Esther 5:4
New International Version
“If it pleases the king,” replied Esther, “let the king, together with Haman, come today to a banquet I have prepared for him.”

New Living Translation
And Esther replied, “If it please the king, let the king and Haman come today to a banquet I have prepared for the king.”

English Standard Version
And Esther said, “If it please the king, let the king and Haman come today to a feast that I have prepared for the king.”

Berean Study Bible
“If it pleases the king,” Esther replied, “may the king and Haman come today to the banquet I have prepared for the king.”

King James Bible
And Esther answered, If it seem good unto the king, let the king and Haman come this day unto the banquet that I have prepared for him.

New King James Version
So Esther answered, “If it pleases the king, let the king and Haman come today to the banquet that I have prepared for him.”

New American Standard Bible
Esther said, “If it pleases the king, may the king and Haman come this day to the banquet that I have prepared for him.”

NASB 1995
Esther said, “If it pleases the king, may the king and Haman come this day to the banquet that I have prepared for him.”

NASB 1977
And Esther said, “If it please the king, may the king and Haman come this day to the banquet that I have prepared for him.”

Amplified Bible
Esther said, “If it pleases the king, may the king and Haman come this day to the banquet that I have prepared for him.”

Christian Standard Bible
“If it pleases the king,” Esther replied, “may the king and Haman come today to the banquet I have prepared for them.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If it pleases the king,” Esther replied, “may the king and Haman come today to the banquet I have prepared for them.”

American Standard Version
And Esther said, If it seem good unto the king, let the king and Haman come this day unto the banquet that I have prepared for him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Esthir said: “If it is good unto the King, let the King and Haman come to the banquet that I have made for him.”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Esther said, To-day is my great day: if then it seem good to the king, let both him and Aman come to the feast which I will prepare this day.

Contemporary English Version
Esther answered, "Your Majesty, please come with Haman to a dinner I will prepare for you later today."

Douay-Rheims Bible
But she answered: If it please the king. I beseech thee to come to me this day, and Aman with thee to the banquet which I have prepared.

English Revised Version
And Esther said, If it seem good unto the king, let the king and Haman come this day unto the banquet that I have prepared for him.

Good News Translation
Esther replied, "If it please Your Majesty, I would like you and Haman to be my guests tonight at a banquet I am preparing for you."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So Esther answered, "If it pleases you, Your Majesty, come today with Haman to a dinner I have prepared for you."

International Standard Version
Esther replied, "If it pleases the king, let the king and Haman come today to the banquet I've prepared for him."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Esther said: 'If it seem good unto the king, let the king and Haman come this day unto the banquet that I have prepared for him.'

Literal Standard Version
And Esther says, “If to the king [it be] good, the king comes in, and Haman, today, to the banquet that I have made for him”;

NET Bible
Esther replied, "If the king is so inclined, let the king and Haman come today to the banquet that I have prepared for him."

New Heart English Bible
Esther said, "If it seems good to the king, let the king and Haman come today to the banquet that I have prepared for him."

World English Bible
Esther said, "If it seems good to the king, let the king and Haman come today to the banquet that I have prepared for him."

Young's Literal Translation
And Esther saith, 'If unto the king it be good, the king doth come in, and Haman, to-day, unto the banquet that I have made for him;'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Esther Goes Before the King
3“What is it, Queen Esther?” the king inquired. “What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be given to you.” 4“If it pleases the king,” Esther replied, “may the king and Haman come today to the banquet I have prepared for the king.” 5“Hurry,” commanded the king, “and bring Haman, so we can do as Esther has requested.” So the king and Haman went to the banquet that Esther had prepared.…

Cross References
Esther 5:3
"What is it, Queen Esther?" the king inquired. "What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be given to you."

Esther 5:5
"Hurry," commanded the king, "and bring Haman, so we can do as Esther has requested." So the king and Haman went to the banquet that Esther had prepared.


Treasury of Scripture

And Esther answered, If it seem good to the king, let the king and Haman come this day to the banquet that I have prepared for him.

If it seem.

Esther 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 said.

Proverbs 29:11
A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.

the banquet.

Esther 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 said.

Esther 3:15
The posts went out, being hastened by the king's commandment, and the decree was given in Shushan the palace. And the king and Haman sat down to drink; but the city Shushan was perplexed.

Genesis 27:25
And he said, Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son's venison, that my soul may bless thee. And he brought it near to him, and he did eat: and he brought him wine, and he drank.









(4) Let the king and Haman come this day unto the banquet.--It was natural enough that, with so much depending on her request, the queen should show some hesitation: if anything took an untoward turn (for, in spite of the king's promise, she evidently felt uneasy) it might mean total ruin. She therefore temporises; she at any rate gains time, she secures a specially favourable opportunity for bringing forward the request, and the king clearly sees that she has kept her real petition in reserve by himself again raising the question. It will be noticed that so long as Esther is working her way up to the due vantage-ground, the king is addressed in the third person, let the king come," but when she makes the decisive appeal, in the second, "in thy sight, O king."

Verse 4. - Let the king and Haman come this day unto the banquet that l have prepared. Such an invitation as this was very unusual. Ordinarily the king and queen dined separately, each in their own apartments; family gatherings, however, not being unknown (Plut., 'Vit. Artaxerx.,' § 5; Athen., 'Deipnsoph.,' 4. p. 145, A). But for the queen to invite not only the king, but also another male guest, not a relation, was a remarkable innovation, and must have seemed to the fortunate recipient of the invitation a high act of favour.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
“If
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

it pleases
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

the king,”
הַמֶּ֖לֶךְ (ham·me·leḵ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4428: A king

Esther
אֶסְתֵּ֔ר (’es·têr)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's 635: Esther -- 'star', Ahasuerus' queen who delivered Israel

replied,
וַתֹּ֣אמֶר (wat·tō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

“may the king
הַמֶּ֤לֶךְ (ham·me·leḵ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4428: A king

and Haman
וְהָמָן֙ (wə·hā·mān)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 2001: Haman -- to rage, be turbulent

come
יָב֨וֹא (yā·ḇō·w)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 935: To come in, come, go in, go

today
הַיּ֔וֹם (hay·yō·wm)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3117: A day

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

the banquet
הַמִּשְׁתֶּ֖ה (ham·miš·teh)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4960: Drink, drinking, a banquet, feast

I have prepared
עָשִׂ֥יתִי (‘ā·śî·ṯî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 6213: To do, make

for [the king].”
לֽוֹ׃ (lōw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew


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