Now it tookplace in the days of 1Ahasuerus, the Ahasuerus who reigned2from India to aEthiopiaoverprovinces,
in thosedays as KingAhasuerus3sat on his royalthronewhich was at the citadel in 4Susa,
in the thirdyear of his reign5he gave a banquet for all his princes and attendants, the army officers of Persia and Media, the nobles and the princes of his provinces being in his presence.
4bAnd he displayed the riches of his royalglory and the splendor of his greatmajesty for manydays, 180days.
When thesedays were completed, the kinggave a banquet lasting sevendays for all the people who were present at the citadel in Susa, from the greatest to the least, in the court of 6the garden of the king'spalace.
There were hangings of finewhite and violetlinenheld by cords of finepurplelinen on silverrings and marblecolumns, and 7couches of gold and silver on a mosaicpavement of porphyry, marble, mother-of-pearl and preciousstones.
7Drinks were served in goldenvessels of variouskinds, and the royalwine was plentiful8according to the king'scbounty.
The drinking was done according to the law, there was nocompulsion, for so the king had givenorders to eachofficial of his household that he should do according to the desires of eachperson.
9QueenVashtialsogave a banquet for the women in the dpalacewhich belonged to KingAhasuerus.
On the seventhday, when the heart of the king was 9merry with wine, he commandedMehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, Abagtha, Zethar and Carkas, the seveneunuchs who served in the presence of KingAhasuerus,
to bringQueenVashtibefore the king with her royal10crown in order to display her beauty to the people and the princes, for she was beautiful.
But QueenVashtirefused to come at the king'scommanddelivered by the eunuchs. Then the kingbecameveryangry and his wrathburned within him.
Then the kingsaid to 11the wisemen12who understood the times -for it was the custom of the kingso to speak beforeall who knewlaw and justice14
and were close to him: Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena and Memucan, the sevenprinces of Persia and Media13who ehad access to the king'spresence and sat in the first place in the kingdom -
"According to law, what is to be done with QueenVashti, because she did not fobey the command of KingAhasuerus delivered by the eunuchs?"
In the presence of the king and the princes, Memucansaid, "QueenVashti has wronged not only the king but also all the princes and all the peopleswho are in all the provinces of KingAhasuerus.
"For the queen'sconduct will gbecomeknown to all the women causing them hto look with contempt on their husbands by saying, 'KingAhasueruscommandedQueenVashti to be brought in to his presence, but she did not come.'
18"Thisday the ladies of Persia and Mediawho have heard of the queen'sconduct will speak in the same way to all the king'sprinces, and there will be plenty of contempt and anger.
19"If it pleases the king, let a royaliedict be issued by him and let it be written in the laws of Persia and Media so 14that it cannotjbe repealed, that Vashti may no longer come into the presence of KingAhasuerus, and let the kinggive her royalposition to kanother who is moreworthythan she.
"When the king'sedictwhich he will make is heard throughout all his kingdom, lgreat as it is, then 15allwomen will givehonor to their husbands, great and small."
This wordpleased the king and the princes, and the kingdidmas Memucanproposed.
So he sentletters to all the king'sprovinces, 16to eachprovince according to its script and to everypeople according to their language, that everyman should 17be the master in his own house and the one who speaks in the language of his own people.