Esther 1:8

“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 (KJV)

Other Translations

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.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

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

  • BSP
    Verse 12: Vashti did not have respect for her husband and this led to her downfall.
  • Emodi Ogechukwu
    The first time I read Esther, I was inspired beyond words. The obedience of Esther to Modecai, her humility to Hegai, and her strong faith in God. I saw where God used something out of nothing and made something out of it, to the glory of his name. if we trust in him, all things are possible. I am currently writing a short story for children on Esther, so as to inspire them as it has inspired me!!
  • Judeth of the seed of Abraham of the tribe of Benjamin
    Israelites ancestry of How the Feast of Purim came about
  • Pearlie Webb
    God always has a plan and a way of escape for His people.This happened in order for Esther to come in .At the same time it's still a lesson in ch. 1 WIVES HONOR YOUR HUSBANDS..God is a God of order..
  • Irene123
    We all have to have faith that is stronger than the fear of death; otherwise we won't make it. God knows our faith and He WILL test it in this life. A month ago I came down with a combo of flu/pneumonia. I was in hosp. for 7 days, sick at home a week before that. In hosp. God told me He was using me in answer to my prayers for my husband's salvation. Then I REJOICED for my trial.
  • Cynthia
    Esther is one person that when we get to Heaven, I shall seek out. She has always been a source of inspiration for me when I have had to face the "Haman's" in my life. She not only ruled well, she believed well. She is a role model for all women who love God and are faced with a situation where we need courage, in spite of our fears.

    My mother read this story to me as a child. I never forgot.

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