Esther 7

Esther's Plea

1 Now the king and Haman came to drink wine with Esther the queen.
2 And the king said to Esther on the second day also as they drank their wine at the banquet, "1What is your petition, Queen Esther? It shall be granted you. And what is your request? 2Even to half of the kingdom it shall be done."
3 Then Queen Esther replied, "3If I have found favor in your sight, O king, and if it pleases the king, let my life be given me as my petition, and my people as my request;
4 for 4we have been sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, 5to be killed and to be annihilated. Now if we had only been sold as slaves *, men and women, I would have remained silent, for the trouble would not be commensurate with the annoyance to the king."
5 Then King Ahasuerus asked Queen Esther, "Who is he, and where is he, who would presume * to do thus?"
6 Esther said, "6A foe and an enemy is this wicked Haman!" Then Haman became terrified before * the king and queen.

Haman Is Hanged

7 The king arose 7in his anger from drinking wine and went into 8the palace garden; but Haman stayed to beg for his life from Queen Esther, for he saw that harm had been determined against him by the king.
8 Now when the king returned from the palace garden into the place where they were drinking wine, Haman was falling on 9the couch where * Esther was. Then the king said, "Will he even assault the queen with me in the house?" As the word went out of the king's mouth, they covered Haman's face.
9 Then Harbonah, one of the eunuchs who were before the king said, "Behold indeed, 10the gallows standing at Haman's house fifty cubits high, which Haman made for Mordecai 11who spoke good on behalf of the king!" And the king said, "Hang him on it."
10 12So they hanged Haman on the gallows which he had prepared for Mordecai, 13and the king's anger subsided.
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