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Esteri 1

A rọ ayaba Faṣti lóyè

1Èyí ni ohun tó ṣẹlẹ̀ ní ìgbà Ahaswerusi, tí ó jẹ ọba lórí ẹ̀tàdínláàdóje ìletò bẹ̀rẹ̀ láti India títí ó fi dé Etiopia. Ní àkókò ìgbà náà ọba Ahaswerusi ń ṣe ìjọba ní orí ìtẹ́ ẹ rẹ̀ ní ilé ìṣọ́ ti Susa, Ní ọdún kẹta ìjọba rẹ̀, ó ṣe àsè fún gbogbo àwọn ọlọ́lá àti ìjòyè. Àwọn olórí ológun láti Persia àti Media, àwọn ọmọ-aládé, àti àwọn ọlọ́lá ìletò wà níbẹ̀ pẹ̀lú.

Ó ṣe àfihàn púpọ̀ ọrọ̀ ìjọba rẹ̀ àti dídán àti ògo ọláńlá rẹ̀ fún ọgọ́sàn-án ọjọ́ gbáko. Nígbà tí ọjọ́ wọ̀nyí kọjá, ọba ṣe àsè fún ọjọ́ méje, nínú ọgbà tí ó wà nínú àgbàlá ààfin ọba, gbogbo ènìyàn láti orí ẹni tí ó kéré dé orí ẹni tí ó lọ́lá jùlọ, tí wọ́n wà ní ilé ìṣọ́ ti Susa. Ọgbà náà ní aṣọ fèrèsé funfun àti aláwọ̀ òféfèé. Àwọn okùn tí a fi aṣọ aláwọ̀ funfun àti aláwọ̀ elése àlùkò rán ni a fi ta á mọ́ òrùka fàdákà lára àwọn òpó mábù. Àwọn ibùsùn tí a fi wúrà àti fàdákà ṣe wà níbi pèpéle òkúta tí a fi ń tẹ́lẹ̀ ilé tí ó jẹ́ mábù, píálì àti òkúta olówó iyebíye mìíràn. Kọ́ọ̀bù wúrà onídìí-odó ni a fi ń bu wáìnì fún wọn mu, ọ̀kọ̀ọ̀kan wọn sì yàtọ̀ sí èkejì, wáìnì ọba pọ̀ púpọ̀, gẹ́gẹ́ bí ọba ṣe lawọ́ sí. Gẹ́gẹ́ bí àṣẹ ọba a fi ààyè gba àlejò kọ̀ọ̀kan láti mu tó bí ó bá ti fẹ́, nítorí ọba ti pàṣẹ fún gbogbo àwọn ti ń bu wáìnì láti bù fún ẹnìkọ̀ọ̀kan bí wọ́n bá ṣe béèrè fún mọ.

Ayaba Faṣti náà ṣe àsè fún àwọn obìnrin ní ààfin ọba Ahaswerusi.

10 Ní ọjọ́ keje, nígbà tí wáìnì mú inú ọba dùn, ó pàṣẹ fún Mehumani, Bista, Harbona, Bigta àti Abagta, Setari àti Karkasi, àwọn ìwẹ̀fà méje tí ń jíṣẹ́ fún Ahaswerusi. 11 Kí wọn mú ayaba Faṣti wá síwájú rẹ̀, ti òun ti adé ọba rẹ̀, kí ó lè wá fi ẹwà rẹ̀ hàn àwọn ènìyàn àti àwọn ọlọ́lá, nítorí tí ó rẹwà. 12 Ṣùgbọ́n nígbà tí àwọn ìránṣẹ́ jẹ́ iṣẹ́ ọba, ayaba Faṣti kọ̀ láti wá. Nígbà náà ni ọba bínú gidigidi, ìbínú náà sì pọ̀ jọjọ.

13 Gẹ́gẹ́ bí ìṣe rẹ̀ ní ìgbà gbogbo, ọba máa ń béèrè ọ̀rọ̀ lọ́wọ́ àwọn tí ó ní ìmọ̀ òfin àti ìdájọ́, ó sọ ọ́ fún àwọn amòye tí wọ́n mòye àkókò, 14 àwọn tí wọ́n súnmọ́ ọba àwọn wọ̀nyí ni Karṣina, Ṣetari, Admata, Tarṣiṣi, Meresi, Marsena àti Memukani, àwọn ọlọ́lá méje ti Persia àti Media tí wọ́n ṣe pàtàkì sí ọba, wọ́n sì tún wà ní ibi gíga ní ìjọba.

15 Ó béèrè pé, “Kí ni a lè ṣe sí ayaba Faṣti gẹ́gẹ́ bí òfin? Nítorí kò tẹríba fún àṣẹ ọba Ahaswerusi tí àwọn ìwẹ̀fà ọba sọ fún un.”

16 Memukani sì dáhùn níwájú ọba àti àwọn ọlọ́lá pé, “Ayaba Faṣti ti ṣe búburú, kì í ṣe sí ọba nìkan ṣùgbọ́n sí gbogbo àwọn ọlọ́lá àti àwọn ènìyàn tí ó wà ní gbogbo agbègbè ilẹ̀ ọba Ahaswerusi. 17 Nítorí ìwà ayaba yìí yóò tàn dé ọ̀dọ̀ gbogbo àwọn obìnrin, tó bẹ́ẹ̀ tí ọkọ wọn yóò di gígàn lójú u wọn, wọn yóò sì sọ pé, ọba Ahaswerusi pàṣẹ pé kí á mú ayaba Faṣti wá síwájú òun, ṣùgbọ́n ó kọ̀ láti wá. 18 Ní ọjọ́ yìí gan an ni àwọn ọlọ́lá obìnrin Persia àti ti Media tí wọ́n ti gbọ́ nípa ìwà ayaba wọn yóò ṣe bẹ́ẹ̀ sí gbogbo àwọn ìjòyè ọba bákan náà. Àfojúdi àti àìnírẹ́pọ̀ tí kò lópin yóò wà.

19 “Nítorí náà, bí ó bá tọ́ lójú ọba, jẹ́ kí ó gbé àṣẹ ọba jáde, kí ó sì jẹ́ kí ó wà ní àkọsílẹ̀ pẹ̀lú òfin Persia àti Media, èyí tí kò le é parẹ́, pé kí Faṣti kí ó má ṣe wá síwájú ọba Ahaswerusi. Kí ọba sì fi oyè ayaba rẹ̀ fún ẹlòmíràn tí ó sàn jù ú lọ. 20 Nígbà náà tí a bá kéde òfin tí ọba ṣe ká gbogbo ilẹ̀ ìjọba rẹ̀, gbogbo àwọn obìnrin ni yóò bọ̀wọ̀ fún ọkọ wọn, láti ọ̀dọ̀ ẹni tí ó kéré títí dé ọ̀dọ̀ ẹni ńlá.”

21 Ìmọ̀ràn yìí sì tẹ́ ọba àti àwọn ìjòyè rẹ̀ lọ́rùn, nítorí náà ọba ṣe gẹ́gẹ́ bí Memukani ṣé sọ. 22 Ó kọ̀wé ránṣẹ́ sí igun mẹ́rẹ̀ẹ̀rin ilẹ̀ ọba rẹ̀, ó kọ̀wé sí ìgbèríko kọ̀ọ̀kan ní ìlànà bí wọ́n ṣe ń kọ̀wé, ó kọ̀wé sí àwọn ènìyàn kọ̀ọ̀kan ní èdè wọn, Ó tẹnumọ́ ní èdè oníkálùkù pé kí olúkúlùkù ọkùnrin máa ṣàkóso ilé rẹ̀.

The Message

Esther 1

11-3 This is the story of something that happened in the time of Xerxes, the Xerxes who ruled from India to Ethiopia—127 provinces in all. King Xerxes ruled from his royal throne in the palace complex of Susa. In the third year of his reign he gave a banquet for all his officials and ministers. The military brass of Persia and Media were also there, along with the princes and governors of the provinces.

4-7 For six months he put on exhibit the huge wealth of his empire and its stunningly beautiful royal splendors. At the conclusion of the exhibit, the king threw a weeklong party for everyone living in Susa, the capital—important and unimportant alike. The party was in the garden courtyard of the king’s summer house. The courtyard was elaborately decorated with white and blue cotton curtains tied with linen and purple cords to silver rings on marble columns. Silver and gold couches were arranged on a mosaic pavement of porphyry, marble, mother-of-pearl, and colored stones. Drinks were served in gold chalices, each chalice one-of-a-kind. The royal wine flowed freely—a generous king!

8-9 The guests could drink as much as they liked—king’s orders!—with waiters at their elbows to refill the drinks. Meanwhile, Queen Vashti was throwing a separate party for women inside King Xerxes’ royal palace.

10-11 On the seventh day of the party, the king, high on the wine, ordered the seven eunuchs who were his personal servants (Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas) to bring him Queen Vashti resplendent in her royal crown. He wanted to show off her beauty to the guests and officials. She was extremely good-looking.

12-15 But Queen Vashti refused to come, refused the summons delivered by the eunuchs. The king lost his temper. Seething with anger over her insolence, the king called in his counselors, all experts in legal matters. It was the king’s practice to consult his expert advisors. Those closest to him were Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, and Memucan, the seven highest-ranking princes of Persia and Media, the inner circle with access to the king’s ear. He asked them what legal recourse they had against Queen Vashti for not obeying King Xerxes’ summons delivered by the eunuchs.

16-18 Memucan spoke up in the council of the king and princes: “It’s not only the king Queen Vashti has insulted, it’s all of us, leaders and people alike in every last one of King Xerxes’ provinces. The word’s going to get out: ‘Did you hear the latest about Queen Vashti? King Xerxes ordered her to be brought before him and she wouldn’t do it!’ When the women hear it, they’ll start treating their husbands with contempt. The day the wives of the Persian and Mede officials get wind of the queen’s insolence, they’ll be out of control. Is that what we want, a country of angry women who don’t know their place?

19-20 “So, if the king agrees, let him pronounce a royal ruling and have it recorded in the laws of the Persians and Medes so that it cannot be revoked, that Vashti is permanently banned from King Xerxes’ presence. And then let the king give her royal position to a woman who knows her place. When the king’s ruling becomes public knowledge throughout the kingdom, extensive as it is, every woman, regardless of her social position, will show proper respect to her husband.”

21-22 The king and the princes liked this. The king did what Memucan proposed. He sent bulletins to every part of the kingdom, to each province in its own script, to each people in their own language: “Every man is master of his own house; whatever he says, goes.”