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Esther 5 :: New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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Esther Plans a Banquet

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 5:1 - Now it came about on the third day that Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace in front of the king’s [fn]rooms, and the king was sitting on his royal throne in the [fn]throne room, opposite the entrance to the palace.

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 5:2 - When the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, she obtained favor in his sight; and the king extended to Esther the golden scepter which was in his hand. So Esther came near and touched the top of the scepter.

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 5:3 - Then the king said to her, “What is troubling you, Queen Esther? And what is your request? Even to half of the kingdom it shall be given to you.”

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 5:4 - Esther said, “If it pleases the king, may the king and Haman come this day to the banquet that I have prepared for him.”

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 5:5 - Then the king said, “Bring Haman quickly that we may do [fn]as Esther desires.” So the king and Haman came to the banquet which Esther had prepared.

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 5:6 - [fn]As they drank their wine at the banquet, the king said to Esther, “What is your petition, for it shall be granted to you. And what is your request? Even to half of the kingdom it shall be done.”

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 5:7 - So Esther replied, “My petition and my request is:

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 5:8 - if I have found favor in the sight of the king, and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and do [fn]what I request, may the king and Haman come to the banquet which I will prepare for them, and tomorrow I will do [fn]as the king says.”

Haman's Pride

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 5:9 - Then Haman went out that day glad and pleased of heart; but when Haman saw Mordecai in the king’s gate and that he did not stand up or [fn]tremble before him, Haman was filled with anger against Mordecai.

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 5:10 - Haman controlled himself, however, went to his house and [fn]sent for his friends and his wife Zeresh.

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 5:11 - Then Haman recounted to them the glory of his riches, and the [fn]number of his sons, and every instance where the king had magnified him and how he had [fn]promoted him above the princes and servants of the king.

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 5:12 - Haman also said, “Even Esther the queen let no one but me come with the king to the banquet which she had prepared; and tomorrow also I am [fn]invited by her with the king.

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 5:13 - “Yet all of this [fn]does not satisfy me every time I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king’s gate.”

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 5:14 - Then Zeresh his wife and all his friends said to him, “Have a [fn]gallows fifty cubits high made and in the morning ask the king to have Mordecai hanged on it; then go joyfully with the king to the banquet.” And the [fn]advice pleased Haman, so he had the gallows made.
NASB Footnotes
Literally: house
Literally: royal house
Literally: the word of Esther
Literally: at the banquet of wine
Literally: my request
Literally: according to the word of the king
Or, move for
Literally: sent and brought
Literally: multitude
Literally: lifted
Literally: summoned to her
Literally: is not suitable to me
Literally: tree
Literally: thing

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