Esther 1:6
New International Version
The garden had hangings of white and blue linen, fastened with cords of white linen and purple material to silver rings on marble pillars. There were couches of gold and silver on a mosaic pavement of porphyry, marble, mother-of-pearl and other costly stones.

New Living Translation
The courtyard was beautifully decorated with white cotton curtains and blue hangings, which were fastened with white linen cords and purple ribbons to silver rings embedded in marble pillars. Gold and silver couches stood on a mosaic pavement of porphyry, marble, mother-of-pearl, and other costly stones.

English Standard Version
There were white cotton curtains and violet hangings fastened with cords of fine linen and purple to silver rods and marble pillars, and also couches of gold and silver on a mosaic pavement of porphyry, marble, mother-of-pearl, and precious stones.

Berean Study Bible
Hangings of white and violet linen were fastened with cords of fine white and purple to silver rings on the marble pillars. Gold and silver couches were arranged on a mosaic pavement of porphyry, marble, mother-of-pearl, and other precious stones.

New American Standard Bible
There were hangings of fine white and violet linen held by cords of fine purple linen on silver rings and marble columns, and couches of gold and silver on a mosaic pavement of porphyry, marble, mother-of-pearl and precious stones.

King James Bible
Where were white, green, and blue, hangings, fastened with cords of fine linen and purple to silver rings and pillars of marble: the beds were of gold and silver, upon a pavement of red, and blue, and white, and black, marble.

Christian Standard Bible
White and violet linen hangings were fastened with fine white and purple linen cords to silver rods on marble columns. Gold and silver couches were arranged on a mosaic pavement of red feldspar, marble, mother-of-pearl, and precious stones.

Contemporary English Version
The area was decorated with blue and white cotton curtains tied back with purple linen cords that ran through silver rings fastened to marble columns. Couches of gold and silver rested on pavement that had all kinds of designs made from costly bright-colored stones and marble and mother-of-pearl.

Good News Translation
The courtyard there was decorated with blue and white cotton curtains, tied by cords of fine purple linen to silver rings on marble columns. Couches made of gold and silver had been placed in the courtyard, which was paved with white marble, red feldspar, shining mother-of-pearl, and blue turquoise.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
White and violet linen hangings were fastened with fine white and purple linen cords to silver rods on marble columns. Gold and silver couches were arranged on a mosaic pavement of red feldspar, marble, mother-of-pearl, and precious stones.

International Standard Version
There were curtains of white and blue linen tied with cords of fine linen and purple material to silver rings on marble columns. There were couches of gold and silver on a mosaic pavement of porphyry, marble, mother-of-pearl and other precious stones.

NET Bible
The furnishings included linen and purple curtains hung by cords of the finest linen and purple wool on silver rings, alabaster columns, gold and silver couches displayed on a floor made of valuable stones of alabaster, mother-of-pearl, and mineral stone.

New Heart English Bible
There were hangings of white, green, and blue material, fastened with cords of fine linen and purple to silver rings and marble pillars. The couches were of gold and silver, on a pavement of red, white, yellow, and black marble.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The garden had white and violet linen curtains. These curtains were attached to silver rods and marble pillars by cords made of white and purple fine linen. Gold and silver couches were on a mosaic pavement of purple rock, white marble, pearl-like stone, and black marble.

JPS Tanakh 1917
there were hangings of white, fine cotton, and blue, bordered with cords of fine linen and purple, upon silver rods and pillars of marble; the couches were of gold and silver, upon a pavement of green, and white, and shell, and onyx marble.

New American Standard 1977
There were hangings of fine white and violet linen held by cords of fine purple linen on silver rings and marble columns, and couches of gold and silver on a mosaic pavement of porphyry, marble, mother-of-pearl, and precious stones.

Jubilee Bible 2000
There were white, green, and blue hangings, fastened with cords of fine linen and purple to silver rings and pillars of marble; the beds were of gold and silver, upon a pavement of porphyre and of marble and of alabaster and of blue.

King James 2000 Bible
Where there were white, green, and blue hangings, fastened with cords of fine linen and purple to silver rings and pillars of marble: the couches were of gold and silver, upon a pavement of red, and blue, and white and black marble.

American King James Version
Where were white, green, and blue, hangings, fastened with cords of fine linen and purple to silver rings and pillars of marble: the beds were of gold and silver, on a pavement of red, and blue, and white, and black, marble.

