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So the king and Haman came to dine 1 with Queen Esther.
Queen Vashti 1 also gave a banquet for the women in King Ahasuerus’ royal palace.
When Mordecai learned of the conspiracy, 1 he informed Queen Esther, 2 and Esther told the king in Mordecai’s behalf. 3
For the matter concerning the queen will spread to all the women, leading them to treat their husbands with contempt, saying, ‘When King Ahasuerus gave orders to bring Queen Vashti into his presence, she would not come.’
to bring Queen Vashti into the king’s presence wearing her royal high turban. He wanted to show the people and the officials her beauty, for she was very attractive. 1
But Queen Vashti refused 1 to come at the king’s bidding 2 conveyed through the eunuchs. Then the king became extremely angry, and his rage consumed 3 him.
And this very day the noble ladies of Persia and Media who have heard the matter concerning the queen will respond in the same way to all the royal officials, and there will be more than enough contempt and anger!
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!”
Then King Ahasuerus responded 1 to Queen Esther, “Who is this individual? Where is this person to be found who is presumptuous enough 2 to act in this way?”
So Queen Esther, the daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew wrote with full authority to confirm this second 1 letter about Purim.
Then Samuel talked to the people about how the kingship would work. 1 He wrote it all down on a scroll and set it before the Lord. Then Samuel sent all the people away to their homes.
Memucan then replied to the king and the officials, “The wrong of Queen Vashti is not against the king alone, but against all the officials and all the people who are throughout all the provinces of King Ahasuerus.
When Esther’s female attendants and her eunuchs came and informed her about Mordecai’s behavior, 1 the queen was overcome with anguish. Although she sent garments for Mordecai to put on so that he could remove his sackcloth, he would not accept them.
When the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, she met with his approval. 1 The king extended to Esther the gold scepter that was in his hand, and Esther approached and touched the end of the scepter.
Haman said, “Furthermore, Queen Esther invited 1 only me to accompany the king to the banquet that she prepared! And also tomorrow I am invited 2 along with the king.
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!”
Queen Esther replied, “If I have met with your approval, 1 O king, and if the king is so inclined, grant me my life as my request, and my people as my petition.
In rage the king arose from the banquet of wine and withdrew to the palace garden. Meanwhile, Haman stood to beg Queen Esther for his life, 1 for he realized that the king had now determined a catastrophic end for him. 2
When the king returned from the palace garden to the banquet of wine, Haman was throwing himself down 1 on the couch where Esther was lying. 2 The king exclaimed, “Will he also attempt to rape the queen while I am still in the building!” As these words left the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face.
On that same day King Ahasuerus gave the estate 1 of Haman, that adversary of the Jews, to Queen Esther. Now Mordecai had come before the king, for Esther had revealed how he was related to her.