101Esther did not makeknown her people or her kindred, for Mordecai had instructed her that she should not make them known.
11EverydayMordecaiwalkedback and forth in front of the court of the harem to learnhowEsther was and how she fared.
Now when the turn of eachyoungladycame to go in to KingAhasuerus, after the end of her twelvemonths under the regulations for the women -for the days of their beautification were completed as follows: sixmonths with oil of myrrh and sixmonths with spices and the cosmetics for women -
the younglady would go in to the king in thisway: anything that she adesired was given her to take with her from the harem to the king'spalace.
In the evening she would go in and in the morning she would return to the secondharem , to the bcustody of Shaashgaz, the king'seunuch who was in charge of the concubines. She would not againgo in to the kingunless the kingdelighted in her and she was summoned by name.
Now when the turn of Esther, 2the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecaiwho had taken her as his daughter, came to go in to the king, she did not requestanythingexceptwhat3Hegai, the king'seunuch who was in charge of the women, cadvised. And Estherfoundfavor in the eyes of all who saw her.
So Esther was taken to KingAhasuerus to his royalpalace in the tenthmonthwhich is the monthTebeth, in the seventhyear of his reign.
The kinglovedEsthermorethanall the women, and she foundfavor and kindness with him morethanall the virgins, so that 4he set the royalcrown on her head and made her queeninstead of Vashti.
Then 5the kinggave a greatbanquet, Esther'sbanquet, for all his princes and his servants; he also made a holiday for the provinces and gavegifts6according to the king'sbounty.
197When the virgins were gathered together the secondtime, then Mordecai8was sitting at the king'sgate.
209Esther had not yet made known her kindred or her people, even as Mordecai had commanded her; for EstherdiddwhatMordecaitold her as she had done10when under his care.