New International Version
Then the king's personal attendants proposed, "Let a search be made for beautiful young virgins for the king.
King James Bible
Then said the king's servants that ministered unto him, Let there be fair young virgins sought for the king:
Darby Bible Translation
Then said the king's servants that attended upon him, Let there be maidens, virgins of beautiful countenance, sought for the king;
World English Bible
Then the king's servants who served him said, "Let beautiful young virgins be sought for the king.
Young's Literal Translation
and servants of the king, his ministers, say, 'Let them seek for the king young women, virgins, of good appearance,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Let there be fair young virgins sought for the king - This was the usual way in which the harem or seraglio was furnished: the finest women in the land, whether of high or low birth, were sought out, and brought to the harem. They all became the king's concubines: but one was raised, as chief wife or sultana, to the throne; and her issue was specially entitled to inherit.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Let there be.
'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
1 Kings 1:2
So his attendants said to him, "Let us look for a young virgin to serve the king and take care of him. She can lie beside him so that our lord the king may keep warm."
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.
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