for we have been sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, killed, and eliminated. Now if we had only been sold as slaves, men and women, I would have kept silent, because the distress would not be sufficient reason
to burden the king.'
Then King Ahasuerus asked Queen Esther, 'Who is he, and where is he, who would presume to do such a thing?
And Esther said, 'A foe and an enemy is this wicked Haman!' Then Haman became terrified before the king and queen.
The king then got up in his anger from drinking wine and went
into the palace garden; but Haman stayed to beg for his life from Queen Esther, for he saw that harm had been determined against him by the king.
Now when the king returned from the palace garden into the place where they had been drinking wine, Haman was falling on the couch where Esther was. Then the king said, 'Will he even assault the queen with me in the house?' As the word went out of the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face.
Then Harbonah, one of the eunuchs who stood
before the king, said, 'Indeed, behold, the wooden gallows
standing at Haman’s house fifty cubits high, which Haman made for Mordecai who spoke good in behalf of the king!' And the king said, 'Hang him on it.'