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1 This is what happened during the time of Xerxes,a a the Xerxes who ruled over 127 provincesb stretching from India to Cushb:c 2 At that time King Xerxes reigned from his royal throne in the citadel of Susa,d 3 and in the third year of his reign he gave a banquete for all his nobles and officials. The military leaders of Persia and Media, the princes, and the nobles of the provinces were present.
4 For a full 180 days he displayed the vast wealth of his kingdom and the splendor and glory of his majesty. 5 When these days were over, the king gave a banquet, lasting seven days,f in the enclosed gardeng of the king’s palace, for all the people from the least to the greatest who were in the citadel of Susa.
Hebrew Ahasuerus; here and throughout Esther
That is, the upper Nile region
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