New American Standard Bible

Esther 1

The Banquets of the King

1Now it took place in the days of Ahasuerus, the Ahasuerus who reigned from India to [a]Ethiopia over 127 provinces, in those days as King Ahasuerus sat on his royal throne which was at the citadel in Susa, in the third year of his reign he gave a banquet for all his princes and attendants, the army officers of Persia and Media, the nobles and the princes of his provinces being in his presence. [b]And he displayed the riches of his royal glory and the splendor of his great majesty for many days, 180 days.

When these days were completed, the king gave a banquet lasting seven days for all the people who were present at the citadel in Susa, from the greatest to the least, in the court of the garden of the king’s palace. There were hangings of fine white and violet linen held by cords of fine purple linen on silver rings and marble columns, and couches of gold and silver on a mosaic pavement of porphyry, marble, mother-of-pearl and precious stones. Drinks were served in golden vessels of various kinds, and the royal wine was plentiful according to the king’s [c]bounty. The drinking was done according to the law, there was no compulsion, for so the king had given orders to each official of his household that he should do according to the desires of each person. Queen Vashti also gave a banquet for the women in the [d]palace which belonged to King Ahasuerus.

Queen Vashti’s Refusal

10 On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, Abagtha, Zethar and Carkas, the seven eunuchs who served in the presence of King Ahasuerus, 11 to bring Queen Vashti before the king with her royal crown in order to display her beauty to the people and the princes, for she was beautiful. 12 But Queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s command delivered by the eunuchs. Then the king became very angry and his wrath burned within him.

13 Then the king said to the wise men who understood the times—for it was the custom of the king so to speak before all who knew law and justice 14 and were close to him: Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena and Memucan, the seven princes of Persia and Media who [e]had access to the king’s presence and sat in the first place in the kingdom— 15 “According to law, what is to be done with Queen Vashti, because she did not [f]obey the command of King Ahasuerus delivered by the eunuchs?” 16 In the presence of the king and the princes, Memucan said, “Queen Vashti has wronged not only the king but also all the princes and all the peoples who are in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus. 17 For the queen’s conduct will [g]become known to all the women causing them [h]to look with contempt on their husbands by saying, ‘King Ahasuerus commanded Queen Vashti to be brought in to his presence, but she did not come.’ 18 This day the ladies of Persia and Media who have heard of the queen’s conduct will speak in the same way to all the king’s princes, and there will be plenty of contempt and anger. 19 If it pleases the king, let a royal [i]edict be issued by him and let it be written in the laws of Persia and Media so that it cannot [j]be repealed, that Vashti may no longer come into the presence of King Ahasuerus, and let the king give her royal position to [k]another who is more worthy than she. 20 When the king’s edict which he will make is heard throughout all his kingdom, [l]great as it is, then all women will give honor to their husbands, great and small.”

21 This word pleased the king and the princes, and the king did [m]as Memucan proposed. 22 So he sent letters to all the king’s provinces, to each province according to its script and to every people according to their language, that every man should be the master in his own house and the one who speaks in the language of his own people.

Notas al pie

  1. Esther 1:1 Lit Cush
  2. Esther 1:4 Lit When
  3. Esther 1:7 Lit hand
  4. Esther 1:9 Lit royal house
  5. Esther 1:14 Lit saw the face of the king
  6. Esther 1:15 Lit do
  7. Esther 1:17 Lit go forth
  8. Esther 1:17 Lit to despise...in their eyes
  9. Esther 1:19 Lit word go forth from
  10. Esther 1:19 Lit pass away
  11. Esther 1:19 Lit her neighbor
  12. Esther 1:20 Lit for great is it
  13. Esther 1:21 Lit according to the word of

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Ester 1

Dronning Vashtis ulydighed

1Kong Xerxes[a] af Persien regerede over et mægtigt rige, der strakte sig fra Indien mod øst til Nubien mod vest. Det var opdelt i 127 provinser.

2-4 Engang, da kongen opholdt sig i et af sine paladser i byen Susa, besluttede han at indkalde alle sine provinsguvernører, embedsmænd og militære ledere fra hele det medisk-persiske rige til en konference, der varede i seks måneder. Det var i hans tredje regeringsår.[b] Under konferencen beværtede kongen dem godt, og han demonstrerede med stolthed sin utrolige magt og rigdom.

