King James Version

Esther 5

1Now it came to pass on the third 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.

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 held out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand. So Esther drew near, and touched the top of the sceptre.

Then said the king unto her, What wilt thou, queen Esther? and what is thy request? it shall be even given thee to the half of the kingdom.

And Esther answered, If it seem good unto the king, let the king and Haman come this day unto the banquet that I have prepared for him.

Then the king said, Cause Haman to make haste, that he may do as Esther hath said. So the king and Haman came to the banquet that Esther had prepared.

And the king said unto Esther at the banquet of 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.

Then answered Esther, and said, My petition and my request is;

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 said.

Then went Haman forth that day joyful and with a glad heart: but when Haman saw Mordecai in the king's gate, that he stood not up, nor moved for him, he was full of indignation against Mordecai.

10 Nevertheless Haman refrained himself: and when he came home, he sent and called for his friends, and Zeresh his wife.

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 promoted him, and how he had advanced him above the princes and servants of the king.

12 Haman said moreover, Yea, Esther the queen did let no man come in with the king unto the banquet that she had prepared but myself; and to morrow am I invited unto her also with the king.

13 Yet all this availeth me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king's gate.

14 Then said Zeresh his wife and all his friends unto him, Let a gallows be made of fifty 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.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

以斯帖記 5


1第三天,以斯帖身穿朝服進入王宮內院,面對大殿站立,王在殿裡正面朝宮門坐在寶座上。 王見以斯帖王后站在院內,就施恩給她,向她伸出手中的金杖,以斯帖便上前摸杖頭。 王問道:「以斯帖王后啊,你有什麼事?你有何要求?就是半壁江山,也必賜給你!」 以斯帖回答說:「王若願意,就請王今天帶哈曼來赴我預備的宴席。」 王說:「快召哈曼來,我們好照以斯帖的話做。」於是王帶著哈曼赴以斯帖預備的宴席。 席間,王對以斯帖說:「你要什麼?我必賜給你。你有何要求?就是半壁江山,也必為你成就。」 以斯帖回答說:「王啊,我所要、我所求的就是, 我若得到王的恩寵,王若願意賜我所要所求的,就請王明天帶哈曼再來赴我預備的宴席,到時我一定向王稟明。」


那天哈曼出來,心中歡喜快樂。但他看見末底改在宮門前既不起身,也不對他表示畏懼,心中十分惱火。 10 哈曼忍怒回到家中,把朋友和妻子細利斯叫來, 11 向他們誇耀自己的榮華富貴和兒孫滿堂,以及王怎樣擢升他,使他位極人臣。 12 哈曼又說:「還有,以斯帖王后只請了我隨王赴她預備的宴席。她還請我明天隨王赴宴。 13 但只要我看見猶太人末底改坐在宮門口,這一切對我都毫無意義。」 14 他妻子細利斯和他所有的朋友對他說:「你可以叫人做一個二十三米高的木架,明天早上求王將末底改吊在上面,然後你可以快樂地隨王去赴宴。」哈曼喜歡這個提議,就叫人做了木架。