New American Standard Bible
Esther Plans a Banquet
1Now it came about on the third day that Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the kings palace in front of the kings rooms, and the king was sitting on his royal throne in the throne room, opposite the entrance to the palace. 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.
5Then the king said, Bring Haman quickly that we may do as Esther desires. So the king and Haman came to the banquet which Esther had prepared. 6As 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. 7So Esther replied, My petition and my request is: 8if I have found favor in the sight of the king, and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and do what I request, may the king and Haman come to the banquet which I will prepare for them, and tomorrow I will do as the king says.