Da konferencen var forbi, holdt kongen en fest for sine hoffolk, embedsmænd og alle med tilknytning til paladset uanset deres stilling. Festen varede en uge og blev holdt i paladsets parkområde, der til anledningen var udsmykket med grønne, hvide og blå bannere af kostbart linned, fastgjort med purpurfarvede bånd til sølvringe på søjler af hvidt marmor. Fornemme divaner belagt med guld og sølv var stillet frem på mosaikgulve af porfyr, marmor, perlemor og andre sjældne stenarter. Der blev serveret drinks i guldbægre af forskelligt design, og der var et overdådigt udvalg af udsøgte vine, som det passer sig for en mægtig monark. Der var ingen grænser for, hvor meget man måtte drikke, for kongen havde givet sine tjenere ordre til, at alle måtte drikke lige så lidt eller lige så meget, de ville.

Imens holdt dronning Vashti en tilsvarende fest for kvinderne inde i paladset.

10 På festens sidste dag, da kongen var i højt humør på grund af vinen, bad han de syv eunukker, der var hans personlige tjenere—Mehuman, Bizta, Harbona, Bigta, Abagta, Zetar og Karkas— 11 om at føre Vashti frem med dronningekronen på hovedet, så alle mændene kunne beundre hendes skønhed. Hun var nemlig usædvanlig smuk. 12 Men da hofmændene forelagde kongens ønske for dronningen, nægtede hun at adlyde. Kongen blev rasende 13 og spurgte sine rådgivere til råds, som han havde for vane, når der opstod et problem, der krævede kendskab til landets love. 14 Kongens nærmeste rådgivere var Karshena, Shetar, Admata, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena og Memukan—syv højt betroede embedsmænd i det medisk-persiske rige. De syv rådgivere havde deres daglige gang hos kongen.

15 „Hvad skal vi stille op med hende?” spurgte han dem. „Hvilken straf fastsætter loven for en dronning, der nægter at adlyde kongens officielle ordre?”

16 Memukan svarede: „Det er ikke kun kongen, hun har vanæret, men samtlige mænd i hele det persiske rige! 17 Når alle kvinderne i riget hører, at dronningen har nægtet at adlyde kongen, vil de også nægte at adlyde deres mænd, for de vil sige: ‚Kong Xerxes befalede dronning Vashti at komme til ham, men det nægtede hun.’ 18 Allerede nu har de fornemme persiske og mediske kvinder hørt, hvad hun gjorde, og de vil fra nu af behandle dine betroede embedsmænd på samme måde. Det vil resultere i opsætsighed og skænderier uden lige! 19 Hvis det behager kongen, foreslår vi, at De udsteder et dekret, som siger, at dronning Vashti aldrig mere må nærme sig kongen. Lad det blive en kongelig lov, som efter medisk-persisk retspraksis ikke kan omstødes, når først den er sat i kraft. Desuden foreslår vi, at De vælger en ny dronning, som er mere værdig til opgaven, end Vashti var. 20 Når kongens befaling bliver læst op i hele det persiske rige, vil det betyde, at alle kvinderne uanset stand fremover vil vise deres mænd respekt!”

21 Kongen og hans andre rådgivere syntes godt om Memukans forslag, som derefter blev til lov. 22 Kongen sendte en meddelelse ud til alle provinserne, som på de lokale sprog bekendtgjorde, at enhver mand er herre i sit eget hus, og at det er hans sprog, der skal tales i hjemmet.

Notas al pie

  1. 1,1 Kong Xerxes regerede fra 486-465 f.Kr. og er også kendt under navnet Ahasverus. Hans storrige var opdelt i 20 satrapper og 127 provinser. Der var fire residensbyer (Susa, Ekbatana, Babylon og Persepolis), og Susa blev brugt som vinterresidens. Landet Nubien kaldes i det Gamle Testamente Kush, og det lå mellem Egypten og Etiopien, altså i det nuværende Sudan.
  2. 1,2-4 Kort tid efter indledte Xerxes et stort felttog mod Grækenland, som dog mislykkedes. Sandsynligvis var et af konferencens formål at forberede felttoget.