Esther 5:3-13 (New American Standard)

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3 Then the king said to her, "What is troubling you, Queen Esther? And what is your request? 1Even to half of the kingdom it shall be given to you." 4 Esther said, "If it pleases the king, may the king and Haman come this day to the banquet that I have prepared for him." 5 Then the king said, "2Bring Haman quickly that we may do aas Esther desires." So the king and Haman came to the banquet which Esther had prepared. 6 bAs they drank their wine at the banquet, 3the king said to Esther, "4What 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." 7 So Esther replied, "My petition and my request is: 8 5if I have found favor in the sight of the king, and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and do cwhat I request, may the king and Haman come to 6the banquet which I will prepare for them, and tomorrow I will do das the king says."

Haman's Pride

9 Then Haman went out that day glad and pleased of heart; but when Haman saw Mordecai 7in the king's gate and 8that he did not stand up or etremble before him, Haman was filled with anger against Mordecai. 10 Haman controlled himself, however, went to his house and fsent for his friends and his wife 9Zeresh. 11 Then Haman recounted to them the glory of his riches, and the g10number of his sons, and every instance where the king had magnified him and how he had h11promoted him above the princes and servants of the king. 12 Haman also said, "Even Esther the queen let no one but me come with the king to the banquet which she had prepared; and 12tomorrow also I am iinvited by her with the king. 13 "Yet all of this jdoes not satisfy me every time I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at 13the king's gate."
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