Esther 5


וַיְהִי בַּיֹּום הַשְּׁלִישִׁי וַתִּלְבַּשׁ אֶסְתֵּר מַלְכוּת וַתַּעֲמֹד בַּחֲצַר בֵּית־הַמֶּלֶךְ הַפְּנִימִית נֹכַח בֵּית הַמֶּלֶךְ   5:1

וְהַמֶּלֶךְ יֹושֵׁב עַל־כִּסֵּא מַלְכוּתֹו בְּבֵית הַמַּלְכוּת נֹכַח פֶּתַח הַבָּיִת׃

Esth. 5:1   Now it was on the third day that Esther put on royal apparel and stood in the inner court of the house of the king in front of the house of the king, and the king was sitting on his royal throne in the royal house opposite the entrance of the house.

The third day?  Well, that probably means that Esther was still fasting.  Amazing!

וַיְהִי כִרְאֹות הַמֶּלֶךְ אֶת־אֶסְתֵּר הַמַּלְכָּה עֹמֶדֶת בֶּחָצֵר נָשְׂאָה חֵן בְּעֵינָיו וַיֹּושֶׁט הַמֶּלֶךְ לְאֶסְתֵּר   5:2

אֶת־שַׁרְבִיט הַזָּהָב אֲשֶׁר בְּיָדֹו וַתִּקְרַב אֶסְתֵּר וַתִּגַּע בְּרֹאשׁ הַשַּׁרְבִיט׃

Esth. 5:2   And it was, as the king was seeing Esther, the queen, standing in the court, she sustained favor in his eyes and the king extended to Esther the gold scepter, which was in his hand.  Then Esther approached and touched on the top of the scepter.

וַיֹּאמֶר לָהּ הַמֶּלֶךְ מַה־לָּךְ אֶסְתֵּר הַמַּלְכָּה וּמַה־בַּקָּשָׁתֵךְ עַד־חֲצִי הַמַּלְכוּת וְיִנָּתֵן לָךְ׃   5:3

Esth. 5:3   And the king said to her, “How is it with you, Esther,” (who was the queen) “and what is your request?  Even half the kingdom, and it is given to you!”

וַתֹּאמֶר אֶסְתֵּר אִם־עַל־הַמֶּלֶךְ טֹוב יָבֹוא הַמֶּלֶךְ וְהָמָן הַיֹּום אֶל־הַמִּשְׁתֶּה אֲשֶׁר־עָשִׂיתִי לֹו׃   5:4

Esth. 5:4   And Esther said, “If it is according to the good king, let the king come with Haman today to the banquet that I have prepared for him.”

וַיֹּאמֶר הַמֶּלֶךְ מַהֲרוּ אֶת־הָמָן לַעֲשֹׂות אֶת־דְּבַר אֶסְתֵּר וַיָּבֹא הַמֶּלֶךְ וְהָמָן אֶל־הַמִּשְׁתֶּה אֲשֶׁר־עָשְׂתָה   5:5


Esth. 5:5   And the king said, “Make haste, Haman, to do the word of Esther.”  So the king came with Haman to the banquet that Esther had prepared.

וַיֹּאמֶר הַמֶּלֶךְ לְאֶסְתֵּר בְּמִשְׁתֵּה הַיַּיִן מַה־שְּׁאֵלָתֵךְ וְיִנָּתֵן לָךְ וּמַה־בַּקָּשָׁתֵךְ עַד־חֲצִי הַמַּלְכוּת וְתֵעָשׂ׃   5:6

Esth. 5:6   And the king said to Esther at the banquet of wine, “Whatever your demand, and it is granted to you.  Or what is your request?  Even half the kingdom, and it is done!”

וַתַּעַן אֶסְתֵּר וַתֹּאמַר שְׁאֵלָתִי וּבַקָּשָׁתִי׃   5:7

Esth. 5:7   And Esther responded and she said, “My demand and my request are,

אִם־מָצָאתִי חֵן בְּעֵינֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ וְאִם־עַל־הַמֶּלֶךְ טֹוב לָתֵת אֶת־שְׁאֵלָתִי וְלַעֲשֹׂות אֶת־בַּקָּשָׁתִי יָבֹוא   5:8

  הַמֶּלֶךְ וְהָמָן אֶל־הַמִּשְׁתֶּה אֲשֶׁר אֶעֱשֶׂה לָהֶם וּמָחָר אֶעֱשֶׂה כִּדְבַר הַמֶּלֶךְ׃

Esth. 5:8   If I have found favor in the eyes of the king, and if it is according to the good king to grant my demand and to do my request, let the king come with Haman to the banquet that I will prepare for them, and tomorrow I will do according to the word of the king.”

