing H3190 pleased H4428 the king; H6213 and he did so.
5 H376 There was a certain H3064 Jew H7800 in Shushan H1002 the palace, H8034 whose name H4782 was Mordecai, H1121 the son H2971 of Jair, H1121 the son H8096 of Shimei, H1121 the son H7027 of Kish, H1145 a Benjamite,
6 H1540 who had been carried away H3389 from Jerusalem H1473 with the captives H1540 that had been carried away H3204 with Jeconiah H4428 king H3063 of Judah, H5019 whom Nebuchadnezzar H4428 the king H894 of Babylon H1540 had carried away.
7 H539 And he brought up H1919 Hadassah, H635 that is, Esther, H1730 his uncle's H1323 daughter: H1 for she had neither father H517 nor mother, H5291 and the maiden H3303 was fair H2896 and beautiful; H1 and when her father H517 and mother H4194 were dead, H4782 Mordecai H3947 took H1323 her for his own daughter.
8 H4428 So it came to pass, when the king's H1697 commandment H1881 and his decree H8085 was heard, H7227 and when many H5291 maidens H6908 were gathered together H7800 unto Shushan H1002 the palace, H3027 to the custody H1896 of Hegai, H635 that Esther H3947 was taken H4428 into the king's H1004 house, H3027 to the custody H1896 of Hegai, H8104 keeper H802 of the women.
9 H5291 And the maiden H3190 pleased H5375 him, and she obtained H2617 kindness H6440 of him; H926 and he speedily H5414 gave H8562 her her things for purification, H4490 with her portions, H7651 and the seven H5291 maidens H7200 who were meet H5414 to be given H4428 her out of the king's H1004 house: H8138 and he removed H5291 her and her maidens H2896 to the best H1004 place of the house H802 of the women.
10 H635 Esther H5046 had not made known H5971 her people H4138 nor her kindred; H4782 for Mordecai H6680 had charged H5046 her that she should not make it known.
11 H4782 And Mordecai H1980 walked H3117 every day H6440 before H2691 the court H802 of the women's H1004 house, H3045 to know H635 how Esther H7965 did, H6213 and what would become of her.
12 H8447 Now when the turn H5291 of every maiden H5060 was come H5060 to go H935 in H4428 to king H325 Ahasuerus, H7093 after H1881 that it had been done to her according to the law H802 for the women H8147 twelve H2320 months H3117 (for so were the days H4795 of their purifications H4390 accomplished, H8337 to wit, six H2320 months H8081 with oil H4753 of myrrh, H8337 and six H2320 months H1314 with sweet odors H8562 and with the things for the purifying H802 of the women),
13 H935 then in this wise came H5291 the maiden H4428 unto the king: H559 whatsoever she desired H5414 was given H935 her to go H1004 with her out of the house H802 of the women H4428 unto the king's H1004 house.
14 H6153 In the evening H935 she went, H1242 and on the morrow H7725 she returned H8145 into the second H1004 house H802 of the women, H3027 to the custody H8190 of Shaashgaz, H4428 the king's H5631 chamberlain, H8104 who kept H6370 the concubines: H935 she came in H4428 unto the king H4428 no more, except the king H2654 delighted H7121 in her, and she were called H8034 by name.
15 H8447 Now when the turn H635 of Esther, H1323 the daughter H32 of Abihail H1730 the uncle H4782 of Mordecai, H3947 who had taken H1323 her for his daughter, H5060 was come H935 to go in H4428 unto the king, H1245 she required H1697 nothing H1896 but what Hegai H4428 the king's H5631 chamberlain, H8104 the keeper H802 of the women, H559 appointed. H635 And Esther H5375 obtained H2580 favor H5869 in the sight H7200 of all them that looked upon her.
16 H635 So Esther H3947 was taken H4428 unto king H325 Ahasuerus H1004 into his house H4438 royal H6224 in the tenth H2320 month, H2320 which is the month H2887 Tebeth, H7651 in the seventh H8141 year H4438 of his reign.
17 H4428 And the king H157 loved H635 Esther H802 above all the women, H5375 and she obtained H2580 favor H2580 and kindness H6440 in his sight H1330 more than all the virgins; H7760 so that he set H4438 the royal H3804 crown H7218 upon her head, H4427 and made her queen H2060 instead of Vashti.
18 H4428 Then the king H6213 made H1419 a great H4960 feast H8269 unto all his princes H5650 and his servants, H635 even Esther's H4960 feast; H6213 and he made H2010 a release H4082 to the provinces, H5414 and gave H4864 gifts, H3027 according to the bounty H4428 of the king.
19 H1330 And when the virgins H6908 were gathered together H8145 the second time, H4782 then Mordecai H3427 was sitting H4428 in the king's H8179 gate.
20 H635 Esther H5046 had not yet made known H4138 her kindred H5971 nor her people; H4782 as Mordecai H6680 had charged H635 her: for Esther H6213 did H3982 the commandment H4782 of Mordecai, H545 like as when she was brought up with him.
21 H3117 In those days, H4782 while Mordecai H3427 was sitting H4428 in the king's H8179 gate, H8147 two H4428 of the king's H5631 chamberlains, H904 Bigthan H8657 and Teresh, H8104 of those that kept H5592 the threshold, H7107 were wroth, H1245 and sought H7971 to lay H3027 hands H4428 on the king H325 Ahasuerus.
22 H1697 And the thing H3045 became known H4782 to Mordecai, H5046 who showed H635 it unto Esther H4436 the queen; H635 and Esther H559 told H4428 the king H4782 thereof in Mordecai's H8034 name.