Esther 5:1

Esther’s Request to the King

1 On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the palace, in front of the king’s hall. The king was sitting on his royal throne in the hall, facing the entrance.

Esther 5:1 in Other Translations

KJV
1 Now it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on her royal apparel, and stood in the inner court of the king's house, over against the king's house: and the king sat upon his royal throne in the royal house, over against the gate of the house.
ESV
1 On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king's palace, in front of the king's quarters, while the king was sitting on his royal throne inside the throne room opposite the entrance to the palace.
NLT
1 On the third day of the fast, Esther put on her royal robes and entered the inner court of the palace, just across from the king’s hall. The king was sitting on his royal throne, facing the entrance.
MSG
1 Three days later Esther dressed in her royal robes and took up a position in the inner court of the palace in front of the king's throne room. The king was on his throne facing the entrance.
CSB
1 On the third day, Esther dressed up in her royal clothing and stood in the inner courtyard of the palace facing it. The king was sitting on his royal throne in the royal courtroom, facing its entrance.

Esther 5:1 Meaning and Commentary

Esther 5:1

Now it came to pass on the third day
Of the fast; though the former Targum paraphrases it the third day of the passover, the sixteenth of Nisan, (See Gill on Esther 4:17), though it is probable this was nearer the time fixed for the destruction of the Jews, see ( Esther 8:9 ) , yet the Jews have fixed the fast of Esther on that very day, the thirteenth of Adar F6:

that Esther put on her royal apparel;
in order to go in to the king, and appear before him; which to do in a mournful habit, such as she had on when fasting, was not proper; for then she put off her royal crown, as is intimated in the additions to the book of Esther,

And upon the third day, when she had ended her prayers, she laid away her mourning garments, and put on her glorious apparel. (Esther 15:1)

and as was usual for princes to do in times of mourning F7; but now she put it on, as both Ben Gorion F8 and the latter Targum affirm:

and stood in the inner court of the king's house, over against the
king's house;
into which none might go but such as were called; yet Esther being queen, the keepers of the door could not forbid her, as Aben Ezra observes:

and the king sat upon his royal throne, in the royal house, over
against the gate of the house;
so that he could see whoever came in at it, into the inner court.


FOOTNOTES:

F6 Vid Reland. Antiqu. Heb. par. 4. c. 13. sect. 5.
F7 Vid. Paschalium de Coronis, l. 10. c. 11. p. 699.
F8 Hist. Heb. Jud. l. 2. c. 4.

Esther 5:1 In-Context

1 On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the palace, in front of the king’s hall. The king was sitting on his royal throne in the hall, facing the entrance.
2 When he saw Queen Esther standing in the court, he was pleased with her and held out to her the gold scepter that was in his hand. So Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter.
3 Then the king asked, “What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be given you.”
4 “If it pleases the king,” replied Esther, “let the king, together with Haman, come today to a banquet I have prepared for him.”
5 “Bring Haman at once,” the king said, “so that we may do what Esther asks.” So the king and Haman went to the banquet Esther had prepared.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Esther 4:16; Ezekiel 16:13
  • 2. Esther 6:4; Proverbs 21:1