Mordecai saves the king
19 Some time later, the young women all came together again in the harem. At this time, Mordecai was sitting at the king's gate, as one of his officers.
2:19The king's gate at the palace was the place where the king's officers would meet.
20 Esther had still not told anyone that she was a Jew. Mordecai had told her that she should not tell anyone. She continued to obey Mordecai, as she had done when she lived with him as his daughter.
21 One day, Mordecai was sitting at the king's gate. While he was there, two of the king's eunuchs, Bigthana and Teresh, became angry with King Xerxes. They decided that they would kill the king. 22 Mordecai heard about this. So he told Queen Esther about it. Queen Esther told the king what Mordecai had said. 23 The king sent his men to see if it was true. When he discovered that Mordecai had told the truth, he said that the two eunuchs must die. So his officers hanged them from a wooden tower until they were dead. This event was written down in the History Book, while the king watched.
2:22Now Mordecai had authority in the king's palace. The king would listen to what Mordecai said.
2:23They recorded in the History Book that Mordecai had saved the king's life.