Esther 1:8

Overview - Esther 1
Ahasuerus makes royal feasts.
10 Vashti, sent for, refuses to come.
13 Ahasuerus, by the counsel of Memucan, puts away Vashti, and makes the decree of men's sovereignty.
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Esther 1:8  (King James Version)
And the drinking was according to the law; none did compel: for so the king had appointed to all the officers of his house, that they should do according to every man's pleasure.

none did compel
Every person drank what he pleased. Among the Greeks, however, each guest was obliged to keep the round, or leave the company: hence the proverb [E pithi, e apithi,] Drink, or begone
Mr. Herbert, in his poem entitled "The Church Porch," has severely reprobated this vile custom. In Britain, however, this demoralizing custom is now almost destroyed, and a new era of social pleasure is arising, by temperate habits, increased domestic comforts, and the spread of gospel truths.
Jeremiah 35:8 ; 51:7 Habakkuk 2:15 Habakkuk 2:16

the officers
John 2:8