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Esther 1 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxEst 1:1 - In the days of Ahasu-e'rus, the Ahasu-e'rus who reigned from India to Ethiopia over one hundred and twenty-seven provinces,

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 1:2 - in those days when King Ahasu-e'rus sat on his royal throne in Susa the capital,

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 1:3 - in the third year of his reign he gave a banquet for all his princes and servants, the army chiefs of Persia and Media and the nobles and governors of the provinces being before him,

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 1:4 - while he showed the riches of his royal glory and the splendor and pomp of his majesty for many days, a hundred and eighty days.

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 1:5 - And when these days were completed, the king gave for all the people present in Susa the capital, both great and small, a banquet lasting for seven days, in the court of the garden of the king's palace.

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 1:6 - There were white cotton curtains and blue hangings caught up with cords of fine linen and purple to silver rings and marble pillars, and also couches of gold and silver on a mosaic pavement of porphyry, marble, mother-of-pearl and precious stones.

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 1:7 - Drinks were served in golden goblets, goblets of different kinds, and the royal wine was lavished according to the bounty of the king.

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 1:8 - And drinking was according to the law, no one was compelled; for the king had given orders to all the officials of his palace to do as every man desired.

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 1:9 - Queen Vashti also gave a banquet for the women in the palace which belonged to King Ahasu-e'rus.

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 1:10 - On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehu'man, Biztha, Harbo'na, Bigtha and Abag'tha, Zethar and Carkas, the seven eunuchs who served King Ahasu-e'rus as chamberlains,

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 1:11 - to bring Queen Vashti before the king with her royal crown, in order to show the peoples and the princes her beauty; for she was fair to behold.

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 1:12 - But Queen Vashti refused to come at the king's command conveyed by the eunuchs. At this the king was enraged, and his anger burned within him.

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 1:13 - Then the king said to the wise men who knew the times--for this was the king's procedure toward all who were versed in law and judgment,

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 1:14 - the men next to him being Carshe'na, Shethar, Adma'tha, Tarshish, Meres, Marse'na, and Memu'can, the seven princes of Persia and Media, who saw the king's face, and sat first in the kingdom--:

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 1:15 - "According to the law, what is to be done to Queen Vashti, because she has not performed the command of King Ahasu-e'rus conveyed by the eunuchs?"

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 1:16 - Then Memu'can said in presence of the king and the princes, "Not only to the king has Queen Vashti done wrong, but also to all the princes and all the peoples who are in all the provinces of King Ahasu-e'rus.

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 1:17 - For this deed of the queen will be made known to all women, causing them to look with contempt upon their husbands, since they will say, 'King Ahasu-e'rus commanded Queen Vashti to be brought before him, and she did not come.'

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 1:18 - This very day the ladies of Persia and Media who have heard of the queen's behavior will be telling it to all the king's princes, and there will be contempt and wrath in plenty.

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 1:19 - If it please the king, let a royal order go forth from him, and let it be written among the laws of the Persians and the Medes so that it may not be altered, that Vashti is to come no more before King Ahasu-e'rus; and let the king give her royal position to another who is better than she.

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 1:20 - So when the decree made by the king is proclaimed throughout all his kingdom, vast as it is, all women will give honor to their husbands, high and low."

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 1:21 - This advice pleased the king and the princes, and the king did as Memu'can proposed;

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 1:22 - he sent letters to all the royal provinces, to every province in its own script and to every people in its own language, that every man be lord in his own house and speak according to the language of his people.

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