They replied, “We will return these things, 1 and we will no longer demand anything from them. We will do just as you say.” Then I called the priests and made the wealthy and the officials 2 swear to do what had been promised. 3
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.
Then the king prepared a large banquet for all his officials and his servants – it was actually Esther’s banquet. He also set aside a holiday for the provinces, and he provided for offerings at the king’s expense. 1
One of their own people will be their leader. Their ruler will come from their own number. 1 I will invite him to approach me, and he will do so. 2 For no one would dare approach me on his own. 3 I, the Lord, affirm it! 4
Instead, you have exalted yourself against the Lord of heaven. You brought before you the vessels from his temple, and you and your nobles, together with your wives and concubines, drank wine from them. You praised the gods of silver, gold, bronze, iron, wood, and stone – gods 1 that cannot see or hear or comprehend! But you have not glorified the God who has in his control 2 your very breath and all your ways!
He lifts the weak 1 from the dust; he raises 2 the poor from the ash heap to seat them with princes and to bestow on them an honored position. 3 The foundations of the earth belong to the Lord, and he has placed the world on them.
He replied to them, “Stay 1 here tonight, and I will bring back to you whatever word the Lord may speak to me.” So the princes of Moab stayed with Balaam.
When Balaam 1 came to him, he was still standing by his burnt offering, along with the princes of Moab. And Balak said to him, “What has the Lord spoken?”
Then Jehu killed all who were left of Ahab’s family in Jezreel, and all his nobles, close friends, and priests. He left no survivors.
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
All the officials of the provinces, the satraps, the governors and those who performed the king’s business were assisting the Jews, for the dread of Mordecai had fallen on them.
who shows no partiality to princes, and does not take note of 1 the rich more than the poor, because all of them are the work of his hands?
For the music director, according to the gittith style; 2 a psalm of David. O Lord, our Lord, 3 how magnificent 4 is your reputation 5 throughout the earth! You reveal your majesty in the heavens above! 6