So the king and Haman went in to feast with Queen Esther.
And on the second day, as they were drinking wine after the feast, the king again said to Esther, c "What is your wish, Queen Esther? It shall be granted you. And what is your request? d Even to the half of my kingdom, it shall be fulfilled."
Then Queen Esther answered, e "If I have found favor in your sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be granted me for my wish, and my people for my request.
f For we have been sold, I and my people, g to be destroyed, to be killed, and to be annihilated. If we had been sold merely as slaves, men and women, I would have been silent, for our affliction is not to be compared with the loss to the king."
Then King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther, "Who is he, and where is he, who has dared to do this?"
And Esther said, h "A foe and enemy! This wicked Haman!" Then Haman was terrified before the king and the queen.
And the king arose in his wrath from the wine-drinking and went into i the palace garden, but Haman stayed to beg for his life from Queen Esther, for he saw that harm was determined against him by the king.
And the king returned from i the palace garden to the place where they were drinking wine, as Haman was falling on j the couch where Esther was. And the king said, "Will he even assault the queen in my presence, in my own house?" As the word left the mouth of the king, they covered Haman's face.
Then k Harbona, one of the eunuchs in attendance on the king, said, "Moreover, l the gallows that Haman has prepared for Mordecai, m whose word saved the king, is standing at Haman's house, fifty cubits high."
And the king said, "Hang him on that." n So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. o Then the wrath of the king abated.
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
And as they were drinking wine after the feast, the king said to Esther, "What is your wish? It shall be granted you. And what is your request? Even to the half of my kingdom, it shall be fulfilled.
And the king said to Queen Esther, "In Susa the citadel the Jews have killed and destroyed 500 men and also the ten sons of Haman. What then have they done in the rest of the king's provinces! Now what is your wish? It shall be granted you. And what further is your request? It shall be fulfilled.
And the king said to her, "What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given you, even to the half of my kingdom.
If I have found favor in the sight of the king, and if it please the king to grant my wish and fulfill my request, let the king and Haman come to the feast that I will prepare for them, and tomorrow I will do as the king has said.
If it please the king, let it be decreed that they be destroyed, and I will pay 10,000 talents of silver into the hands of those who have charge of the king's business, that they may put it into the king's treasuries.
And Mordecai told him all that had happened to him, and the exact sum of money that Haman had promised to pay into the king's treasuries for the destruction of the Jews.
Letters were sent by couriers to all the king's provinces with instruction to destroy, to kill, and to annihilate all Jews, young and old, women and children, in one day, the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar, and to plunder their goods.
Saying that the king allowed the Jews who were in every city to gather and defend their lives, to destroy, to kill, and to annihilate any armed force of any people or province that might attack them, children and women included, and to plunder their goods.
So the king took his signet ring from his hand and gave it to Haman the Agagite, the son of Hammedatha, the enemy of the Jews.
And when these days were completed, the king gave for all the people present in Susa, the citadel, both great and small, a feast lasting for seven days in the court of the garden of the king's palace.
And the king arose in his wrath from the wine-drinking and went into the palace garden, but Haman stayed to beg for his life from Queen Esther, for he saw that harm was determined against him by the king.
There were white cotton curtains and violet hangings fastened with cords of fine linen and purple to silver rods and marble pillars, and also couches of gold and silver on a mosaic pavement of porphyry, marble, mother-of-pearl and precious stones.
On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha and Abagtha, Zethar and Carkas, the seven eunuchs who served in the presence of King Ahasuerus.
Then his wife Zeresh and all his friends said to him, "Let a gallows fifty cubits high be made, and in the morning tell the king to have Mordecai hanged upon it. Then go joyfully with the king to the feast." This idea pleased Haman, and he had the gallows made.
And this came to the knowledge of Mordecai, and he told it to Queen Esther, and Esther told the king in the name of Mordecai.
His mischief returns upon his own head, and on his own skull his violence descends.
Proverbs 11:5 - 6
The righteousness of the blameless keeps his way straight, but the wicked falls by his own wickedness.
And the king commanded, and those men who had maliciously accused Daniel were brought and cast into the den of lions - they, their children, and their wives. And before they reached the bottom of the den, the lions overpowered them and broke all their bones in pieces.
After these things, when the anger of King Ahasuerus had abated, he remembered Vashti and what she had done and what had been decreed against her.