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

New Amharic Standard Version

አስቴር 1:1-22

ንግሥት አስጢን ከክብሯ ወረደች

1ከህንድ ጀምሮ እስከ ኢትዮጵያ ድረስ ያሉትን አንድ መቶ ሃያ ሰባት አገሮች ይገዛ በነበረው በጠረክሲስ ዘመነ መንግሥት እንዲህ ሆነ፤ 2በዚያን ዘመን ንጉሡ ጠረክሲስ የገዛው በሱሳ ግንብ ባለው ንጉሣዊ ዙፋኑ ሆኖ ነበር። 3እርሱም በነገሠ በሦስተኛው ዓመት ለመኳንንቱና ለሹማምቱ ሁሉ ታላቅ ግብዣ አደረገ። በግብዣውም የፋርስና የሜዶን የጦር አዛዦች፣ መሳፍንትና የየአውራጃው መኳንንት ተገኝተው ነበር።

4ለእነርሱም የመንግሥቱን ሰፊ ሀብት፣ የግርማውን ታላቅነትና ክብር አንድ መቶ ሰማንያ ቀን ሙሉ አሳያቸው። 5እነዚህ ቀናት ካለፉ በኋላ፣ ንጉሡ በሱሳ ግንብ ለነበሩት፣ ከትንሽ እስከ ትልቅ ላለው ሕዝብ ሁሉ፣ በቤተ መንግሥቱ ውስጥ ዙሪያውን በአትክልት በተከበበው አደባባይ ሰባት ቀን የፈጀ ግብዣ አደረገ። 6አደባባዩም ከነጭና ከሰማያዊ በፍታ የተሠሩ መጋረጃዎች ነበሩት፤ እነርሱም የብር ቀለበት በተበጀላቸው፣ ከነጭ በፍታና ከሐምራዊ ቀለም በተሠሩ ገመዶች በዕብነ በረዱ ምሰሶዎች ላይ ተንጠልጥለው ነበር። ነጭና ቀይ ቀለማት ተሰበጣጥረው በተነጠፉበት ወለል ላይ የወርቅና የብር ድንክ ዐልጋዎች ነበሩ፤ እነርሱም ከዕብነ በረድ፣ ቀስተ ደመና ከሚመስሉ ቀለሞችና ከሌሎች የከበሩ ድንጋዮች የተሠሩ ነበሩ። 7የወይን ጠጁም አንዱ ከሌላው ልዩ በሆነ የወርቅ ዋንጫ ይቀርብ ነበር፤ ከንጉሡም ልግስና የተነሣ የቤተ መንግሥቱ የወይን ጠጅ የተትረፈረፈ ነበር። 8ንጉሡ ለእያንዳንዱ ሰው የሚፈልገውን ያህል እንዲያቀርቡለት የወይን ጠጅ አሳላፊዎቹን ሁሉ አዝዞ ስለ ነበረ፣ በንጉሡ ትእዛዝ መሠረት እያንዳንዱ ተስተናጋጅ እንዲጠጣ ተፈቅዶለት ነበር።

9ንግሥት አስጢንም በንጉሥ ጠረክሲስ ቤተ መንግሥት እንደዚሁ ለሴቶች ግብዣ አድርጋ ነበር።

10በሰባተኛው ቀን ንጉሥ ጠረክሲስ ከወይን ጠጁ የተነሣ ደስ ስለ ተሰኘ፣ አገልጋዮቹ የሆኑትን ሰባቱን ጃንደረቦች ምሁማንን፣ ባዛንን፣ ሐርቦናን፣ ገበታን፣ ዘቶልያንን፣ ዜታርንና ከርከስን እንዲህ ብሎ አዘዛቸው፤ 11ይኸውም ንግሥት አስጢን የደስ ደስ ያላት ነበረችና ውበቷ ለሕዝቡና ለመኳንንቱ እንዲታይ ዘውዷን ጭና ንጉሡ ፊት እንዲያመጧት ነበር። 12አገልጋዮቹ የንጉሡን ትእዛዝ በነገሯት ጊዜ ግን፣ ንግሥት አስጢን መሄድ አልፈለገችም። ከዚያም ንጉሡ በጣም ተቈጣ፤ እጅግም ተናደደ።

