King James Version

Esther 1:1-22

1Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus, (this is Ahasuerus which reigned, from India even unto Ethiopia, over an hundred and seven and twenty provinces:) 2That in those days, when the king Ahasuerus sat on the throne of his kingdom, which was in Shushan the palace, 3In the third year of his reign, he made a feast unto all his princes and his servants; the power of Persia and Media, the nobles and princes of the provinces, being before him: 4When he shewed the riches of his glorious kingdom and the honour of his excellent majesty many days, even an hundred and fourscore days. 5And 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 garden of the king’s palace;1.5 present: Heb. found 6Where 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.1.6 blue, hangings: or, violet, etc1.6 of red…: or, of porphyre, and marble and alabaster, and stone of blue colour 7And they gave them drink in vessels of gold, (the vessels being diverse one from another,) and royal wine in abundance, according to the state of the king.1.7 royal…: Heb. wine of the kingdom1.7 state: Heb. hand 8And the drinking was according to the law; none did compel: for so the king had appointed to all the officers of his house, that they should do according to every man’s pleasure. 9Also Vashti the queen made a feast for the women in the royal house which belonged to king Ahasuerus.

10¶ On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the seven chamberlains that served in the presence of Ahasuerus the king,1.10 chamberlains: or, eunuchs 11To bring Vashti the queen before the king with the crown royal, to shew the people and the princes her beauty: for she was fair to look on.1.11 fair…: Heb. good of countenance 12But the queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s commandment by his chamberlains: therefore was the king very wroth, and his anger burned in him.1.12 by his…: Heb. which was by the hand of his eunuchs

13¶ Then the king said to the wise men, which knew the times, (for so was the king’s manner toward all that knew law and judgment: 14And 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;) 15What shall we do unto the queen Vashti according to law, because she hath not performed the commandment of the king Ahasuerus by the chamberlains?1.15 What…: Heb. What to do 16And 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. 17For 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. 18Likewise 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. 19If 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 altered, That Vashti come no more before king Ahasuerus; and let the king give her royal estate unto another that is better than she.1.19 If it…: Heb. If it be good with the king1.19 unto…: Heb. unto her companion1.19 from him: Heb. from before him1.19 be not…: Heb. pass not away 20And when the king’s decree which he shall make shall be published throughout all his empire, (for it is great,) all the wives shall give to their husbands honour, both to great and small. 21And the saying pleased the king and the princes; and the king did according to the word of Memucan:1.21 pleased…: Heb. was good in the eyes of the king 22For 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 that it should be published according to the language of every people.1.22 that it…: Heb. that one should publish it according to the language of his people

Asante Twi Contemporary Bible

Ɛster 1:1-22

Ɔhene Apontoɔ

1Saa asɛm yi sii ɔhene Ahasweros a ɔdii amantam ɔha aduonu nson so, firi India kɔsi Etiopia no ɛberɛ so. 2Saa ɛberɛ no na ɔte ahennwa so wɔ Susa aban mu de di nʼahemman no so. 3Nʼahennie mfeɛ mmiɛnsa so no, ɔtoo ɛpono kɛseɛ maa nʼahenemma ne ne mpanimfoɔ. Ɔtoo nsa frɛɛ asraafoɔ mpanimfoɔ a wɔwɔ Media ne Persia nyinaa ne atitire ne amantam mu mpanimfoɔ. 4Afahyɛ no dii abosome nsia, na ɔdaa nʼahemman mu sika pepe ne emu animuonyam adi. 5Yei nyinaa twaam no, ɔhene no too ɛpono sononko bi maa ahemfie hɔ asomfoɔ ne mpanimfoɔ nyinaa, ɛfiri ɔkɛseɛ so de kɔsi ɔketewa so. Ɛdii nnanson, na wɔyɛɛ no wɔ Susa ahemfie adihɔ turo mu. 6Wɔde ntoma fɛfɛ nahanaha fitaa ne tuntum a wɔanwono mu sensɛnee adihɔ hɔ. Na wɔde nhoma kɔkɔɔ akyekyere ahyɛ dwetɛ nkawa a ɛhyehyɛ abohemaa afadum mu. Sikakɔkɔɔ ne dwetɛ nkonnwa sisi abohemaa ne abohyɛn ne abobire ne aboɔdemmoɔ ahodoɔ nsesɛeɛ so. 7Wɔde nsakuruwa a wɔadi ho adwini ahodoɔ papa bi someeɛ, na adehyesa buu so hɔ, sɛdeɛ ɔhene hyɛeɛ no. 8Nhyehyɛeɛ a na ɛwɔ asanom no ho ara ne sɛ, ɛnsɛ sɛ wɔhyɛ obi ma ɔnom boro deɛ ɔbɛtumi so. Nanso, wɔn a wɔbɛtumi anom no deɛ, wɔnomee sɛdeɛ wɔpɛ, ɛfiri sɛ, na ɔhene no aka akyerɛ ne fiefoɔ no sɛ, obiara bɛtumi anom sɛdeɛ ɔpɛ.

