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: