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Esther 5:1–4

Esther Prepares a Banquet

yOn the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in zthe inner court of the king’s palace, in front of the king’s quarters, while the king was sitting on his royal throne inside the throne room opposite the entrance to the palace. And when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, ashe won favor in his sight, band he held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. Then Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter. And the king said to her, “What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given you, even cto the half of my kingdom.” And Esther said, “If it please the king,1 let the king and Haman come today to a feast that I have prepared for the king.”

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