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1. Now it came to pass on the third day [of the fast] that Esther put on her royal apparel [put off her garb of woe, and put on her queenly robes], and stood in the inner court of the king's house, over against the king's house [in a magnificent Persian pillared hall]: and the king sat upon his royal throne in the royal house over against the gate of the house.
2. And it was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, that she obtained favour in his sight: and the king held out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand. So Esther drew near, and touched the top of the sceptre.
3. Then said the king unto her, What wilt thou, queen Esther? and what is thy request [the Orientals granted requests beforehand]? it shall be even given thee to the half of the kingdom.
4. And Esther answered, If it seem good unto the king, let the king and Hainan come this day unto the banquet that I have prepared for him.
5. Then the king said, Cause Haman to make haste, that he may do as Esther hath said. So the king and Haman came to the banquet that Esther had prepared.
6. ¶ And the king said unto Esther at the banquet of wine [the dessert], What is thy petition? and it shall be granted thee: and what is thy request? even to the half of the kingdom it shall be performed.
7. Then answered Esther, and said, My petition and my request is:
8. If I have found favour in the sight of the king, and if it please the king to grant my petition, and to perform my request, let the king and Haman come to the banquet that I shall prepare for them, and I will do tomorrow as the king hath said.
9. ¶ Then went Haman forth that day joyful and with a glad heart: but when Haman saw Mordecai in the king's gate, that he stood not up [needless rudeness], nor moved for him, he was full of indignation against Mordecai.
10. Nevertheless Haman refrained himself: and when he came home he sent and called for his friends, and Zeresh his wife.
11. And Haman told them of the glory of his riches, and the multitude of his children [he had ten sons, see ch. Est 9:10 ], and all the things wherein the king had promoted him, and how he had advanced him above the princes and servants of the king.
12. Haman said moreover, Yea, Esther the queen did let no man come in with the king unto the banquet that she had prepared but myself; and tomorrow am I invited unto her also with the king.
13. Yet all this availeth me nothing [contenteth me not], so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king's gate.
14. ¶ Then said Zeresh his wife and all his friends unto him, Let a gallows [tree] be made of fifty cubits high [seventy-five feet, probably a mistake in the number], and tomorrow speak thou unto the king that Mordecai may be hanged thereon: then go thou in merrily with the king unto the banquet. And the thing pleased Haman; and he caused the gallows to be made.
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Parker, Joseph. "Commentary on Esther 5". Parker's The People's Bible. https://www.studylight.org/
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