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Esther 2:1-6 (Holman Christian Standard)

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Search for a New Queen

1 Some time later, when King Ahasuerus' rage had cooled down, he remembered Vashti, what she had done, and what was decided against her. 2 The king's personal attendantsa suggested, "Let a search be made for beautiful young virgins for the king. 3 Let the king appoint commissioners in each province of his kingdom, so that they may assemble all the beautiful young virgins to the harem at the fortress of Susa. [Put them] under the care of Hegai, the king's eunuch, who is in charge of the women, and give them the required beautyb treatments. 4 Then the young woman who pleases the king will reign in place of Vashti." This suggestion pleased the king, and he did accordingly. 5 A Jewish man was in the fortress of Susa named Mordecai son of Jair, son of Shimei, son of Kish, a Benjaminite. 6 He had been taken into exile from Jerusalem with the other captives when King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon took King Jeconiahc of Judah into exile.d
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