Vashti was the beautiful Queen of Persia. Her husband, King Xerxes, held a great celebration to show off all of the extravagant wealth of his empire. He held a banquet for all the people of Susa, where the palace was. At this time, Queen Vashti was holding her own banquet for the women in the palace. At the seventh day of the feast, King Xerxes, drunk with wine, summoned Queen Vashti to show off her great beauty to his guests. She refused. The king was very angry and met with his advisors to decide her punishment. He permanently banished Queen Vashti from his presence. This was a public statement to all women throughout the kingdom to respect their husbands. Vashti’s defiance paved the way for Queen Esther to become queen and eventually rescue the Israelite people.
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