MLV(i) 1 Now it happened in the days of Ahasuerus (this is Ahasuerus who reigned from India even to Ethiopia over a hundred and twenty-seven provinces), 2 that in those days, when king Ahasuerus sat on the throne of his kingdom, which was in Shushan the palace, 3 in the third year of his reign, he made a feast to all his rulers and his servants, the power of Persia and Media, the ranking men and rulers of the provinces, being before him 4 when he showed the riches of his glorious kingdom and the honor of his excellent majesty many days, even a hundred and eighty days.
5 And when these days were fulfilled, the king made a feast to all the people who were present in Shushan the palace, both great and small, seven days, in the court of the garden of the king's palace. 6 There were hangings of white cloth, of green and of blue, fastened with cords of fine linen and purple to silver rings and pillars of marble. The couches were of gold and silver, upon a pavement of red and white and yellow and black marble.
7 And they gave them drink in vessels of gold (the vessels being diverse one from another) and royal wine in abundance according to the bounty of the king. 8 And the drinking was according to the law, none could compel. For so the king had appointed to all the officers of his house, that they should do according to every man's pleasure. 9 Also Vashti the queen made a feast for the women in the royal house which belonged to king Ahasuerus.
10 On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha and Abagtha, Zethar and Carcas, the seven eunuchs who ministered in the presence of Ahasuerus the king, 11 to bring Vashti the queen before the king with the royal crown to show the peoples and the rulers her beauty, for she was fair to look on. 12 But the queen Vashti refused to come at the king's commandment by the eunuchs. Therefore the king was very angry and his fury burned in him.
13 Then the king said to the wise men who knew the times (for so was the king's manner toward all who knew law and judgment, 14 and next to him were Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena and Memucan, the seven rulers of Persia and Media who saw the king's face and sat first in the kingdom), 15 What will we do to queen Vashti according to law, because she has not done the bidding of king Ahasuerus by the eunuchs?
16 And Memucan answered before the king and the rulers, Vashti the queen has not done wrong only to the king, but also to all the rulers and to all the peoples that are in all the provinces of king Ahasuerus.
17 For this deed of the queen will come abroad to all women, to make their husbands contemptible in their eyes when it will be reported, King Ahasuerus commanded Vashti the queen to be brought in before him, but she did not come.
18 And this day the ladies of Persia and Media who have heard of the deed of the queen will say the like to all the king's rulers. So there will arise much contempt and wrath.
19 If it please the king, let there go forth a royal commandment from him and let it be written among the laws of the Persians and the Medes, that it is not altered, that Vashti come no more before king Ahasuerus and let the king give her royal estate to another who is better than she. 20 And when the king's decree which he will make will be proclaimed throughout all his kingdom (for it is great), all the wives will give to their husbands honor, both to great and small.
21 And the saying pleased the king and the rulers and the king did according to the word of Memucan. 22 For he sent letters into all the king's provinces, into every province according to the writing of it and to every people after their language, that every man should bear rule in his own house and should speak according to the language of his people.