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Ahasuerus's royal feasts. Vashti refuseth to come, when sent for by the king. The king consulteth with his wise men concerning this act of disobedience, and by the advice of Memucan putteth away Vashti, and asserteth by a decree the sovereignty of the men over their own wives.
And when these days were expired, the king made a feast unto all the people that were 1present in Shushan the palace, both unto great and small, seven days, in the court of hthe garden of the king's palace;
And they gave them drink in vessels of gold, (the vessels being diverse one from another,) and 4royal wine in jabundance, 5according to the state of the king.
And the drinking was according to the law; none did 6compel: for so the king khad appointed to all the officers of his house, that they should do according to every man's pleasure.
Also Vashti the queen made a feast for the women in the royal house which belonged to king Ahasuerus.
But the queen Vashti refused to come at the king's commandment 9by his chamberlains: therefore was the king very *wroth, and his anger burned in him.
10What shall we do unto the queen Vashti according to law, because she hath not performed the commandment of the king Ahasuerus by the chamberlains?
Likewise 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.
11If it please the king, let there go a royal commandment 12from him, and let it be written among the laws of the Persians and the tMedes, 13that it be not altered, That Vashti ucome no more before king Ahasuerus; and let the king give her royal estate 14unto another that is better than she.
And the saying 15pleased the king and the princes; and the king did according to the word of Memucan:
For 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 16that it should be published according to the language of every people.