Esther 5

Esther Approaches the King

1On the third day, a Esther dressed up in her royal clothing and stood in the inner courtyard b of the palace facing it. The king was sitting on his royal throne in the royal courtroom, facing its entrance. 2As soon as the king saw Queen Esther standing in the courtyard, she won his approval.
Lit she obtained favor in his eyes; Est 2:15,17
The king extended the gold scepter in his hand toward Esther, and she approached and touched the tip of the scepter. d

3 “What is it, Queen Esther?” the king asked her. “Whatever you want, even to half the kingdom, will be given to you.” e

4 “If it pleases the king,” Esther replied, “may the king and Haman come today to the banquet f I have prepared for them.”

5The king commanded, “Hurry, and get Haman so we can do as Esther has requested.” So the king and Haman went to the banquet Esther had prepared.

6While drinking the
Lit During the banquet of
wine, h the king asked Esther, “Whatever you ask will be given to you. Whatever you want, even to half the kingdom, will be done.”

7 Esther answered, “This is my petition and my request: 8 If the king approves of me
Lit If I have found favor in the eyes of the king
and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and perform my request, j may the king and Haman come to the banquet I will prepare for them. k Tomorrow I will do what the king has asked.”

9 That day Haman left full of joy and in good spirits.
Lit left rejoicing and good of heart
m But when Haman saw Mordecai at the King’s Gate, and Mordecai didn’t rise or tremble in fear at his presence, Haman was filled with rage toward Mordecai. n
10Yet Haman controlled himself and went home. He sent for his friends and his wife Zeresh o to join him. 11Then Haman described for them his glorious wealth and his many sons. He told them all how the king had honored him and promoted him in rank over the other officials and the royal staff. p 12“What’s more,” Haman added, “Queen Esther invited no one but me to join the king at the banquet she had prepared. I am invited again tomorrow to join her with the king. 13Still, none of this satisfies me since I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the King’s Gate all the time.”

14His wife Zeresh and all his friends told him, “Have them build a gallows 75 feet
Lit 50 cubits
high. r Ask the king in the morning to hang Mordecai on it. Then go to the banquet with the king and enjoy yourself.” The advice pleased Haman, so he had the gallows constructed. s
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