By the king’s command each guest was allowed to drink in his own way, for the king instructed all the wine stewards to serve each man what he wished.
The drinking was done according to the law, there was no compulsion, for so the king had given orders to each official of his household that he should do according to the desires of each person.
The only restriction on the drinking was that no one should be compelled to take more than he wanted. But those who wished could have as much as they pleased, for the king had instructed his staff to let everyone decide this matter for himself.
The guests could drink as much as they liked--king's orders!--with waiters at their elbows to refill the drinks.
And the drinking was in keeping with the law; no one was forced: for the king had given orders to all the chief servants of his house to do as was pleasing to every man.
Drinking was by flagons, without restraint; for the king had given orders to all the officials of his palace to do as each one desired.
In accordance with the law, the drinking was not compulsory; for so the king had ordered all the officers of his household, that they should do according to each man’s pleasure.
was done according to the law
, for so
of his household
that he should do
according to the desires
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1 tn Heb “the drinking was according to law; there was no one compelling.”
2 tn Heb “every chief of his house”; KJV “all the officers of his house”; NLT “his staff.”
3 tn Heb “according to the desire of man and man.”