And the king said again unto Esther on the second day at the banquet of wine, What is
thy petition, queen Esther? and it shall be granted thee: and what is
thy request? and it shall be performed, even
to the half of the kingdom.
Then Esther the queen answered and said, If I have found favour in thy sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request:
For we are sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be slain, and to perish. But if we had been sold for bondmen and bondwomen, I had held my tongue, although the enemy could not countervail the king's damage.