13ሕግንና ፍትሕን በተመለከተ የሊቃውንቱን ምክር መጠየቅ በንጉሥ ዘንድ የተለመደ ነበርና፣ ስለ ዘመናት ሁኔታ ዕውቀት ካላቸው ጠቢባን ጋር ተነጋገረበት፤ 14እነዚህ አርቄስዮስ፣ ሼታር፣ አድማታ፣ ተርሺሽ፣ ሜሬስ፣ ማሌሴዓር፣ ምሙካ የተባሉ ሰባቱ የፋርስና የሜዶን መኳንንት በንጉሡ ዘንድ የተለየ ስፍራና በመንግሥቱም አመራር ውስጥ ከፍተኛ ቦታ ያላቸው ነበሩ።

15ንጉሡም፣ “በጃንደረቦቹ በኩል የተላከባትን የንጉሥ ጠረክሲስን ትእዛዝ ስላልፈጸመች፣ በሕጉ መሠረት በንግሥት አስጢን ላይ ምን መደረግ አለበት?” ሲል ጠየቃቸው።

16ከዚያም ምሙካ በንጉሡና በመኳንንቱ ፊት እንዲህ ሲል መለሰ፤ “ንግሥት አስጢን የበደለችው ንጉሡን ብቻ ሳይሆን፣ መኳንንቱን ሁሉና በመላው የንጉሥ ጠረክሲስ አውራጃዎች የሚኖሩትን ሕዝቦች ጭምር ነው። 17ይህ የንግሥቲቱ አድራጎት በሌሎቹ ሁሉ ዘንድ ስለሚሰማ፣ ባሎቻቸውን ይንቃሉ፤ ‘ንጉሥ ጠረክሲስ ንግሥት አስጢን ወደ እርሱ እንድትመጣ ቢያዛትም፣ እርሷ ግን መሄድ አልፈለገችም’ ይላሉ። 18በዚህች በዛሬዪቱም ዕለት የንግሥቲቱን አድራጎት የሰሙ የፋርስና የሜዶን መኳንንት ሚስቶች፣ ለንጉሡ መኳንንት ሁሉ በዚሁ ዐይነት ሊመልሱ ነው፤ እንዲህ ከሆነ ደግሞ ማብቂያ የሌለው ንቀትና ጠብ ይፈጠራል።

19“ስለዚህ ነገሩ ንጉሡን ደስ የሚያሰኘው ከሆነ፣ አስጢን ወደ ንጉሡ ወደ ጠረክሲስ ዘንድ ከእንግዲህ ወዲህ ፈጽሞ እንዳትገባ ንጉሣዊ ዐዋጅ ይውጣ፤ ይህም የማይሻር ሆኖ በፋርስና በሜዶን ሕጎች ይጻፍ፤ እንዲሁም ንጉሡ የእቴጌነቷን ክብር ከእርሷ ለምትሻል ለሌላዪቱ ይስጥ። 20ከዚያም የንጉሡ ዐዋጅ በሰፊው ግዛቱ ሁሉ ሲነገር፣ ከትንሽ እስከ ትልቅ ያሉት ሴቶች ሁሉ ባሎቻቸውን ያከብራሉ።”

21ንጉሡና መኳንንቱ ሁሉ በዚህ ምክር ተደሰቱ፤ ንጉሡም ምሙካ ያቀረበውን ሐሳብ በሥራ ላይ አዋለው። 22እያንዳንዱ ሰው በራሱ ቤተ ሰብ ላይ ገዥ እንዲሆን መልእክት አስተላለፈ፤ መልእክቱም ለየአውራጃዎቹ በየራሳቸው ጽሑፍና ለእያንዳንዱ ሕዝብ በየራሱ ቋንቋ ተጽፎ በግዛቱ ሁሉ ተበተነ።