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So the king and Haman came to banquet with Esther the
And the king said again unto Esther on the second day at
banquet of wine, What is thy petition, queen Esther? and it shall be
granted thee: and what is thy request? and it shall be performed,
even to the half of the kingdom.
Then Esther the queen answered and said, If I have found
in thy sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be given
me at my petition, and my people at my request:
For we are sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be
and to perish. But if we had been sold for bondmen and bondwomen, I
had held my tongue, although the enemy could not countervail the
Then the king Ahasuerus answered and said unto Esther the
Who is he, and where is he, that durst presume in his heart to do so?
And Esther said, The adversary and enemy is this wicked
Then Haman was afraid before the king and the queen.
And the king arising from the banquet of wine in his wrath
into the palace garden: and Haman stood up to make request for his
life to Esther the queen; for he saw that there was evil determined
against him by the king.
Then the king returned out of the palace garden into the
the banquet of wine; and Haman was fallen upon the bed whereon Esther
was. Then said the king, Will he force the queen also before me in
the house? As the word went out of king's mouth, they covered Haman's
And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said before the
Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman had made for
Mordecai, who spoken good for the king, standeth in the house of
Haman. Then the king said, Hang him thereon.
So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared
Mordecai. Then was the king's wrath pacified.
Orthodox Library, St. Matthew's Day, 2007.
Have mercy, O Lord, upon Thy servants
the scribe John, the priest Peter, the people of Bangladesh,
and the parishioners of the temple of Saint Andrew in Lubbock.
THE END, AND TO GOD BE THE GLORY!