Bible: Esther 7:3-7

7:3 Queen Esther replied, “If I have met with your approval, 1  O king, and if the king is so inclined, grant me my life as my request, and my people as my petition. 7:4 For we have been sold 2 both I and my people – to destruction and to slaughter and to annihilation! If we had simply been sold as male and female slaves, I would have remained silent, for such distress would not have been sufficient for troubling the king.”

7:5 Then King Ahasuerus responded 3  to Queen Esther, “Who is this individual? Where is this person to be found who is presumptuous enough 4  to act in this way?

7:6 Esther replied, “The oppressor and enemy is this evil Haman!”

Then Haman became terrified in the presence of the king and queen. 7:7 In rage the king arose from the banquet of wine and withdrew to the palace garden. Meanwhile, Haman stood to beg Queen Esther for his life, 5  for he realized that the king had now determined a catastrophic end for him. 6 

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