it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus, (this is Ahasuerus which reigned, from India even unto Ethiopia, over an hundred
and seven and twenty provinces:)
those days, when the king Ahasuerus sat on the throne of his kingdom, which was in Shushan the palace,
3In the third year of his reign, he made a feast unto all his princes and his servants;
the power of Persia and Media, the nobles and princes of the provinces, being before him:
4When he shewed the riches of his glorious kingdom and the honour of his excellent
majesty many days, even an hundred and fourscore days.
when these days were expired, the king made a feast unto all the people that were present in Shushan the palace, both unto
great and small, seven days, in the court of the garden of the king's palace;
6Where were white, green, and blue, hangings, fastened with cords of fine linen and purple to silver
rings and pillars of marble: the beds were of gold and silver, upon a pavement of red, and blue, and white, and black, marble.
7And they gave them drink in vessels of gold,
(the vessels being diverse one from another,) and royal wine in abundance, according to the state of the king.
8And the drinking was according to the law; none did compel: for so the king had
appointed to all the officers of his house, that they should do according to every man's pleasure.
9Also Vashti the queen made a feast for the women in the royal house which belonged
to king Ahasuerus.
10On 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 chamberlains that served in the presence of Ahasuerus the king,
11To bring Vashti the queen before the king with the crown royal, to shew the people and the princes
her beauty: for she was fair to look on.
the queen Vashti refused to come at the king's commandment by his chamberlains: therefore was the king very wroth, and his
anger burned in him.
13Then the king said
to the wise men, which knew the times, (for so was the king's manner toward all that knew law and judgment:
14And the next unto him was Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena,
and Memucan, the seven princes of Persia and Media, which saw the king's face, and which sat the first in the kingdom;)
15What shall we do unto the queen Vashti according to law, because she hath not
performed the commandment of the king Ahasuerus by the chamberlains?
16And Memucan answered before the king and the princes, Vashti the queen hath not done wrong to the
king only, but also to all the princes, and to all the people that are in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus.
17For this deed of the queen shall come abroad unto all women, so that they shall
despise their husbands in their eyes, when it shall be reported, The king Ahasuerus commanded Vashti the queen to be brought
in before him, but she came not.
shall the ladies of Persia and Media say this day unto all the king's princes, which have heard of the deed of the queen.
Thus shall there arise too much contempt and wrath.
it please the king, let there go a royal commandment from him, and let it be written among the laws of the Persians and the
Medes, that it be not altered, That Vashti come no more before king Ahasuerus; and let the king give her royal estate unto
another that is better than she.
the king's decree which he shall make shall be published throughout all his empire, (for it is great,) all the wives shall
give to their husbands honour, both to great and small.
the saying pleased the king and the princes; and the king did according to the word of Memucan:
22For he sent letters into all the king's provinces, into every province according
to the writing thereof, and to every people after their language, that every man should bear rule in his own house, and that
it should be published according to the language of every people.