Esther 7:1-6 (New Century Version)

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1 So the king and Haman went in to eat with Queen Esther. 2 As they were drinking wine on the second day, the king asked Esther again, "What are you asking for? I will give it to you. What is it you want? I will give you as much as half of my kingdom." 3 Then Queen Esther answered, "My king, if you are pleased with me, and if it pleases you, let me live. This is what I ask. And let my people live, too. This is what I want. 4 My people and I have been sold to be destroyed, to be killed and completely wiped out. If we had been sold as male and female slaves, I would have kept quiet, because that would not be enough of a problem to bother the king." 5 Then King Xerxes asked Queen Esther, "Who is he, and where is he? Who has done such a thing?" 6 Esther said, "Our enemy and foe is this wicked Haman!" Then Haman was filled with terror before the king and queen.
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