ECB(i) 1
And so be it, in the days of Achash Rosh - Achash Rosh who reigns from Hodu even to Kush - a hundred and twenty-seven jurisdictions; 2 in those days, the sovereign Achash Rosh settles on the throne of his sovereigndom in Shushan palace; 3 in the third year of his reign, he works a banquet to all his governors and his servants; the virtuous of Persia and Maday, the nobles and governors of the jurisdictions at his face; 4 and he shows them the riches of the honor of his sovereigndom and the esteem of the adornment of his greatness many days - even a hundred and eighty days. 5 And in the fulfilling of these days the sovereign works a banquet to all the people found in Shushan palace both to great and small seven days in the court of the garden of the palace of the sovereign; 6 - white, byssus and blue held with cords of bleached cotton and purple to silver rings and pillars of white marble; the beds of gold and silver on a pavement of bright and white marble and pearl and black tile; 7 and they give them drink in instruments of gold - instruments differing from instruments and wine of the sovereigndom in abundance according to the hand of the sovereign. 8 And the drinking is according to the edict; no one insisting; for thus the sovereign founded to all the great of his house; to work according to the pleasure of man to man. 9 Also Vashti the sovereigness works a banquet for the women in the house of the sovereigndom of sovereign Achash Rosh. 10 On the seventh day, when the heart of the sovereign is good with wine, he says to Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha and Abagtha, Zethar and Karcas, the seven eunuchs who minister at the face of Achash Rosh the sovereign, 11 to bring Vashti the sovereigness at the face of the sovereign with the diadem of the sovereigndom - for the people and the governors to see her beauty - for she is of good visage. 12 And the sovereigness Vashti refuses to come at the word of the sovereign by the hand of his eunuchs; and the sovereign enrages mightily, and his fury burns within him. 13 And the sovereign says to the wise men who know the times - for thus is the word of the sovereign at the face of all who know edict and pleading; 14 and near to him, Karshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena and Memuchan - the seven governors of Persia and Maday, who see the face of the sovereign - who settle first in the sovereigndom; 15 What work we according to the edict to the sovereigness Vashti - because she works not the edict of the sovereign Achash Rosh by the hand of the eunuchs? 16 And Memuchan at the face of the sovereign and the governors says, Vashti the sovereigness bends not to the sovereign only, but also to all the princes and to all the people in all the jurisdictions of the sovereign Achash Rosh. 17 For this word of the sovereigness goes to all women, so that they despise their masters in their eyes, saying, Sovereign Achash Rosh said to bring Vashti the sovereigness at his face; but she comes not. 18 Yes, this day the governesses of Persia and Maday say to all the governors of the sovereign who hear of the word of the sovereigness. Thus there rises enough despite and rage. 19 If it be good with the sovereign, let a word of the sovereigndom go from his face - inscribed among the edicts of the Persians and the Maday that it not pass away, that Vashti come no more at the face of sovereign Achash Rosh; and that the sovereign give her sovereigndom to her friend who is better than she. 20 And when the sentence the sovereign works is heard throughout all his sovereigndom, - for it is great all the women give their masters esteem; both to great and small. 21 And the word well-pleases the eyes of the sovereign and the governors: and the sovereign works according to the word of Memuchan: 22 and he sends scrolls to all the jurisdictions of the sovereign - jurisdiction by jurisdiction according to the inscribing thereof and to people by people after their tongue, that every man bears rule in his own house; and that it be worded according to the tongue of every people.