392. The Royal Harem

Esther 2:13; Esther 1:9; Esther 2:8; Esther 2:14; Esther 4:5  •  1 min. read  •  grade level: 7
The place appointed as a residence for the wives and concubines of the king was separated from the rest of the palace by a court. There were in it three sets of apartments: one set for the virgins who had not yet been sent for by the king, one for the concubines, and one for the queen and the other wives. The first is referred to in verse 8; it was under the charge of a special chamberlain. The second is mentioned in verse 14, and is spoken of as under the charge of another chamberlain. The third is mentioned in Esther 1:99Also Vashti the queen made a feast for the women in the royal house which belonged to king Ahasuerus. (Esther 1:9), and was under the charge of the queen herself: she was not watched over by a chamberlain, but had one subject to her orders. See Esther 4:55Then called Esther for Hatach, one of the king's chamberlains, whom he had appointed to attend upon her, and gave him a commandment to Mordecai, to know what it was, and why it was. (Esther 4:5).