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.