Esther 1:8

“And the drinking was according to the law, none did compell: for the king had appointed to all the officers of his house, that they should doe according to euery mans pleasure.”

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Other Translations

And 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.
- King James Version

The drinking was {done} according to the law, there was no compulsion, for so the king had given orders to each official of his household that he should do according to the desires of each person.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And the drinking was according to the law; none could compel: for so the king had appointed to all the officers of his house, that they should do according to every man's pleasure.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the drinking was in keeping with the law; no one was forced: for the king had given orders to all the chief servants of his house to do as was pleasing to every man.
- Basic English Bible

And the drinking was, according to commandment, without constraint; for so the king had appointed to all the magnates of his house, that they should do according to every man's pleasure.
- Darby Bible

And the drinking was according to the law; none constrained: for so the king had appointed to all the officers of his house, that they should do according to every man's pleasure.
- Webster's Bible

In accordance with the law, the drinking was not compulsory; for so the king had instructed all the officials of his house, that they should do according to every man's pleasure.
- World English Bible

And the drinking [is] according to law, none is pressing, for so hath the king appointed for every chief one of his house, to do according to the pleasure of man and man.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And 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.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Esther 1:8


1:8 The law - According to this law which the king had now made, that none should compel another to drink more than he pleased. How does this Heathen prince shame many, that are called Christians, who think they do not make their friends welcome, unless they make them drunk, and under pretence of sending the health round, send the sin round, and death with it!


Discussion for Esther 1

  • Pauz
    am really amazed with the confident of Esther for being foreigner in the land and ended up the prince of the kingdom, One thing have learned in the these story is that Gods grace is always with heart broken people and those who mourn.That reminds me when Jesus also said that blessed are the poor. blessed are those who mourn for they shall lough,And now we esther is loughing, we need to humble
  • DOT
    If only women of today would follow Esther's example. Women have taken over in all fields. Don't see many "ladies" any more.
  • Irene Allen
    If my husband was partying for a long time with his male friends from 127 provinces an d at the end send for me, I would not go. My life and reputation in such a drunken crowd. Yes wives are to obey their husbands and shouldn't a husband respect his wife? The king was a Godless boozer along with his cohorts. This might have been God's doing to save the Jewish people.
  • Andrew
    I want to embrace this book of the Bible , I really do I used to think was illegitimate for reasons of not even mentioning ‘God’ Have realized that the Sacred Name may be in acrostic, whether in King James English or the Hebrew manuscripts or both, I know not. Only would love to find His Name ‘hidden’ in the text.


  • BSP
    Verse 17~The bad decisions of those in power can have a bad effect on those who associate with them or are under their power.
  • Esther
    God is awesome. Esther had grace. So let's be praying for the grace of God

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