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

Holy Bible in Gĩkũyũ

Esiteri 1:1-22

Kweherio kwa Vashiti Mũtumia wa Muthamaki

11:1 Ezar 4:16; Esit 9:30Na rĩrĩ, ũũ nĩguo gwekĩkire matukũ-inĩ ma Ahasuerusu, o we Ahasuerusu ũrĩa waathaga mabũrũri 127 marĩa moimĩte kuuma bũrũri wa Ahĩndĩ o nginya bũrũri wa Akushi.1:1 Wathani wagayanĩtio ngʼongo 127, na o rũgongo rũkagayanio na mabũrũri. 2Matukũ-inĩ macio-rĩ, Mũthamaki Ahasuerusu aathamakaga arĩ gĩtĩ-inĩ gĩake kĩa ũnene thĩinĩ wa nyũmba ya ũthamaki kũu gĩikaro kĩgitĩre kĩa mũthamaki gĩa Shushani,1:2 Shushani rĩarĩ itũũra rĩmwe inene rĩa marĩa mana ma ũthamaki ũcio; macio mangĩ matatũ maarĩ Babuloni, Perisiapoli, na Ekibatani. 31:3 1Ath 3:15na mwaka wa gatatũ wa wathani wake, nĩarugithĩirie andũ ake othe arĩa maarĩ igweta na anene iruga. Nao atongoria a mbũtũ cia ita cia Perisia na cia Media, na abarũthi na andũ arĩa maarĩ igweta a mabũrũri maarĩ kuo.

4Nake akĩonania ũtonga mũnene wa ũthamaki wake na ũkengi na riiri wa ũnene wake, ihinda rĩa matukũ 180. 51:5 Atiir 14:17; 2Ath 21:18Matukũ macio maathira, mũthamaki nĩarugithirie iruga, rĩrĩa rĩaikarire mĩthenya mũgwanja, narĩo rĩarĩ thĩinĩ wa mũgũnda ũrĩa warĩ mũirigĩre wa nyũmba ya mũthamaki, rĩkĩrugĩrwo andũ othe kuuma ũrĩa mũnini nginya ũrĩa mũnene, arĩa maarĩ kũu thĩinĩ wa gĩikaro kĩrĩa kĩarĩ kĩirigĩre gĩa Shushani. 61:6 Ezek 23:41; Amos 3:12; 6:4Mũgũnda ũcio warĩ na mĩcuurio ya gatani ya rangi mwerũ na ya rangi wa bururu, nayo yohanĩtio na mĩkanda ya gatani ya rangi mwerũ na ya rangi wa ndathi, ikoohererwo icũhĩ-inĩ cia betha iria cianyiitithanĩtio na itugĩ cia mahiga marĩa mega merũ. Nĩ kwarĩ na itĩ cia gũikarĩra cia thahabu na cia betha1:6 Andũ a Perisia maarĩĩaga metambũrũkĩtie itĩ-inĩ. iria ciaigĩtwo kũndũ kwarĩtwo mahiga ma nyaigĩ, na mahiga mega merũ, na mahiga ma rangi wa ngoikoni, na mahiga mangĩ ma goro mũno. 7Ndibei yaheanagwo na ikombe cia thahabu, na gũtirĩ kĩahaanaine na kĩrĩa kĩngĩ, na ndibei ya nyũmba ya ũthamaki yarĩ nyingĩ mũno o ta ũrĩa ũtaana wa mũthamaki watariĩ. 8Kũringana na watho wa mũthamaki, o mũgeni nĩeetĩkĩrĩtio kũnyua kĩrĩa angĩendire, nĩ ũndũ mũthamaki nĩathĩte aheani othe a ndibei mahe o mũndũ kĩrĩa eendaga.

9O nake Vashiti, mũtumia wa mũthamaki, nĩarugithĩirie andũ-a-nja iruga o kũu nyũmba-inĩ ya ũthamaki ya Mũthamaki Ahasuerusu.

