King James Version
Estherís Request to the
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
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.
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 tomorrow as the king hath said.
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.
14 Then said Zeresh his wife and all his friends unto him, Let a
gallows be made of fifty cubits high, and tomorrow 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.1
References and notes
1. King James Authorized Version
2. CLARKE'S COMMENTARY
- ESTHER 1 - http://www.godrules.net/library/clarke/clarkeest1.htm
CLARKE'S COMMENTARY - ESTHER 5 - http://www.godrules.net/library/clarke/clarkeest5.htm
4. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -