462 B.C.

Esther 7)

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

2 And the king said again to Esther on the second day at the banquet of wine,

"What is your petition, queen Esther? and it shall be granted you: and what is your request? and it shall be performed, even to the half of the kingdom."

3 Then Esther the queen answered and said, "If I have found favor in your sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my souls be given me at my petition, and my people at my request: (Life put before petition, and Hr People put before her request.)
4 For we have been sold (implying that a bargain had been made), I and my people, to be destroyed, to be slain, and to perish (see 3:13). But if we had been sold for bondmen and bondwomen, I had held my tongue, although the enemy could not make good the king's damage."

5 Then the king Ahasuerus answered and said (see Deut. 1:41) to Esther the queen, "WHO IS HE, AND WHERE IS HE (this is the 5th Acrostic, which gives [not Yehovah but] the Divine Name "I AM" of Ex. 3:14), that does presume in his heart to do so?"
6 And Esther said, "The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman." Then Haman was afraid before the king and the queen.
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 soul to Esther the queen; for he saw THAT THERE WAS EVIL DETERMINED AGAINST HIM (this is the 4th, and last, of the 4 Acrostics exhibiting the name Yahaveh in this book) by the king.
8 Then the king returned out of the palace garden into the place of the banquet of wine; and Haman was fallen upon the couch whereon Esther was. Then said the king, "Will he force the queen also before me in the house?" As the word went out of king's mouth, they covered Haman's face.
9 And Harbonah, one of the eunuchs, said before the king, Behold also, the tree fifty cubits high (see 5:14), which Haman had made for Mordecai, who spoken good for the king, stands 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 (see 2:5). Then was the king's wrath pacified.

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