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Esther Made Queen...
After these events, when the wrath of Sovereign Ahashwerosh had ceased, he remembered Vashti, what she had done, and what had been decreed against her.
Then the sovereign's servants who attended him said, 'Let lovely young maidens be sought for the sovereign,
and let the sovereign appoint officers in all the provinces of his reign, and let them gather all the lovely young maidens to the citadel of Shushan, into the women's quarters, under the hand of Hegai the sovereign's eunuch, guardian of the women, to give their preparations.
'And let the young woman who pleases the sovereign be sovereigness instead of Vashti.' And the word pleased the sovereign, and he did so.
In the citadel of Shushan there was a certain man, a Yehudite whose name was Mordekai son of Ya'ir, son of Shim'i, son of Qish, a Binyamite,
who had been exiled from Yerushalayim with the captives who had been exiled with Yekonyah sovereign of Yehudah, whom Nebukadnetstsar the sovereign of Babel had exiled.
And it came to be that he was raising Hadassah, that is Ester, his uncle's daughter, for she had neither father nor mother. The young woman was lovely and of good appearance. And when her father and mother died, Mordekai took her as his own daughter.
And it came to be, when the sovereign's command and decree were heard, and when many young women were gathered at the citadel of Shushan, into the hand of Hegai, that Ester, too, was taken to the sovereign's palace, into the hand of Hegai, guardian of the women.
And the young woman pleased him, and she received kindness from him. So he hastened to give her preparations and her portions, and gave her seven choice female servants from the sovereign's palace. And he moved her and her female servants to the best place in the house of the women.
Ester had not made known her people or her relatives, for Mordekai had commanded her not to make it known.
And every day Mordekai walked about in front of the courtyard of the women's quarters, to learn of Ester's welfare and what is done to her.
Now when the turn of each young woman came to go in to Sovereign Ahashwerosh after she had completed twelve months according to the regulations for the women - for the days of their preparation were completed as follows: six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with perfumes and with the preparations of women -
thus prepared, the young woman went to the sovereign, and whatever she asked for was given to take with her from the house of the women to the sovereign's palace.
In the evening she went, and in the morning she returned to the second house of the women, into the hand of Sha'ashgaz, the sovereign's eunuch, guardian of the concubines. She would not come in to the sovereign again unless the sovereign delighted in her and called for her by name.
And when the turn came for Ester, the daughter of Abihayil the uncle of Mordekai, who had taken her as his daughter, to come in to the sovereign, she sought no matter but what Hegai the sovereign's eunuch, guardian of the women, advised. And Ester found favour in the eyes of all who saw her.
And Ester was taken to Sovereign Ahashwerosh, into his royal palace, in the tenth month, which is the month of Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign.
And the sovereign loved Ester more than all the women, and she found favour and kindness in his eyes more than all the maidens. And he set the royal crown upon her head and made her sovereigness instead of Vashti.
And the sovereign made a great feast, the Feast of Ester, for all his officials and servants. And he proclaimed a release in the provinces and gave gifts according to the means of a sovereign.
Mordecai Uncovers a Conspiracy...
And when maidens were assembled a second time, Mordekai sat within the sovereign`s gate.
Ester had not made known her relatives and her people yet, as Mordekai commanded her, for Ester obeyed the command of Mordekai as when she was being raised by him.
In those days, while Mordekai sat within the sovereign's gate, two of the sovereign's eunuchs, Bigthan and Teresh, doorkeepers, were wroth and sought to lay hands on Sovereign Ahashwerosh.
And the matter became known to Mordekai, who informed Sovereigness Ester, and Ester spoke to the sovereign in Mordekai's name.
And when the matter was searched into, it was confirmed, and both were impaled on a stake. And it was written in the book of the annals in the presence of the sovereign.