The Complete Bible: An American Translation

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THE BOOK OF ESTHER

QUEEN VASHTI'S DISMISSAL,
1:1-22

1 NOW in the days of Xerxes -- that is, the Xerxes who reigned from India even to Ethiopia, over a hundred and twenty-seven provinces-it happened2 in those days when King Xerxes sat on his royal throne, which was in the cas tle at Shushan, in the third year of his3 reign, that he made a feast for all his princes and his servants. The commanders of the army of Persia and Media, the nobles and rulers of the provinces were before him, while he4 showed the riches of his glorious kingdom and the precious things of his great majesty many days, even a hun dred and eighty days. When these days5 were completed, the king made for all the people who were present in the castle at Shushan, both great and small, a seven days' feast in the court of the garden of the king's palace. There was6 white stuff of cotton, and there were blue hangings, fastened with cords of fine linen and purple to silver rings and columns of marble; couches of gold and silver were upon a pavement of porphyry, marble, mother-of-pearl, and precious stones. They served wine in7 golden beakers, with no two alike, and the royal wine was abundant according to the liberality of the king. The drink-8 ing also was according to the law; none could compel, for so the king had decreed to all the officers of his house, to do according to each man's pleasure.

Also Vashti the queen made a feast9 for the women in the royal palace which belonged to King Xerxes. On the sev-10 enth day, when the king's heart was joyous with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the seven eunuchs who ministered in the presence of Xerxes the king, to bring Vashti the11 queen before the king with the royal crown, to show the peoples and the princes her beauty, for she was beautiful. But Queen Vashti refused to come 12 at the king's command by the eunuchs; therefore the king was greatly enraged and his anger burned within him. Then the king said to the wise men 13 who knew the times -- for so the king was accustomed to speak before all who knew law and government; and those 14 next to him were Carshena, Sethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, and Memucan, the seven princes of Persia and Media who saw the king's face and held the first place in the kingdom --

"What shall we do to Queen Vashti15 according to law, because she has not done the bidding of King Xerxes by the eunuchs?"

Then Memucan said before the king 16 and the princes,

" Vashti the queen has not done wrong to the king only, but also to all the princes and to all the peoples, that are in all the provinces of King Xerxes. For this behavior of the queen will be 17 reported to all women, making their husbands contemptible in their sight, when it shall be said, ' King Xerxes commanded that Vashti the queen be brought before him; but she did not come.' Even this day the princesses of 18 Persia and Media who have heard of the queen's behavior will relate it to all the king's princes and there will be a surfeit of contempt and rage. If it 19 please the king, let there go forth from him, and let it be written among the laws of the Persians and the Medes so that it may not be altered, that Vashti the queen come no more before King Xerxes, and that the king give her royal position to another who is better than she. So when the king's decree 20 which he shall make shall be published throughout all his kingdom -- great though it is -- all the women will give honor to their husbands, both high and low."

The proposal pleased the king and 21 the princes, and the king did according to the counsel of Memucan; and he sent 22

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The Complete Bible: An American Translation
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Table of Contents vii
  • The Old Testament - An American Translation xi
  • Preface xiii
  • Publisher's Note xvi
  • Part I - The Pentateuch *
  • The Book of Genesis 1
  • The Book of Exodus 51
  • The Book of Leviticus 90
  • The Book of Numbers 118
  • The Book of Deuteronomy 158
  • Part II - The Historical Books 193
  • The Book of Joshua 195
  • The Book of Judges 218
  • The Book of Ruth 243
  • The First Book of Samuel 247
  • The Second Book of Samuel 281
  • The First Book of Kings 310
  • The Second Book of Kings 342
  • The First Book of Chronicles 373
  • The Second Book of Chronicles 400
  • The Book of Ezra 434
  • The Book of Nehemiah 444
  • The Book of Esther 458
  • Part III - The Poetical Books 467
  • The Book of Job 469
  • The Psalms 500
  • The Book of Proverbs 581
  • The Book of Ecclesiastes 611
  • The Song of Songs 619
  • Part IV - The Books of the Prophets 625
  • The Book of Isaiah 627
  • The Book of Jeremiah 690
  • The Book of Lamentations 753
  • The Book of Ezekiel 761
  • The Book of Daniel 810
  • The Book of Hosea 826
  • The Book of Joel 836
  • The Book of Amos 840
  • The Book of Obadiah 848
  • The Book of Jonah 850
  • The Book of Micah 852
  • The Book of Nahum 858
  • The Book of Habakkuk 861
  • The Book of Zephaniah 864
  • The Book of Haggai 868
  • The Book of Zechariah 870
  • The Book of Malachi 880
  • The Apocrypha - An American Translation i
  • Preface ii
  • The First Book of Esdras 1
  • The Second Book of Esdras 16
  • The Book of Tobit 45
  • The Book of Judith 55
  • The Additions to the Book of Esther 69
  • The Wisdom of Solomon 73
  • The Wisdom of Sirach 91
  • The Book of Baruch 137
  • The Story of Susanna 144
  • The Song of the Three Children 147
  • The Story of Bel and the Dragon 150
  • The Prayer of Manasseh 152
  • The First Book of Maccabees 153
  • The Second Book of Maccabees 182
  • The New Testament - An American Translation i
  • Preface iii
  • The Gospel According to Matthew 1
  • The Gospel According to Mark 32
  • The Gospel According to Luke 52
  • The Gospel According to John 85
  • The Acts of the Apostles 111
  • The Letter to the Romans 142
  • The First Letter to the Corinthians 155
  • The Second Letter to the Corinthians 168
  • The Letter to the Galatians 176
  • The Letter to the Ephesians 181
  • The Letter to the Philippians 185
  • Letter to the Colossians 188
  • The First Letter to the Thessalonians 191
  • The Second Letter to the Thessalonians 194
  • The First Letter to Timothy 196
  • The Second Letter to Timothy 200
  • The Letter to Titus 203
  • The Letter to Philemon 205
  • The Letter to the Hebrews 206
  • The Letter of James 216
  • The First Letter of Peter 219
  • The Second Letter of Peter 223
  • The First Letter of John 226
  • The Second Letter of John 230
  • The Third Letter of John 231
  • The Letter of Jude 232
  • The Revelation of John 233
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