Esther’s Banquet

1 So the king and Haman went {to dine} with Queen Esther.

References for Esther 7:1

    • a 7:1 - Literally "to drink"
      2 And the king again said to Esther, on the second day {while they were drinking}, "What [is] your petition, Queen Esther? It will be given to you. What [is] your request? It will be given [to you]--even half the kingdom."

      References for Esther 7:2

        • b 7:2 - Literally "at the meal of wine"
          3 Then Queen Esther answered, and she said, "If I have found favor in your eyes, O king, and if it is good to the king, let my life be given to me at my petition and my people at my request;

          References for Esther 7:3

            • c 7:3 - Or "If I have won your favor"
              4 I and my people have been sold to be destroyed and killed, to be annihilated. If we had been sold as male and female slaves I would have kept quiet, because this is not a need sufficient to trouble the king."

              References for Esther 7:4

                • d 7:4 - Hebrew "there"
                • e 7:4 - See HALOT 1437, s.v. NRSV translates, "but no enemy can compensate for this damage to the king"
                  5 And King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther, "Who [is] he, and where [is] he, who {gave himself the right to do this}?"

                  References for Esther 7:5

                    • f 7:5 - Literally "has filled his heart to do so"
                      6 And Esther said, "The adversary and enemy [is] this evil Haman!" And Haman was terrified before the king and queen.

                      Haman is Hanged

                      7 The king rose in his anger {from the banquet} [and went] to the palace garden, and Haman stood to beg for his life from Queen Esther, for {he realized that the king was determined to make an end to his life}.

                      References for Esther 7:7

                        • g 7:7 - Literally "from the banquet of wine"
                        • h 7:7 - Literally "that evil had been determined for him from the king"
                          8 And the king returned from the palace garden to the {banquet hall}, [where] Haman [was] lying prostrate on the couch that Esther [was] on, and the king said, "Will he also molest the queen with me in the house?" As the words went from the king's mouth they covered Haman's face.

                          References for Esther 7:8

                            • i 7:8 - Literally "house of the meal of wine"
                            • j 7:8 - Hebrew "word"
                              9 And Habrona, one of the eunuchs in the presence of the king, said, "Look, the same gallows that Haman had prepared for Mordecai who spoke good [for the sake] of the king stands at Haman's house, fifty cubits high." And the king said, "Hang him on it."
                              10 And they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai, and the anger of the king was abated.