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Esther part 2 

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Book of Esther Chapter 5

1 Now on the third day, Esther put on her queen's robes, and took her place in the inner room of the king's house, facing the king's house: and the king was seated on his high seat in the king's house, facing the doorway of the house.

She had decided to go in to see the King. Unless he pointed at her with his golden rod she would be put to death.

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 2 And when the king saw Esther the queen waiting in the inner room, looking kindly on her he put out the rod of gold in his hand to her. So Esther came near and put her fingers on the top of the rod.

3 Then the king said, "What is your desire, Queen Esther, and what is your request? I will give it to you, even to the half of my kingdom."



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4 And Esther in answer said, "If it seems good to the king, let the king and Haman come today to the feast which I have made ready for him." 

6 And while they were drinking wine the king said to Esther, "What is your prayer?  for it will be given to you and what is your request? for it will be done, even to the half of my kingdom."

7 Then Esther said in answer, "My prayer and my request is this:

8 If I have the king's approval, and if it is the king's pleasure to give me my prayer and do my request, let the king and Haman come to the feast which I will make ready for them, and tomorrow I will do as the king has said."

Picture of Haman.

 9 Then on that day Haman went out full of joy and glad in heart; but when he saw Mordecai in the king's doorway, and he did not get to his feet or give any sign of fear before him, Haman was full of wrath against Mordecai.

Haman was feeling very important because he was invited to this second feast but he was furious that Mordecai would not bow down to him and was not even afraid of him.  He built gallows for he intended to hang Mordecai. 

Chapter 6

1 That night the king was unable to get any sleep; and he sent for the books of the records.

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 2 It came out that it was recorded in the book how Mordecai had given word of the designs of Bigthana and Teresh,by whom an attack on the king had been designed.

3 And the king said, "What honour and reward have been given to Mordecai for this?" Then the servants said, Nothing has been done for him."

5 And the king's servants said to him, "See, Haman is waiting in the outer room."  And the king said, "Let him come in. "

6 So Haman came in. "And the king said to him, What is to be done to the man whom the king has delight in honouring? "

Haman thought that the king wanted to honour him and he said,    Picture of Mordecai on horse

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9 "Let the King's robes and the horse be given to one of the king's most noble captains, so that they may put them on the man whom the king has delight in honouring."

Xerxes said he wanted to honour Mordecai and told Haman to put the robes on him. Haman must have been furious

11 Then Haman took the robes and the horse, and dressing Mordecai in the robes, he made him go on horseback through the streets of the town.

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Chapter 7

1 So the king and Haman came to take wine with Esther the queen.

2.And the king said to Esther again on the second day, while they were drinking, What is your prayer, Queen Esther?

3 Then Esther the queen, answering, said, If I have your approval, O king, and if it is the king's pleasure, let my life be given to me in answer to my prayer, and my people at my request:

4 For we are given up, I and my people, to destruction and death and to be cut off.

Esther was telling Xerxes that there was a plan to kill her and all of the Jews.

5 Then King Xerxes said to Esther the queen, "Who is he and where is he who has had this evil thought in his heart? "

6.And Esther said, "Our hater and attacker is this evil Haman."

9.Then Harbonah, one of the servants waiting before the king, said, "See, the pillar fifty cubits high, which Haman made for Mordecai,is still in its place in Haman's house."

 Then the king said, "Put him to death by hanging him on it."

10 So Haman was put to death by hanging him on the pillar he had made for Mordecai.

Then Xerxes gave orders that made sure that the Jews would not be killed.

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