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Esther Chapter 5

Esther 5:1
5:1 Now it came to pass on the third {a} day, that Esther put on
    [her] royal [apparel], and stood in the inner court of the
    king's house, over against the king's house: and the king
    sat upon his royal throne in the royal house, over against
    the gate of the house.

    (a) That is, after the Jews had begun to fast.

Esther 5:2
5:2 And it was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing
    in the court, [that] she obtained favour in his sight: and
    the king {b} held out to Esther the golden sceptre that
    [was] in his hand. So Esther drew near, and touched the top
    of the sceptre.

    (b) Which was a sign that her coming was agreeable to him,
        Esther 4:11.

Esther 5:3
5:3 Then said the king unto her, What wilt thou, queen Esther?
    and what [is] thy request? it shall be even {c} given thee
    to the half of the kingdom.

    (c) Meaning by this that whatever she asked would be granted
        as in Mark 6:23.

Esther 5:6
5:6 And the king said unto Esther at the banquet of {d} wine,
    What [is] thy petition? and it shall be granted thee: and
    what [is] thy request?  even to the half of the kingdom it
    shall be performed.

    (d) Because they used to drink excessively in their banquets
        they called the banquet by that which was most in use or

Esther 5:8
5:8 If I have found favour in the sight of the king, and if it
    please the king to grant my petition, and to perform my
    request, let the king and Haman come to the banquet that I
    shall prepare for them, and I will do to morrow as the king
    hath {e} said.

    (e) I will declare what I demand.

Esther 5:11
5:11 And Haman told them of the glory of his riches, and the
     multitude of his children, and all [the things] wherein the
     king had {f} promoted him, and how he had advanced him
     above the princes and servants of the king.

     (f) Thus the wicked when they are promoted instead of
         acknowledging their charge and humbling themselves, wax
         ambitious, disdainful and cruel.

Esther 5:14
5:14 Then said Zeresh his wife and all his friends unto him, Let
     a gallows be made of fifty {g} cubits high, and to morrow
     speak thou unto the king that Mordecai may be hanged
     thereon: then go thou in merrily with the king unto the
     banquet. And the thing pleased Haman; and he caused the
     gallows to be made.

     (g) Meaning, the highest that could be found.

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