New Living Translation
When this decree is published throughout the king's vast empire, husbands everywhere, whatever their rank, will receive proper respect from their wives!"
King James Bible
And when the king's decree which he shall make shall be published throughout all his empire, (for it is great,) all the wives shall give to their husbands honour, both to great and small.
Darby Bible Translation
and when the king's edict which he shall make shall be heard throughout his realm for it is great all the wives shall give to their husbands honour, from the greatest to the least.
World English Bible
When the king's decree which he shall make is published throughout all his kingdom (for it is great), all the wives will give their husbands honor, both great and small."
Young's Literal Translation
and the sentence of the king that he maketh hath been heard in all his kingdom -- for it is great -- and all the wives give honour to their husbands, from great even unto small.'
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CommentaryEsther 1:20 Parallel Commentaries
For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord.
Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting for those who belong to the Lord.
The king and his nobles thought this made good sense, so he followed Memucan's counsel.
But after Xerxes' anger had subsided, he began thinking about Vashti and what she had done and the decree he had made.
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