2:1 After these things, when the wrath of king Ahasuerus was appeased, he a remembered Vashti, and what she had done, and what was decreed b against her.
(a) That is, he brought the matter again into discussion. b By the seven wise men of his counsel. 2:3 And let the king appoint officers in all the provinces of his kingdom, that they may gather together all the fair young virgins unto Shushan the palace, to the house of the women, unto the custody of Hege the kings chamberlain, c keeper of the women; and let their things d for purification be given [them]:
(c) The abuse of these countries was so great, that they invented many means to serve the lusts of princes and therefore they ordained wicked laws that the king might have whose daughters he would. They had many houses appointed, one for the virgins, another for the concubines and another for the queen. 2:11 And Mordecai walked e every day before the court of the womens house, to know how Esther did, and what should become of her.
(d) Read what this purification was in ( Esther 2:12 ).
(e) For though she was taken away by a cruel law, yet he did not cease to have a fatherly care for her, and therefore often sought to hear of her. 2:13 Then thus came [every] maiden unto the king; whatsoever she desired was f given her to go with her out of the house of the women unto the kings house.
(f) Whatever apparel she asked for, the eunuch was bound to give to her. 2:15 Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to go in unto the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the kings chamberlain, the keeper of the women, g appointed. And Esther obtained favour in the sight of all them that looked upon her.
(g) In which her modesty appeared because she did not seek to dress to command her beauty but sought the eunuchs appointment. 2:16 So Esther was taken unto king Ahasuerus into his house royal in the tenth month, which [is] the h month Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign.
(h) Which contained part of December and part of January. 2:18 Then the king made a great feast unto all his princes and his servants, [even] Esthers i feast; and he made a release k to the provinces, and gave gifts, according to the l state of the king.
(i) That is, made for her sake. 2:19 And when the virgins were gathered together the m second time, then Mordecai sat in the kings gate.
(k) He released their tribute.
(l) That is, great and magnificent.
(m) That is, at the marriage of Esther, which was the second marriage for the king. 2:21 In those days, while Mordecai sat in the kings gate, two of the kings chamberlains, Bigthan and Teresh, of those which kept the door, were wroth, and sought to lay n hand on the king Ahasuerus.
(n) Meaning, to kill him. 2:23 And when inquisition was made of the matter, it was found out; therefore they were both hanged on a tree: and it was written in the book of the o chronicles before the king.
(o) In the chronicles of the Medes and Persians, ( Esther 10:2 ).