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Queen Vashti 1 also gave a banquet for the women in King Ahasuerus’ royal palace.
to bring Queen Vashti into the king’s presence wearing her royal high turban. He wanted to show the people and the officials her beauty, for she was very attractive. 1
But Queen Vashti refused 1 to come at the king’s bidding 2 conveyed through the eunuchs. Then the king became extremely angry, and his rage consumed 3 him.
The king asked, 1 “By law, 2 what should be done to Queen Vashti in light of the fact that she has not obeyed the instructions of King Ahasuerus conveyed through the eunuchs?”
When these things had been accomplished 1 and the rage of King Ahasuerus had diminished, he remembered 2 Vashti and what she had done and what had been decided 3 against her.
Let the young woman whom the king finds most attractive 1 become queen in place of Vashti.” This seemed like a good idea to the king, 2 so he acted accordingly.
Memucan then replied to the king and the officials, “The wrong of Queen Vashti is not against the king alone, but against all the officials and all the people who are throughout all the provinces of King Ahasuerus.
For the matter concerning the queen will spread to all the women, leading them to treat their husbands with contempt, saying, ‘When King Ahasuerus gave orders to bring Queen Vashti into his presence, she would not come.’
If the king is so inclined, 1 let a royal edict go forth from him, and let it be written in the laws of Persia and Media that cannot be repealed, 2 that Vashti 3 may not come into the presence of King Ahasuerus, and let the king convey her royalty to another 4 who is more deserving than she. 5
And the king loved Esther more than all the other women, and she met with his loving approval 1 more than all the other young women. 2 So he placed the royal high turban on her head and appointed her queen 3 in place of Vashti.