Esther Reveals Haman's Plot
While they were still talking with him, the king's eunuchs came, and hastened to bring Haman to j the banquet which Esther had prepared.
So the king and Haman went to dine with Queen Esther.
And on the second day, a at the banquet of wine, the king again said to Esther, "What is your petition, Queen Esther? It shall be granted you. And what is your request, up to half the kingdom? It shall be done!"
Then Queen Esther answered and said, "If I have found favor in your sight, O king, and if it pleases the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request.
"For we have been b sold, my people and I, to be destroyed, to be killed, and to be annihilated. Had we been sold as c male and female slaves, I would have held my tongue, although the enemy could never compensate for the king's loss."
So King Ahasuerus answered and said to Queen Esther, "Who is he, and where is he, who would dare presume in his heart to do such a thing?"
And Esther said, "The adversary and d enemy is this wicked Haman!" So Haman was terrified before the king and queen.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
"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."
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!
"If it pleases the king, let a decree be written that they be destroyed, and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver into the hands of those who do the work, to bring it into the king's treasuries."
And Mordecai told him all that had happened to him, and the sum of money that Haman had promised to pay into the king's treasuries to destroy the Jews.
"And the LORD will take you back to Egypt in ships, by the way of which I said to you, 'You shall never see it again.' And there you shall be offered for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves, but no one will buy you."
So the king took his signet ring from his hand and gave it to Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews.