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So the king and Haman came to banquet with Esther the queen.
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And the king said again unto Esther on the second day at the banquet of wine: "Whatever thy petition, queen Esther, it shall be granted thee;
and whatever thy request, even to the half of the kingdom, it shall be performed."
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Then Esther the queen answered and said: "If I have found favour in thy sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request;
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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 peace, for the adversary is not worthy that the king be endamaged."
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Then spoke the king Ahasuerus and said unto Esther the queen: "Who is he, and where is he, that durst presume in his heart to do so?"
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And Esther said: "An adversary and an enemy, even this wicked Haman." Then Haman was terrified before the king and the queen.
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And the king arose in his wrath from the banquet of wine and went into the palace garden;
but Haman remained to make request for his life to Esther the queen;
for he saw that there was evil determined against him by the king.
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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 even force the queen before me in the house?" As the word went out of the king"s mouth, they covered Haman"s face.
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Then said Harbonah, one of the chamberlains that were before the king: "Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman hath made for Mordecai, who spoke good for the king, standeth in the house of Haman." And the king said: "Hang him thereon."
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So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai.
Then was the king"s wrath assuaged.