American Standard Version
There were hangings of white cloth , of green, and of blue, fastened with cords of fine linen and purple to silver rings and pillars of marble: the couches were of gold and silver, upon a pavement of red, and white, and yellow, and black marble.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And there were hung up on every side sky coloured, and green, and violet hangings, fastened with cords of silk, and of purple, which were put into rings of ivory, and were held up with marble pillars. The beds also were of gold and silver, placed in order upon a floor paved with porphyry and white marble: which was embellished with painting of wonderful variety.

Darby Bible Translation
White, green, and blue [hangings] were fastened with cords of byssus and purple to silver rings and pillars of white marble; couches of gold and silver [lay] upon a pavement of red and white marble, and alabaster, and black marble.

English Revised Version
There were hangings of white cloth, of green, and of blue, fastened with cords of fine linen and purple to silver rings and pillars of marble: the couches were of gold and silver, upon a pavement of red, and white, and yellow, and black marble.

Webster's Bible Translation
Where were white, green, and blue hangings, fastened with cords of fine linen and purple to silver rings and pillars of marble: the beds were of gold and silver, upon a pavement of red, and blue, and white, and black marble.

World English Bible
There were hangings of white, green, and blue material, fastened with cords of fine linen and purple to silver rings and marble pillars. The couches were of gold and silver, on a pavement of red, white, yellow, and black marble.

Young's Literal Translation
white linen, white cotton, and blue, fastened with cords of fine linen and purple on rings of silver, and pillars of marble, couches of gold, and of silver, on a pavement of smaragdus, and white marble, and mother-of-pearl, and black marble --
Study Bible HEB ▾ 
Xerxes' Royal Feast
5At the end of this time, in the garden courtyard of the royal palace, the king held a seven-day feast for all the people in the citadel of Susa, from the least to the greatest. 6Hangings of white and violet linen were fastened with cords of fine white and purple to silver rings on the marble pillars. Gold and silver couches were arranged on a mosaic pavement of porphyry, marble, mother-of-pearl, and other precious stones. 7Beverages were served in an array of goblets of gold, each with a different design, and the royal wine flowed freely, according to the king’s bounty.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 28:23
Saul refused, saying, "I will not eat." But his servants joined the woman in urging him, and he heeded their voice. He got up from the ground and sat on the bed.

Esther 7:8
Just as the king returned from the palace garden to the banquet hall, Haman was falling on the couch where Esther was reclining. The king exclaimed, "Would he actually assault the queen while I am in the palace?" As soon as the words had left the king's mouth, they covered Haman's face.

Ezekiel 23:41
You sat on a couch of luxury with a table spread before it, on which you had set My incense and My oil.

Amos 3:12
This is what the LORD says: "As the shepherd snatches from the mouth of the lion two legs or a piece of an ear, so the Israelites dwelling in Samaria will be snatched away with the corner of a bed or the cushion of a couch.

Amos 6:4
You lie on beds inlaid with ivory, and lounge upon your couches; You dine on lambs from the flock and calves from the stall.

Treasury of Scripture

Where were white, green, and blue, hangings, fastened with cords of fine linen and purple to silver rings and pillars of marble: the beds were of gold and silver, on a pavement of red, and blue, and white, and black, marble.

white.

Exodus 26:1,31,32,36,37 Moreover you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine …

blue. or, violet.

Esther 8:15 And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel …

the beds. These were couches, covered with gold and silver cloth, on which the guests reclined; for the Orientals do not sit, but recline at their meals.

Esther 7:8 Then the king returned out of the palace garden into the place of …

Ezekiel 23:41 And sat on a stately bed, and a table prepared before it, whereupon …

Amos 2:8 And they lay themselves down on clothes laid to pledge by every altar…

Amos 6:4 That lie on beds of ivory, and stretch themselves on their couches, …

red, etc. or, of porphyre, and marble, and alabaster, and stone of blue colour.







