1And after this the king’s anger was pacified, and he no more mentioned Vashti, bearing in mind what she had said, and how he had condemned her.
2Then the servants of the king said, Let there be sought for the king chaste and beautiful young virgins.
3And let the king appoint local governors in all the provinces of his kingdom, and let them select fair and chaste young damsels and bring them to the city Susa, into the women’s apartment, and let them be consigned to the king’s chamberlain, the keeper of the women; and let things for purification and other attendance be given to them.
4And let the woman who shall please the king be queen instead of Vashti. And the thing pleased the king; and he did so.
5Now there was a Jew in the city Susa, and his name was Mordecai, the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin;
6who had been brought a prisoner from Jerusalem, which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had carried into captivity.
7And he had a foster child, daughter of Amminadab his father’s brother, and her name was Esther; and when her parents were dead, he brought her up for a wife for himself: and the damsel was beautiful.
8And because the king’s ordinance was published, many damsels were gathered to the city Susa under the hand of Hegai; and Esther was brought to Hegai the keeper of the women.
9And the damsel pleased him, and she found favor in his sight; and he hastened to give her the things for purification, and her portion, and the seven maidens appointed her out of the palace: and he treated her and her maidens well in the women’s apartment.
10But Esther discovered not her family nor her kindred: for Mordecai had charged her not to tell.
11But Mordecai used to walk every day by the women’s court, to see what would become of Esther.
12Now this was the time for a virgin to go in to the king, when she should have fulfilled twelve months; for so are the days of purification fulfilled, six months while they are anointing themselves with oil of myrrh, and six months with spices and women’s purifications.
13And then the damsel goes in to the king; and the officer to whomsoever he shall give the command, will bring her to come in with him from the women’s apartment to the king’s chamber.
14She enters in the evening, and in the morning she departs to the second women’s apartment, where Hegai the king’s chamberlain is keeper of the women: and she goes not in to the king again, unless she should be called by name.
15And when the time was fulfilled for Esther the daughter of Amminadab the brother of Mordecai’s father to go in to the king, she neglected nothing which the chamberlain, the women’s keeper, commanded; for Esther found grace in the sight of all that looked upon her.
16So Esther went in to King Artaxerxes in the twelfth month, which is Adar, in the seventh year of his reign.
17And the king loved Esther, and she found favor beyond all the other virgins: and he put on her the queen’s crown.
18And the king made a banquet for all his friends and great men for seven days, and he highly celebrated the marriage of Esther; and he made a release to those who were under his dominion.
19But Mordecai served in the palace.
20Now Esther had not discovered her kindred; for so Mordecai commanded her, to fear God, and perform his commandments, as when she was with him: and Esther changed not her manner of life.
21And two chamberlains of the king, the chiefs of the bodyguard, were grieved, because Mordecai was promoted; and they sought to kill King Artaxerxes.
22And the matter was discovered to Mordecai, and he made it known to Esther, and she declared to the king the matter of the conspiracy.
23And the king examined the two chamberlains, and hanged them: and the king gave orders to make a note for a memorial in the royal records of the good offices of Mordecai, as a commendation.