Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

以斯帖记 5:1-14

以斯帖为王和哈曼设宴

1第三天,以斯帖身穿朝服进入王宫内院,面对大殿站立,王在殿里正面朝宫门坐在宝座上。 2王见以斯帖王后站在院内,就施恩给她,向她伸出手中的金杖,以斯帖便上前摸杖头。 3王问道:“以斯帖王后啊,你有什么事?你有何要求?就是半壁江山,也必赐给你!” 4以斯帖回答说:“王若愿意,就请王今天带哈曼来赴我预备的宴席。” 5王说:“快召哈曼来,我们好照以斯帖的话做。”于是王带着哈曼以斯帖预备的宴席。 6席间,王对以斯帖说:“你要什么?我必赐给你。你有何要求?就是半壁江山,也必为你成就。” 7以斯帖回答说:“王啊,我所要、我所求的就是, 8我若得到王的恩宠,王若愿意赐我所要所求的,就请王明天带哈曼再来赴我预备的宴席,到时我一定向王禀明。”

哈曼图谋杀末底改

9那天哈曼出来,心中欢喜快乐。但他看见末底改在宫门前既不起身,也不对他表示畏惧,心中十分恼火。 10哈曼忍怒回到家中,把朋友和妻子细利斯叫来, 11向他们夸耀自己的荣华富贵和儿孙满堂,以及王怎样擢升他,使他位极人臣。 12哈曼又说:“还有,以斯帖王后只请了我随王赴她预备的宴席。她还请我明天随王赴宴。 13但只要我看见犹太末底改坐在宫门口,这一切对我都毫无意义。” 14他妻子细利斯和他所有的朋友对他说:“你可以叫人做一个二十三米高的木架,明天早上求王将末底改吊在上面,然后你可以快乐地随王去赴宴。”哈曼喜欢这个提议,就叫人做了木架。

New International Reader’s Version

Esther 5:1-14

Esther Asks the King for a Favor

1On the third day Esther put on her royal robes. She stood in the inner courtyard of the palace. It was in front of the king’s hall. The king was sitting on his royal throne in the hall. He was facing the entrance. 2He saw Queen Esther standing in the courtyard. He was pleased with her. So he reached out toward her the gold scepter that was in his hand. Then Esther approached him. She touched the tip of the scepter.

3The king asked, “What is it, Queen Esther? What do you want? I’ll give it to you. I’ll even give you up to half of my kingdom.”

4Esther replied, “King Xerxes, if it pleases you, come to a feast today. I’ve prepared it for you. Please have Haman come with you.”

5“Bring Haman at once,” the king said to his servants. “Then we’ll do what Esther asks.”

So the king and Haman went to the feast Esther had prepared. 6As they were drinking wine, the king asked Esther the same question again. He said, “What do you want? I’ll give it to you. What do you want me to do for you? I’ll even give you up to half of my kingdom.”

7Esther replied, “Here is what I want. Here is my appeal to you. 8I hope you will be pleased to give me what I want. And I hope you will be pleased to listen to my appeal. If you are, I’d like you and Haman to come tomorrow to the feast I’ll prepare for you. Then I’ll answer your question.”

Haman Is Very Angry With Mordecai

9That day Haman was happy. So he left the palace in a good mood. But then he saw Mordecai at the palace gate. He noticed that Mordecai didn’t stand up when he walked by. In fact, Mordecai didn’t have any respect for him at all. So he was very angry with him. 10But Haman was able to control himself. He went on home.

Haman called together his friends and his wife Zeresh. 11He bragged to them about how rich he was. He talked about how many sons he had. He spoke about all the ways the king had honored him. He bragged about how the king had given him a high position. It was higher than the position of any of the other nobles and officials. 12“And that’s not all,” Haman added. “I’m the only person Queen Esther invited to come with the king to the feast she gave. Now she has invited me along with the king tomorrow. 13But even all of that doesn’t satisfy me. I won’t be satisfied as long as I see that Jew Mordecai sitting at the palace gate.”

14Haman’s wife Zeresh and all his friends said to him, “Get a pole. In the morning, ask the king to have Mordecai put to death. Have the pole stuck through his body. Set it up at a place where it will be 75 feet above the ground. Everyone will be able to see it there. Then go to the feast with the king. Have a good time.” Haman was delighted with that suggestion. So he got the pole ready.