1 H3117 Now it came to pass in the days H325 of Ahasuerus H325 , (this is Ahasuerus H4427 [H8802] who reigned H1912 , from India H3568 even to Cush H3967 , over an hundred H7651 and seven H6242 and twenty H4082 provinces:)
2 H3117 That in those days H4428 , when the king H325 Ahasuerus H3427 [H8800] 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 [H8800] of his reign H6213 [H8804] , he made H4960 a feast H8269 to 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 [H8687] When he showed H6239 the riches H3519 of his glorious H4438 kingdom H3366 and the honour H8597 of his excellent H1420 majesty H7227 many H3117 days H3967 , even an hundred H8084 and eighty H3117 days.
5 H3117 And when these days H4390 [H8800] had ended H4428 , the king H6213 [H8804] made H4960 a feast H5971 for all the people H4672 [H8737] that were present H7800 in Shushan H1002 the palace H1419 , both for 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 [H8803] , 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 couches H2091 were of gold H3701 and silver H7531 , upon a pavement H923 of red H8504 , and blue H1858 , and white H5508 , and black H8336 , marble.
7 H8248 [H8687] And they gave them drink H3627 in vessels H2091 of gold H3627 , (the vessels H8138 [H8802] differing H3627 one from another H4438 ,) and royal H3196 wine H7227 in abundance H3027 , according to the bounty H4428 of the king.
8 H8360 And the drinking H1881 was according to the law H597 [H8802] ; none constrained H4428 : for so the king H3245 [H8765] had appointed H7227 to all the officers H1004 of his house H6213 [H8800] , that they should do H376 according to every man's H7522 pleasure.
9 H2060 Also Vashti H4436 the queen H6213 [H8804] 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 [H8804] , he commanded H4104 Mehuman H968 , Biztha H2726 , Harbona H903 , Bigtha H5 , and Abagtha H2242 , Zethar H3752 , and Carcas H7651 , the seven H5631 chamberlains H8334 [H8764] that served H6440 in the presence H325 of Ahasuerus H4428 the king,
11 H935 [H8687] To bring H2060 Vashti H4436 the queen H6440 before H4428 the king H3804 with the crown H4438 royal H7200 [H8687] , 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 [H8762] refused H935 [H8800] to come H4428 at the king's H1697 commandment H3027 by H5631 his chamberlains H4428 : therefore was the king H3966 very H7107 [H8799] angry H2534 , and his anger H1197 [H8804] burned in him.
13 H4428 Then the king H559 [H8799] said H2450 to the wise men H3045 [H8802] , who knew H6256 the times H4428 , (for so was the king's H1697 manner H6440 toward H3045 [H8802] all 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 [H8802] , who saw H4428 the king's H6440 face H3427 [H8802] , and who sat H7223 in the first place H4438 in the kingdom;)
15 H6213 [H8800] What shall we do H4436 to the queen H2060 Vashti H1881 according to law H6213 [H8804] , because she hath not performed H3982 the commandment H4428 of the king H325 Ahasuerus H3027 by H5631 the chamberlains?
16 H4462 And Memucan H559 [H8799] answered H6440 before H4428 the king H8269 and the princes H2060 , Vashti H4436 the queen H5753 [H8804] hath not done wrong H4428 to the king H8269 only, but also to all the princes H5971 , and to all the people H4082 that are in all the provinces H4428 of the king H325 Ahasuerus.
17 H1697 For this deed H4436 of the queen H3318 [H8799] shall become known H802 to all women H5869 , so that they shall look H959 [H8687] with contempt upon H1167 their husbands H559 [H8800] , when it shall be reported H4428 , The king H325 Ahasuerus H559 [H8804] commanded H2060 Vashti H4436 the queen H935 [H8687] to be brought in H6440 before H935 [H8804] him, but she came not.
18 H8282 Likewise shall the ladies H6539 of Persia H4074 and Media H559 [H8799] say H3117 this day H4428 to all the king's H8269 princes H8085 [H8804] , who have heard H1697 of the deed H4436 of the queen H1767 . Thus shall there arise too much H963 contempt H7110 and wrath.
19 H2895 [H8804] If it pleaseth H4428 the king H4438 , let a royal H1697 commandment H3318 [H8799] go H6440 from him H3789 [H8735] , and let it be written H1881 among the laws H6539 of the Persians H4074 and the Medes H5674 [H8799] , that it be not altered H2060 , That Vashti H935 [H8799] come H6440 no more before H4428 king H325 Ahasuerus H4428 ; and let the king H5414 [H8799] give H4438 her royal estate H7468 to another H2896 that is better than she.
20 H4428 And when the king's H6599 decree H6213 [H8799] which he shall make H8085 [H8738] shall be proclaimed H4438 throughout all his empire H7227 , (for it is great H802 ,) all the wives H5414 [H8799] shall give H1167 to their husbands H3366 honour H1419 , both to great H6996 and small.
21 H1697 And the saying H3190 H5869 [H8799] pleased H4428 the king H8269 and the princes H4428 ; and the king H6213 [H8799] did H1697 according to the word H4462 of Memucan:
22 H7971 [H8799] For he sent H5612 letters H4428 into all the king's H4082 provinces H4082 , into every province H3791 according to the writing H5971 of it, and to every people H3956 after their language H376 , that every man H8323 [H8802] should bear rule H1004 in his own house H1696 [H8764] , and that it should be proclaimed H3956 in the language H5971 of every people.