Esther 1:1-9 (New American Standard)

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The Banquets of the King

1 Now it took place in the days of 1Ahasuerus, the Ahasuerus who reigned 2from India to aEthiopia over provinces, 2 in those days as King Ahasuerus 3sat on his royal throne which was at the citadel in 4Susa, 3 in the third year of his reign 5he 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. 4 bAnd he displayed the riches of his royal glory and the splendor of his great majesty for many days, 180 days. 5 When these days were completed, the king gave a banquet lasting seven days 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's palace. 6 There were hangings of fine white and violet linen held by cords of fine purple linen on silver rings and marble columns, and 7couches of gold and silver on a mosaic pavement of porphyry, marble, mother-of-pearl and precious stones. 7 Drinks were served in golden vessels of various kinds, and the royal wine was plentiful 8according to the king's cbounty. 8 The drinking was done according to the law, there was no compulsion, for so the king had given orders to each official of his household that he should do according to the desires of each person. 9 Queen Vashti also gave a banquet for the women in the dpalace which belonged to King Ahasuerus.
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