and in the third year of his reign he gave a banquet(A) for all his nobles and officials. The military leaders of Persia and Media, the princes, and the nobles of the provinces were present.

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Queen Vashti also gave a banquet(A) for the women in the royal palace of King Xerxes.

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18 And the king gave a great banquet,(A) Esther’s banquet, for all his nobles and officials.(B) He proclaimed a holiday throughout the provinces and distributed gifts with royal liberality.(C)

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If the king regards me with favor(A) and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and fulfill my request, let the king and Haman come tomorrow to the banquet(B) I will prepare for them. Then I will answer the king’s question.”

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14 While they were still talking with him, the king’s eunuchs arrived and hurried Haman away to the banquet(A) Esther had prepared.

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17 This happened on the thirteenth day of the month of Adar, and on the fourteenth they rested and made it a day of feasting(A) and joy.

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The Writing on the Wall

King Belshazzar(A) gave a great banquet(B) for a thousand of his nobles(C) and drank wine with them.

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