וַיֵּצֵא הָמָן בַּיֹּום הַהוּא שָׂמֵחַ וְטֹוב לֵב וְכִרְאֹות הָמָן אֶת־מָרְדֳּכַי בְּשַׁעַר הַמֶּלֶךְ וְלֹא־קָם וְלֹא־זָע מִמֶּנּוּ   5:9

 וַיִּמָּלֵא הָמָן עַל־מָרְדֳּכַי חֵמָה׃

Esth. 5:9   Then Haman went forth on that day joyful and glad of heart, but when Haman saw Mordecai at the gate of the king, that he did not rise or tremble in terror because of him, Haman became full of rage concerning Mordecai.

וַיִּתְאַפַּק הָמָן וַיָּבֹוא אֶל־בֵּיתֹו וַיִּשְׁלַח וַיָּבֵא אֶת־אֹהֲבָיו וְאֶת־זֶרֶשׁ אִשְׁתֹּו׃   5:10

Esth. 5:10   But Haman restrained himself, and went to his house and sent and had his friends and Zeresh, his wife, brought in.

וַיְסַפֵּר לָהֶם הָמָן אֶת־כְּבֹוד עָשְׁרֹו וְרֹב בָּנָיו וְאֵת כָּל־אֲשֶׁר גִּדְּלֹו הַמֶּלֶךְ וְאֵת אֲשֶׁר נִשְּׂאֹו עַל־הַשָּׂרִים   5:11

וְעַבְדֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ׃

Esth. 5:11   And Haman recounted to them the abundance of his wealth and the multitude of his children, and all by which the king had made him great, and that he had lifted him over the princes and the servants of the king.

וַיֹּאמֶר הָמָן אַף לֹא־הֵבִיאָה אֶסְתֵּר הַמַּלְכָּה עִם־הַמֶּלֶךְ אֶל־הַמִּשְׁתֶּה אֲשֶׁר־עָשָׂתָה כִּי אִם־אֹותִי   5:12

וְגַם־לְמָחָר אֲנִי קָרוּא־לָהּ עִם־הַמֶּלֶךְ׃

Esth. 5:12   Then Haman said, “Moreover, Esther, the queen, did not bring in but me only with the king to the banquet that she had made, and tomorrow I am also being summoned to her with the king.”

וְכָל־זֶה אֵינֶנּוּ שֹׁוֶה לִי בְּכָל־עֵת אֲשֶׁר אֲנִי רֹאֶה אֶת־מָרְדֳּכַי הַיְּהוּדִי יֹושֵׁב בְּשַׁעַר הַמֶּלֶךְ׃   5:13

Esth. 5:13   “But all of that is not worth it to me when I am always seeing Mordecai, the Jew, sitting at the gate of the king.”

וַתֹּאמֶר לֹו זֶרֶשׁ אִשְׁתֹּו וְכָל־אֹהֲבָיו יַעֲשׂוּ־עֵץ גָּבֹהַּ חֲמִשִּׁים אַמָּה וּבַבֹּקֶר אֱמֹר לַמֶּלֶךְ וְיִתְלוּ    5:14

אֶת־מָרְדֳּכַי עָלָיו וּבֹא־עִם־הַמֶּלֶךְ אֶל־הַמִּשְׁתֶּה שָׂמֵחַ וַיִּיטַב הַדָּבָר לִפְנֵי הָמָן וַיַּעַשׂ הָעֵץ׃

Esth. 5:14   So Zeresh, his wife, said to him along with all his friends, “Let fifty-cubit high gallows be made, and in the morning speak to the king, and they will hang Mordecai on it.  Then go with the king to the banquet joyfully.”  And the thing was good before Haman, and he prepared the gallows.


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