Esther 2:13

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Then thus came euery maiden vnto the king, whatsoeuer she desired, was giuen her, to goe with her out of the house of the women, vnto the kings house.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

the young lady would go in to the king in this way: anything that she desired was given her to take with her from the harem to the king's palace.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

then in this wise came the 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.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And in this way the girl went in to the king; whatever she had a desire for was given to her to take with her from the women's house into the house of the king.
- Basic English Bible

and thus came the maiden in unto the king), whatever she desired was given her to go with her out of the house of the women to the king's house.
- Darby Bible

Then thus came every maiden to the king; whatever she desired was given her to go with her out of the house of the women to the king's house.
- Webster's Bible

The young woman then came to the king like this: whatever she desired was given her to go with her out of the women's house to the king's house.
- World English Bible

and with this the young woman hath come in unto the king, all that she saith is given to her, to go in with her, out of the house of the women, unto the house of the king;
- Youngs Literal Bible

when then the maiden came 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.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Esther 2:13


2:13 Desired - For ornament, or by way of attendance. And it should be observed, that every one whom the king took to his bed, was his wife of a lower rank, as Hagar was Abraham's, so that it would have been no sin or dishonour to Esther, though she had not been made queen.


Discussion for Esther 2

  • A disciple
    Queen; That is a nice thought in some way, but not really true in every case. When God sees a degree of integrity still in men's hearts, then He does indeed keep them from sinning against Him; and the case with Esther was like that with Ahashverosh the king, who we will find to be a really good man. And so for us who wish to please the Lord and be useful to Him, the Light in us convicts people.
  • QUEEN
    ESTHER WAS A WOMAN WHO CARRIED GOD'S OWN GRACE AND SUPPERNATURAL FAVOUR AND SO OBTAINED IT IN THE SIGHT OF THE KING IMMEDIATELY SHE WAS PREPARED AND SENT BEFORE HIM. AND SO I HAVE LEARNT THAT IF GOD BLESSES YOU NO MAN CAN REJECT YOU. AMEN
  • Chanda
    Young Woman should be purified before she goes before her King. They need to learn about the love of Jesus, her body as the temple of God and proper submission to God and Man before marriage.

    Credit: Jennifer (Thank You)
  • Irene123
    It doesn't matter at all what we think should be done in living for God; what His word says is all that matters. The O.T. was a 'teacher', 'shadow' to bring us to Christ of the N.T. JESUS fulfilled all the ceremonial laws; it's all in Him now. The O.T. MORAL laws still stand, i.e. the ten commandments, Deut. 22:5 - anything in the O.T. that was an 'abomination' - still stands.
  • Moses
    She's the girl of morals, thanks uncle Mordecai
  • Jennifer
    Before any woman goes before her king she should be purified. I think young virgins today should be put through at least 1 yr. of purification before marriage: mind, body, soul, and spirit. A time to study about the love of Jesus, her body as the temple of God, having the mind of Christ, and proper submission to GOD and man. Many young women today have no guidance or wise counsel. Be blessed.

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