NASB — Esther 7 — KJV

Esther’s Plea

1 Now the king and Haman came to drink [wine] with Esther the queen. 2 And the king said to Esther on the second day also Ias they drank their wine at the banquet, “aWhat is your petition, Queen Esther? It shall be granted you. And what is your request? bEven to half of the kingdom it shall be done.” 3 Then Queen Esther replied, “aIf I have found favor in your sight, O king, and if it pleases the king, let my life be given me as my petition, and my people as my request; 4 for awe have been sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, bto be killed and to be annihilated. Now if we had only been sold as slaves, men and women, I would have remained silent, for the Itrouble would not be commensurate with the IIannoyance to the king.” 5 Then King Ahasuerus Iasked Queen Esther, “Who is he, and where is he, IIwho would presume to do thus?” 6 Esther said, “aA foe and an enemy is this wicked Haman!” Then Haman became terrified before the king and queen.

[2] ILit at the banquet of wine aEs 5:6; 9:12 bEs 5:3
[3] aEs 5:8; 8:5
[4] IOr enemy could not compensate for the loss IIOr damage aEs 3:9 bEs 3:13
[5] ILit said and said to IILit whose heart has been filled
[6] aEs 3:10

Haman Is Hanged

7 The king arose ain his anger from Idrinking wine [and went] into bthe palace garden; but Haman stayed to beg for his life from Queen Esther, for he saw that harm had been determined against him by the king. 8 Now when the king returned from the palace garden into the Iplace where they were drinking wine, Haman was falling on athe couch where Esther was. Then the king said, “Will he even assault the queen with me in the house?” As the word went out of the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face. 9 Then Harbonah, one of the eunuchs who [were] before the king said, “Behold indeed, athe gallows standing at Haman’s house fifty cubits high, which Haman made for Mordecai bwho spoke good on behalf of the king!” And the king said, “Hang him on it.” 10 aSo they hanged Haman on the Igallows which he had prepared for Mordecai, band the king’s anger subsided.

[7] ILit the banquet of wine aEs 1:12 bEs 1:5
[8] ILit house of the banquet of wine aEs 1:6
[9] aEs 5:14 bEs 2:22
[10] ILit tree aPs 7:16; 94:23 bEs 7:7, 8


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Esther intertaining the king and Haman, maketh suit for her owne life, and her people's.

1 ¶ So the king and Haman came to banquet with Esther the queen. 2 And the king said again unto Esther on the second day at the banquet of wine, What [is] thy petition, queen Esther? and it shall be granted thee: and what [is] thy request? and it shall be performed, [even] to the half of the kingdom. 3 Then Esther the queen answered and said, If I have found favour in thy sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request: 4 For we are sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be slain, and to perish. But if we had been sold for bondmen and bondwomen, I had held my tongue, although the enemy could not countervail the king's damage.

[1] Es 3:15; 5:8.
[2] Es 5:6; Jn 16:24.
[3] 1K 20:31; 2K 1:13; Es 4:8; 7:7; Jb 2:4; Ps 122:6; Jr 38:26.
[4] Gn 37:26; Dt 28:68; Jsh 9:23; 1S 22:23; Ne 5:5; Es 3:9, 13; 4:7; 7:6; 8:11; Ps 44:22; Jol 3:6; Am 2:6.

She accuseth Haman.

5 ¶ Then the king Ahasuerus answered and said unto Esther the queen, Who is he, and where is he, that durst presume in his heart to do so? 6 And Esther said, The adversary and enemy [is] this wicked Haman. Then Haman was afraid before the king and the queen.

[5] Gn 27:33; Jb 9:24; Ac 5:3.
[6] 1S 24:13; Ne 6:16; Jb 15:21; 18:5; Ps 27:2; 73:5, 17; 139:19; Pv 16:14; 24:24; Ec 5:8; Is 21:4; Dn 5:5; 1Co 5:13; 2Th 2:8.

The king in his anger understanding of the gallows, which Haman had made for Mordecai, causeth him to be hanged thereon.

7 ¶ And the king arising from the banquet of wine in his wrath [went] into the palace garden: and Haman stood up to make request for his life to Esther the queen; for he saw that there was evil determined against him by the king. 8 Then the king returned out of the palace garden into the place of the banquet of wine; and Haman was fallen upon the bed whereon Esther [was]. Then said the king, Will he force the queen also before me in the house? As the word went out of the king's mouth, they covered Haman's face. 9 And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said before the king, Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman had made for Mordecai, who had spoken good for the king, standeth in the house of Haman. Then the king said, Hang him thereon. 10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king's wrath pacified.

[7] 1S 20:7, 9; 25:17; Es 1:12; Ps 112:10; Pv 14:19; 19:12; Is 60:14; Dn 3:19; Rv 3:9.
[8] Es 1:6; 6:12; Jb 9:24; Is 22:17; 49:23.
[9] 1S 17:51; 2K 9:32; Es 1:10; 2:21; 5:14; 6:2, 14; 9:25; Jb 27:20; Ps 7:15; 9:15; 35:8; 37:35; 73:19; 141:10; Pv 11:5; Dn 6:7, 24.
[10] Jg 15:7; Ezk 5:13; Zc 6:8.


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