New International Reader's Version

Esther 1:1-22

Vashti Is Removed From Her Position as Queen

1King Xerxes ruled over the 127 territories in his kingdom. They reached from India all the way to Cush. Here is what happened during the time Xerxes ruled over the whole Persian kingdom. 2He was ruling from his royal throne in the fort of Susa. 3In the third year of his rule King Xerxes gave a feast. It was for all his nobles and officials. The military leaders of Persia and Media were there. So were the princes and the nobles of the territories he ruled over.

4Every day for 180 days he showed his guests the great wealth of his kingdom. He also showed them how glorious his kingdom was. 5When those days were over, the king gave another feast. It lasted for seven days. It was held in the garden of the king’s courtyard. It was for all the people who lived in the fort of Susa. Everyone from the least important person to the most important was invited. 6The garden was decorated with white and blue linen banners. They hung from ropes that were made out of white linen and purple cloth. The ropes were connected to silver rings on marble pillars. There were gold and silver couches in the garden. They were placed on a floor that was made out of small stones. The floor had purple crystal, marble, mother-of-pearl and other stones of great value. 7Royal wine was served in gold cups. Each cup was different from all the others. There was plenty of wine. The king always provided as much as his guests wanted. 8He commanded that they should be allowed to drink as much or as little as they wished. He directed all his servants to give his guests what they asked for.

9Queen Vashti also gave a feast. Only women were invited. It was held in the royal palace of King Xerxes.

10On the seventh day Xerxes was in a good mood because he had drunk a lot of wine. So he gave a command to the seven officials who served him. They were Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, Abagtha, Zethar and Karkas. 11King Xerxes told them to bring Queen Vashti to him. He wanted her to come wearing her royal crown. He wanted to show off her beauty to the people and nobles. She was lovely to look at. 12The attendants told Queen Vashti what the king had ordered her to do. But she refused to come. So the king became very angry.

13It was the king’s practice to ask for advice about matters of law and fairness. So he spoke with the wise men who understood what was going on at that time. 14They were the men closest to the king. Their names were Karshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena and Memukan. They were the seven nobles of Persia and Media. They were the king’s special advisers and the most important men in the kingdom.

15“You know the law,” the king said. “What should I do to Queen Vashti? She hasn’t obeyed my command. The officials told her what I ordered her to do, didn’t they?”

16Then Memukan gave a reply to the king and the nobles. He said, “Queen Vashti has done what is wrong. But she didn’t do it only against you, King Xerxes. She did it also against all the nobles. And she did it against the people in all the territories you rule over. 17All the women will hear about what the queen has done. Then they won’t respect their husbands. They’ll say, ‘King Xerxes commanded Queen Vashti to be brought to him. But she wouldn’t come.’ 18Here is what will start today. The leading women in Persia and Media who have heard about the queen’s actions will act in the same way. They’ll disobey all your nobles, just as she disobeyed you. They won’t have any respect for their husbands. They won’t honor them.

19“So if it pleases you, send out a royal order. Let it be written down in the laws of Persia and Media. Those laws can never be changed. Let the royal order say that Vashti can never see you again. Also let her position as queen be given to someone who is better than she is. 20And let your order be announced all through your entire kingdom. Then all women will have respect for their husbands, from the least important to the most important.”

21The king and his nobles were pleased with that advice. So he did what Memukan had suggested. 22The king sent messages out to every territory in the kingdom. He sent them to each territory in its own writing. He sent them to every nation in its own language. The messages announced that every man should rule over his own family, using his own language.

Bíbélì Mímọ́ Yorùbá Òde Òn

Esteri 1:1-22

A rọ ayaba Faṣti lóyè

1Èyí ni ohun tó ṣẹlẹ̀ ní ìgbà Ahaswerusi, tí ó jẹ ọba lórí ẹ̀tàdínláàdóje ìletò bẹ̀rẹ̀ láti India títí ó fi dé Etiopia. 2Ní àkókò ìgbà náà ọba Ahaswerusi ń ṣe ìjọba ní orí ìtẹ́ ẹ rẹ̀ ní ilé ìṣọ́ ti Susa, 3Ní ọdún kẹta ìjọba rẹ̀, ó ṣe àsè fún gbogbo àwọn ọlọ́lá àti ìjòyè. Àwọn olórí ológun láti Persia àti Media, àwọn ọmọ-aládé, àti àwọn ọlọ́lá ìletò wà níbẹ̀ pẹ̀lú.

4Ó ṣe àfihàn púpọ̀ ọrọ̀ ìjọba rẹ̀ àti dídán àti ògo ọláńlá rẹ̀ fún ọgọ́sàn-án ọjọ́ gbáko. 5Nígbà tí ọjọ́ wọ̀nyí kọjá, ọba ṣe àsè fún ọjọ́ méje, nínú ọgbà tí ó wà nínú àgbàlá ààfin ọba, gbogbo ènìyàn láti orí ẹni tí ó kéré dé orí ẹni tí ó lọ́lá jùlọ, tí wọ́n wà ní ilé ìṣọ́ ti Susa. 6Ọgbà náà ní aṣọ fèrèsé funfun àti aláwọ̀ òféfèé. Àwọn okùn tí a fi aṣọ aláwọ̀ funfun àti aláwọ̀ elése àlùkò rán ni a fi ta á mọ́ òrùka fàdákà lára àwọn òpó mábù. Àwọn ibùsùn tí a fi wúrà àti fàdákà ṣe wà níbi pèpéle òkúta tí a fi ń tẹ́lẹ̀ ilé tí ó jẹ́ mábù, píálì àti òkúta olówó iyebíye mìíràn. 7Kọ́ọ̀bù wúrà onídìí-odó ni a fi ń bu wáìnì fún wọn mu, ọ̀kọ̀ọ̀kan wọn sì yàtọ̀ sí èkejì, wáìnì ọba pọ̀ púpọ̀, gẹ́gẹ́ bí ọba ṣe lawọ́ sí. 8Gẹ́gẹ́ bí àṣẹ ọba a fi ààyè gba àlejò kọ̀ọ̀kan láti mu tó bí ó bá ti fẹ́, nítorí ọba ti pàṣẹ fún gbogbo àwọn ti ń bu wáìnì láti bù fún ẹnìkọ̀ọ̀kan bí wọ́n bá ṣe béèrè fún mọ.

