who had been carried into exile from Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, among those taken captive with Jehoiachin[a](A) king of Judah.(B) Mordecai had a cousin named Hadassah, whom he had brought up because she had neither father nor mother. This young woman, who was also known as Esther,(C) had a lovely figure(D) and was beautiful. Mordecai had taken her as his own daughter when her father and mother died.

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  1. Esther 2:6 Hebrew Jeconiah, a variant of Jehoiachin

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