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.