1 H3117 Now it happened in the days H325 of Ahasuerus H325 (this is Ahasuerus H4427 who reigned H1912 from India H3568 even to Ethiopia, H3967 over one hundred H6242 twenty - H7651 seven H4082 provinces),
2 H3117 that in those days, H4428 when the King H325 Ahasuerus H3427 sat H3678 on the throne H4438 of his kingdom, H7800 which was in Shushan H1002 the palace,
3 H7969 in the third H8141 year H4427 of his reign, H6213 he made H4960 a feast H8269 for all his princes H5650 and his servants; H2428 the power H6539 of Persia H4074 and Media, H6579 the nobles H8269 and princes H4082 of the provinces, H6440 being before him.
4 H7200 He displayed H6239 the riches H3519 of his glorious H4438 kingdom H3366 and the honor H8597 of his excellent H1420 majesty H7227 many H3117 days, H3967 even one hundred H8084 eighty H3117 days.
5 H3117 When these days H4390 were fulfilled, H4428 the king H6213 made H7651 a seven H3117 day H4960 feast H5971 for all the people H4672 who were present H7800 in Shushan H1002 the palace, H1419 both great H6996 and small, H2691 in the court H1594 of the garden H4428 of the king's H1055 palace.
6 H2353 There were hangings of white, H3768 green, H8504 and blue H270 material, fastened H2256 with cords H948 of fine linen H713 and purple H3701 to silver H1550 rings H8336 and marble H5982 pillars. H4296 The couches H2091 were of gold H3701 and silver, H7531 on a pavement H923 of red, H1858 white, H8504 yellow, H5508 and black H8336 marble.
7 H8248 They gave them drinks H2091 in golden H3627 vessels H8138 of various H3627 kinds, H4438 including royal H3196 wine H7227 in abundance, H3027 according to the bounty H4428 of the king.
8 H1881 In accordance with the law, H8360 the drinking H597 was not compulsory; H4428 for so the king H3245 had instructed H7227 all the officials H1004 of his house, H6213 that they should do H376 according to every man's H7522 pleasure.
9 H2060 Also Vashti H4436 the queen H6213 made H4960 a feast H802 for the women H4438 in the royal H1004 house H4428 which belonged to King H325 Ahasuerus.
10 H7637 On the seventh H3117 day, H3820 when the heart H4428 of the king H2896 was merry H3196 with wine, H559 he commanded H4104 Mehuman, H968 Biztha, H2726 Harbona, H903 Bigtha, H5 and Abagtha, H2242 Zethar, H3752 and Carcass, H7651 the seven H5631 eunuchs H8334 who served H6440 in the presence H325 of Ahasuerus H4428 the king,
11 H935 to bring H2060 Vashti H4436 the queen H6440 before H4428 the king H4438 with the royal H3804 crown, H7200 to show H5971 the people H8269 and the princes H3308 her beauty; H4758 for she was H2896 beautiful.
12 H4436 But the queen H2060 Vashti H3985 refused H935 to come H4428 at the king's H1697 commandment H3027 by H5631 the eunuchs. H4428 Therefore the king H3966 was very H7107 angry, H2534 and his anger H1197 burned in him.
13 H4428 Then the king H559 said H2450 to the wise men, H3045 who knew H6256 the times, H4428 (for it was the king's H1697 custom H6440 to consult H3045 those who knew H1881 law H1779 and judgment;
14 H7138 and the next H3771 to him were Carshena, H8369 Shethar, H133 Admatha, H8659 Tarshish, H4825 Meres, H4826 Marsena, H4462 and Memucan, H7651 the seven H8269 princes H6539 of Persia H4074 and Media, H7200 who saw H4428 the king's H6440 face, H3427 and sat H7223 first H4438 in the kingdom),
15 H6213 "What shall we do H4436 to the queen H2060 Vashti H1881 according to law, H6213 because she has not done H3982 the bidding H4428 of the King H325 Ahasuerus H3027 by H5631 the eunuchs?"
16 H4462 Memucan H559 answered H6440 before H4428 the king H8269 and the princes, H2060 "Vashti H4436 the queen H5753 has not done wrong H4428 to just the king, H8269 but also to all the princes, H5971 and to all the people H4082 who are in all the provinces H4428 of the King H325 Ahasuerus.
17 H1697 For this deed H4436 of the queen H3318 will become known H802 to all women, H5869 causing them to show H959 contempt H1167 for their husbands, H559 when it is reported, H4428 ‘King H325 Ahasuerus H559 commanded H2060 Vashti H4436 the queen H935 to be brought in H6440 before H935 him, but she didn't come.'
18 H3117 Today, H8282 the princesses H6539 of Persia H4074 and Media H8085 who have heard H4436 of the queen's H1697 deed H559 will tell H4428 all the king's H8269 princes. H1767 This will cause much H963 contempt H7110 and wrath.
19 H2895 "If it please H4428 the king, H4438 let a royal H1697 commandment H3318 go H6440 from him, H3789 and let it be written H1881 among the laws H6539 of the Persians H4074 and the Medes, H5674 so that it cannot be altered, H2060 that Vashti H935 may never again come H6440 before H4428 King H325 Ahasuerus; H4428 and let the king H5414 give H4438 her royal estate H7468 to another H2896 who is better than she.
20 H4428 When the king's H6599 decree H6213 which he shall make H8085 is published H4438 throughout all his kingdom H7227 (for it is great), H802 all the wives H5414 will give H1167 their husbands H3366 honor, H1419 both great H6996 and small."
21 H1697 This advice H3190 pleased H4428 the king H8269 and the princes, H4428 and the king H6213 did H1697 according to the word H4462 of Memucan:
22 H7971 for he sent H5612 letters H4428 into all the king's H4082 provinces, H4082 into every province H3791 according to its writing, H5971 and to every people H3956 in their language, H376 that every man H8323 should rule H1004 his own house, H1696 speaking H3956 in the language H5971 of his own people.