1 Esdras 3
3 King Darius made a great supper to (or for) all his servants, and to all the master judges of Media and Persia,
2 and to all that weared (or wore) purple, and to governors, and to counsellors, and to prefects under him, from India unto Ethiopia, to an hundred and seven and twenty provinces.
3 And when they had eaten and drunken, and were fulfilled, they (re)turned again (home). Then king Darius went up in his little bed-place, and slept, and (then) was (a)waked.
4 Then those three young men, keepers of the body (or his bodyguards), the which kept the body of the king [or that kept the body of the king], said one to another,
5 Say we each of us a word, that before pass in cunning, (or that shall surpass in knowing, or in knowledge); and whose ever word seem wiser than of another [or of the tother], king Darius shall give to him great gifts,
6 and to be covered with purple, and to drink in gold, and to sleep upon gold; and he shall give him a golden chariot, with the bridle, and a mitre of bis (or of fine linen), and a bie (or a band) about the neck;
7 and he shall sit in the second place from Darius, for his wisdom; and he shall be called Darius’ cousin [or the cousin of Darius].
8 Then each of them three writing his word, sealed (it), and put those under the pillow of king Darius;
9 and said, When the king hath risen, they will take [or they shall give] to him their things written, and whatever thing the king shall deem of (these) three, and the master judges of Persia (or whatever the king and the three master judges of Persia shall deem of these), forsooth the word of him is wiser than of the others, to him shall be given the victory, as it is written.
10 One wrote, Wine is strong.
11 Another wrote, The king is stronger.
12 The third wrote, Women be strongest; truth overcometh forsooth over all things [or over all things forsooth overcometh truth].
13 And when the king had risen up, they took their things written [or they took their written things], and gave those to him, and he read (them).
14 And he sent (forth) and called all the master judges of Persia, and of the land (of) Media, and the clothed men in purple, and the rulers of (the) provinces, and (the) prefects; [And sending he called all the master judges of Persia, and of Media, and the clothed in purple, and the rulers of provinces, and prefects;]
15 and they set in council, and the writings were read before them.
16 And the king said, Calleth the young men, and they shall show their words. And they were called, and they came in.
17 And Darius said to them, Show ye to us of these things that be written. And the first, that had said of the strength of wine, he began,
18 and said to them, Men! full (sur)passing(ly) strong is wine; to all men that drink it, it beareth down the mind; [and said, Men! how much wine is passing strong; to all men that drink it, it beareth down the mind;]
19 also it maketh the mind vain, both of (the) king and of the fatherless child; also of servant and of free men, of poor and of rich; [also of king and fatherless child it maketh the mind vain; also of servant and of free men, of poor and of rich;]
20 and it turneth all the mind into secureness, and [in]to gladness; and it remembereth not any sorrow and debt;
21 and it maketh all the entrails honest (or rich); and it remembereth not king, nor master judge; and all things it maketh speak by talent(s); [and all the entrails it maketh honest (or rich); and it remembereth not king, nor master judge; and all things by talent it maketh to speak;]
22 and when they have drunken, they remember not friendship nor brotherhood, and not long after they take (out) swords;
23 and when they have been drowned of (or by) wine, and rise, they have no mind (or memory) (of) what things they did.
24 O men! whether wine is not (sur)passingly strong, that thus constraineth men to do? And this thing said, he held his peace.