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Esther 1:1-11 (New International Version)

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Queen Vashti Deposed

1 This is what happened during the time of Xerxes,a1 the Xerxes who ruled over %"127 provinces2 stretching from India to Cushb:3 2 At that time King Xerxes reigned from his royal throne in the citadel of Susa,4 3 and in the third year of his reign he gave a banquet5 for all his nobles and officials. The military leaders of Persia and Media, the princes, and the nobles of the provinces were present. 4 For a full 180 days he displayed the vast wealth of his kingdom and the splendor and glory of his majesty. 5 When these days were over, the king gave a banquet, lasting seven days,6 in the enclosed garden7 of the king's palace, for all the people from the least to the greatest, who were in the citadel of Susa. 6 The garden had hangings of white and blue linen, fastened with cords of white linen and purple material to silver rings on marble pillars. There were couches8 of gold and silver on a mosaic pavement of porphyry, marble, mother-of-pearl and other costly stones. 7 Wine was served in goblets of gold, each one different from the other, and the royal wine was abundant, in keeping with the king's liberality.9 8 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. 9 Queen Vashti also gave a banquet10 for the women in the royal palace of King Xerxes. 10 On the seventh day, when King Xerxes was in high spirits11 from wine,12 he commanded the seven eunuchs who served him--Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona,13 Bigtha, Abagtha, Zethar and Carcas-- 11 to bring14 before him Queen Vashti, wearing her royal crown, in order to display her beauty15 to the people and nobles, for she was lovely to look at.
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