1Saa asɛm yi sii ɔhene Ahasweros a ɔdii amantam ɔha aduonu nson so, firi India kɔsi Etiopia no ɛberɛ so. 2Saa ɛberɛ no na ɔte ahennwa so wɔ Susa aban mu de di nʼahemman no so. 3Nʼahennie mfeɛ mmiɛnsa so no, ɔtoo ɛpono kɛseɛ maa nʼahenemma ne ne mpanimfoɔ. Ɔtoo nsa frɛɛ asraafoɔ mpanimfoɔ a wɔwɔ Media ne Persia nyinaa ne atitire ne amantam mu mpanimfoɔ. 4Afahyɛ no dii abosome nsia, na ɔdaa nʼahemman mu sika pepe ne emu animuonyam adi. 5Yei nyinaa twaam no, ɔhene no too ɛpono sononko bi maa ahemfie hɔ asomfoɔ ne mpanimfoɔ nyinaa, ɛfiri ɔkɛseɛ so de kɔsi ɔketewa so. Ɛdii nnanson, na wɔyɛɛ no wɔ Susa ahemfie adihɔ turo mu. 6Wɔde ntoma fɛfɛ nahanaha fitaa ne tuntum a wɔanwono mu sensɛnee adihɔ hɔ. Na wɔde nhoma kɔkɔɔ akyekyere ahyɛ dwetɛ nkawa a ɛhyehyɛ abohemaa afadum mu. Sikakɔkɔɔ ne dwetɛ nkonnwa sisi abohemaa ne abohyɛn ne abobire ne aboɔdemmoɔ ahodoɔ nsesɛeɛ so. 7Wɔde nsakuruwa a wɔadi ho adwini ahodoɔ papa bi someeɛ, na adehyesa buu so hɔ, sɛdeɛ ɔhene hyɛeɛ no. 8Nhyehyɛeɛ a na ɛwɔ asanom no ho ara ne sɛ, ɛnsɛ sɛ wɔhyɛ obi ma ɔnom boro deɛ ɔbɛtumi so. Nanso, wɔn a wɔbɛtumi anom no deɛ, wɔnomee sɛdeɛ wɔpɛ, ɛfiri sɛ, na ɔhene no aka akyerɛ ne fiefoɔ no sɛ, obiara bɛtumi anom sɛdeɛ ɔpɛ.
9Ɔhemmaa Wasti too ɛpono maa ahemfie mmaa no saa ɛberɛ korɔ no ara mu.
Wɔtu Ɔhemmaa Wasti Adeɛ So
10Afahyɛ no nnanson so a nsã afa ɔhene Ahasweros ani so kakra no, ɔka kyerɛɛ Mehuman, Bista, Harbona, Bigta, Abagta, Setar ne Karkas a wɔyɛ apiafoɔ baason a wɔhwɛ no no sɛ, 11wɔmfa ɔhemmaa Wasti a ɔhyɛ ahemmaa kyɛ no mmrɛ no. Na ɔpɛ sɛ mmarima nyinaa hwɛ nʼahoɔfɛ, ɛfiri sɛ, na ɔyɛ ɔbaa hoɔfɛfoɔ pa ara. 12Nanso, wɔde ɔhene ɔfrɛtumi nkra kɔmaa ɔhemmaa Wasti no, wamma. Yei maa ɔhene ani bereeɛ yie, maa abufuo hyɛɛ no ma.
13Ntɛm so, ɔbisaa nʼafotufoɔ a wɔnim Persia mmara ne nʼamanneɛ deɛ ɛsɛ sɛ ɔyɛ, ɛfiri sɛ, na ɔtaa bisa wɔn afotuo. 14Na afotufoɔ no ne Karsena, Setar, Admata, Tarsis, Meres, Marsena, Memukan, a wɔyɛ akunini baason a wɔfiri Persia ne Media. Na wɔyɛ ne nnamfo berɛboɔ a wɔkura dibea akɛseɛ wɔ ahemman no mu. 15Ɔhene no bisaa sɛ, “Ɛdeɛn na menyɛ ɔhemmaa Wasti? Asotweɛ bɛn na mmara no kyerɛ sɛ, wɔmfa mma ɔhemmaa a mesomaa me piafoɔ sɛ wɔnkɔfrɛ no mmra na wamma no?”
16Na Memukan buaa ɔhene no ne ahenemma no sɛ, “Ɛnyɛ ɔhene no nko na ɔhemmaa Wasti afom, na wafom ɔpanin biara ne ɔmanfoɔ a wɔwɔ wʼahemman no mu nyinaa. 17Sɛ mmaa a wɔwɔ ɔman yi mu te sɛ ɔhemmaa Wasti ankɔ ɔhene frɛ no a, wɔbɛfiri aseɛ atwiri wɔn kununom. 18Ansa na adeɛ bɛkye no, yɛn yerenom, wo mpanimfoɔ yerenom nyinaa bɛte deɛ ɔhemmaa no yɛeɛ, na wɔahyɛ aseɛ akasa wɔn kununom wɔ kwan korɔ no ara so. Na ntwirie no ne abufuo no to rentwa da wɔ wʼahemman mu ha.
19“Enti, sɛ ɔhene bɛpene so a, yɛsusu sɛ, ɛbɛyɛ sɛ ɔhene bɛhyɛ mmara a wɔatwerɛ no Persiafoɔ ne Mediafoɔ mmara mu a wɔntumi nsakra mu. Ɛsɛ sɛ ɛhyɛ sɛ wɔmpam ɔhemmaa Wasti mfiri wʼani so, na wɔnsi ɔhemmaa foforɔ a ɔsom bo kyɛn no. 20Sɛ wɔde saa mmara yi to dwa, ma obiara te wɔ wʼahemman kɛseɛ yi mu a, mmaa awarefoɔ de obuo a ɛsɛ na ɛfata bɛma wɔn kununom.”
21Ɔhene no ne nʼahenemma no faa no sɛ ɛyɛ adwene pa enti, wɔfaa Memukan afotuo no. 22Ɔtwerɛɛ nkrataa kɔɔ nʼahemman no mu afanan nyinaa. Ɔtwerɛɛ ɔmantam biara wɔ ne kasa mu, sɛ ɔbarima biara nni ne fie so.
Queen Vashti deposed
1This is what happened during the time of Xerxes,1:1 Hebrew Ahasuerus; here and throughout Esther the Xerxes who ruled over 127 provinces stretching from India to Cush1:1 That is, the upper Nile region: 2at that time King Xerxes reigned from his royal throne in the citadel of Susa, 3and 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.
4For a full 180 days he displayed the vast wealth of his kingdom and the splendour and glory of his majesty. 5When 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. 6The 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. 7Wine 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. 8By 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.
9Queen Vashti also gave a banquet for the women in the royal palace of King Xerxes.
10On 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 – 11to 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. 12But when the attendants delivered the king’s command, Queen Vashti refused to come. Then the king became furious and burned with anger.
13Since 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 14and 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.’
16Then 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. 17For 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.” 18This 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. 20Then 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.’
21The king and his nobles were pleased with this advice, so the king did as Memukan proposed. 22He 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.