During that nightathe king1could not sleep so he gave an order to bring2the book of records, the chronicles , and they were readbefore the king.
It was foundwrittenwhat3Mordecai had reportedconcerningBigthana and Teresh, two of the king'seunuchs who were doorkeepers, that they had sought to layhands on KingAhasuerus.
The kingsaid, "Whathonor or dignity has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?" Then the king'sservants who attended him said, "Nothing has been done for him."
So the kingsaid, "Who is in the court?" Now Haman had just 4entered the outercourt of the king'spalace in order to speak to the king about 5hangingMordecai on the gallowswhich he had prepared for him.
The king'sservantssaid to him, "Behold, Haman is standing in the court." And the kingsaid, "Let him come in."
So Hamancame in and the kingsaid to him, "What is to be done for the man6whom the kingdesires to honor?" And Hamansaidbto himself, "Whom would the kingdesire to honormorethan me?"
Then Hamansaid to the king, "For the manwhom the kingdesires to honor,
let them bring a royalrobewhich the king has worn, and 7the horse on which the king has ridden, and on whosehead8a royalcrown has been placed;
and let the robe and the horse be handedover to one of the king's most nobleprinces and let them array the manwhom the kingdesires to honor and lead him on horseback through the citysquare, 9and proclaimbefore him, 'Thus it shall be done to the manwhom the kingdesires to honor.' "
Then the kingsaid to Haman, "Takequickly the robes and the horse as you have said, and doso for Mordecai the Jew, who is sitting at the king'sgate; do not fall short in anything of all that you have said."
So Hamantook the robe and the horse, and arrayedMordecai, and led him on horseback through the citysquare, and proclaimedbefore him, "Thus it shall be done to the manwhom the kingdesires to honor."
Then Mordecaireturned to the king'sgate. But Hamanhurriedhome, mourning, 10with his headcovered.
13Hamanrecounted11to Zeresh his wife and all his friendseverything that had happened to him. Then his wisemen and Zeresh his wifesaid to him, "IfMordecai, beforewhom you have begun to fall, is cof Jewishorigin, you will not overcome him, but will surelyfallbefore him."
While they were stilltalking with him, the king'seunuchsarrived and hastily12broughtHaman to the banquetwhichEsther had prepared.