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Esther 2:17-20 (New American Standard)

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Esther Becomes Queen

17 The king loved Esther more than all the women, and she found favor and kindness with him more than all the virgins, so that 1he set the royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. 18 Then 2the king gave a great banquet, Esther's banquet, for all his princes and his servants; he also made a holiday for the provinces and gave gifts 3according to the king's bounty. 19 4When the virgins were gathered together the second time, then Mordecai 5was sitting at the king's gate. 20 6Esther had not yet made known her kindred or her people, even as Mordecai had commanded her; for Esther did awhat Mordecai told her as she had done 7when under his care.
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