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1. Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus (this is the Ahasuerus who reigned from India even to Ethiopia, over a hundred and twenty-seven provinces),

2. In those days, when King Ahasuerus sat upon the throne of his kingdom in Shushan the palace,

3. In the third year of his reign, he made a feast for all his princes and his servants; the army of Persia and Media, the nobles and princes of the provinces, were before him,

4. When he showed the riches of his glorious kingdom and the splendor of his excellent majesty many days—a hundred and eighty days.

5. And when these days had expired, the king made a feast for all the people who were present in Shushan the palace, both great and small, for seven days in the court of the garden of the king’s palace.

6. White, green, and blue hangings were fastened with cords of fine linen and purple on silver rods and pillars of marble. The couches were of gold and silver, on a pavement of red and white, and pearl, and black marble.

7. And they served them drinks in vessels of gold, the vessels being different from one another, and royal wine in abundance, according to the hand of the king.

8. And the drinking was according to the law, no one was compelled, for so the king had commanded every chief of his house that they should do according to every man’s pleasure.

9. Also Vashti the queen made a feast for the women in the royal house which elonged to King Ahasuerus.

10. On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the seven officers who served in the presence of Ahasuerus the king,

11. To bring Vashti the queen before the king with the royal crown, in order to show the people and the princes her beauty, for she was lovely to look upon.

12. But Queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s command by his officers. And the king was very angry, and his anger burned within him.

13. And the king said to the wise men who knew the times (for so was the king’s manner toward all who knew law and judgment;

14. And next to him were Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena and Memucan, the seven princes of Persia and Media who saw the king’s face, who sat first in the kingdom):

15. “What shall we do with Queen Vashti according to law, because she has not done the command of the King Ahasuerus by the officers?”

16. And Memucan answered before the king and princes, “Vashti the queen has not only done wrong to the king, but also to all the princes, and to all the people who are in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus.

17. For the deed of the queen shall go out to all women, so that their husbands shall be despised in their eyes, and it shall be reported that King Ahasuerus commanded to bring Vashti the queen in before him, but she did not come.

18. And this day the princesses of Persia and Media shall say the same to all the king’s princes who have heard of the deed of the queen. And there will be too much contempt and strife.

19. If it please the king, let there be a royal command from him, and let it be written among the laws of the Persians and the Medes, so that it may not be changed, that Vashti shall come no more before King Ahasuerus. And let the king give her royal state to another who is better than she is.

20. And when the king’s decree which he shall make shall be published throughout all his empire (for it is great), all the wives shall give their husbands honor, both the great and small.”

21. And the saying pleased the king and the princes. And the king did according to the word of Memucan.

22. For he sent letters into all the king’s provinces, into every province according to the writing of it, and to every people in their language, so that every man should bear rule in his own house, and it was published according to the language of every people.

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in the daysH3117
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of AhasuerusH325
HNp
(thisH1931
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isthe AhasuerusH325
HNp
who reignedH4427
HTdHVqrmsa
from IndiaH1912
HRHNp
even toH5704
HCHR
Ethiopia,H3568
HNp
overa hundredH3967
HCHAcbsa
and twenty-sevenH6242
HCHAcbpa
H7651
HAcfsa
provinces),H4082
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In the thirdH7969
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yearH8141
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of his reign,H4427
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he madeH6213
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a feastH4960
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for allH3605
HRHNcmsc
his princesH8269
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and his servants;H5650
HCHNcmpcHSp3ms
the armyH2428
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of PersiaH6539
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and Media,H4074
HCHNp
the noblesH6579
HTdHNcmpa
and princesH8269
HCHNcmpc
of the provinces,H4082
HTdHNcfpa
werebefore him,H6440
HRHNcbpcHSp3ms

When he showedH7200
HRHVhcHSp3ms
H853
HTo
the richesH6239
HNcmsc
of his gloriousH3519
HNcbsc
kingdomH4438
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andH853
HCHTo
the splendorH3366
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of his excellentH8597
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majestyH1420
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manyH7227
HAampa
days—H3117
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a hundredH3967
HCHAcbsc
and eightyH8084
HAcbpa
days.H3117
HNcmpa

And when theseH428
HTdHPdxcp
daysH3117
HTdHNcmpa
had expired,H4390
HCHRHVqc
the kingH4428
HTdHNcmsa
madeH6213
HVqp3ms
a feastH4960
HNcmsa
for allH3605
HRHNcmsc
the peopleH5971
HTdHNcmsa
who were presentH4672
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in ShushanH7800
HRHNp
the palace,H1002
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both greatH1419
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andH5704
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small,H6996
HAamsa
for sevenH7651
HAcmsc
daysH3117
HNcmpa
in the courtH2691
HRHNcbsc
of the gardenH1594
HNcfsc
of the king'sH4428
HTdHNcmsa
palace.H1055
HNcmsc

