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Esther 1

Now it came to pass in the days
<03117>
of Ahasuerus
<0325>_,
(this [is] Ahasuerus
<0325>
which reigned
<04427> (8802)_,
from India
<01912>
even unto Ethiopia
<03568>_,
[over] an hundred
<03967>
and seven
<07651>
and twenty
<06242>
provinces
<04082>:)
[That] in those days
<03117>_,
when the king
<04428>
Ahasuerus
<0325>
sat
<03427> (8800)
on the throne
<03678>
of his kingdom
<04438>_,
which [was] in Shushan
<07800>
the palace
<01002>_,
In the third
<07969>
year
<08141>
of his reign
<04427> (8800)_,
he made
<06213> (8804)
a feast
<04960>
unto all his princes
<08269>
and his servants
<05650>_;
the power
<02428>
of Persia
<06539>
and Media
<04074>_,
the nobles
<06579>
and princes
<08269>
of the provinces
<04082>_,
[being] before
<06440>
him:
When he shewed
<07200> (8687)
the riches
<06239>
of his glorious
<03519>
kingdom
<04438>
and the honour
<03366>
of his excellent
<08597>
majesty
<01420>
many
<07227>
days
<03117>_,
[even] an hundred
<03967>
and fourscore
<08084>
days
<03117>_.
And when these days
<03117>
were expired
<04390> (8800)_,
the king
<04428>
made
<06213> (8804)
a feast
<04960>
unto all the people
<05971>
that were present
<04672> (8737)
in Shushan
<07800>
the palace
<01002>_,
both unto great
<01419>
and small
<06996>_,
seven
<07651>
days
<03117>_,
in the court
<02691>
of the garden
<01594>
of the king's
<04428>
palace
<01055>_;
{present: Heb. found}
[Where were] white
<02353>_,
green
<03768>_,
and blue
<08504>_,
[hangings], fastened
<0270> (8803)
with cords
<02256>
of fine linen
<0948>
and purple
<0713>
to silver
<03701>
rings
<01550>
and pillars
<05982>
of marble
<08336>_:
the beds
<04296>
[were of] gold
<02091>
and silver
<03701>_,
upon a pavement
<07531>
of red
<0923>_,
and blue
<08504>_,
and white
<01858>_,
and black
<05508>_,
marble
<08336>_.
{blue, hangings: or, violet, etc} {of red...: or, of porphyre, and marble and alabaster, and stone of blue colour}
And they gave [them] drink
<08248> (8687)
in vessels
<03627>
of gold
<02091>_,
(the vessels
<03627>
being diverse
<08138> (8802)
one from another
<03627>,)
and royal
<04438>
wine
<03196>
in abundance
<07227>_,
according to the state
<03027>
of the king
<04428>_.
{royal...: Heb. wine of the kingdom} {state: Heb. hand}
And the drinking
<08360>
[was] according to the law
<01881>_;
none did compel
<0597> (8802)_:
for so the king
<04428>
had appointed
<03245> (8765)
to all the officers
<07227>
of his house
<01004>_,
that they should do
<06213> (8800)
according to every man's
<0376>
pleasure
<07522>_.
Also Vashti
<02060>
the queen
<04436>
made
<06213> (8804)
a feast
<04960>
for the women
<0802>
[in] the royal
<04438>
house
<01004>
which [belonged] to king
<04428>
Ahasuerus
<0325>_.
On the seventh
<07637>
day
<03117>_,
when the heart
<03820>
of the king
<04428>
was merry
<02896>
with wine
<03196>_,
he commanded
<0559> (8804)
Mehuman
<04104>_,
Biztha
<0968>_,
Harbona
<02726>_,
Bigtha
<0903>_,
and Abagtha
<05>_,
Zethar
<02242>_,
and Carcas
<03752>_,
the seven
<07651>
chamberlains
<05631>
that served
<08334> (8764)
in the presence
<06440>
of Ahasuerus
<0325>
the king
<04428>_,
{chamberlains: or, eunuchs}
To bring
<0935> (8687)
Vashti
<02060>
the queen
<04436>
before
<06440>
the king
<04428>
with the crown
<03804>
royal
<04438>_,
to shew
<07200> (8687)
the people
<05971>
and the princes
<08269>
her beauty
<03308>_:
for she [was] fair
<02896>
to look on
<04758>_.