Lexicon
[Hangings of] white
ח֣וּר ׀ (ḥūr)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2353: White linen

and violet
וּתְכֵ֗לֶת (ū·ṯə·ḵê·leṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8504: The cerulean mussel, the color, obtained therefrom, stuff dyed therewith

linen
כַּרְפַּ֣ס (kar·pas)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3768: Byssus, fine vegetable wool

were fastened
אָחוּז֙ (’ā·ḥūz)
Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 270: To grasp, take hold, take possession

with cords
בְּחַבְלֵי־ (bə·ḥaḇ·lê-)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 2256: A rope, a measuring line, a district, inheritance, a noose, a company, a throe, ruin

of fine white
ב֣וּץ (ḇūṣ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 948: Cotton

and purple
וְאַרְגָּמָ֔ן (wə·’ar·gā·mān)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 713: Purple, red-purple

to
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

silver
כֶ֖סֶף (ḵe·sep̄)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3701: Silver, money

rings
גְּלִ֥ילֵי (gə·lî·lê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 1550: A valve of a, folding door, a ring

on the marble
שֵׁ֑שׁ (šêš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8336: Bleached stuff, white linen, marble

pillars.
וְעַמּ֣וּדֵי (wə·‘am·mū·ḏê)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 5982: A column, a stand, platform

Gold
זָהָ֣ב (zā·hāḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2091: Gold, something gold-colored, as oil, a clear sky

and silver
וָכֶ֗סֶף (wā·ḵe·sep̄)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3701: Silver, money

couches
מִטּ֣וֹת ׀ (miṭ·ṭō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 4296: A bed, for, sleeping, eating, a sofa, litter, bier

were arranged
עַ֛ל (‘al)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

on a mosaic pavement
רִֽצְפַ֥ת (riṣ·p̄aṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 7531: A hot stone, a tessellated pavement

of porphyry,
בַּהַט־ (ba·haṭ-)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 923: White marble, alabaster

marble,
וָשֵׁ֖שׁ (wā·šêš)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8336: Bleached stuff, white linen, marble

mother-of-pearl,
וְדַ֥ר (wə·ḏar)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1858: A pearl, pearl-stone, mother-of-pearl, alabaster

and other precious stones.
וְסֹחָֽרֶת׃ (wə·sō·ḥā·reṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5508: A, tile, for, laying borders with
(6) Where were white. . . .--This should be [hangings of] "white cotton and blue." The word translated "cotton" (Heb., carpas) occurs only here. Canon Rawlinson remarks that "white and blue (or violet) were the royal colours of Persia."

Linen.--White linen; so the word is used, e.g., in 2Chronicles 5:12.

Marble.--White marble, as in the last clause of the verse.

Beds.--That is, the couches. The gold is not to be referred simply to the gold- mbroidered coverings, but to the framework of the couch.

Red and blue . . .--These words are not names of colours, but of actual stones, although the meaning of most is doubtful enough. The first (bahat) is rendered by the LXX. as a stone of emerald colour, and may perhaps be malachite. The second (shesh) is white marble, the third (dar) is pearly, and the last (sokhereth) black.

Verse 6. - Where were white, green, and blue hangings. There is nothing in the original corresponding to "green." The "hangings," or rather awning, was of white cotton (karphas) and violet. Mr. Loftus supposes that it was carried across from the central pillared hall to the detached porticoes, thus shading the guests from the intense heat of the sun ('Chaldaea and Susiana,' p. 375). Fastened with cords of fine linen and purple. Very strong cords would be needed to support the awning if it was carried across as above suggested, over a space of nearly sixty feet. To rings of silver. The exact use of the rings is doubtful. Perhaps they were inserted into the stone work in order that the cords might be made fast to them. Pillars of marble. The pillars at Susa are not of marble, but of a dark-blue limestone. Perhaps the Hebrew shesh designated this stone rather than marble. The beds were of gold and silver. The couches on which the guests reclined are intended (comp. Esther 7:8). These were either covered with gold and silver cloth, or had their actual framework of the precious metals, like those which Xerxes took with him into Greece (see Herod., 9:82). Upon a pavement of red, and blue, and white, and black marble. The four words which follow "pavement" are not adjectives denoting colours, but the names of four different materials. One is shesh, the material of the pillars, which accords with the fact that such pavement slabs as have been found at Susa are, like the columns, of a blue limestone. The other materials are unknown to us, and we cannot say what the exact colours were; but no doubt the general result was a mosaic pavement of four different hues. 1:1-9 The pride of Ahasuerus's heart rising with the grandeur of his kingdom, he made an extravagant feast. This was vain glory. Better is a dinner of herbs with quietness, than this banquet of wine, with all the noise and tumult that must have attended it. But except grace prevails in the heart, self-exaltation and self-indulgence, in one form or another, will be the ruling principle. Yet none did compel; so that if any drank to excess, it was their own fault. This caution of a heathen prince, even when he would show his generosity, may shame many called Christians, who, under pretence of sending the health round, send sin round, and death with it. There is a woe to them that do so; let them read it, and tremble, Hab 2:15,16.
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