White,H2353
HNcmsa
green,H3768
HNcmsa
and blueH8504
HCHNcfsa
hangings were fastenedH270
HVqsmsa
with cordsH2256
HRHNcbpc
of fine linenH948
HNcmsa
and purpleH713
HCHNcmsa
onH5921
HR
silverH3701
HNcmsa
rodsH1550
HNcmpc
and pillarsH5982
HCHNcmpc
of marble.H8336
HAcfsa
The couchesH4296
HNcfpc
were of goldH2091
HNcmsa
and silver,H3701
HCHNcmsa
onH5921
HR
a pavementH7531
HNcfsc
of redH923
HNcmsa
and white,H8336
HCHAcfsa
and pearl,H1858
HCHNcmsa
and black marble.H5508
HCHNcfsa

And they served them drinksH8248
HCHVhc
in vesselsH3627
HRHNcmpc
of gold,H2091
HNcmsa
the vesselsH3627
HRHNcmpa
being differentH8138
HVqrmpa
from one another,H3627
HCHNcmpa
and royalH4438
HNcfsa
wineH3196
HCHNcmsc
in abundance,H7227
HAamsa
according to the handH3027
HRHNcbsc
of the king.H4428
HTdHNcmsa

And the drinkingH8360
HCHTdHNcfsa
wasaccording to the law,H1881
HRdHNcfsa
no oneH369
HTn
was compelled,H597
HVqrmsa
forH3588
HC
soH3651
HD
the kingH4428
HTdHNcmsa
had commandedH3245
HVpp3ms
H5921
HR
everyH3605
HNcmsc
chiefH7227
HNcmsc
of his houseH1004
HNcmscHSp3ms
that they should doH6213
HRHVqc
according to everyH376
HNcmsa
man'sH376
HCHNcmsa
pleasure.H7522
HRHNcmsc

AlsoH1571
HTa
VashtiH2060
HNp
the queenH4436
HTdHNcfsa
madeH6213
HVqp3fs
a feastH4960
HNcmsc
for the womenH802
HNcfpa
in the royalH4438
HTdHNcfsa
houseH1004
HNcmsc
whichH834
HTr
belonged to KingH4428
HRdHNcmsa
Ahasuerus.H325
HNp

On the seventhH7637
HTdHAomsa
day,H3117
HRdHNcmsa
when the heartH3820
HNcmsc
of the kingH4428
HTdHNcmsa
was merryH2896
HRHVqc
with wine,H3196
HRdHNcmsa
he commandedH559
HVqp3ms
Mehuman,H4104
HRHNp
Biztha,H968
HNp
Harbona,H2726
HNp
Bigtha,H903
HNp
and Abagtha,H5
HCHNp
Zethar,H2242
HNp
and Carcas,H3752
HCHNp
the sevenH7651
HAcmsc
officersH5631
HTdHNcmpa
who servedH8334
HTdHVprmpa
inH854
HR
the presenceH6440
HNcbpc
of AhasuerusH325
HNp
the king,H4428
HTdHNcmsa

To bringH935
HRHVhc
H853
HTo
VashtiH2060
HNp
the queenH4436
HTdHNcfsa
beforeH6440
HRHNcbpc
the kingH4428
HTdHNcmsa
with the royalH4438
HNcfsa
crown,H3804
HRHNcmsc
in order to showH7200
HRHVhc
the peopleH5971
HTdHNcmpa
and the princesH8269
HCHTdHNcmpa
H853
HTo
her beauty,H3308
HNcmscHSp3fs
forH3588
HC
sheH1931
HPp3fs
waslovelyH2896
HAafsc
to look upon.H4758
HNcmsa

And nextH7138
HCHTdHAamsa
to himH413
HRHSp3ms
were Carshena,H3771
HNp
Shethar,H8369
HNp
Admatha,H133
HNp
Tarshish,H8659
HNp
Meres,H4825
HNp
MarsenaH4826
HNp
and Memucan,H4462
HNp
the sevenH7651
HAcmsc
princesH8269
HNcmpc
of PersiaH6539
HNp
and MediaH4074
HCHNp
who sawH7200
HVqrmpc
the king'sH4428
HTdHNcmsa
face,H6440
HNcbpc
who satH3427
HTdHVqrmpa
firstH7223
HAafsa
in the kingdom):H4438
HRdHNcfsa