9Ayaba Faṣti náà ṣe àsè fún àwọn obìnrin ní ààfin ọba Ahaswerusi.

10Ní ọjọ́ keje, nígbà tí wáìnì mú inú ọba dùn, ó pàṣẹ fún Mehumani, Bista, Harbona, Bigta àti Abagta, Setari àti Karkasi, àwọn ìwẹ̀fà méje tí ń jíṣẹ́ fún Ahaswerusi. 11Kí wọn mú ayaba Faṣti wá síwájú rẹ̀, ti òun ti adé ọba rẹ̀, kí ó lè wá fi ẹwà rẹ̀ hàn àwọn ènìyàn àti àwọn ọlọ́lá, nítorí tí ó rẹwà. 12Ṣùgbọ́n nígbà tí àwọn ìránṣẹ́ jẹ́ iṣẹ́ ọba, ayaba Faṣti kọ̀ láti wá. Nígbà náà ni ọba bínú gidigidi, ìbínú náà sì pọ̀ jọjọ.

13Gẹ́gẹ́ bí ìṣe rẹ̀ ní ìgbà gbogbo, ọba máa ń béèrè ọ̀rọ̀ lọ́wọ́ àwọn tí ó ní ìmọ̀ òfin àti ìdájọ́, ó sọ ọ́ fún àwọn amòye tí wọ́n mòye àkókò, 14àwọn tí wọ́n súnmọ́ ọba àwọn wọ̀nyí ni Karṣina, Ṣetari, Admata, Tarṣiṣi, Meresi, Marsena àti Memukani, àwọn ọlọ́lá méje ti Persia àti Media tí wọ́n ṣe pàtàkì sí ọba, wọ́n sì tún wà ní ibi gíga ní ìjọba.

15Ó béèrè pé, “Kí ni a lè ṣe sí ayaba Faṣti gẹ́gẹ́ bí òfin? Nítorí kò tẹríba fún àṣẹ ọba Ahaswerusi tí àwọn ìwẹ̀fà ọba sọ fún un.”

16Memukani sì dáhùn níwájú ọba àti àwọn ọlọ́lá pé, “Ayaba Faṣti ti ṣe búburú, kì í ṣe sí ọba nìkan ṣùgbọ́n sí gbogbo àwọn ọlọ́lá àti àwọn ènìyàn tí ó wà ní gbogbo agbègbè ilẹ̀ ọba Ahaswerusi. 17Nítorí ìwà ayaba yìí yóò tàn dé ọ̀dọ̀ gbogbo àwọn obìnrin, tó bẹ́ẹ̀ tí ọkọ wọn yóò di gígàn lójú u wọn, wọn yóò sì sọ pé, ọba Ahaswerusi pàṣẹ pé kí á mú ayaba Faṣti wá síwájú òun, ṣùgbọ́n ó kọ̀ láti wá. 18Ní ọjọ́ yìí gan an ni àwọn ọlọ́lá obìnrin Persia àti ti Media tí wọ́n ti gbọ́ nípa ìwà ayaba wọn yóò ṣe bẹ́ẹ̀ sí gbogbo àwọn ìjòyè ọba bákan náà. Àfojúdi àti àìnírẹ́pọ̀ tí kò lópin yóò wà.

19“Nítorí náà, bí ó bá tọ́ lójú ọba, jẹ́ kí ó gbé àṣẹ ọba jáde, kí ó sì jẹ́ kí ó wà ní àkọsílẹ̀ pẹ̀lú òfin Persia àti Media, èyí tí kò le é parẹ́, pé kí Faṣti kí ó má ṣe wá síwájú ọba Ahaswerusi. Kí ọba sì fi oyè ayaba rẹ̀ fún ẹlòmíràn tí ó sàn jù ú lọ. 20Nígbà náà tí a bá kéde òfin tí ọba ṣe ká gbogbo ilẹ̀ ìjọba rẹ̀, gbogbo àwọn obìnrin ni yóò bọ̀wọ̀ fún ọkọ wọn, láti ọ̀dọ̀ ẹni tí ó kéré títí dé ọ̀dọ̀ ẹni ńlá.”

21Ìmọ̀ràn yìí sì tẹ́ ọba àti àwọn ìjòyè rẹ̀ lọ́rùn, nítorí náà ọba ṣe gẹ́gẹ́ bí Memukani ṣé sọ. 22Ó kọ̀wé ránṣẹ́ sí igun mẹ́rẹ̀ẹ̀rin ilẹ̀ ọba rẹ̀, ó kọ̀wé sí ìgbèríko kọ̀ọ̀kan ní ìlànà bí wọ́n ṣe ń kọ̀wé, ó kọ̀wé sí àwọn ènìyàn kọ̀ọ̀kan ní èdè wọn, Ó tẹnumọ́ ní èdè oníkálùkù pé kí olúkúlùkù ọkùnrin máa ṣàkóso ilé rẹ̀.