Esther Plans a Banquet
1 Now it came° about aon the third° day° that Esther° put° on her royal° robes° and stood° bin the inner° court° of the king’s° palace° in front° of the king’s° Irooms°, and the king° was sitting° on his royal° throne° in the IIthrone° room°, opposite° the entrance° to the palace°. 2 When the king° saw° Esther° the queen° standing° in the court°, ashe obtained° favor° in his sight°; and bthe king° extended° to Esther° the golden° scepter° which° [was] in his hand°. So Esther° came° near° and touched° the top° of the scepter°. 3 Then the king° said° to her, “What° is [troubling] you, Queen° Esther°? And what° is your request°? aEven° to half° of the kingdom° it shall be given° to you.” 4 Esther° said°, “If° it pleases° the king°, may the king° and Haman° come° this day° to the banquet° that I have prepared° for him.”
 ILit house IILit royal house aEs 4:16 bEs 4:11; 6:4
 aEs 2:9 bEs 4:11; 8:4
 aEs 7:2; Mk 6:23
5 ¶ Then the king° said°, “aBring° Haman° quickly° that we may do° Ias Esther° desires°.” So the king° and Haman° came° to the banquet° which° Esther° had prepared°. 6 IAs they drank° their wine° at the banquet°, athe king° said° to Esther°, “bWhat° is your petition°, for it shall be granted° to you. And what° is your request°? Even° to half° of the kingdom° it shall be done°.” 7 So Esther° replied°, “My petition° and my request° is: 8 aif° I have found° favor° in the sight° of the king°, and if° it pleases° the king° to grant° my petition° and do° Iwhat° I request°, may the king° and Haman° come° to bthe banquet° which° I will prepare° for them, and tomorrow° I will do° IIas the king° says°.”
 ILit the word of Esther aEs 6:14
 ILit at the banquet of wine aEs 7:2 bEs 5:3
 ILit my request IILit according to the word of the king aEs 7:3; 8:5 bEs 6:14
9 ¶ Then Haman° went° out that day° glad° and pleased° of heart°; but when Haman° saw° Mordecai° ain the king’s° gate° and bthat he did not stand° up or Itremble° before° him, Haman° was filled° with anger° against° Mordecai°. 10 Haman° controlled° himself, however, went° to his house° and Isent° for his friends° and his wife° aZeresh°. 11 Then Haman° recounted° to them the glory° of his riches°, and the Ianumber° of his sons°, and every° [instance] where° the king° had magnified° him and how° he had IIbpromoted° him above° the princes° and servants° of the king°. 12 Haman° also° said°, “Even° Esther° the queen° let no° one but me come° with the king° to the banquet° which° she had prepared°; and atomorrow° also° I am Iinvited° by her with the king°. 13 Yet all° of this° Idoes not satisfy° me every° time° I see° Mordecai° the Jew° sitting° at athe king’s° gate°.” 14 Then Zeresh° his wife° and all° his friends° said° to him, “aHave a Igallows° fifty° cubits° high° made° and in the morning° ask° the king° to have Mordecai° hanged° on it; then go° joyfully° with the king° to the banquet°.” And the IIadvice° pleased° Haman°, so he had the gallows° made°.
 IOr move for aEs 2:19 bEs 3:5
 ILit sent and brought aEs 6:13
 ILit multitude IILit lifted aEs 9:7-10 bEs 3:1
 ILit summoned to her aEs 5:8
 ILit is not suitable to me aEs 5:9
 ILit tree IILit thing aEs 6:4; 7:9, 10
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Esther, adventuring on the king's favour, obtaineth the grace of the golden sceptre, and inviteth the king and Haman to a banquet.
1 ¶ Now it came to pass² on the thirdº day,º that Estherº put onºª [her] royalº [apparel], and stoodºª in the innerº courtº of the king'sº house,º over againstº the king'sº house:º and the kingº satºª upon² his royalº throneº in the royalº house,º over againstº the gateº of the house.º 2 And it was² so, when the kingº sawºª² Estherº the queenº standingºª in the court,º [that] she obtainedºª favourº in his sight:º and the kingº held outºª to Estherº² the goldenº sceptreº that² [was] in his hand.º So Estherº drew near,ºª and touchedºª the topº of the sceptre.º 3 Then saidºª the kingº unto her, What² wilt thou, queenº Esther?º and what² [is] thy request?º it shall be even givenºª thee to² the halfº of the kingdom.º 4 And Estherº answered,ºª If² [it seem] goodºª unto² the king,º let the kingº and Hamanº comeºª this dayº unto² the banquetº that² I have preparedºª for him. 5 Then the kingº said,ºª Cause² Hamanº to make haste,ºª that he may doºª² as Estherº hath said.º So the kingº and Hamanº cameºª to² the banquetº that² Estherº had prepared.ºª
 1K 10:18; Es 1:11; 4:11, 16; 6:4; 8:15; Mt 10:16; 11:8; 27:64; Lk 22:30; 1P 3:3; Rv 3:21.
