6That night the king could not sleep, and he gave orders to bring the book of records, the annals, and they were read to the king. 2It was found written how Mordecai had told about Bigthana and Teresh, two of the kings eunuchs, who guarded the threshold, and who had conspired to assassinate* King Ahasuerus. 3Then the king said, What honour or distinction has been bestowed on Mordecai for this? The kings servants who attended him said, Nothing has been done for him. 4The king said, Who is in the court? Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the kings palace to speak to the king about having Mordecai hanged on the gallows that he had prepared for him. 5So the kings servants told him, Haman is there, standing in the court. The king said, Let him come in. 6So Haman came in, and the king said to him, What shall be done for the man whom the king wishes to honour? Haman said to himself, Whom would the king wish to honour more than me? 7So Haman said to the king, For the man whom the king wishes to honour, 8let royal robes be brought, which the king has worn, and a horse that the king has ridden, with a royal crown on its head. 9Let the robes and the horse be handed over to one of the kings most noble officials; let him* robe the man whom the king wishes to honour, and let him* conduct the man on horseback through the open square of the city, proclaiming before him: Thus shall it be done for the man whom the king wishes to honour. 10Then the king said to Haman, Quickly, take the robes and the horse, as you have said, and do so to the Jew Mordecai who sits at the kings gate. Leave out nothing that you have mentioned. 11So Haman took the robes and the horse and robed Mordecai and led him riding through the open square of the city, proclaiming, Thus shall it be done for the man whom the king wishes to honour.
12 Then Mordecai returned to the kings gate, but Haman hurried to his house, mourning and with his head covered. 13When Haman told his wife Zeresh and all his friends everything that had happened to him, his advisers and his wife Zeresh said to him, If Mordecai, before whom your downfall has begun, is of the Jewish people, you will not prevail against him, but will surely fall before him.
14 While they were still talking with him, the kings eunuchs arrived and hurried Haman off to the banquet that Esther had prepared.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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