1That night the king could not sleep; so he ordered the book of the chronicles, the record of his reign, to be brought in and read to him.2It was found recorded there that Mordecai had exposed Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s officers who guarded the doorway, who had conspired to assassinate King Xerxes.3‘What honour and recognition has Mordecai received for this?’ the king asked. ‘Nothing has been done for him,’ his attendants answered.4The king said, ‘Who is in the court?’ Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the palace to speak to the king about impaling Mordecai on the pole he had set up for him.5His attendants answered, ‘Haman is standing in the court.’ ‘Bring him in,’ the king ordered.6When Haman entered, the king asked him, ‘What should be done for the man the king delights to honour?’ Now Haman thought to himself, ‘Who is there that the king would rather honour than me?’7So he answered the king, ‘For the man the king delights to honour,8let them bring a royal robe the king has worn and a horse the king has ridden, one with a royal crest placed on its head.9Then let the robe and horse be entrusted to one of the king’s most noble princes. Let them robe the man the king delights to honour, and lead him on the horse through the city streets, proclaiming before him, “This is what is done for the man the king delights to honour!” ’10‘Go at once,’ the king commanded Haman. ‘Get the robe and the horse and do just as you have suggested for Mordecai the Jew, who sits at the king’s gate. Do not neglect anything you have recommended.’11So Haman got the robe and the horse. He robed Mordecai, and led him on horseback through the city streets, proclaiming before him, ‘This is what is done for the man the king delights to honour!’12Afterwards Mordecai returned to the king’s gate. But Haman rushed home, with his head covered in grief,13and told Zeresh his wife and all his friends everything that had happened to him. His advisors and his wife Zeresh said to him, ‘Since Mordecai, before whom your downfall has started, is of Jewish origin, you cannot stand against him – you will surely come to ruin!’14While they were still talking with him, the king’s eunuchs arrived and hurried Haman away to the banquet Esther had prepared.
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The King Honors Mordecai
1On that night the king could not sleep. And he gave orders to bring the book of memorable deeds, the chronicles, and they were read before the king. (Es 2:23; Es 10:2)2And it was found written how Mordecai had told about Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs, who guarded the threshold, and who had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. (Es 1:10; Es 2:21; Es 2:22)3And the king said, “What honor or distinction has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?” The king’s young men who attended him said, “Nothing has been done for him.”4And the king said, “Who is in the court?” Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the king’s palace to speak to the king about having Mordecai hanged on the gallows that he had prepared for him. (Es 4:11; Es 5:1; Es 5:14)5And the king’s young men told him, “Haman is there, standing in the court.” And the king said, “Let him come in.”6So Haman came in, and the king said to him, “What should be done to the man whom the king delights to honor?” And Haman said to himself, “Whom would the king delight to honor more than me?” (Es 6:7; Es 6:9; Es 6:11)7And Haman said to the king, “For the man whom the king delights to honor,8let royal robes be brought, which the king has worn, and the horse that the king has ridden, and on whose head a royal crown is set. (1Ki 1:33; Es 1:11; Es 2:17)9And let the robes and the horse be handed over to one of the king’s most noble officials. Let them dress the man whom the king delights to honor, and let them lead him on the horse through the square of the city, proclaiming before him: ‘Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor.’” (Ge 41:43)10Then the king said to Haman, “Hurry; take the robes and the horse, as you have said, and do so to Mordecai the Jew, who sits at the king’s gate. Leave out nothing that you have mentioned.” (Es 2:19)11So Haman took the robes and the horse, and he dressed Mordecai and led him through the square of the city, proclaiming before him, “Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor.”12Then Mordecai returned to the king’s gate. But Haman hurried to his house, mourning and with his head covered. (2Sa 15:30)13And Haman told his wife Zeresh and all his friends everything that had happened to him. Then his wise men and his wife Zeresh said to him, “If Mordecai, before whom you have begun to fall, is of the Jewish people, you will not overcome him but will surely fall before him.” (Es 5:10; Es 5:14)
Esther Reveals Haman’s Plot
14While they were yet talking with him, the king’s eunuchs arrived and hurried to bring Haman to the feast that Esther had prepared. (Es 5:8)