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Esther 5 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Esther’s Banquet
The Courage of Esther

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 5:1 - Now it happened on the third day that Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace, across from the king’s house, while the king sat on his royal throne in the royal house, facing the entrance of the house.[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 5:2 - So it was, when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, that she found favor in his sight, and the king held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. Then Esther went near and touched the top of the scepter.

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 5:3 - And the king said to her, “What do you wish, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given to you—up to half the kingdom!”

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 5:4 - So Esther answered, “If it pleases the king, let the king and Haman come today to the banquet that I have prepared for him.”

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 5:5 - Then the king said, “Bring Haman quickly, that he may do as Esther has said.” So the king and Haman went to the banquet that Esther had prepared.

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 5:6 - At the banquet of wine the king said to Esther, “What is your petition? It shall be granted you. What is your request, up to half the kingdom? It shall be done!”

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 5:7 - Then Esther answered and said, “My petition and request is this:

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 fulfill my request, then let the king and Haman come to the banquet which I will prepare for them, and tomorrow I will do as the king has said.”
Haman’s Plot Against Mordecai

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 5:9 - So Haman went out that day joyful and with a glad heart; but when Haman saw Mordecai in the king’s gate, and that he did not stand or tremble before him, he was filled with indignation against Mordecai.

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 5:10 - Nevertheless Haman restrained himself and went home, and he sent and called for his friends and his wife Zeresh.

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 5:11 - Then Haman told them of his great riches, the multitude of his children, everything in which the king had promoted him, and how he had advanced him above the officials and servants of the king.

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 5:12 - Moreover Haman said, “Besides, Queen Esther invited no one but me to come in with the king to the banquet that she prepared; and tomorrow I am again invited by her, along with the king.

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 5:13 - “Yet all this avails me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king’s gate.”

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 5:14 - Then his wife Zeresh and all his friends said to him, “Let a gallows be made, fifty cubits high, and in the morning suggest to the king that Mordecai be hanged on it; then go merrily with the king to the banquet.” And the thing pleased Haman; so he had the gallows made.
NKJV Footnotes
Septuagint adds many extra details in verses 1 and 2.
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