So it came to pass, when the king’s command and his decree was heard and when many young women were gathered together to the palace-fortress of Susa to the custody of Hegai, that Esther was taken into the king’s house, under the authority of Hegai who was in charge of the women. Bible see other translations

“palace-fortress.” See commentary on Esther 1:2.

Commentary for: Esther 2:8