Esther 1:1; Esther 1:3; Esther 2:4; Esther 2:17
Now it took place in the days of Ahasuerus, the Ahasuerus who reigned from India to Ethiopia over provinces,
in the third year of his reign he gave a banquet for all his princes and attendants, the army officers of Persia and Media, the nobles and the princes of his provinces being in his presence.
"Then let the young lady who pleases the king be queen in place of Vashti." And the matter pleased the king, and he did accordingly.
The king loved Esther more than all the women, and she found favor and kindness with him more than all the virgins, so that he set the royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.