 Gn 32:28; Ne 1:11; Es 4:11; 8:4; Ps 116:1; Pv 21:1; Ac 7:10; 10:4.
 1K 2:20; 3:5; Es 5:6; 7:2; 9:12; Mt 20:20; Mk 6:23; Lk 18:41.
 Gn 27:25; 32:20; Es 3:15; 5:8; Ps 112:5; Pv 29:11; 1Co 14:20.
 Es 6:14.
She, being encouraged by the king in her suit, inviteth them to another banquet the next day.
6 ¶ And the kingº saidºª unto Estherº at the banquetº of wine,º What² [is] thy petition?º and it shall be grantedºª thee: and what² [is] thy request?º even to² the halfº of the kingdomº it shall be performed.ºª 7 Then answeredºª Esther,º and said,ºª My petitionº and my requestº [is]; 8 If² I have foundºª favourº in the sightº of the king,º and if² it pleaseºª² the kingº to grantºª² my petition,º and to performºª² my request,º let the kingº and Hamanº comeºª to² the banquetº that² I shall prepareºª for them, and I will doºª to morrowº as the kingº hath said.º
Haman, proud of his advancement, repineth at the contempt of Mordecai.
9 ¶ Then went¹ª Haman¹ forthºª² that² dayº joyfulº and with a gladº heart:º but when Hamanº sawºª² Mordecaiº in the king'sº gate,º that he stood not up,ºª² nor² movedºª for² him,² heº was fullºª of indignationº against² Mordecai.º 10 Nevertheless Hamanº refrained¹ª himself:² and when he cameºª² home,º he sentºª and calledºª for² his friends,ºª and Zereshº his wife.º 11 And Hamanº toldºª them of² the gloryº of his riches,º and the multitudeº of his children,º and all² [the things] wherein² the kingº had promotedºª him, and how² he had advancedºª him above² the princesº and servantsº of the king.º 12 Hamanº saidºª moreover,² Yea, Estherº the queenº did let no² man come inºª with² the kingº unto² the banquetº that² she had preparedºª but²² myself; and to morrowº am I² invitedºª unto her also² with² the king.º 13 Yet all² this² availethºª me nothing,² so long²² as¹ I² seeºª² Mordecaiº the Jewº sittingºª at the king'sº gate.º
 1K 21:4; Es 3:2, 5; Jb 20:5; 31:31; Ps 15:4; 27:3; Dn 3:13, 16; Am 6:12; Mt 2:16; 10:28; Lk 6:25; Jn 16:20; Ac 7:54; Jm 4:9.
 Gn 43:30; 45:1; 2S 13:22; Es 6:13; Ec 7:9.
 Gn 31:1; Es 1:4; 3:1; 9:7, 12; Jb 27:14; 31:24; Ps 49:6, 16; Is 10:8; Jr 9:23; Dn 4:30; Ho 9:13; Mk 10:24; Lk 12:19; 1Ti 6:17.
 Jb 8:12; 20:5; Ps 37:35; Pv 7:22; 27:1; Lk 21:34; 1Th 5:3.
 1K 21:4; Jb 15:20; 18:4; Ec 1:2, 14; Php 4:11.
By the counsel of Zeresh he buildeth for him a pair of gallows.
14 ¶ Then saidºª Zereshº his wifeº and all² his friendsºª unto him, Let a gallowsº be madeºª of fiftyº cubitsº high,º and to morrowº speakºª thou unto the kingº that² Mordecaiº may be hangedºª thereon:² then goºª thou in merrilyº with² the kingº unto² the banquet.º And the thingº pleasedººª Haman;º and he caused¹ª the gallowsº to be made.ºª
 2S 13:3; 16:21; 17:1; 1K 21:7, 25; 2Ch 22:3; Es 3:8, 15; 6:4; 7:9, 10; Ps 7:13; 9:15; 37:14, 32; Pv 1:18; 4:16; Am 6:4; Mk 6:19; 14:10; Ac 23:14; Ro 1:32; 3:15; Rv 11:10.
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