Esther 2:19-23 NIV

Mordecai Uncovers a Conspiracy

19 When the virgins were assembled a second time, Mordecai was sitting at the king's gate.1

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      20 But Esther had kept secret her family background and nationality just as Mordecai had told her to do, for she continued to follow Mordecai's instructions as she had done when he was bringing her up.2

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          21 During the time Mordecai was sitting at the king's gate, Bigthanaa and Teresh, two of the king's officers3 who guarded the doorway, became angry4 and conspired to assassinate King Xerxes.

          References for Esther 2:21

            • b 2:21 - Hebrew "Bigthan," a variant of "Bigthana"
              22 But Mordecai found out about the plot and told Queen Esther, who in turn reported it to the king, giving credit to Mordecai.
              23 And when the report was investigated and found to be true, the two officials were hanged5 on a gallows.b All this was recorded in the book of the annals6 in the presence of the king.7

              References for Esther 2:23

                • c 2:23 - Or "were hung" (or "impaled") "on poles"; similarly elsewhere in Esther