5:1 Now it came to pass on the third a 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.
(a) That is, after the Jews had begun to fast.
5:2 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 b
held out to Esther the golden sceptre that [was] in his hand. So Esther drew
near, and touched the top of the sceptre.
(b) Which was a sign that her coming was
agreeable to him, (Esther
5:3 Then said the king unto her, What wilt thou,
queen Esther? and what [is] thy request? it shall be even c
given thee to the half of the kingdom.
(c) Meaning by this that whatever she asked would
be granted as in (Mark
5:6 And the
king said unto Esther at the banquet of d
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.
(d) Because they used to drink excessively in
their banquets they called the banquet by that which was most in use or
5:8 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 e
(e) I will declare what I demand.
Haman told them of the glory of his riches, and the multitude of his children,
and all [the things] wherein the king had f
promoted him, and how he had advanced him above the princes and servants of the
(f) Thus the wicked when they are promoted
instead of acknowledging their charge and humbling themselves, wax ambitious,
disdainful and cruel.
said Zeresh his wife and all his friends unto him, Let a gallows be made of
fifty g 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.
(g) Meaning, the highest that could be found.