4) The queen was forever banned from the king's presence, and a search was begun for a new queen. Why did Xerxes choose Esther as his queen?
Esther's older cousin, Mordecai, was very wealthy and had gained the king's favor.
The king's advisors consulted the stars and found that Esther was destined to be queen.
The king ordered all the most beautiful women of the kingdom brought to his harem so he could choose a new queen. Esther was his favorite.
The king saw Esther bathing one day while he was on the roof of the palace, and ordered her brought to his harem.