7 Now the king and Haman came to drink wine with Esther the queen.2 And the king said to Esther on the second day also [a]as they drank their wine at the banquet, “What is your petition, Queen Esther? It shall be granted you. And what is your request? Even to half of the kingdom it shall be done.”3 Then Queen Esther replied, “If I have found favor in your sight, O king, and if it pleases the king, let my life be given me as my petition, and my people as my request;4 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 [b]trouble would not be commensurate with the [c]annoyance to the king.”5 Then King Ahasuerus [d]asked Queen Esther, “Who is he, and where is he, [e]who would presume to do thus?”6 Esther said, “A foe and an enemy is this wicked Haman!” Then Haman became terrified before the king and queen.
9 Then Harbonah, one of the eunuchs who were before the king said, “Behold indeed, the gallows standing at Haman’s house fifty cubits high, which Haman made for Mordecai who spoke good on behalf of the king!” And the king said, “Hang him on it.”10 So they hanged Haman on the [a]gallows which he had prepared for Mordecai, and the king’s anger subsided.
20 Then Mordecai recorded these events, and he sent letters to all the Jews who were in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, both near and far,21 obliging them to celebrate the fourteenth day of the month Adar, and the fifteenth day [a]of the same month, annually,22 because on those days the Jews [b]rid themselves of their enemies, and it was a month which was turned for them from sorrow into gladness and from mourning into a [c]holiday; that they should make them days of feasting and rejoicing and sending portions of food to one another and gifts to the poor.
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