Then the kingsaid to her, "What is troubling you, QueenEsther? And what is your request? 1Even 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, "2BringHamanquickly that we may doaas Estherdesires." So the king and Hamancame to the banquetwhichEsther had prepared.
6bAs they drank their wine at the banquet, 3the kingsaid 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."
So Estherreplied, "My petition and my request is:
85if I have foundfavor in the sight of the king, and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and docwhat I request, may the king and Hamancome to 6the banquetwhich I will prepare for them, and tomorrow I will dodas the kingsays."
Then Hamanwent out that dayglad and pleased of heart; but when HamansawMordecai7in the king'sgate and 8that he did not stand up or etremblebefore him, Haman was filled with angeragainstMordecai.
10Hamancontrolled himself, however, went to his house and fsent for his friends and his wife9Zeresh.
Then Hamanrecounted 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.
12Hamanalsosaid, "EvenEsther the queen let no one but me come with the king to the banquetwhich she had prepared; and 12tomorrowalso I am iinvited by her with the king.
"Yet all of thisjdoes not satisfy me everytime I seeMordecai the Jewsitting at 13the king'sgate."