Esther 1:1-22, NLT
The King’s Banquet
1These events happened in the days of King Xerxes,*1:1a Hebrew Ahasuerus, another name for Xerxes; also throughout the book of Esther. Xerxes reigned 486–465 b.c. who reigned over 127 provinces stretching from India to Ethiopia.*1:1b Hebrew to Cush.
5When it was all over, the king gave a banquet for all the people, from the greatest to the least, who were in the fortress of Susa. It lasted for seven days and was held in the courtyard of the palace garden.
7Drinks were served in gold goblets of many designs, and there was an abundance of royal wine, reflecting the king’s generosity.
9At the same time, Queen Vashti gave a banquet for the women in the royal palace of King Xerxes.
Queen Vashti Deposed
10On the seventh day of the feast, when King Xerxes was in high spirits because of the wine, he told the seven eunuchs who attended him—Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas—
13He immediately consulted with his wise advisers, who knew all the Persian laws and customs, for he always asked their advice.
15“What must be done to Queen Vashti?” the king demanded. “What penalty does the law provide for a queen who refuses to obey the king’s orders, properly sent through his eunuchs?”
16Memucan answered the king and his nobles, “Queen Vashti has wronged not only the king but also every noble and citizen throughout your empire.
19“So if it please the king, we suggest that you issue a written decree, a law of the Persians and Medes that cannot be revoked. It should order that Queen Vashti be forever banished from the presence of King Xerxes, and that the king should choose another queen more worthy than she.
21The king and his nobles thought this made good sense, so he followed Memucan’s counsel.