So the king and Haman went to dine1 with Queen Esther,
and as they were drinking wine2 on that second day, the king again asked, "Queen Esther, what is your petition? It will be given you. What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom,3 it will be granted.4"
Then Queen Esther answered, "If I have found favor5 with you, O king, and if it pleases your majesty, grant me my life--this is my petition. And spare my people--this is my request.
For I and my people have been sold for destruction and slaughter and annihilation.6 If we had merely been sold as male and female slaves, I would have kept quiet, because no such distress would justify disturbing the king.a "
King Xerxes asked Queen Esther, "Who is he? Where is the man who has dared to do such a thing?"
Esther said, "The adversary and enemy is this vile Haman." Then Haman was terrified before the king and queen.
The king got up in a rage,7 left his wine and went out into the palace garden.8 But Haman, realizing that the king had already decided his fate,9 stayed behind to beg Queen Esther for his life.
Just as the king returned from the palace garden to the banquet hall, Haman was falling on the couch10 where Esther was reclining.11 The king exclaimed, "Will he even molest the queen while she is with me in the house?"12 As soon as the word left the king's mouth, they covered Haman's face.139
Then Harbona,14 one of the eunuchs attending the king, said, "A gallows seventy-five feetb high15 stands by Haman's house. He had it made for Mordecai, who spoke up to help the king." The king said, "Hang him on it!"1610
So they hanged17 Haman18 on the gallows19 he had prepared for Mordecai.20 Then the king's fury subsided.21