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.