1So the king and Haman came to banquet with Esther the queen.
2The king said again to Esther on the second day at the banquet of wine,
What is your petition, queen Esther? and it shall be granted you: and what is
your request? even to the half of the kingdom it shall be performed.
3Then Esther the queen answered, If I have found favor in your sight, O
king, and if it please the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and
my people at my request:
4for we are sold, I and my people, to be
destroyed, to be slain, and to perish. But if we had been sold for
bondservants and bondmaids, I had held my peace, although the adversary could
not have compensated for the king’s damage.
5Then spoke the king
Ahasuerus and said to Esther the queen, Who is he, and where is he, that
dared presume in his heart to do so?
6Esther said, An adversary and an
enemy, even this wicked Haman. Then Haman was afraid before the king and the
7The king arose in his wrath from the banquet of wine and
went into the palace garden: and Haman stood up to make request for his
life to Esther the queen; for he saw that there was evil determined against
him by the king.
8Then the king returned out of the palace garden into
the place of the banquet of wine; and Haman was fallen on the couch whereon
Esther was. Then said the king, Will he even force the queen before me in the
house? As the word went out of the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face.
9Then said Harbonah, one of the chamberlains who were before the king,
Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman has made for
Mordecai, who spoke good for the king, stands in the house of Haman. The king
said, Hang him thereon.
10So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had
prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king’s wrath pacified.