Esther 5:4

Overview - Esther 5
Esther, adventuring on the king's favour, obtains the grace of the golden sceptre, and invites the king and Haman to a banquet.
She, being encouraged by the king in her suit, invites them to another banquet the next day.
Haman, proud of his advancement, repines at the contempt of Mordecai.
14 By the counsel of Zeresh he prepares for him a gallows.
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Esther 5:4  (King James Version)
And Esther answered, If it seem good unto the king, let the king and Haman come this day unto the banquet that I have prepared for him.

If it seem
8 ; Proverbs 29:11

the banquet {Mishteh,} from {shathah,} "to drink," a
compotation. feast, or banquet accompanied with drinking; the drinking in the East being at the beginning, and not at the end of the entertainment. Olearius, describing an entertainment at the Persian court, says, "The floor of the hall was covered with cotton cloth, which was covered with all sorts of fruits and sweetmeats in basons of gold. With them was served up excellent Shiraz wine. After an hour's time, the sweetmeats were removed, to make way for the more substantial part of the entertainment, such as rice, boiled and roast mutton, etc. When the company had been at table an hour and a half, warm water was brought, in a ewer of gold, for washing; and grace being said, they began to retire without speaking a word, according to the custom of the country."
8 ; 3:15 Genesis 27:25 ; 32:20 Psalms 112:5 ; 1 Corinthians 14:20