1And it cometh to pass on the third day, that Esther putteth on royalty, and standeth in the inner-court of the house of the
king over-against the house of the king, and the king is sitting on his royal throne, in the royal-house, over-against the
opening of the house,
2and it cometh to pass, at the king`s seeing Esther the queen standing in the court, she hath received grace in his eyes,
and the king holdeth out to Esther the golden sceptre that [is] in his hand, and Esther draweth near, and toucheth the top
of the sceptre.
3And the king saith to her, `What -- to thee Esther, O queen? and what thy request? unto the half of the kingdom -- and it
is given to thee.`
4And Esther saith, `If unto the king [it be] good, the king doth come in, and Haman, to-day, unto the banquet that I have
made for him;`
5and the king saith, `Haste ye Haman -- to do the word of Esther;` and the king cometh in, and Haman, unto the banquet that
Esther hath made.
6And the king saith to Esther, during the banquet of wine, `What [is] thy petition? and it is given to thee; and what thy
request? unto the half of the kingdom -- and it is done.`
7And Esther answereth and saith, `My petition and my request [is]:
8if I have found grace in the eyes of the king, and if unto the king [it be] good, to give my petition, and to perform my
request, the king doth come, and Haman, unto the banquet that I make for them, and to-morrow I do according to the word of
9And Haman goeth forth on that day rejoicing and glad in heart, and at Haman`s seeing Mordecai in the gate of the king, and
he hath not risen nor moved for him, then is Haman full of fury against Mordecai.
10And Haman forceth himself, and cometh in unto his house, and sendeth, and bringeth in his friends, and Zeresh his wife,
11and Haman recounteth to them the glory of his wealth, and the abundance of his sons, and all that with which the king made
him great, and with which he lifted him up above the heads and servants of the king.
12And Haman saith, `Yea, Esther the queen brought none in with the king, unto the feast that she made, except myself, and
also for to-morrow I am called to her, with the king,
13and all this is not profitable to me, during all the time that I am seeing Mordecai the Jew sitting in the gate of the king.`
14And Zeresh his wife saith to him, and all his friends, `Let them prepare a tree, in height fifty cubits, and in the morning
speak to the king, and they hang Mordecai on it, and go thou in with the king unto the banquet rejoicing;` and the thing
is good before Haman, and he prepareth the tree.