Esther 2:3

Overview - Esther 2
Out of the choice of virgins a queen is to be chosen.
Mordecai the nursing father of Esther.
Esther preferred before the rest.
12 The manner of purification, and going in to the king.
15 Esther best pleasing the king, is made queen.
21 Mordecai discovering a treason, is recorded in the chronicles.
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Esther 2:3  (King James Version)
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 king's chamberlain, keeper of the women; and let their things for purification be given them:

in all the provinces
Esther 1:1 Esther 1:2

that they may gather
This was the usual way in which the harem, or {seraglio,} was furnished; the finest women in the land, whether of high or low birth, were sought out and brought to the harem. They all became the king's concubines; but one was raised as chief wife, or sultana, to the throne; and her issue was especially entitled to inherit.

the custody
Hebrew the hand. Hege.

the king's chamberlain.
{Saris hammelech,} "the king's eunuch:" so the LXX., Vulgate, Targum, and Syriac.

their things
12-14 ; Isaiah 3:18-23