Esther Chapter 7

Ester Chapter 7 revolves around the king’s orders to impale Haman for his wrongdoings.

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Queen Esther’s Request

King Xerxes and Haman attended the banquet of Queen Esther. The king then asked the queen what she wanted as a gift. He mentioned to her he would be willing to give up to half his kingdom to her if she wanted it. The request she made was that she and her people must be spared from death and destruction. Her people had been sold into slavery and were marked for annihilation.

Haman is Doomed

The king wanted to know what man condemned the people of Esther. She was quick to respond and mentioned that Haman was the person responsible. This information enraged the king immensely. The king stormed out in a huff. Haman knew he was doomed and asked the queen for mercy. He would end up begging Esther for his life. It did not seem these actions were to do him any good as he was not exactly a man in her favor.

The King Metes out Punishment

King Xerxes then returned and he saw Haman begging at the feet of the queen. This did not exactly endear Haman with the king. In truth, it made the king even more enraged and angry. The servants at the banquet would put a hood over the head of Haman, signifying that he was now a doomed man.

A eunuch mentioned to the king that there was a huge pole, 50 cubits in height, near Haman’s house. Haman had the pole erected to execute Mordecai when Mordecai preached allegiance to the king.

Haman is Impaled

King Xerxes then ordered Haman be impaled on the pole. These orders were carried out. Haman was impaled and executed on the pole. Afterwards, the rage the king felt slowly subsided.

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Esther 7 (King James Version)

1 So the king and Haman came to banquet with Esther the queen.

2 And the king said again unto Esther on the second day at the 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.

3 Then Esther the queen answered and said, If I have found favour 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:

4 For we are sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be slain, 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 king’s damage.

5 Then the king Ahasuerus answered and said unto Esther the queen, Who is he, and where is he, that durst presume in his heart to do so?

6 And Esther said, The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman. Then Haman was afraid before the king and the queen.

7 And the king arising from the banquet of wine in his wrath went 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.

8 Then the king returned out of the palace garden into the place of 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 the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face.

9 And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said before the king, Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman had made for Mordecai, who had spoken good for the king, standeth in the house of Haman. Then the king said, Hang him thereon.

10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king’s wrath pacified.

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