Esther 2:4
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New International Version
Then let the young woman who pleases the king be queen instead of Vashti." This advice appealed to the king, and he followed it.

King James Bible
And let the maiden which pleaseth the king be queen instead of Vashti. And the thing pleased the king; and he did so.

Darby Bible Translation
And let the maiden that pleaseth the king be queen instead of Vashti. And the thing pleased the king; and he did so.

World English Bible
and let the maiden who pleases the king be queen instead of Vashti." The thing pleased the king, and he did so.

Young's Literal Translation
and the young woman who is good in the eyes of the king doth reign instead of Vashti;' and the thing is good in the eyes of the king, and he doth so.

Esther 2:4 Parallel
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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Hege the king's chamberlain - הגא סריס המלך Hege seris hammelech, "Hege, the king's eunuch;" so the Septuagint, Vulgate, Targum, and Syriac. In the Eastern countries the women are intrusted to the care of the eunuchs only.

Let their things for purification be given them - תמרקיהן tamrukeyhen, their cosmetics. What these were we are told in Esther 2:12; oil of myrrh, and sweet odours. The myrrh was employed for six months, and the odours for six months more, after which the person was brought to the king. This space was sufficient to show whether the young woman had been chaste; whether she were with child or not, that the king might not be imposed on, and be obliged to father a spurious offspring, which might have been the case had not this precaution been used.

Instead of the oil or myrrh, the Targum says it was the oil of unripe olives which caused the hair to fall off, and rendered the skin delicate.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

let the maiden.

Matthew 20:16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

Matthew 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

the thing.

Esther 1:21 And the saying pleased the king and the princes; and the king did according to the word of Memucan:

Esther 3:9,10 If it please the king, let it be written that they may be destroyed...

2 Samuel 13:4-6 And he said to him, Why are you, being the king's son, lean from day to day? will you not tell me? And Amnon said to him, I love Tamar...

2 Samuel 16:21-23 And Ahithophel said to Absalom, Go in to your father's concubines, which he has left to keep the house...

2 Samuel 17:4 And the saying pleased Absalom well, and all the elders of Israel.

Matthew 14:6 But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod.

Library
Adoption
'As many as received him to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.' John 1:12. Having spoken of the great points of faith and justification, we come next to adoption. The qualification of the persons is, As many as received him.' Receiving is put for believing, as is clear by the last words, to them that believe in his name.' The specification of the privilege is, to them gave he power to become the sons of God.' The Greek word for power, exousia, signifies
Thomas Watson—A Body of Divinity

Cross References
Esther 2:3
Let the king appoint commissioners in every province of his realm to bring all these beautiful young women into the harem at the citadel of Susa. Let them be placed under the care of Hegai, the king's eunuch, who is in charge of the women; and let beauty treatments be given to them.

Esther 2:5
Now there was in the citadel of Susa a Jew of the tribe of Benjamin, named Mordecai son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish,

Esther 2:19
When the virgins were assembled a second time, Mordecai was sitting at the king's gate.

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