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Esther 1:1-6 (Holman Christian Standard)

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Vashti Angers the King

1 These events took place during the days of Ahasuerus,abwho ruled 127 provincesc from Indiad to Cush. 2 In those days King Ahasuerus reigned from his royal throne in the fortress at Susa.e 3 He held a feast in the third year of his reign for all his officials and staff, the army of Persia and Media, the nobles,f and the officials from the provinces. 4 He displayed the glorious wealth of his kingdom and the magnificent splendor of his greatness for a total of 180 days. 5 At the end of this time, the king held a week-long banquet in the garden courtyard of the royal palace for all the people, from the greatest to the least, who were present in the fortress of Susa. 6 White and violet linen hangings were fastened with fine white and purple linen cords to silver rods on marbleg columns. Gold and silver couches [were arranged] on a mosaic pavement of red feldspar,h marble,i mother-of-pearl, and precious stones.
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