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
1Saa asɛm yi sii wɔ ɔhene Ahasweros a odii amantam ɔha aduonu ason so, fi India kosi Etiopia no bere so. 2Saa bere no na ɔte ahengua so wɔ Susa aban mu de di nʼahemman no so. 3Nʼahenni mfe abiɛsa so no, ɔtoo pon kɛse maa nʼahenemma ne ne mpanyimfo. Ɔtoo nsa frɛɛ asraafo mpanyimfo a wɔwɔ Media ne Persia nyinaa, ne atitiriw ne amantam mu mpanyimfo. 4Afahyɛ no dii asram asia, na ɔdaa nʼaheman mu sika mpempem ne emu anuonyam adi. 5Eyi nyinaa twaa mu no, ɔhene no too pon sononko bi maa ahemfi hɔ asomfo ne mpanyimfo no nyinaa, efi ɔkɛse so de kosi ɔketewa so. Edii nnanson, na wɔyɛɛ no wɔ Susa ahemfi adiwo turo mu. 6Wɔde ntama fɛfɛ hanahana fitaa ne tuntum a wɔanwen mu sensɛn adiwo hɔ. Na wɔde ahama kɔkɔɔ akyekyere ahyɛ dwetɛ nkaa a ɛhyehyɛ abohemaa afadum mu. Sikakɔkɔɔ ne dwetɛ nkongua sisi abohemaa ne abohyɛn ne abobiri ne aboɔdemmo ahorow nsɛso so. 7Wɔde nsakuruwa a wɔadi ho adwinni ahorow papa bi somee, na adehyesa buu so wɔ hɔ, sɛnea ɔhene hyɛe no. 8Nhyehyɛe a na ɛwɔ nsanom no ho ara ne sɛ, ɛnsɛ sɛ wɔhyɛ obi ma ɔnom boro nea obetumi so. Nanso wɔn a wobetumi anom no de, wɔnom sɛnea wɔpɛ, efisɛ na ɔhene no aka akyerɛ ne fifo no se obiara betumi anom sɛnea ɔpɛ.
9Ɔhemmea Wasti too pon maa ahemfi mmea no saa bere koro no ara mu.
Wotu Ɔhemmea Wasti Ade So
10Afahyɛ no nnanson so a nsa afa ɔhene Ahasweros ani so kakra no, ɔka kyerɛɛ Mehuman, Bista, Harbona, Bigta, Abagta, Setar ne Karkas a wɔyɛ piamfo baason a wɔhwɛ no no se 11wɔmfa ɔhemmea Wasti a ɔhyɛ ahemmea kyɛw no mmrɛ no. Na ɔpɛ sɛ mmarima nyinaa hwɛ nʼahoɔfɛ, efisɛ na ɔyɛ ɔbea hoɔfɛfo pa ara. 12Nanso wɔde ɔhene frɛtumi nkra kɔmaa ɔhemmea Wasti no, wamma. Eyi maa ɔhene ani bere yiye, maa abufuw hyɛɛ no ma.
13Esiane sɛ na ɛyɛ amanne sɛ ɔhene bebisa nʼafotufo a wonim Persia mmara ne nʼamanne ne nea ɛsɛ sɛ ɔyɛ nti, ɔne wɔn a wɔte mmere ase 14na wɔbɛn ɔhene no sɛ Karsena, Setar, Admata, Tarsis, Meres, Marsena, Memukan, a wɔyɛ akunini baason a wofi Persia ne Media, na wɔyɛ ne nnamfo a wokura dibea akɛse wɔ ahemman no mu no kasae. 15Ɔhene no bisae se, “Dɛn na menyɛ ɔhemmea Wasti? Asotwe bɛn na mmara no kyerɛ sɛ wɔmfa mma ɔhemmea a mesomaa me piamfo sɛ wɔnkɔfrɛ no mmra na wamma no?”
16Na Memukan buaa ɔhene no ne ahenemma no se, “Ɛnyɛ ɔhene no nko na ɔhemmea Wasti afom, na wafom ɔpanyin biara ne ɔmanfo a wɔwɔ wʼahenni no mu no nyinaa. 17Sɛ mmea a wɔwɔ ɔman yi mu te sɛ ɔhemmea Wasti ankɔ ɔhene frɛ no a, wobefi ase atwiri wɔn kununom. 18Ansa na ade bɛkyɛ no, yɛn yerenom, wo mpanyimfo yerenom nyinaa bɛte nea ɔhemmea no yɛe, na wɔafi ase akasa wɔn kununom ɔkwan koro no ara so. Na ntwirii no ne abufuw no to rentwa da wɔ wʼaheman mu ha.
19“Enti sɛ ɔhene bɛpene so a, yesusuw sɛ, ebeye sɛ ɔhene bɛhyɛ mmara a wɔakyerɛw no Persiafo ne Mediafo mmara mu a wontumi nsakra mu. Ɛsɛ sɛ ɛhyɛ sɛ wɔmpam ɔhemmea Wasti mfi wʼani so, na wonsi ɔhemmea foforo a ɔsom bo kyɛn no. 20Sɛ wɔde saa mmara yi to gua ma obiara te wɔ wʼaheman kɛse yi mu a, mmea awarefo de obu a ɛsɛ na ɛfata bɛma wɔn kununom.”
21Ɔhene no ne nʼahenemma no faa Memukan afotu no sɛ ɛyɛ adwene pa, enti wodii so. 22Ɔkyerɛw nkrataa kɔɔ nʼaheman no mu mmaa nyinaa. Ɔkyerɛw ɔmantam biara wɔ ne kasa mu, sɛ ɔbarima biara nni ne fi so.