{fair...: Heb. good of countenance}
But the queen
<04436>
Vashti
<02060>
refused
<03985> (8762)
to come
<0935> (8800)
at the king's
<04428>
commandment
<01697>
by
<03027>
[his] chamberlains
<05631>_:
therefore was the king
<04428>
very
<03966>
wroth
<07107> (8799)_,
and his anger
<02534>
burned
<01197> (8804)
in him. {by his...: Heb. which was by the hand of his eunuchs}
Then the king
<04428>
said
<0559> (8799)
to the wise men
<02450>_,
which knew
<03045> (8802)
the times
<06256>_,
(for so [was] the king's
<04428>
manner
<01697>
toward
<06440>
all that knew
<03045> (8802)
law
<01881>
and judgment
<01779>_:
And the next
<07138>
unto him [was] Carshena
<03771>_,
Shethar
<08369>_,
Admatha
<0133>_,
Tarshish
<08659>_,
Meres
<04825>_,
Marsena
<04826>_,
[and] Memucan
<04462>_,
the seven
<07651>
princes
<08269>
of Persia
<06539>
and Media
<04074>_,
which saw
<07200> (8802)
the king's
<04428>
face
<06440>_,
[and] which sat
<03427> (8802)
the first
<07223>
in the kingdom
<04438>;)
What shall we do
<06213> (8800)
unto the queen
<04436>
Vashti
<02060>
according to law
<01881>_,
because she hath not performed
<06213> (8804)
the commandment
<03982>
of the king
<04428>
Ahasuerus
<0325>
by
<03027>
the chamberlains
<05631>_?
{What...: Heb. What to do}
And Memucan
<04462>
answered
<0559> (8799)
before
<06440>
the king
<04428>
and the princes
<08269>_,
Vashti
<02060>
the queen
<04436>
hath not done wrong
<05753> (8804)
to the king
<04428>
only, but also to all the princes
<08269>_,
and to all the people
<05971>
that [are] in all the provinces
<04082>
of the king
<04428>
Ahasuerus
<0325>_.
For [this] deed
<01697>
of the queen
<04436>
shall come abroad
<03318> (8799)
unto all women
<0802>_,
so that they shall despise
<0959> (8687)
their husbands
<01167>
in their eyes
<05869>_,
when it shall be reported
<0559> (8800)_,
The king
<04428>
Ahasuerus
<0325>
commanded
<0559> (8804)
Vashti
<02060>
the queen
<04436>
to be brought in
<0935> (8687)
before
<06440>
him, but she came
<0935> (8804)
not.
[Likewise] shall the ladies
<08282>
of Persia
<06539>
and Media
<04074>
say
<0559> (8799)
this day
<03117>
unto all the king's
<04428>
princes
<08269>_,
which have heard
<08085> (8804)
of the deed
<01697>
of the queen
<04436>_.
Thus [shall there arise] too much
<01767>
contempt
<0963>
and wrath
<07110>_.
If it please
<02895> (8804)
the king
<04428>_,
let there go
<03318> (8799)
a royal
<04438>
commandment
<01697>
from him
<06440>_,
and let it be written
<03789> (8735)
among the laws
<01881>
of the Persians
<06539>
and the Medes
<04074>_,
that it be not altered
<05674> (8799)_,
That Vashti
<02060>
come
<0935> (8799)
no more before
<06440>
king
<04428>
Ahasuerus
<0325>_;
and let the king
<04428>
give
<05414> (8799)
her royal estate
<04438>
unto another
<07468>
that is better
<02896>
than she. {If it...: Heb. If it be good with the king} {unto...: Heb. unto her companion} {from him: Heb. from before him} {be not...: Heb. pass not away}
And when the king's
<04428>
decree
<06599>
which he shall make
<06213> (8799)
shall be published
<08085> (8738)
throughout all his empire
<04438>_,
(for it is great
<07227>,)
all the wives
<0802>
shall give
<05414> (8799)
to their husbands
<01167>
honour
<03366>_,
both to great
<01419>
and small
<06996>_.
And the saying
<01697>
pleased
<03190> (8799) <05869>
the king
<04428>
and the princes
<08269>_;
and the king
<04428>
did
<06213> (8799)
according to the word
<01697>
of Memucan
<04462>_:
{pleased...: Heb. was good in the eyes of the king}
For he sent
<07971> (8799)
letters
<05612>
into all the king's
<04428>
provinces
<04082>_,
into every province
<04082>
according to the writing
<03791>
thereof, and to every people
<05971>
after their language
<03956>_,
that every man
<0376>
should bear rule
<08323> (8802)
in his own house
<01004>_,
and that [it] should be published
<01696> (8764)
according to the language
<03956>
of every people
<05971>_.
{that it...: Heb. that one should publish it according to the language of his people}


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