1 Now it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on [her] royal [apparel], and stood in the inner court of the king's house, over against the king's house; and the king sat upon his royal throne in the royal house, over against the gate of the house.
2 And it was so, when the king saw Esther, the queen, standing in the court, [that] she had grace in his sight; and the king held out to Esther the golden sceptre that [was] in his hand. So Esther drew near and touched the top of the sceptre.
3 Then the king said unto her, What wilt thou, Queen Esther? And what [is] thy request? It shall be given thee, even to the half of the kingdom.
4 And Esther answered, If [it seems] good to the king, let the king and Haman come today to the banquet that I have prepared for him.
5 Then the king said, Cause Haman to make haste that he may do as Esther has said. So the king and Haman came to the banquet that Esther had prepared.
6 And the king said unto Esther at the banquet of wine, What [is] thy petition? And it shall be granted thee. What [is] thy request? Even to the half of the kingdom it shall be performed.
7 Then answered Esther and said, My petition and my request [is]:
8 If I have found grace in the sight of the king and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and to perform my request, let the king and Haman come to the banquet that I shall prepare for them, and I will do tomorrow as the king has commanded.
9 Then Haman went forth that day joyful and with a glad heart, but when Haman saw Mordecai in the king's gate [and] that he did not stand up nor move for him, he was filled with indignation against Mordecai.
10 Nevertheless, Haman refrained himself, and when he came home, he sent and called for his friends and Zeresh, his wife.
11 And Haman told them of the glory of his riches and the multitude of his sons and all [the things] in which the king had promoted him and how he had advanced him above the princes and servants of the king.
12 Haman said, moreover, Even Esther, the queen, let no one come in with the king unto the banquet that she had prepared but myself, and tomorrow I am also invited by her with the king.
13 Yet all this avails me nothing so long as I see Mordecai, the Jew, sitting at the king's gate.
14 Then said Zeresh, his wife, and all his friends unto him, Let a gallows be made fifty cubits high, and tomorrow speak unto the king that Mordecai may be hanged upon it; then go in merrily with the king unto the banquet. And the thing pleased Haman, and he caused the gallows to be made.: