1 H1961 Now it came H3117 to pass in the days H325 of Ahasuerus, H1931 (this H325 is Ahasuerus H4427 which reigned, H1912 from India H3568 even to Ethiopia, H3967 over an hundred H7651 and seven H6242 and twenty H4082 provinces:)
2 H1992 That in those H3117 days, H4428 when the king H325 Ahasuerus H3427 sat H5921 on H3678 the throne H4438 of his kingdom, H834 which H7800 was in Shushan H1002 the palace,
3 H7969 In the third H8141 year H4427 of his reign, H6213 he made H4960 a feast H3605 to all H8269 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 When he showed H6239 the riches H3519 of his glorious H4438 kingdom H3366 and the honor H1420 of his excellent H1420 majesty H7227 many H3117 days, H3967 even an hundred H8084 and fourscore H3117 days.
5 H428 And when these H3117 days H4390 were expired, H4428 the king H6213 made H4960 a feast H3605 to all H5971 the people H4672 that were present H7800 in Shushan H1002 the palace, H1419 both to great H6996 and small, H7651 seven H3117 days, H2691 in the court H1594 of the garden H4428 of the king’s H1055 palace;
6 H2353 Where were white, H3768 green, H8504 and blue, H270 hangings, fastened H2256 with cords H948 of fine linen H713 and purple H3701 to silver H1550 rings H5982 and pillars H8336 of marble: H4296 the beds H2091 were of gold H3701 and silver, H7531 on a pavement H923 of red, H8336 and blue, H1858 and white, H5508 and black, H8336 marble.
7 H8248 And they gave them drink H3627 in vessels H2091 of gold, H3627 (the vessels H8138 being diverse H3627 one H4438 from another,) and royal H3196 wine H7227 in abundance, H3027 according to the state H4428 of the king.
8 H8360 And the drinking H1881 was according to the law; H369 none H597 did compel: H3651 for so H4428 the king H3245 had appointed H3605 to all H7227 the officers H1004 of his house, H6213 that they should do H376 according to every man’s H7522 pleasure.
9 H1571 Also H2060 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 Carcas, H7651 the seven H5631 chamberlains H8334 that 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 H3804 with the crown H4438 royal, H7200 to show H5971 the people H8269 and the princes H3308 her beauty: H2896 for she was fair H4758 to look on.
12 H4436 But the queen H2060 Vashti H3985 refused H935 to come H4428 at the king’s H1697 commandment H5631 by his chamberlains: H4428 therefore was the king H3966 very H7107 wroth, H2534 and his anger H1197 burned in him.
13 H4428 Then the king H559 said H2450 to the wise H5234 men, which knew H6256 the times, H3651 (for so H4428 was the king’s H1697 manner H6440 toward H3605 all H5234 that knew H1881 law H1779 and judgment:
14 H7138 And the next H3771 to him was 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 which saw H4428 the king’s H6440 face, H3427 and which sat H7223 the first H4438 in the kingdom;)
15 H4100 What H6213 shall we do H4436 to the queen H2060 Vashti H1881 according to law, H5921 because H834 H6213 she has not performed H3982 the commandment H4428 of the king H325 Ahasuerus H5631 by the chamberlains?
16 H4462 And Memucan H559 answered H6440 before H4428 the king H8269 and the princes, H2060 Vashti H4436 the queen H5753 has not done wrong H4428 to the king H905 only, H3605 but also to all H8269 the princes, H3605 and to all H5971 the people H3605 that are in all H4082 the provinces H4428 of the king H325 Ahasuerus.
17 H1697 For this deed H4436 of the queen H3318 shall come H3318 abroad H3605 to all H802 women, H959 so that they shall despise H1167 their husbands H5869 in their eyes, H559 when it shall be reported, H4428 The king H325 Ahasuerus H559 commanded H2060 Vashti H4436 the queen H935 to be brought H6440 in before H935 him, but she came not.
18 H8282 Likewise shall the ladies H6539 of Persia H4074 and Media H559 say H2088 this H3117 day H3605 to all H4428 the king’s H8269 princes, H834 which H8085 have heard H1697 of the deed H4436 of the queen. H1767 Thus shall there arise too H1767 much H963 contempt H7110 and wrath.
19 H518 If H2895 it please H4428 the king, H3318 let there go H4438 a royal H1697 commandment H3789 from him, and let it be written H1881 among the laws H6539 of the Persians H4074 and the Medes, H5674 that it be not altered, H2060 That Vashti H935 come H3808 no H6440 more before H4428 king H325 Ahasuerus; H4428 and let the king H5414 give H4438 her royal H7468 estate to another H2896 that is better than she.
20 H4428 And when the king’s H6599 decree H834 which H6213 he shall make H8085 shall be published H3605 throughout all H4438 his empire, H7227 (for it is great, H3605 ) all H802 the wives H5414 shall give H1167 to their husbands H3366 honor, H1419 both to great H6996 and small.
21 H1697 And the saying H3190 pleased H5869 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 H413 into H3605 all H4428 the king’s H4082 provinces, H4082 into every province H3791 according to the writing H376 thereof, and to every H5971 people H3956 after their language, H376 that every man H8323 should bear H8323 rule H1004 in his own house, H1696 and that it should be published H3956 according to the language H5971 of every people.