Compare Translations for Esther 6:1

Esther 6:1 ASV
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.
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Esther 6:1 BBE
That night the king was unable to get any sleep; and he sent for the books of the records; and while some one was reading them to the king,
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Esther 6:1 CEB
That same night, the king simply couldn't sleep. He had the official royal records brought in, and his young male servants began reading them to the king.
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Esther 6:1 CJB
That night, the king couldn't sleep; so he ordered the records of the daily journal brought, and they were read to the king.
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Esther 6:1 RHE
That night the king passed without sleep, and he commanded the histories and chronicles of former times to be brought him. And when they were reading them before him,
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Esther 6:1 ESV
On 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.
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Esther 6:1 GW
That night the king could not sleep. So he told [a servant] to bring the official daily records, and they were read to the king.
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Esther 6:1 GNT
That same night the king could not get to sleep, so he had the official records of the empire brought and read to him.
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Esther 6:1 HNV
On that night the king couldn't sleep; and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles, and they were read before the king.
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Esther 6:1 CSB
That night sleep escaped the king, so he ordered the book recording daily events to be brought and read to the king.
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Esther 6:1 KJV
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.
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Esther 6:1 LEB
During that night the king's sleep escaped [him], and he gave orders to bring the {scroll of records and chronicles}, and they were read before the king.
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Esther 6:1 NAS
During that night the king could not sleep so he gave an order to bring the book of records, the chronicles , and they were read before the king.
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Esther 6:1 NCV
That same night the king could not sleep. So he gave an order for the daily court record to be brought in and read to him.
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Esther 6:1 NIRV
That night the king couldn't sleep. So he ordered the official records of his rule to be brought in. He ordered someone to read them to him.
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Esther 6:1 NIV
That 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.
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Esther 6:1 NKJV
That night the king could not sleep. So one was commanded to bring the book of the records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king.
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Esther 6:1 NLT
That night the king had trouble sleeping, so he ordered an attendant to bring the historical records of his kingdom so they could be read to him.
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Esther 6:1 NRS
On that 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.
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Esther 6:1 RSV
On 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.
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Esther 6:1 DBY
On that night sleep fled from the king. And he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king.
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Esther 6:1 MSG
That night the king couldn't sleep. He ordered the record book, the day-by-day journal of events, to be brought and read to him.
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Esther 6:1 WBT
In that night the king could not sleep, and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king.
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Esther 6:1 TMB
On that night the king could not sleep; and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles, and they were read before the king.
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Esther 6:1 TNIV
That 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.
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Esther 6:1 WEB
On that night the king couldn't sleep; and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles, and they were read before the king.
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Esther 6:1 WYC
The king led that night without sleep, and he commanded the stories and the books of years of former times to be brought to him. And when those books were read in his presence, (That night the king went without sleep, and he commanded that the stories of former times, that is, The Books of the Years, or The Official Annals, be brought to him. And when those books were read before him, to help him get to sleep,)
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Esther 6:1 YLT
On that night hath the sleep of the king fled away, and he saith to bring in the book of memorials of the Chronicles, and they are read before the king,
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Esther 6 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 6

Providence recommends Mordecai to the king's favour. (1-3) Haman's counsel honours Mordecai. (4-11) Haman's friends tell him of his danger. (12-14)

Verses 1-3 The providence of God rules over the smallest concerns of men. Not a sparrow falls to the ground without him. Trace the steps which Providence took towards the advancement of Mordecai. The king could not sleep when Providence had a design to serve, in keeping him awake. We read of no illness that broke his sleep, but God, whose gift sleep is, withheld it from him. He who commanded a hundred and twenty-seven provinces, could not command one hour's sleep.

Verses 4-11 See how men's pride deceives them. The deceitfulness of our own hearts appears in nothing more than in the conceit we have of ourselves and our own performances: against which we should constantly watch and pray. Haman thought the king loved and valued no one but himself, but he was deceived. We should suspect that the esteem which others profess for us, is not so great as it seems to be, that we may not think too well of ourselves, nor trust too much in others. How Haman is struck, when the king bids him do honour to Mordecai the Jew, the very man whom he hated above all men, whose ruin he was now designing!

Verses 12-14 Mordecai was not puffed up with his honours, he returned to his place and the duty of it. Honour is well bestowed on those that do not think themselves above their business. But Haman could not bear it. What harm had it done him? But that will break a proud man's heart, which will not break a humble man's sleep. His doom was, out of this event, read to him by his wife and his friends. They plainly confessed that the Jews, though scattered through the nations, were special objects of Divine care. Miserable comforters are they all; they did not advise Haman to repent, but foretold his fate as unavoidable. The wisdom of God is seen, in timing the means of his church's deliverance, so as to manifest his own glory.

Esther 6 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 6

Esther 6:1-14 . AHASUERUS REWARDS MORDECAI FOR FORMER SERVICE.

1. the king . . . commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles--In Eastern courts, there are scribes or officers whose duty it is to keep a journal of every occurrence worthy of notice. A book of this kind, abounding with anecdotes, is full of interest. It has been a custom with Eastern kings, in all ages, frequently to cause the annals of the kingdom to be read to them. It is resorted to, not merely as a pastime to while away the tedium of an hour, but as a source of instruction to the monarch, by reviewing the important incidents of his own life, as well as those of his ancestors. There was, therefore, nothing uncommon in this Persian monarch calling for the court journal. But, in his being unable to sleep at that particular juncture, in his ordering the book then to be read to him, and in his attention having been specially directed to the important and as yet unrewarded services of Mordecai, the immediate interposition of Providence is distinctly visible.

4. Now Haman was come into the outward court--This was early in the morning. It is the invariable custom for kings in Eastern countries to transact business before the sun is hot, often in the open air, and so Haman was in all probability come officially to attend on his master.

6. What shall be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour?--In bestowing tokens of their favor, the kings of Persia do not at once, and as it were by their own will, determine the kind of honor that shall be awarded; but they turn to the courtier standing next in rank to themselves, and ask him what shall be done to the individual who has rendered the service specified; and according to the answer received, the royal mandate is issued.

8. the royal apparel . . . which the king useth to wear--A coat which has been on the back of a king or prince is reckoned a most honorable gift, and is given with great ceremony.
the horse that the king rideth upon--Persia was a country of horses, and the highbred charger that the king rode upon acquired, in the eyes of his venal subjects, a sort of sacredness from that circumstance.
and the crown royal which is set upon his head--either the royal turban, or it may be a tiara, with which, on state processions, the horse's head was adorned.

9. delivered to the hand of one of the king's most noble princes . . . array the man--On grand and public occasions, the royal steed is led by the highest subject through the principal streets of the city, a ceremony which may occupy several hours.

11. Then Haman took, &c.--This sudden reverse, however painful to Haman as an individual, is particularly characteristic of the Persian manners.

14. came the king's chamberlains, and hasted to bring Haman unto the banquet that Esther had prepared--Besides the invitation given to an entertainment, a message is always sent to the guests, immediately at the day and hour appointed, to announce that all things are ready.