101:10 Ruth 3:7; Dan 5:1-4Mũthenya wa mũgwanja, hĩndĩ ĩrĩa Mũthamaki Ahasuerusu aakenete nĩ ũndũ wa kũnyua ndibei, agĩatha ndungata iria mũgwanja ciarĩ hakũre iria ciamũtungatagĩra, nĩcio Mehumani, na Bizatha, na Haribona, na Bigatha, na Abagutha, na Zetharu, na Karikasi, 111:11 Rwĩ 2:4; Thab 45:11irehe Vashiti, ũcio mũtumia wa mũthamaki mbere yake ekĩrĩte tanji yake ya ũthamaki, nĩgeetha onanie ũthaka wake kũrĩ andũ, o na ningĩ kũrĩ andũ arĩa maarĩ igweta, nĩgũkorwo aarĩ kĩĩrorerwa. 121:12 Kĩam 39:19; Thim 19:12No rĩrĩa ndungata icio ciakinyirie watho wa mũthamaki, Vashiti mũtumia wa mũthamaki akĩrega gũthiĩ. Hĩndĩ ĩyo mũthamaki akĩngʼũrĩka mũno na agĩcinwo nĩ marakara.

131:13 1Maũ 12:32Na tondũ warĩ mũtugo wa mũthamaki gũtuĩria maũndũ ma watho na ma kĩhooto, akĩaria na andũ arĩa oogĩ na mooĩ ũhoro wa matukũ ma tene. 141:14 Ezar 7:14Nao arĩa maakuhĩrĩirie mũthamaki mũno maarĩ Karishena, na Shetharu, na Adamatha, na Tarashishi, na Meresu, na Marisena na Memukani, andũ mũgwanja arĩa maarĩ igweta a Perisia na Media, arĩa meetĩkĩrĩtio kuonanaga na mũthamaki, na nĩo maarĩ anene mũno ũthamaki-inĩ ũcio.

15Mũthamaki akĩũria atĩrĩ, “Kũringana na watho-rĩ, Vashiti mũtumia wa mũthamaki agĩrĩirwo nĩ gwĩkwo atĩa? Nĩaregete gwathĩkĩra watho wa Mũthamaki Ahasuerusu ũrĩa akinyĩirio nĩ andũ acio ahakũre.”

16Memukani agĩcookia arĩ mbere ya mũthamaki na andũ arĩa maarĩ igweta atĩrĩ, “Vashiti mũtumia wa mũthamaki nĩekĩte mahĩtia, na to mũthamaki wiki ahĩtĩirie, no ahĩtĩirie o na andũ othe arĩa marĩ igweta na andũ othe a mabũrũri ma Mũthamaki Ahasuerusu. 17Nĩgũkorwo ũndũ ũyũ wĩkĩtwo nĩ mũtumia wa mũthamaki nĩũkũmenyeka nĩ andũ-a-nja othe, na nĩ ũndũ ũcio nĩmarĩmenagĩrĩria athuuri ao makoiga atĩrĩ, ‘Mũthamaki Ahasuerusu araathanire Vashiti mũtumia wa mũthamaki arehwo mbere yake, no ndaigana gũthiĩ.’ 181:18 Thim 19:13Ũmũthĩ-rĩ, andũ-a-nja arĩa marĩ igweta a Perisia na Media arĩa maiguĩte ũndũ ũyũ wĩkĩtwo nĩ mũtumia wa mũthamaki noguo nao marĩĩkaga andũ arĩa marĩ igweta a mũthamaki. Kĩnyararo na ngarari itigathira.

191:19 Esit 8:6; Dan 6:8, 12“Nĩ ũndũ ũcio, mũthamaki angĩona arĩ wega, nĩarute watho wa ũthamaki na etĩkĩre wandĩkwo mawatho-inĩ ma Perisia na Media, marĩa matagarũragwo, atĩ Vashiti ndarĩ hĩndĩ ĩngĩ agooka mbere ya Mũthamaki Ahasuerusu. Naho handũ ha Vashiti-rĩ, mũthamaki acarie mũndũ-wa-nja ũngĩ mwega kũmũkĩra. 20Rĩrĩa watho ũcio wa mũthamaki ũrĩanĩrĩrwo kũndũ guothe kũrĩa mũthamaki aathanaga-rĩ, andũ-a-nja othe nĩmarĩtĩĩaga athuuri ao, kuuma ũrĩa mũnini nginya ũrĩa mũnene.”

21Mũthamaki na andũ ake arĩa maarĩ igweta magĩkenio nĩ mataaro macio, nĩ ũndũ ũcio mũthamaki agĩĩka o ta ũrĩa Memukani oigĩte. 221:22 Neh 13:24Agĩtũma marũa kũndũ guothe ũthamaki-inĩ ũcio, o bũrũri na mwandĩkĩre waguo na o rũrĩrĩ na mwarĩrie waruo, akĩanĩrĩrithia na thiomi cia andũ othe atĩ mũthuuri o wothe nĩwe mwathi wa mũciĩ wake.