7 1And so the king and Haman went to eat with Esther 2for a second time. Over the wine the king asked her again, “Now, Queen Esther, what do you want? Tell me and you shall have it. I'll even give you half the empire.” 3Queen Esther answered, “If it please Your Majesty to grant my humble request, my wish is that I may live and that my people may live. 4My people and I have been sold into slavery; our possessions have been plundered, and now we are to be destroyed—all of us, including our children, will be slaves—and so far I have kept quiet. It isn't right that our enemy should be a member of the royal court.”[I] 5Then King Xerxes asked Esther, “Who dares to do such a thing?” 6Esther answered, “Our enemy is this evil man Haman!” In terror Haman faced the king and queen. 7The king got up from the table and went outside to the palace gardens. Haman could see that he was in a dangerous situation, so he stayed behind to beg Queen Esther for his life. 8He had just thrown himself down on Esther's couch to beg for mercy, when the king came back into the room from the gardens. Seeing this, the king cried out, “Are you going to rape my wife[J] here in my own palace?” When Haman heard this, he turned away in despair. 9Then one of the eunuchs, whose name was Bougathan,[K] said, “Haman has even gone so far as to build a gallows at his house so that he can hang Mordecai, who warned Your Majesty about the plot. And it's seventy-five feet high!” “Hang Haman on it!” the king commanded. 10So Haman was hanged on the gallows that he had built for Mordecai. Then the king's anger cooled down.
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