Queen Vashti 1 also gave a banquet for the women in King Ahasuerus’ royal palace.
The king said to her, “What is on your mind, 1 Queen Esther? What is your request? Even as much as half the kingdom will be given to you!”
While at the banquet of wine, the king said to Esther, “What is your request? It shall be given to you. What is your petition? Ask for as much as half the kingdom, 1 and it shall be done!”
It so happened that on the third day Esther put on her royal attire and stood in the inner court of the palace, 1 opposite the king’s quarters. 2 The king was sitting on his royal throne in the palace, opposite the entrance. 3
On the second day of the banquet of wine the king asked Esther, “What is your request, Queen Esther? It shall be granted to you. And what is your petition? Ask up to half the kingdom, and it shall be done!”