“Then Queen Esther said.
‘If it pleases the king,
Let the king and Haman come today to a banquet
That I have prepared for the king.’
Then the king said.
‘Bring Haman quickly,
So that we may do as Esther desires.’
So the king and Haman came to the banquet that Esther had prepared. While they were drinking wine, the king said to Esther.
‘What is your petition?
It shall be granted you.
What is your request?
Even to the half of my kingdom,
It shall be fulfilled.’
Then Esther said.
‘This is my petition and my request.
If I have won the king’s favor,
And if it please the king
To grant my petition
And fulfill my request,
Let the king and Haman come tomorrow to the dinner
That I will prepare for them.
Then I will do as the king has said.’”
Queen Esther’s request is simple enough. She wanted the king and Haman to come to dinner with her. The king thought that this was a good idea. He called Haman to come to dinner. Once again, the king repeated that he would give Queen Esther half of the kingdom. Her request was strange. She only wanted them both, the king and Haman, to come to dinner the next night. In other words, she requested a dinner so that she could invite them to another dinner.