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Esther Chapter 2 (2 of 6)
Series: The Book of Esther
Dr. Harley Howard
1 After these things, when the wrath of king Ahasuerus was
appeased, he remembered Vashti, and what she had done, and
what was decreed against her.
The king's anger was satisfied, ended, finished as he brought to
mind what Vashti had done and what was done to her.
2 Then said the king's servants that ministered unto him, Let there
be fair young virgins sought for the king:
3 And let the king appoint officers in all the provinces of his
kingdom, that they may gather together all the fair young virgins
unto Shushan the palace, to the house of the women, unto the
custody of Hege the king's chamberlain, keeper of the women; and
let their things for purification be given [them]:
4 And let the maiden which pleaseth the king be queen instead of
Vashti. And the thing pleased the king; and he did so.
Now the search begins for a replacement for Vashti, the banished
queen. The beautiful, young, virgin women of the land were to be
brought to the palace, at the house or harem where the women
were and given to He-ge, the king's eunuch, the protector of the
harem, and let beauty treatments be done to them. The purpose of
this was to find the most beautiful woman to be queen instead of
Vashti. The king was pleased at this and allowed the process to
5 [Now] in Shushan the palace there was a certain Jew, whose
name [was] Mordecai, the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of
Kish, a Benjamite;
6 Who had been carried away from Jerusalem with the captivity
which had been carried away with Jeconiah king of Judah, whom
Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away.
7 And he brought up Hadassah, that [is], Esther, his uncle's
daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and the maid [was]
fair and beautiful; whom Mordecai, when her father and mother
were dead, took for his own daughter.
Esther is a Pers ...
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