Esther 2:16, Question 4. Why does the verse mention that this occurred in the seventh year of Achashverosh’s reign?

Following the time-line given by the text, since Achashverosh had his party and eliminated his wife in the third year of his reign (Esther 1:3), and Esther was brought to him in the seventh year of his reign (ibid. 2:16), accounting for the year it took to prepare the women (Ibid. 2:12). Therefore, the Vilna Gaon says that this verse is a praise for Esther for having hidden (see #118 above) from Achashverosh’s men for three entire years (7-3-1=3)!

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