Ahasuerus of Persia and Media makes royal feasts—Vashti disobeys the king and is deposed as queen.
2 That in those days, when the king Ahasuerus sat on the throne of his kingdom, which was in
3 In the third year of his reign, he made a
4 When he shewed the
5 And 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
6 Where 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.
10 ¶On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha,
12 But the queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s commandment by his chamberlains: therefore was the king very
14 And 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;)
16 And 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.
17 For 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.
19 If 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
20 And when the king’s decree which he shall make shall be published throughout all his empire, (for it is great,) all the
22 For he sent letters into all the king’s provinces, into every province according to the writing thereof, and to every people after their