- The Queen refused because she felt this was below her dignity and it was disrespectful of the King to ask. Many times throughout the Bible, God used evil to defeat evil. Vashti had no love for the Jews. God knew what Haman was going to do, so Vashti had to go. She would not have defended the annihilation of the Jews.
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Apr 26, 2021 · The text itself does not clearly address why Vashti refused to appear. A variety of theories have emerged. According to Esther 1:11, Queen Vashti was told to appear “wearing her royal crown,” and one rabbinical tradition interprets this as the king’s instruction to wear only her royal crown—in other words, she was told to appear in the nude. According to that tradition, Queen Vashti refused because she did not want to be put on display before a group of salacious, drunken men.
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Nothing in this record gives a clear reason for Queen Vashti’s refusal to obey the king’s command. Some have suggested that Ahasuerus intended an immodest display of Queen Vashti’s beauty, but the context provides no evidence to that. The Jewish targums assumed that her motive for refusing to appear was her desire to avoid such a display. The historian Josephus said that her refusal was due to a Persian custom that presumably prohibited married women from associating with strangers. Yet there is no evidence of this in Persiam custom. On the contrary, there is a reference that Chaldean wives and concubines appeared with their husbands in the feasts (Daniel 5:2). Also, in Nehemiah2:1–6 it is recorded that the queen of Ahasuerus’ son and successor, Artaxerxes I, accompanied the king at wine.
There is further proof outside the Bible in the writings of several Greek writers that confirmed the appearance of Persian women at feasts. Herodotus, a contemporary of Ahasuerus, speaks of Amestris at the king’s birthday feast (ix. 110). Thus, we can see that there is no reason for thinking that contemporary Persian custom secluded women, and that it would therefore have been improper for Queen Vashti to appear when summoned, in spite of the fact that the men were drinking (Esther7:7).
Several other factors dismiss the idea that King Ahasuerus’ command was improper. For example, the fact that king Ahasuerus’ command specified that the queen should wear the royal crown (v. 11) shows that he did not merely treat her as a beautiful woman but also as the first lady of the land. We know that it was not disloyalty to the King that prompted her refusal to appear because Queen Vashti herself made a banquet for the women of Shushan along with that of Ahasuerus for the men (ch. 1:9). This shows a united effort to promote the king’s political cause in Persia which proved her loyalty to the throne. Ruling out the reasons of modesty/propriety and disloyalty, we can never really be sure why Queen Vashti refused to appear when King Ahasuerus called her. In His service, BibleAskTeam This page is also available in: हिन्दी(Hindi)
Vashti. Queen Vashti was the wife of King Ahasuerus (Artaxerxes II) of Persia, as mentioned in the Book of Esther, which is habitually read in the Jewish holiday of Purim to commemorate the Jews ...
According to that tradition, Queen Vashti refused because she did not want to be put on display before a group of salacious (indecent interest), drunken men. This view is not found in the biblical text, nor can it be supported by history. PHOTO: Queen Vashti, the wife who was banished because she was not obedient to the whim of her husband the king.
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Sep 19, 2014 · Additionally, I believe that the Queen was expected to be naked, to showcase her beauty. The Queen refused because she felt this was below her dignity and it was disrespectful of the King to ask. Many times throughout the Bible, God used evil to defeat evil. Vashti had no love for the Jews.
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Queen Vashti’s refusal to come to the King’s party was a deliberate affront. It was unheard of in that society, and it was an act of gross stupidity on Vashti’s behalf, as well as an act of gross rebellion. No wonder her name was never hear of again.
Jun 18, 2019 · Why did Vashti refuse to come? We read that she was hosting her own party for the ladies of the land, an act of being a dutiful consort. But wives were expected to drop less important commitments for more important ones. This was Day Seven of a seven-day-long banquet for all the men in the capital city, with unlimited wine for all.