Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

以斯帖記 5

以斯帖為王和哈曼設宴

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。」

哈曼圖謀殺末底改

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。

New International Reader's Version

Esther 5

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. He 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.

The 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.”

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

“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. As 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.”

Esther replied, “Here is what I want. Here is my appeal to you. I 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

That 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. 10 But Haman was able to control himself. He went on home.

Haman called together his friends and his wife Zeresh. 11 He 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. 13 But 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.”

14 Haman’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.