So it came to pass, when the king's commandment and decree was
In the several provinces of his kingdom:
and when many maidens were gathered unto Shushan the palace, to the
custody of Hegai;
Josephus F15 says, there were gathered to the number of four hundred:
that Esther was brought also unto the king's house, to the custody of
Hegai, the keeper of the women:
by force, as Aben Ezra and the former Targum, and so the word is sometimes used.