Esther 5:3
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New International Version
Then the king asked, "What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be given you."

New Living Translation
Then the king asked her, "What do you want, Queen Esther? What is your request? I will give it to you, even if it is half the kingdom!"

English Standard Version
And the king said to her, “What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given you, even to the half of my kingdom.”

New American Standard Bible
Then the king said to her, "What is troubling you, Queen Esther? And what is your request? Even to half of the kingdom it shall be given to you."

King James Bible
Then said the king unto her, What wilt thou, queen Esther? and what is thy request? it shall be even given thee to the half of the kingdom.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
What is it, Queen Esther?" the king asked her. "Whatever you want, even to half the kingdom, will be given to you.""

International Standard Version
The king asked her, "What do you want, Queen Esther? What is your request? Even if it's half of the kingdom, it will be given to you."

NET Bible
The king said to her, "What is on your mind, Queen Esther? What is your request? Even as much as half the kingdom will be given to you!"

New Heart English Bible
Then the king asked her, "What would you like, queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given you even to the half of the kingdom."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then the king asked her, "What is troubling you, Queen Esther? What would you like? Even if it is up to half of the kingdom, it will be granted to you."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then said the king unto her: 'What wilt thou, queen Esther? for whatever thy request, even to the half of the kingdom, it shall be given thee.'

New American Standard 1977
Then the king said to her, “What is troubling you, Queen Esther? And what is your request? Even to half of the kingdom it will be given to you.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then the king said unto her, What wilt thou, Queen Esther? And what is thy request? It shall be given thee, even to the half of the kingdom.

King James 2000 Bible
Then said the king unto her, What do you wish, queen Esther? and what is your request? it shall be even given you to the half of the kingdom.

American King James Version
Then said the king to her, What will you, queen Esther? and what is your request? it shall be even given you to the half of the kingdom.

American Standard Version
Then said the king unto her, What wilt thou, queen Esther? and what is thy request? it shall be given thee even to the half of the kingdom.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the king said to her: What wilt then, queen Esther? what is thy request? if thou shouldst even ask one half of the kingdom, it shall be given to thee.

Darby Bible Translation
And the king said to her, What wilt thou, queen Esther? and what is thy request? it shall be given thee even to the half of the kingdom.

English Revised Version
Then said the king unto her, What wilt thou, queen Esther? and what is thy request? it shall be given thee even to the half of the kingdom.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then said the king to her, What wilt thou, queen Esther? and what is thy request? it shall be even given thee to the half of the kingdom.

World English Bible
Then the king asked her, "What would you like, queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given you even to the half of the kingdom."

Young's Literal Translation
And the king saith to her, 'What -- to thee Esther, O queen? and what thy request? unto the half of the kingdom -- and it is given to thee.'
Study Bible
Esther Plans a Banquet
2When the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, she obtained favor in his sight; and the king extended to Esther the golden scepter which was in his hand. So Esther came near and touched the top of the scepter. 3Then the king said to her, "What is troubling you, Queen Esther? And what is your request? Even to half of the kingdom it shall be given to you." 4Esther said, "If it pleases the king, may the king and Haman come this day to the banquet that I have prepared for him."…
Cross References
Mark 6:23
And he swore to her, "Whatever you ask of me, I will give you, up to half my kingdom!"

Esther 5:4
Esther said, "If it pleases the king, may the king and Haman come this day to the banquet that I have prepared for him."

Esther 5:6
As they drank their wine at the banquet, the king said to Esther, "What is your petition, for it shall be granted to you. And what is your request? Even to half of the kingdom it shall be done."

Esther 7:2
And the king said to Esther on the second day also as they drank their wine at the banquet, "What is your petition, Queen Esther? It shall be granted you. And what is your request? Even to half of the kingdom it shall be done."
Treasury of Scripture

Then said the king to her, What will you, queen Esther? and what is your request? it shall be even given you to the half of the kingdom.

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Esther 5:6 And the king said to Esther at the banquet of wine, What is your …

Esther 7:2 And the king said again to Esther on the second day at the banquet …

Esther 9:12 And the king said to Esther the queen, The Jews have slain and destroyed …

1 Kings 2:20 Then she said, I desire one small petition of you; I pray you, say …

1 Kings 3:5 In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God …

Matthew 20:20-22 Then came to him the mother of Zebedees children with her sons, worshipping …

Luke 18:41 Saying, What will you that I shall do to you? And he said, Lord, …

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Esther 5:6 And the king said to Esther at the banquet of wine, What is your …

Mark 6:23 And he swore to her, Whatever you shall ask of me, I will give it …

(3) To the half of the kingdom.--This tremendous offer occurs in further promises of Ahasuerus (Esther 5:6; Esther 7:2). The same reckless promise is made by Herod Antipas to the daughter of Herodias (Mark 6:23).

Verse 3. - What is thy request? It shall be even given thee. The practice of granting requests beforehand is one common among Oriental monarchs. Sometimes no limit at all is placed to the petitioner's liberty of choice - seldom any less wide limit than that of the present passage. According to Herodotus (9:111), there was one day in the year on which the king was bound to grant any request made by a guest at his table. To the half of the kingdom. Compare Mark 6:23, where Herod Antipas makes the same limitation. Then said the king unto her, what wilt thou, Queen Esther?.... He supposed she had some business with him, some suit to make to him, by her coming in this manner:

and what is thy request? signifying he was ready to grant it, be it what it would:

it shall be even given thee to the half of the kingdom; as it was usual with the Persian kings to give their wives cities for certain purposes; see Gill on Esther 2:18, here Ahasuerus, out of his great affection to Esther, offers half of his dominions, his one hundred and twenty seven provinces; meaning that he would grant her anything, and everything that was reasonable, and even magnificent; it is an hyperbolical and courtly way of speaking, and which has been used in later times, and in other countries; see Mark 6:23. 3. it shall be even given thee to the half of the kingdom—This mode of speaking originated in the Persian custom of appropriating for the maintenance of great men, or royal favorites, one city for his bread, another for his wine, a third for his clothes, etc., so that the phrase denoted great liberality.5:1-8 Esther having had power with God, and prevailing, like Jacob, had power with men too. He that will lose his life for God, shall save it, or find it in a better life. The king encouraged her. Let us from this be encouraged to pray always to our God, and not to faint. Esther came to a proud, imperious man; but we come to the God of love and grace. She was not called, but we are; the Spirit says, Come, and the Bride says, Come. She had a law against her, we have a promise, many a promise, in favour of us; Ask, and it shall be given you. She had no friend to go with her, or to plead for her; on the contrary, he that was then the king's favourite, was her enemy; but we have an Advocate with the Father, in whom he is well pleased. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace. God put it into Esther's heart to delay her petition a day longer; she knew not, but God did, what was to happen in that very night.
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