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The King Plans to Honor Mordecai

1 During that night Ithe king acould not sleep so he gave an order to bring bthe book of records, the chronicles, and they were read before the king. 2 It was found written what aMordecai had reported concerning Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs who were doorkeepers, that they had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. 3 The king said, “What honor or dignity has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?” Then the king’s servants who attended him said, “Nothing has been done for him.” 4 So the king said, “Who is in the court?” Now Haman had just aentered the outer court of the king’s palace in order to speak to the king about bhanging Mordecai on the gallows which he had prepared for him. 5 The king’s servants said to him, “Behold, Haman is standing in the court.” And the king said, “Let him come in.” 6 So Haman came in and the king said to him, “What is to be done for the man awhom the king desires to honor?” And Haman said Ito himself, “Whom would the king desire to honor more than me?” 7 Then Haman said to the king, “For the man whom the king desires to honor, 8 let them bring a royal robe which the king has worn, and athe horse on which the king has ridden, and on whose head ba royal crown has been placed; 9 and let the robe and the horse be handed over to one of the king’s most noble princes and let them array the man whom the king desires to honor and lead him on horseback through the city square, aand proclaim before him, ‘Thus it shall be done to the man whom the king desires to honor.’”

[1] ILit the king’s sleep fled aDn 6:18 bEs 2:23; 10:2
[2] aEs 2:21, 22
[4] aEs 4:11 bEs 5:14
[6] ILit in his heart aEs 6:7, 9, 11
[8] a1K 1:33 bEs 1:11; 2:17
[9] aGn 41:43

Haman Must Honor Mordecai

10 ¶ Then the king said to Haman, “Take quickly the robes and the horse as you have said, and do so for Mordecai the Jew, who is sitting at the king’s gate; do not fall short in anything of all that you have said.” 11 So Haman took the robe and the horse, and arrayed Mordecai, and led him [on horseback] through the city square, and proclaimed before him, “Thus it shall be done to the man whom the king desires to honor.”

12 ¶ Then Mordecai returned to the king’s gate. But Haman hurried home, mourning, awith [his] head covered. 13 Haman recounted ato Zeresh his wife and all his friends everything that had happened to him. Then his wise men and Zeresh his wife said to him, “If Mordecai, before whom you have begun to fall, is Iof Jewish origin, you will not overcome him, but will surely fall before him.”

[12] a2S 15:30
[13] ILit from the seed of the Jews aEs 5:10

14 ¶ While they were still talking with him, the king’s eunuchs arrived and hastily abrought Haman to the banquet which Esther had prepared.

[14] aEs 5:8


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Ahasuerus, reading in the chronicles of the good service done by Mordecai, taketh care for his reward.

1 ¶ On that night could not the king sleep, and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king. 2 And it was found written, that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king's chamberlains, the keepers of the door, who sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus. 3 And the king said, What honour and dignity hath been done to Mordecai for this? Then said the king's servants that ministered unto him, There is nothing done for him.

[1] Gn 22:14; 1S 23:26; Es 2:23; 5:8; Is 41:17; Dn 2:1; 6:18; Mal 3:16; Ro 11:33.
[2] Es 2:21.
[3] Gn 40:23; Jg 1:12; 1S 17:25; 1Ch 11:6; Ps 118:8; Ec 9:15; Dn 5:7, 16, 29; Ac 28:8.

Haman, coming to sue that Mordecai might be hanged, unawares giveth counsel that he might do him honour.

4 ¶ And the king said, Who [is] in the court? Now Haman was come into the outward court of the king's house, to speak unto the king to hang Mordecai on the gallows that he had prepared for him. 5 And the king's servants said unto him, Behold, Haman standeth in the court. And the king said, Let him come in. 6 So Haman came in. And the king said unto him, What shall be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour? Now Haman thought in his heart, To whom would the king delight to do honour more than to myself? 7 And Haman answered the king, For the man whom the king delighteth to honour, 8 Let the royal apparel be brought which the king [useth] to wear, and the horse that the king rideth upon, and the crown royal which is set upon his head: 9 And let this apparel and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king's most noble princes, that they may array the man [withal] whom the king delighteth to honour, and bring him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaim before him, Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delighteth to honour. 10 Then the king said to Haman, Make haste, [and] take the apparel and the horse, as thou hast said, and do even so to Mordecai the Jew, that sitteth at the king's gate: let nothing fail of all that thou hast spoken. 11 Then took Haman the apparel and the horse, and arrayed Mordecai, and brought him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaimed before him, Thus shall it be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour.

[4] Es 3:8; 4:11; 5:1, 14; 7:9; Jb 5:13; Ps 2:4; 33:19; Pv 3:27; Ec 9:10.
[6] Es 3:2; 5:11; Ps 35:27; Pv 1:32; 16:18; 18:12; 30:13; Is 42:1; 62:4; Jr 32:41; Ob 1:3; Mt 3:17; Jn 5:23.
[7] Es 6:9, 11.
[8] 1S 18:4; 1K 1:33; Lk 15:22.
[9] Gn 41:43; 1K 1:33; Zc 9:9.
[10] 2K 10:10; Dn 4:37; Lk 14:11; Rv 18:7.
[11] Ezr 6:13; Es 8:15; 9:3; Is 60:14; Lk 1:52; Rv 3:9.

Complaining of his misfortune, his friends tell him of his final destiny.

12 ¶ And Mordecai came again to the king's gate. But Haman hasted to his house mourning, and having his head covered. 13 And Haman told Zeresh his wife and all his friends every [thing] that had befallen him. Then said his wise men and Zeresh his wife unto him, If Mordecai [be] of the seed of the Jews, before whom thou hast begun to fall, thou shalt not prevail against him, but shalt surely fall before him. 14 And while they [were] yet talking with him, came the king's chamberlains, and hasted to bring Haman unto the banquet that Esther had prepared.

[12] 1S 3:15; 2S 15:30; 17:23; 1K 20:43; 21:4; 2Ch 26:20; Es 2:19; 7:8; Jb 9:24; 20:5; Ps 131:1; Jr 14:3.
[13] Gn 40:19; 41:8; 1S 28:19; Es 5:10; Jb 15:24; 16:2; Pv 28:18; Dn 2:12; 5:26; Ho 14:9; Zc 12:2.
[14] Dt 32:35; Es 5:8, 14.


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