Haman Is Executed

The king and Haman came to feast[a](A) with Esther the queen. Once again, on the second day while drinking wine,(B) the king asked Esther, “Queen Esther, whatever you ask will be given to you. Whatever you seek, even to half the kingdom, will be done.”(C)

Queen Esther answered, “If I have found favor with you, Your Majesty, and if the king is pleased,(D) spare my life; this is my request. And spare my people; this is my desire.(E) For my people and I have been sold(F) to destruction, death, and annihilation.(G) If we had merely been sold as male and female slaves,(H) I would have kept silent. Indeed, the trouble wouldn’t be worth burdening the king.”

King Ahasuerus spoke up and asked Queen Esther, “Who is this, and where is the one who would devise such a scheme?” [b](I)

Esther answered, “The adversary and enemy(J) is this evil Haman.”

Haman stood terrified(K) before the king and queen. The king arose in anger(L) and went from where they were drinking wine to the palace garden.[c](M) Haman remained to beg Queen Esther for his life because he realized the king was planning something terrible for him.(N) Just as the king returned from the palace garden to the banquet hall,[d] Haman was falling on the couch(O) where Esther was reclining. The king exclaimed, “Would he actually violate the queen while I am in the house?” As soon as the statement left the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face.(P)

Harbona, one of the king’s eunuchs,(Q) said, “There is a gallows seventy-five feet[e] tall at Haman’s house that he made for Mordecai,(R) who gave the report that saved[f] the king.”(S)

The king said, “Hang him on it.”

10 They hanged Haman on the gallows he had prepared for Mordecai.(T) Then the king’s anger subsided.(U)

Esther Intervenes for the Jews

That same day King Ahasuerus awarded Queen Esther the estate(V) of Haman, the enemy of the Jews.(W) Mordecai entered the king’s presence because Esther had revealed her relationship to Mordecai.(X) The king removed his signet ring he had recovered from Haman(Y) and gave it to Mordecai, and Esther put him in charge of Haman’s estate.

Then Esther addressed the king again.(Z) She fell at his feet, wept, and begged(AA) him to revoke the evil of Haman the Agagite(AB) and his plot he had devised against the Jews.(AC) The king extended the gold scepter(AD) toward Esther, so she got up and stood before the king.

She said, “If it pleases the king and I have found favor with him, if the matter seems right to the king and I am pleasing in his eyes,(AE) let a royal edict be written. Let it revoke the documents the scheming Haman son of Hammedatha the Agagite wrote to destroy the Jews who are in all the king’s provinces.(AF) For how could I bear to see the disaster that would come on my people?(AG) How could I bear to see the destruction of my relatives?” (AH)

King Ahasuerus said to Esther the queen and to Mordecai the Jew, “Look, I have given Haman’s estate to Esther,(AI) and he was hanged on the gallows because he attacked[g] the Jews.(AJ) Write in the king’s name whatever pleases you(AK) concerning the Jews, and seal it with the royal signet ring.(AL) A document written in the king’s name and sealed with the royal signet ring cannot be revoked.”(AM)

Footnotes

  1. 7:1 Lit drink
  2. 7:5 Lit who would fill his heart to do this
  3. 7:7 Lit the garden of the house, also in v. 8
  4. 7:8 Or the house of wine
  5. 7:9 Lit 50 cubits
  6. 7:9 Lit who spoke good for
  7. 8:7 Lit stretched out his hand against

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