By the advice of the ministers of King Ahasuerus, fair virgins were
sought for throughout his dominions, and brought to his chamberlain,
the keeper of the women, among whom was Esther, a Jewish virgin,
\\#Es 2:1-8\\, who found favour with the chamberlain, and afterwards
with the king, who made her queen instead of Vashti, and a feast on
that account, \\#Es 2:9-18\\. Mordecai, to whom Esther was related,
and according to whose advice she acted, sitting in the king's gate,
discovered a conspiracy against the king, which he now made known to
Esther, \\#Es 2:19-23\\.