The Story of Esther
During this time Haman was talking, the king’s eunuchs came to his house and quickly brought Haman to the banquet Esther had prepared.
Esther, the king, and Haman ate and drank. The king asked Esther again, “What is your petition, Queen Esther? It shall be granted to you. And what is your request? Even to half of the kingdom it shall be done.” (Esther 7:2) – LASB – NASB*
Esther thought carefully of her response and said, “If I found favor in your sight, O King, let my life be given me as my petition, and my people as my request, for we have been sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be killed and to be annihilated. Now if we had only been sold as slaves, men and women, I would have remained silent, for the trouble would not be commensurate with the annoyance of the King.” (Esther 7: 3, 4) – LASB – NASB*
The king asked Esther who would do such a thing. Esther replied that Haman was a wicked foe and enemy.
Fear struck Haman’s heart and he was terrified before the King and Queen.
The king was angered and arose from his seat and went out into the palace garden. Haman stayed behind and begged for his life from the Queen, for he saw that the king had been deceived and harm had been done.
The king returned from the palace garden to find Haman falling on the couch where Esther was sitting. “Will he even assault the queen with me in the house,” said King in an angry tone. As soon as the King said this, Haman’s face was covered. Then one of the eunuchs, Harbonah, said, “Behold indeed, the gallows standing at Haman’s house fifty cubits high, which Haman had made for Mordecai who spoke good on behalf of the king!”
“Hang him on it.” (Esther 7:8,9) – LASB – NASB*
Haman was hung on the gallows he had built for Mordecai and only then did the king’s anger subside.
On this same day, King Ahasuerus gave the house of Haman to Queen Esther; and Mordecai came before the King, for Esther had disclosed that Mordecai was her cousin. The king removed his signet ring which he had taken back from Haman, and gave it to Mordecai. Esther then set Mordecai over the house of Haman.
…Stay tuned for what happens next!