NASB — Esther 5 — KJV

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.”

[1] ILit house IILit royal house aEs 4:16 bEs 4:11; 6:4
[2] aEs 2:9 bEs 4:11; 8:4
[3] 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.”

[5] ILit the word of Esther aEs 6:14
[6] ILit at the banquet of wine aEs 7:2 bEs 5:3
[8] ILit my request IILit according to the word of the king aEs 7:3; 8:5 bEs 6:14

Haman’s Pride

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.

[9] IOr move for aEs 2:19 bEs 3:5
[10] ILit sent and brought aEs 6:13
[11] ILit multitude IILit lifted aEs 9:7-10 bEs 3:1
[12] ILit summoned to her aEs 5:8
[13] ILit is not suitable to me aEs 5:9
[14] 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 pass on the third day, that Esther put on [her] royal [apparel], and stood in the inner court of the king's house, over against the king's house: and the king sat upon his royal throne in the royal house, over against the gate of the house. 2 And it was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, [that] she obtained favour in his sight: and the king held out to Esther the golden sceptre that [was] in his hand. So Esther drew near, and touched the top of the sceptre. 3 Then said the king unto her, What wilt thou, queen Esther? and what [is] thy request? it shall be even given thee to the half of the kingdom. 4 And Esther answered, If [it seem] good unto the king, let the king and Haman come this day unto the banquet that I have prepared for him. 5 Then the king said, Cause Haman to make haste, that he may do as Esther hath said. So the king and Haman came to the banquet that Esther had prepared.

[1] 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.
[2] Gn 32:28; Ne 1:11; Es 4:11; 8:4; Ps 116:1; Pv 21:1; Ac 7:10; 10:4.
[3] 1K 2:20; 3:5; Es 5:6; 7:2; 9:12; Mt 20:20; Mk 6:23; Lk 18:41.
[4] Gn 27:25; 32:20; Es 3:15; 5:8; Ps 112:5; Pv 29:11; 1Co 14:20.
[5] Es 6:14.

She, being encouraged by the king in her suit, inviteth them to another banquet the next day.

6 ¶ And the king said unto Esther at the banquet of wine, What [is] thy petition? and it shall be granted thee: and what [is] thy request? even to the half of the kingdom it shall be performed. 7 Then answered Esther, and said, My petition and my request [is]; 8 If I have found favour in the sight of the king, and if it please the king to grant my petition, and to perform my request, let the king and Haman come to the banquet that I shall prepare for them, and I will do to morrow as the king hath said.

[6] Es 5:3; 7:2; 9:12.
[8] Es 6:1; Pv 16:9.

Haman, proud of his advancement, repineth at the contempt of Mordecai.

9 ¶ Then went Haman forth that day joyful and with a glad heart: but when Haman saw Mordecai in the king's gate, that he stood not up, nor moved for him, he was full of indignation against Mordecai. 10 Nevertheless Haman refrained himself: and when he came home, he sent and called for his friends, and Zeresh his wife. 11 And Haman told them of the glory of his riches, and the multitude of his children, and all [the things] wherein the king had promoted him, and how he had advanced him above the princes and servants of the king. 12 Haman said moreover, Yea, Esther the queen did let no man come in with the king unto the banquet that she had prepared but myself; and to morrow am I invited unto her also with the king. 13 Yet all this availeth me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king's gate.

[9] 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.
[10] Gn 43:30; 45:1; 2S 13:22; Es 6:13; Ec 7:9.
[11] 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.
[12] Jb 8:12; 20:5; Ps 37:35; Pv 7:22; 27:1; Lk 21:34; 1Th 5:3.
[13] 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 said Zeresh his wife and all his friends unto him, Let a gallows be made of fifty cubits high, and to morrow speak thou unto the king that Mordecai may be hanged thereon: then go thou in merrily with the king unto the banquet. And the thing pleased Haman; and he caused the gallows to be made.

[14] 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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