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Ester 7

1 So the King and Haman came to banket with the Queene Ester.

2 And the King said againe vnto Ester on the second day at the banket of wine, What is thy petition, Queene Ester, that it may be giue thee? and what is thy request? It shalbe euen perfourmed vnto the halfe of the kingdome.

3 And Ester the Queene answered, and said, If I haue found fauour in thy sight, O King, and if it please the King, let my life be giuen me at my petition, and my people at my request.

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 bondmen and bondwomen, I had held my tongue, although the enemy could notHaman could not profit the king by his malice as much he would hinder him by the loss of the Jews and the tribute which he had from them.countervail the king's damage.

5 Then King Ahashuerosh answered, and said vnto the Queene Ester, Who is he? and where is he that presumeth to doe thus?

6 And Ester said, The aduersarie and enemie is this wicked Haman. Then Haman was afrayde before the King and the Queene.

7 And the king arising from the banquet of wine in his wrath [went] into the palace garden: and Haman stood up to make request for his life to Esther the queen; for he saw that there wasHis conscience accused him that as he had conspired the death of innocents, so the vengeance of God would fall on him for the same.evil determined against him by the king.

8 Then the king returned out of the palace garden into the place of the banquet of wine; and Haman wasHe fell down at the couch on which she sat and made request for his life.fallen upon the bed whereon Esther [was]. Then said the king, Will he force the queen also before me in the house? As the word went out of the king's mouth, theyThis was the manner of the Persians, when one was out of favour with the king.covered Haman's face.

9 And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said before the king, Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman had made for Mordecai, who had spokenWho discovered the conspiracy against the king, (Est_2:21-22).good for the king, standeth in the house of Haman. Then the king said, Hang him thereon.

10 So they hanged Haman on the tree, that he had prepared for Mordecai: then was the Kings wrath pacified.

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