"WhatH4100
HTi
shall we doH6213
HVqp3fs
with QueenH4436
HRdHNcfsa
VashtiH2060
HNp
according to law,H1881
HRHNcfsa
becauseH5921
HR
H834
HTr
she has notH3808
HTn
doneH6213
HRHVqc
H853
HTo
the commandH3982
HNcmsc
of the KingH4428
HTdHNcmsa
AhasuerusH325
HNp
byH3027
HRHNcbsc
the officers?"H5631
HTdHNcmpa

ForH3588
HC
the deedH1697
HNcmsc
of the queenH4436
HTdHNcfsa
shall go outH3318
HVqi3ms
toH5921
HR
allH3605
HNcmsc
women,H802
HTdHNcfpa
so that their husbandsH1167
HNcmpcHSp3fp
shall be despisedH959
HRHVhc
in their eyes,H5869
HRHNcbdcHSp3fp
and it shall be reportedH559
HRHVqcHSp3mp
that KingH4428
HTdHNcmsa
AhasuerusH325
HNp
commandedH559
HVqp3ms
to bringH935
HRHVhc
H853
HTo
VashtiH2060
HNp
the queenH4436
HTdHNcfsa
in before him,H6440
HRHNcbpcHSp3ms
but she did notH3808
HCHTn
come.H935
HVqp3fs

And thisH2088
HTdHPdxms
dayH3117
HCHTdHNcmsa
the princessesH8282
HNcfpc
of PersiaH6539
HNp
and MediaH4074
HCHNp
shall sayH559
HVqi3fp
the same to allH3605
HRHNcmsc
the king'sH4428
HTdHNcmsa
princesH8269
HNcmpc
whoH834
HTr
have heardH8085
HVqp3cp
H853
HTo
of the deedH1697
HNcmsc
of the queen.H4436
HTdHNcfsa
And there will be too muchH1767
HCHRHNcmsc
contemptH963
HNcmsa
and strife.H7110
HCHNcmsa

IfH518
HC
H5921
HR
it pleaseH2895
HAamsa
the king,H4428
HTdHNcmsa
let there beH3318
HVqj3ms
a royalH4438
HNcfsa
commandH1697
HNcmsc
from him,H6440
HRHRHNcbpcHSp3ms
and let it be writtenH3789
HCHVNi3ms
among the lawsH1881
HRHNcfpc
of the PersiansH6539
HNp
and the Medes,H4074
HCHNp
so that it may notH3808
HCHTn
be changed,H5674
HVqi3ms
thatH834
HTr
VashtiH2060
HNp
shall comeH935
HVqi3fs
no moreH3808
HTn
beforeH6440
HRHNcbpc
KingH4428
HTdHNcmsa
Ahasuerus.H325
HNp
And let the kingH4428
HTdHNcmsa
giveH5414
HVqi3ms
her royal stateH4438
HCHNcfscHSp3fs
to anotherH7468
HRHNcfscHSp3fs
who is betterH2896
HTdHAafsa
than she is.H4480
HRHSp3fs

And when the king'sH4428
HTdHNcmsa
decreeH6599
HNcmsc
whichH834
HTr
he shall makeH6213
HVqi3ms
shall be publishedH8085
HCHVNq3ms
throughout allH3605
HRHNcmsc
his empireH4438
HNcfscHSp3ms
(forH3588
HC
itH1931
HPp3fs
is great),H7227
HAafsa
allH3605
HCHNcmsc
the wivesH802
HTdHNcfpa
shall giveH5414
HVqi3mp
their husbandsH1167
HRHNcmpcHSp3fp
honor,H3366
HNcmsa
both the greatH1419
HRHRHAamsa
andH5704
HCHR
small."H6996
HAamsa

And the sayingH1697
HTdHNcmsa
pleasedH3190
HCHVqw3ms
H5869
HRHNcbdc
the kingH4428
HTdHNcmsa
and the princes.H8269
HCHTdHNcmpa
And the kingH4428
HTdHNcmsa
didH6213
HCHVqw3ms
according to the wordH1697
HRHNcmsc
of Memucan.H4462
HNp

For he sentH7971
HCHVqw3ms
lettersH5612
HNcmpa
intoH413
HR
allH3605
HNcmsc
the king'sH4428
HTdHNcmsa
provinces,H4082
HNcfpc
intoH413
HR
every provinceH4082
HNcfsa
according to the writingH3791
HRHNcmscHSp3fs
of it,H4082
HCHNcfsa
and toH413
HCHR
every peopleH5971
HNcmsa
H5971
HCHNcmsa
in their language,H3956
HRHNcbscHSp3ms
so that everyH3605
HNcmsc
manH376
HNcmsa
shouldH1961
HRHVqc
bear ruleH8323
HVqrmsa
in his own house,H1004
HRHNcmscHSp3ms
and it was publishedH1696
HCHVprmsa
according to the languageH3956
HRHNcbsc
of every people.H5971
HNcmscHSp3ms

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