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

New Living Translation
Even after all the young women had been transferred to the second harem and Mordecai had become a palace official,

English Standard Version
Now when the virgins were gathered together the second time, Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate.

Berean Study Bible
When the virgins were assembled a second time, Mordecai was sitting at the King’s Gate.

New American Standard Bible
When the virgins were gathered together the second time, then Mordecai was sitting at the king's gate.

New King James Version
When virgins were gathered together a second time, Mordecai sat within the king’s gate.

King James Bible
And when the virgins were gathered together the second time, then Mordecai sat in the king's gate.

Christian Standard Bible
When the virgins were gathered a second time, Mordecai was sitting at the King's Gate.

Contemporary English Version
When the young women were brought together again, Esther's cousin Mordecai had become a palace official.

Good News Translation
Meanwhile Mordecai had been appointed by the king to an administrative position.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When the young women were assembled together for a second time, Mordecai was sitting at the King's Gate.

International Standard Version
When the virgins were gathered a second time, Mordecai was sitting in the king's gate.

NET Bible
Now when the young women were being gathered again, Mordecai was sitting at the king's gate.

New Heart English Bible
When the virgins were gathered together the second time, Mordecai was sitting in the King's Gate.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When the virgins were gathered a second time, Mordecai was sitting at the king's gate.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And when the virgins were gathered together the second time, and Mordecai sat in the king's gate--

New American Standard 1977
And when the virgins were gathered together the second time, then Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when the virgins were gathered together the second time, then Mordecai sat in the king's gate.

King James 2000 Bible
And when the virgins were gathered together the second time, then Mordecai sat in the king's gate.

American King James Version
And when the virgins were gathered together the second time, then Mordecai sat in the king's gate.

American Standard Version
And when the virgins were gathered together the second time, then Mordecai was sitting in the king's gate.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But Mardochaeus served in the palace.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when the virgins were sought the second time, and gathered together, Mardochai stayed at the king's gate,

Darby Bible Translation
And when the virgins were gathered together the second time, Mordecai sat in the king's gate.

English Revised Version
And when the virgins were gathered together the second time, then Mordecai sat in the king's gate.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when the virgins were assembled the second time, then Mordecai sat in the king's gate.

World English Bible
When the virgins were gathered together the second time, Mordecai was sitting in the king's gate.

Young's Literal Translation
And in the virgins being gathered a second time, then Mordecai is sitting in the gate of the king;
Study Bible
Esther Becomes Queen
18Then the king held a great banquet, Esther’s banquet, for all his officials and servants. He proclaimed a tax holiday in the provinces and gave gifts worthy of the king’s bounty. 19When the virgins were assembled a second time, Mordecai was sitting at the King’s Gate. 20Esther still had not revealed her lineage or her people, just as Mordecai had instructed. She obeyed Mordecai’s command, as she had done under his care.…
Cross References
Esther 2:3
and let the king appoint commissioners in each province of his kingdom to assemble all the beautiful young women into the harem at the citadel of Susa. Let them be placed under the care of Hegai, the king's eunuch in charge of the women, and give them the required beauty treatments.

Esther 2:4
Then let the young woman who pleases the king become queen in place of Vashti." This suggestion pleased the king, and he acted accordingly.

Esther 2:21
In those days, while Mordecai was sitting at the King's Gate, Bigthan and Teresh, two eunuchs who guarded the king's entrance, grew angry and conspired to assassinate King Xerxes.

Esther 3:2
All the royal servants at the King's Gate bowed down and paid homage to Haman, because the king had commanded this for him. But Mordecai would not bow down or pay homage.

Esther 3:3
Then the royal servants at the King's Gate asked Mordecai, "Why do you disobey the command of the king?"

Esther 5:9
That day Haman went out full of joy and glad of heart. At the King's Gate, however, he saw Mordecai, who did not rise or tremble in fear at his presence. And Haman was filled with rage toward Mordecai.

Daniel 2:49
And at Daniel's request, the king appointed Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to manage the province of Babylon, while Daniel remained at the king's court.

Treasury of Scripture

And when the virgins were gathered together the second time, then Mordecai sat in the king's gate.

the virgins.

Esther 2:3,4
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: …

sat in the king's gate.

Esther 2:21
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.

Esther 3:2,3
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…

Esther 5:13
Yet all this availeth me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king's gate.







Lexicon
When the virgins
בְּתוּל֖וֹת (bə·ṯū·lō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1330: A virgin, sometimes, a bride

were assembled
וּבְהִקָּבֵ֥ץ (ū·ḇə·hiq·qā·ḇêṣ)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-b | Verb - Nifal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 6908: To gather, collect

a second [time],
שֵׁנִ֑ית (šê·nîṯ)
Number - ordinal feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8145: Second (an ordinal number)

Mordecai
וּמָרְדֳּכַ֖י (ū·mā·rə·do·ḵay)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4782: Mordecai -- a companion of Zerubbabel, also a cousin of Esther

was sitting
יֹשֵׁ֥ב (yō·šêḇ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3427: To sit down, to dwell, to remain, to settle, to marry

at the King’s
הַמֶּֽלֶךְ׃ (ham·me·leḵ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4428: A king

Gate.
בְּשַֽׁעַר־ (bə·ša·‘ar-)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 8179: An opening, door, gate
(19) And when the virgins . . .--Here begins a fresh incident in the history, whose date we cannot fix precisely, save that it falls between the marriage of Esther and the twelfth year of Ahasuerus (Esther 3:7). The king "loved Esther above all the women," but how the word "love "is degraded in this connection is seen by the fact that after she had been his wife certainly less (possibly much less) than five years, there takes place a second gathering of virgins (there is no article in the Hebrew), like the one previously mentioned (Esther 2:2). We should treat Esther 2:20 as parenthetical, and join Esther 2:21 closely to Esther 2:19.

Then Mordecai sat.--Translate, and Mordecai was sitting.

Verse 19. - When the virgins were gathered together. Rather, "When virgins." There is no article. The fact seems to be mentioned simply as furnishing a date, and we must suppose both that there was a second gathering, and that the time when it happened was generally known to the Jews and Persians. Then Mordecai sat, etc. The three verses, 19, 20, 21, hang together, and form a single sentence: "When virgins were gathered together a second time, and Mordecai was sitting in the king's gate - now Esther had not showed her kindred or her people, as Mordecai had charged her; for Esther did the command of Mordecai like as when she was brought up with him - in those days, while Mordecai sat in the king's gate, Bigthan and Teresh, two of the king's eunuchs, being of the number of them which kept the threshold, were wroth," etc. 2:1-20 We see to what absurd practices those came, who were destitute of Divine revelation, and what need there was of the gospel of Christ, to purify men from the lusts of the flesh, and to bring them back to the original institution of marriage. Esther was preferred as queen. Those who suggest that Esther committed sin to come at this dignity, do not consider the custom of those times and countries. Every one that the king took was married to him, and was his wife, though of a lower rank. But how low is human nature sunk, when such as these are the leading pursuits and highest worldly happiness of men! Disappointment and vexation must follow; and he most wisely consults his enjoyment, even in this present life, who most exactly obeys the precepts of the Divine law. But let us turn to consider the wise and merciful providence of God, carrying on his deep but holy designs in the midst of all this. And let no change in our condition be a pretext for forgetting our duties to parents, or the friends who have stood in their place.
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