Now in the days of Ahasuerus, the Ahasuerus who reigned 1from India to Ethiopia over provinces,
in those days when King Ahasuerus 2sat on his royal throne in 3Susa, the capital,
in the third year of his reign 4he gave a feast for all his officials and servants. The army of Persia and Media and the nobles and governors of the provinces were before him,
while he showed the riches of his royal glory and the splendor and pomp of his greatness for many days, 180 days.
And when these days were completed, the king gave for all the people present in Susa, the citadel, both great and small, a feast lasting for seven days in the court of 5the garden of the king's palace.
There were white cotton curtains and violet hangings fastened with cords of fine linen and purple to silver rods and marble pillars, and also 6couches of gold and silver on a mosaic pavement of porphyry, marble, mother-of-pearl and precious stones.
Drinks were served in golden vessels, vessels of different kinds, and the royal wine was lavished according to the bounty of the king.
And drinking was according to this edict: "There is no compulsion." For the king had given orders to all the staff of his palace to do as each man desired.
Queen Vashti also gave a feast for the women in the palace that belonged to King Ahasuerus.