In the days of Ahasu-e'rus, the Ahasu-e'rus who reigned from India to Ethiopia over one hundred and twenty-seven provinces,
in those days when King Ahasu-e'rus sat on his royal throne in Susa the capital,
in the third year of his reign he gave a banquet for all his princes and servants, the army chiefs of Persia and Media and the nobles and governors of the provinces being before him,
while he showed the riches of his royal glory and the splendor and pomp of his majesty for many days, a hundred and eighty days.
And when these days were completed, the king gave for all the people present in Susa the capital, both great and small, a banquet lasting for seven days, in the court of the garden of the king's palace.
There were white cotton curtains and blue hangings caught up with cords of fine linen and purple to silver rings and marble pillars, and also couches of gold and silver on a mosaic pavement of porphyry, marble, mother-of-pearl and precious stones.
Drinks were served in golden goblets, goblets of different kinds, and the royal wine was lavished according to the bounty of the king.
And drinking was according to the law, no one was compelled; for the king had given orders to all the officials of his palace to do as every man desired.
Queen Vashti also gave a banquet for the women in the palace which belonged to King Ahasu-e'rus.
On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehu'man, Biztha, Harbo'na, Bigtha and Abag'tha, Zethar and Carkas, the seven eunuchs who served King Ahasu-e'rus as chamberlains,
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