for he sent letters into all the king’s provinces, into every province in its own script and to every people in their own language, that every man should be a governor in his own house and speak the language of his own people. Bible see other translations

“speak the language of his own people.” This reflects upon the custom of the rich and powerful marrying many wives including wives from foreign countries who did not speak the language of the husband. Thus the king’s edict emphasized the fact that a man who married a foreign wife had no obligation to learn her language; she was to learn his.

Commentary for: Esther 1:22