2:1 After these things, when the wrath of king Ahasuerus was appeased, he a remembered Vashti, and what she had done, and what was decreed b against her.
(a) That is, he brought the matter again into
discussion. b By the seven wise men of
2:3 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, c
keeper of the women; and let their things d
for purification be given [them]:
(c) The abuse of these countries was so great,
that they invented many means to serve the lusts of princes and therefore they
ordained wicked laws that the king might have whose daughters he would. They
had many houses appointed, one for the virgins, another for the concubines and
another for the queen.
(d) Read what this purification was in (Esther
And Mordecai walked e every day before
the court of the women's house, to know how Esther did, and what should become
(e) For though she was taken away by a cruel law,
yet he did not cease to have a fatherly care for her, and therefore often
sought to hear of her.
2:13 Then thus came [every]
maiden unto the king; whatsoever she desired was f
given her to go with her out of the house of the women unto the king's house.
(f) Whatever apparel she asked for, the eunuch
was bound to give to her.
2:15 Now when the turn of
Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his
daughter, was come to go in unto the king, she required nothing but what Hegai
the king's chamberlain, the keeper of the women, g
appointed. And Esther obtained favour in the sight of all them that looked upon
(g) In which her modesty appeared because she did
not seek to dress to command her beauty but sought the eunuch's appointment.
2:16 So Esther was taken unto king Ahasuerus into
his house royal in the tenth month, which [is] the h
month Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign.
(h) Which contained part of December and part of
2:18 Then the king made a great
feast unto all his princes and his servants, [even] Esther's i
feast; and he made a release k to the
provinces, and gave gifts, according to the l
state of the king.
(i) That is, made for her sake.
(k) He released their tribute.
(l) That is, great and magnificent.
2:19 And when the virgins were gathered together the
m second time, then Mordecai sat in the
(m) That is, at the marriage of Esther, which was
the second marriage for the king.
2:21 In those days, while
Mordecai sat in the king's gate, two of the king's chamberlains, Bigthan and
Teresh, of those which kept the door, were wroth, and sought to lay n
hand on the king Ahasuerus.
(n) Meaning, to kill him.
2:23 And when inquisition was
made of the matter, it was found out; therefore they were both hanged on a tree:
and it was written in the book of the o
chronicles before the king.
(o) In the chronicles of the Medes and Persians,