Now it came about 1on the thirdday that Estherput on her royalrobes and stood2in the innercourt of the king'spalace in front of the king'sarooms, and the king was sitting on his royalthrone in the bthroneroom, opposite the entrance to the palace.
When the kingsawEsther the queenstanding in the court, 3she obtainedfavor in his sight; and 4the kingextended to Esther the goldenscepterwhich was in his hand. So Esthercamenear and touched the top of the scepter.
Then the kingsaid to her, "What is troubling you, QueenEsther? And what is your request? 5Even to half of the kingdom it shall be given to you."
4Esthersaid, "If it pleases the king, may the king and Hamancome this day to the banquet that I have prepared for him."
Then the kingsaid, "6BringHamanquickly that we may docas Estherdesires." So the king and Hamancame to the banquetwhichEsther had prepared.
6dAs they drank their wine at the banquet, 7the kingsaid to Esther, "8What is your petition, for it shall be granted to you. And what is your request? Even to half of the kingdom it shall be done."
So Estherreplied, "My petition and my request is:
89if I have foundfavor in the sight of the king, and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and doewhat I request, may the king and Hamancome to 10the banquetwhich I will prepare for them, and tomorrow I will dofas the kingsays."
Then Hamanwent out that dayglad and pleased of heart; but when HamansawMordecai11in the king'sgate and 12that he did not stand up or gtremblebefore him, Haman was filled with angeragainstMordecai.
10Hamancontrolled himself, however, went to his house and hsent for his friends and his wife13Zeresh.
Then Hamanrecounted to them the glory of his riches, and the i14number of his sons, and every instance where the king had magnified him and how he had j15promoted him above the princes and servants of the king.
12Hamanalsosaid, "EvenEsther the queen let no one but me come with the king to the banquetwhich she had prepared; and 16tomorrowalso I am kinvited by her with the king.
"Yet all of thisldoes not satisfy me everytime I seeMordecai the Jewsitting at 17the king'sgate."
Then Zeresh his wife and all his friendssaid to him, "18Have a mgallowsfiftycubitshighmade and in the morningask the king to have Mordecaihanged on it; then gojoyfully with the king to the banquet." And the nadvicepleasedHaman, so he had the gallowsmade.