So the king and Haman came to banquet with Esther the queen.…
We have the very same cause for urgency of suit as she had. It behoveth us to say in the presence of another King, "Oh, let my life be given me at my petition." There is a royal law, and under that law our lives are forfeited. Life, in the narrative before us, was about to be taken away unjustly — by force of a most cruel mandate; but it is a holy law that dooms us to death.
Parallel VersesKJV: So the king and Haman came to banquet with Esther the queen.