Esther reveals Haman’s evil plot. The king executes Haman. [UPDATED]
VERSE 1. So the king and Haman came to banquet with Esther the queen.
VERSE 2. The king said again to Esther on the second day at the banquet of wine, “What is your petition, queen Esther? It shall be granted you. What is your request? Even to the half of the kingdom it shall be performed.”
What is your petition. This is Esther’s moment!
VERSE 3. Then Esther the queen answered, “If I have found favor in your sight, O king, and if it pleases the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request.
if it pleases the king. Esther had reason to be apprehensive. She did not know if if the king would grant her request. Also, he might become enraged, as he had with Queen Vashti.
let my life be given me. That is, “that my life be spared” (NAB translation).
and my people. Esther intercedes for the entire Jewish people.
VERSE 4. For we are sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be slain, and to perish. But if we had been sold for male and female slaves, I would have held my peace, although the adversary could not have compensated for the king’s loss.”
VERSE 5. Then King Ahasuerus said to Esther the queen, “Who is he, and where is he who dared presume in his heart to do so?”
Who is he. Doubtless Haman was terrified. His evil plan is about to be exposed to the most powerful person on the face of the earth.
VERSE 6. Esther said, “An adversary and an enemy, even this wicked Haman!” Then Haman was afraid before the king and the queen.
Haman was afraid. What Haman knew about Esther is not stated. Did he know she was a Jew?
VERSE 7. The king arose in his wrath from the banquet of wine and went into the palace garden. Haman stood up to make request for his life to Esther the queen; for he saw that there was evil determined against him by the king.
The king arose in his wrath. The king is prone to profound anger.
VERSE 8. Then the king returned out of the palace garden into the place of the banquet of wine; and Haman had fallen on the couch where Esther was. Then the king said, “Will he even assault the queen in front of me in the house?” As the word went out of the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face.
VERSE 9. Then Harbonah, one of the eunuchs who were with the king said, “Behold, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman has made for Mordecai, who spoke good for the king, is standing at Haman’s house.” The king said, “Hang him on it!”
Behold, the gallows. How ironic. The gallows Haman had build will now be used to execute him.
fifty cubits high. A cubit is the length from the tip of the middle finger to the elbow on a man’s arm, or about 18 inches or 46 centimeters.
VERSE 10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king’s wrath pacified.
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