" (6:7-9.) To his surprise and horror, the King instructs Haman to do so to Mordecai.
(-11.) Immediately after, Ahasuerus and Haman attend Esther's second banquet.
(2:8-20.) Shortly afterwards, Mordecai discovers a plot by two courtiers, Bigthan and Teresh, to assassinate Ahasuerus.
The conspirators are apprehended and hanged, and Mordecai's service to the King is recorded. (3:1.) Mordecai, who sits at the palace gates, falls into Haman's disfavour, as he refuses to bow down to him.
(3:7-12.) A royal decree is issued throughout the kingdom to slay all Jews on that date.
(-15.) When Mordecai discovers the plan, he goes into mourning and implores Esther to intercede with the King.
(3:6.) He obtains Ahasuerus' permission to execute this plan, against payment of ten thousand talents of silver, and casts lots ("purim") to choose the date on which to do this—the thirteenth of the month of Adar.
(5:3-5.) During the feast, she asks them to attend a further feast the next evening.
(5:6-8.) Meanwhile, Haman is again offended by Mordecai and, at his wife's suggestion, has a gallows built to hang him.
It relates the story of a Hebrew woman in Persia, born as Hadassah but known as Esther, who becomes queen of Persia and thwarts a genocide of her people.
The story forms the core of the Jewish festival of Purim, during which it is read aloud twice: once in the evening and again the following morning.