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Esther 1

Queen Vashti deposed

1This is what happened during the time of Xerxes,[a] the Xerxes who ruled over 127 provinces stretching from India to Cush[b]: at that time King Xerxes reigned from his royal throne in the citadel of Susa, and in the third year of his reign he gave a banquet for all his nobles and officials. The military leaders of Persia and Media, the princes, and the nobles of the provinces were present.

For a full 180 days he displayed the vast wealth of his kingdom and the splendour and glory of his majesty. When these days were over, the king gave a banquet, lasting seven days, in the enclosed garden of the king’s palace, for all the people from the least to the greatest who were in the citadel of Susa. The garden had hangings of white and blue linen, fastened with cords of white linen and purple material to silver rings on marble pillars. There were couches of gold and silver on a mosaic pavement of porphyry, marble, mother-of-pearl and other costly stones. Wine was served in goblets of gold, each one different from the other, and the royal wine was abundant, in keeping with the king’s liberality. By the king’s command each guest was allowed to drink without restriction, for the king instructed all the wine stewards to serve each man what he wished.

Queen Vashti also gave a banquet for the women in the royal palace of King Xerxes.

10 On the seventh day, when King Xerxes was in high spirits from wine, he commanded the seven eunuchs who served him – Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, Abagtha, Zethar and Karkas – 11 to bring before him Queen Vashti, wearing her royal crown, in order to display her beauty to the people and nobles, for she was lovely to look at. 12 But when the attendants delivered the king’s command, Queen Vashti refused to come. Then the king became furious and burned with anger.

13 Since it was customary for the king to consult experts in matters of law and justice, he spoke with the wise men who understood the times 14 and were closest to the king – Karshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena and Memukan, the seven nobles of Persia and Media who had special access to the king and were highest in the kingdom.

15 ‘According to law, what must be done to Queen Vashti?’ he asked. ‘She has not obeyed the command of King Xerxes that the eunuchs have taken to her.’

16 Then Memukan replied in the presence of the king and the nobles, ‘Queen Vashti has done wrong, not only against the king but also against all the nobles and the peoples of all the provinces of King Xerxes. 17 For the queen’s conduct will become known to all the women, and so they will despise their husbands and say, “King Xerxes commanded Queen Vashti to be brought before him, but she would not come.” 18 This very day the Persian and Median women of the nobility who have heard about the queen’s conduct will respond to all the king’s nobles in the same way. There will be no end of disrespect and discord.

19 ‘Therefore, if it pleases the king, let him issue a royal decree and let it be written in the laws of Persia and Media, which cannot be repealed, that Vashti is never again to enter the presence of King Xerxes. Also let the king give her royal position to someone else who is better than she. 20 Then when the king’s edict is proclaimed throughout all his vast realm, all the women will respect their husbands, from the least to the greatest.’

21 The king and his nobles were pleased with this advice, so the king did as Memukan proposed. 22 He sent dispatches to all parts of the kingdom, to each province in its own script and to each people in their own language, proclaiming that every man should be ruler over his own household, using his native tongue.

Notas al pie

  1. Esther 1:1 Hebrew Ahasuerus; here and throughout Esther
  2. Esther 1:1 That is, the upper Nile region

Bíbélì Mímọ́ Yorùbá Òde Òn

Esteri 1

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. Ní àkókò ìgbà náà ọba Ahaswerusi ń ṣe ìjọba ní orí ìtẹ́ ẹ rẹ̀ ní ilé ìṣọ́ ti Susa, Ní 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.

Ó ṣe àfihàn púpọ̀ ọrọ̀ ìjọba rẹ̀ àti dídán àti ògo ọláńlá rẹ̀ fún ọgọ́sàn-án ọjọ́ gbáko. Nígbà 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. Ọgbà 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. Kọ́ọ̀bù 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. Gẹ́gẹ́ 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.

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

10 Ní 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. 11 Kí 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. 12 Ṣùgbọ́n nígbà tí àwọn ìránṣẹ́ jẹ́ iṣẹ́ ọba, ayaba Faṣti kọ̀ láti wá. Nígbà náà ni ọba bínú gidigidi, ìbínú náà sì pọ̀ jọjọ.

13 Gẹ́gẹ́ 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, 14 àwọn 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.

15 Ó 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.”

16 Memukani 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. 17 Nítorí 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. 18 Ní 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. 20 Nígbà 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.”

21 Ìmọ̀ràn yìí sì tẹ́ ọba àti àwọn ìjòyè rẹ̀ lọ́rùn, nítorí náà ọba ṣe gẹ́gẹ́ bí Memukani ṣé sọ. 22 Ó 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.