King James Version

Esther 1:16–20

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16 And 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. 17 For 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. 18 Likewise 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. 19 If 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 yMedes, 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. 20 And when the king’s decree which he shall make shall be published throughout all his empire, (for it is great,) all the wives shall zgive to their husbands honour, aboth to great and small.

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Heb. If it be good with the king. Neh. 2:5, 7. ch. 3:9. & 5:4 (Heb.), 8. & 7:3. & 8:5. & 9:13.

Heb. from before him. ch. 4:8 (Heb.). Comp. ch. 2:9, 17. & 7:6.


Heb. that it pass not away. Comp. ch. 8:8. Dan. 6:8, 12, 15.

Heb. unto her companion. 1 Sam. 15:28.


ver. 5.