9Ɔhemmaa Wasti too ɛpono maa ahemfie mmaa no saa ɛberɛ korɔ no ara mu.

Wɔtu Ɔhemmaa Wasti Adeɛ So

10Afahyɛ no nnanson so a nsã afa ɔhene Ahasweros ani so kakra no, ɔka kyerɛɛ Mehuman, Bista, Harbona, Bigta, Abagta, Setar ne Karkas a wɔyɛ apiafoɔ baason a wɔhwɛ no no sɛ, 11wɔmfa ɔhemmaa Wasti a ɔhyɛ ahemmaa kyɛ no mmrɛ no. Na ɔpɛ sɛ mmarima nyinaa hwɛ nʼahoɔfɛ, ɛfiri sɛ, na ɔyɛ ɔbaa hoɔfɛfoɔ pa ara. 12Nanso, wɔde ɔhene ɔfrɛtumi nkra kɔmaa ɔhemmaa Wasti no, wamma. Yei maa ɔhene ani bereeɛ yie, maa abufuo hyɛɛ no ma.

13Ntɛm so, ɔbisaa nʼafotufoɔ a wɔnim Persia mmara ne nʼamanneɛ deɛ ɛsɛ sɛ ɔyɛ, ɛfiri sɛ, na ɔtaa bisa wɔn afotuo. 14Na afotufoɔ no ne Karsena, Setar, Admata, Tarsis, Meres, Marsena, Memukan, a wɔyɛ akunini baason a wɔfiri Persia ne Media. Na wɔyɛ ne nnamfo berɛboɔ a wɔkura dibea akɛseɛ wɔ ahemman no mu. 15Ɔhene no bisaa sɛ, “Ɛdeɛn na menyɛ ɔhemmaa Wasti? Asotweɛ bɛn na mmara no kyerɛ sɛ, wɔmfa mma ɔhemmaa a mesomaa me piafoɔ sɛ wɔnkɔfrɛ no mmra na wamma no?”

16Na Memukan buaa ɔhene no ne ahenemma no sɛ, “Ɛnyɛ ɔhene no nko na ɔhemmaa Wasti afom, na wafom ɔpanin biara ne ɔmanfoɔ a wɔwɔ wʼahemman no mu nyinaa. 17Sɛ mmaa a wɔwɔ ɔman yi mu te sɛ ɔhemmaa Wasti ankɔ ɔhene frɛ no a, wɔbɛfiri aseɛ atwiri wɔn kununom. 18Ansa na adeɛ bɛkye no, yɛn yerenom, wo mpanimfoɔ yerenom nyinaa bɛte deɛ ɔhemmaa no yɛeɛ, na wɔahyɛ aseɛ akasa wɔn kununom wɔ kwan korɔ no ara so. Na ntwirie no ne abufuo no to rentwa da wɔ wʼahemman mu ha.

19“Enti, sɛ ɔhene bɛpene so a, yɛsusu sɛ, ɛbɛyɛ sɛ ɔhene bɛhyɛ mmara a wɔatwerɛ no Persiafoɔ ne Mediafoɔ mmara mu a wɔntumi nsakra mu. Ɛsɛ sɛ ɛhyɛ sɛ wɔmpam ɔhemmaa Wasti mfiri wʼani so, na wɔnsi ɔhemmaa foforɔ a ɔsom bo kyɛn no. 20Sɛ wɔde saa mmara yi to dwa, ma obiara te wɔ wʼahemman kɛseɛ yi mu a, mmaa awarefoɔ de obuo a ɛsɛ na ɛfata bɛma wɔn kununom.”

21Ɔhene no ne nʼahenemma no faa no sɛ ɛyɛ adwene pa enti, wɔfaa Memukan afotuo no. 22Ɔtwerɛɛ nkrataa kɔɔ nʼahemman no mu afanan nyinaa. Ɔtwerɛɛ ɔmantam biara wɔ ne kasa mu, sɛ ɔbarima biara nni ne fie so.