Esther Prepares a Banquet
1On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king's palace, in front of the king's quarters, while the king was sitting on his royal throne inside the throne room opposite the entrance to the palace.
2And when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, she won favor in his sight, and he held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. Then Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter.
3And 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."
4And Esther said, "If it please the king,
Haman Plans to Hang Mordecai
9And Haman went out that day joyful and glad of heart. But when Haman saw Mordecai in the king's gate, that he neither rose nor trembled before him, he was filled with wrath against Mordecai.
10Nevertheless, Haman restrained himself and went home, and he sent and brought his friends and his wife Zeresh.
11And Haman recounted to them the splendor of his riches, the number of his sons, all the promotions with which the king had honored him, and how he had advanced him above the officials and the servants of the king.
12Then Haman said, "Even Queen Esther let no one but me come with the king to the feast she prepared. And tomorrow also I am invited by her together with the king.
13Yet all this is worth nothing to me, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king's gate."
14Then his wife Zeresh and all his friends said to him, "Let a gallows