And he brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle's daughter: for she had neither father nor mother,
and the maid was fair and beautiful; whom Mordecai, when her father and mother were dead, took for
his own daughter.
 So it came to pass, when the king's commandment and his decree was heard,
and when many maidens were gathered together unto Shushan the palace, to the custody of Hegai,
that Esther was brought also unto the king's house, to the custody of Hegai, keeper of the women.
And the maiden pleased him, and she obtained kindness of him; and he speedily gave her her things
for purification, with such things as belonged to her, and seven maidens, which were meet to be given
her, out of the king's house: and he preferred her and her maids unto the best place of the house of
 Esther had not shewed her people nor her kindred: for Mordecai had charged her that
she should not shew it.
 And Mordecai walked every day before the court of the women's house, to
know how Esther did, and what should become of her.
 Now when every maid's turn was come to go
in to king Ahasuerus, after that she had been twelve months, according to the manner of the women,
(for so were the days of their purifications accomplished, to wit, six months with oil of myrrh, and six
months with sweet odours, and with other things for the purifying of the women;)
 Then thus came
every maiden unto the king; whatsoever she desired was given her to go with her out of the house of
the women unto the king's house.
 In the evening she went, and on the morrow she returned into
the second house of the women, to the custody of Shaashgaz, the king's chamberlain, which kept the
concubines: she came in unto the king no more, except the king delighted in her, and that she were
called by name.
 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 king's chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed. And Esther obtained favour in the sight of
all them that looked upon her.
 So Esther was taken unto king Ahasuerus into his house royal in the
tenth month, which is the month Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign.
 And the king loved Esther
above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so that
he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti.
 Then the king made
a great feast unto all his princes and his servants, even Esther's feast; and he made a release to the
provinces, and gave gifts, according to the state of the king.
 And when the virgins were gathered
together the second time, then Mordecai sat in the king's gate.
 Esther had not yet shewed her kindred
nor her people; as Mordecai had charged her: for Esther did the commandment of Mordecai, like as when
she was brought up with him.
 In those days, while Mordecai sat in the king's gate, two of the king's
chamberlains, Bigthan and Teresh, of those which kept the door, were wroth, and sought to lay hand on
the king Ahasuerus.
 And the thing was known to Mordecai, who told it unto Esther the queen; and
Esther certified the king thereof in Mordecai's name.
 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 chronicles
before the king.
 After these things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and
advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes that were with him.
 And all the king's servants,
that were in the king's gate, bowed, and reverenced Haman: for the king had so commanded concerning
him. But Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence.
 Then the king's servants, which were in the
king's gate, said unto Mordecai, Why transgressest thou the king's commandment?
 Now it came to
pass, when they spake daily unto him, and he hearkened not unto them, that they told Haman, to see
whether Mordecai's matters would stand: for he had told them that he was a Jew.
 And when Haman
saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, then was Haman full of wrath.
 And he thought
scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for they had shewed him the people of Mordecai: wherefore Haman
sought to destroy all the Jews that were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus, even the people
 In the first month, that is, the month Nisan, in the twelfth year of king Ahasuerus, they
cast Pur, that is, the lot, before Haman from day to day, and from month to month, to the twelfth month,
that is, the month Adar.
 And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, There is a certain people scattered
abroad and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of thy kingdom; and their laws are diverse
from all people; neither keep they the king's laws: therefore it is not for the king's profit to suffer them.
it please the king, let it be written that they may be destroyed: and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver