Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

以斯帖記 1

亞哈隨魯王大宴群臣

1亞哈隨魯在位期間,統治從印度到古實的一百二十七個省。 亞哈隨魯王在書珊城登基, 他在執政第三年大宴群臣,波斯和瑪代的將領、各省的貴族和大臣都在場。 整整一百八十天,他展示自己帝國的財富和王權的威榮。 之後,他又一連七天在御花園宴請書珊城裡所有的居民,無論尊卑。 御花園裡有白色的棉帳和藍色的彩帳,用細麻繩和紫色繩繫在大理石柱的銀環上。有金銀製成的床榻擺在各色斑岩、大理石、珍珠貝殼及其他貴重石頭鋪成的地上。 飲酒用的是各式各樣的金器皿,御酒大量供應,足顯王的慷慨。 喝酒有個規矩,不許勉強人,因為王吩咐過宮裡所有的侍從,招待各人要隨其所願。 瓦實提王后也在亞哈隨魯王的宮裡設宴招待女賓。

瓦實提王后被廢

10 第七天,亞哈隨魯王喝得心中暢快,就吩咐在王身邊服侍的米戶幔、比斯他、哈波拿、比革他、亞拔他、西達和甲迦七位太監, 11 去請瓦實提王后戴著后冠到王面前,向百姓和官員展現她的美貌,因為她非常美麗。 12 但瓦實提王后違抗太監所傳的諭旨,拒絕前來,王非常生氣,怒火中燒。

13 王有事習慣徵求通曉律例和法則之人的意見,於是他去問精通時務的哲士。 14 那時,靠近王的有甲示拿、示達、押瑪他、他施斯、米力、瑪西拿和米姆干七位波斯和瑪代的大臣,他們常見王的面,在國中身居高位。 15 王問他們:「瓦實提王后違抗太監所傳的諭旨,按律該如何處置她?」

16 米姆干當著王和大臣們的面說:「瓦實提王后不但冒犯了王,而且有害於舉國的臣民。 17 因為王后的事必傳到所有婦女的耳中,致使她們藐視自己的丈夫,因為她們會說,『亞哈隨魯王請瓦實提王后到他面前,她卻不去。』 18 今天,波斯和瑪代的貴婦聽到王后這事,也會如此對待王的大臣,藐視和惱怒之事必層出不窮。 19 王若願意,就請降旨不准瓦實提再到王面前,把她王后的位分賜給比她更好的女子,並將此諭旨寫入波斯和瑪代的律法,永不更改。 20 王的諭旨傳遍王遼闊的國境後,所有的婦女,無論丈夫貴賤,都必尊重他們。」

21 王和大臣們都贊同米姆干的建議,王便依照他的建議, 22 用各省的文字和各族的語言寫諭旨,通告各省,丈夫要做一家之主,說話有權柄。

New Living Translation

Esther 1

The King’s Banquet

1These events happened in the days of King Xerxes,[a] who reigned over 127 provinces stretching from India to Ethiopia.[b] At that time Xerxes ruled his empire from his royal throne at the fortress of Susa. In the third year of his reign, he gave a banquet for all his nobles and officials. He invited all the military officers of Persia and Media as well as the princes and nobles of the provinces. The celebration lasted 180 days—a tremendous display of the opulent wealth of his empire and the pomp and splendor of his majesty.

When 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. The courtyard was beautifully decorated with white cotton curtains and blue hangings, which were fastened with white linen cords and purple ribbons to silver rings embedded in marble pillars. Gold and silver couches stood on a mosaic pavement of porphyry, marble, mother-of-pearl, and other costly stones.

Drinks were served in gold goblets of many designs, and there was an abundance of royal wine, reflecting the king’s generosity. By edict of the king, no limits were placed on the drinking, for the king had instructed all his palace officials to serve each man as much as he wanted.

At the same time, Queen Vashti gave a banquet for the women in the royal palace of King Xerxes.

Queen Vashti Deposed

10 On 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— 11 to bring Queen Vashti to him with the royal crown on her head. He wanted the nobles and all the other men to gaze on her beauty, for she was a very beautiful woman. 12 But when they conveyed the king’s order to Queen Vashti, she refused to come. This made the king furious, and he burned with anger.

13 He immediately consulted with his wise advisers, who knew all the Persian laws and customs, for he always asked their advice. 14 The names of these men were Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, and Memucan—seven nobles of Persia and Media. They met with the king regularly and held the highest positions in the empire.

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?”

16 Memucan answered the king and his nobles, “Queen Vashti has wronged not only the king but also every noble and citizen throughout your empire. 17 Women everywhere will begin to despise their husbands when they learn that Queen Vashti has refused to appear before the king. 18 Before this day is out, the wives of all the king’s nobles throughout Persia and Media will hear what the queen did and will start treating their husbands the same way. There will be no end to their contempt and anger.

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. 20 When this decree is published throughout the king’s vast empire, husbands everywhere, whatever their rank, will receive proper respect from their wives!”

21 The king and his nobles thought this made good sense, so he followed Memucan’s counsel. 22 He sent letters to all parts of the empire, to each province in its own script and language, proclaiming that every man should be the ruler of his own home and should say whatever he pleases.[c]

Notas al pie

  1. 1:1a Hebrew Ahasuerus, another name for Xerxes; also throughout the book of Esther. Xerxes reigned 486–465 B.c.
  2. 1:1b Hebrew to Cush.
  3. 1:22 Or and should speak in the language of his own people.