The Story of Esther
Three days and nights passed and Esther knew what she must do. She put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace. She stood in front of the king’s rooms, while the king sat on his throne in the throne room, located opposite the entrance to the palace.
The king saw Esther and she again found favor with the king. He reached out the golden scepter that was in his hand. Esther approached the king and touched the top of the scepter. The king asked Esther what was troubling her and what her request was. If she requested the kingdom, he would give it to her.
Esther told the king she had prepared a banquet and asked if he and Haman would attend. The king agreed and he and Haman attended the banquet.
All were merry at the banquet, full of food and drinking wine. The king turned to Esther and asked her what her petition, her request was. “Even to half of the kingdom it should be done.”
Esther replied, “My petition and my request is: if I have found favor in the sight of the king, and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and do what I request, may the king and Haman come to the banquet which I will prepare for them, and tomorrow I will do as the King says.” (Esther 5:7, 8) – LASB – NASB*
After the banquet, Haman left the palace, glad and pleased of heart. When he saw Mordecai at the king’s gate and Mordecai did not stand up nor tremble before him, Haman was angered. He controlled himself this time, and went to his house and sent for his friends and wife Zeresh. He spoke of his riches, the number of his sons, and of every instance the king magnified him and then promoted him above the princes and servants of the kingdom. He gloated on how even Queen Esther had invited him and no one else to come to the banquet with the king the following evening. Having all of these things did not satisfy Haman. Every time he saw Mordecai at the king’s gate, anger blinded and corrupted his heart.
Haman’s wife Zeresh, and his friends, told Haman that he should build a gallows fifty cubits (seventy-five feet) high and in the morning, ask the king to have Mordecai hung from it. This, of course, appeased Haman and he had the gallows built.
…. Stay tuned to see what happens next!