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Esther 6 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 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. 1 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.
2 In those records he discovered an account of how Mordecai had exposed the plot of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the eunuchs who guarded the door to the king's private quarters. They had plotted to assassinate the king. 2 It 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 reward or recognition did we ever give Mordecai for this?" the king asked.His attendants replied, "Nothing has been done." 3 "What honor and recognition has Mordecai received for this?" the king asked. "Nothing has been done for him," his attendants answered.
4 "Who is that in the outer court?" the king inquired. Now, as it happened, Haman had just arrived in the outer court of the palace to ask the king to hang Mordecai from the gallows he had prepared. 4 The king said, "Who is in the court?" Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the palace to speak to the king about hanging Mordecai on the gallows he had erected for him.
5 So the attendants replied to the king, "Haman is out there." "Bring him in," the king ordered. 5 His attendants answered, "Haman is standing in the court." "Bring him in," the king ordered.
6 So Haman came in, and the king said, "What should I do to honor a man who truly pleases me?" Haman thought to himself, "Whom would the king wish to honor more than me?" 6 When Haman entered, the king asked him, "What should be done for the man the king delights to honor?" Now Haman thought to himself, "Who is there that the king would rather honor than me?"
7 So he replied, "If the king wishes to honor someone, 7 So he answered the king, "For the man the king delights to honor,
8 he should bring out one of the king's own royal robes, as well as the king's own horse with a royal emblem on its head. 8 have 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.
9 Instruct one of the king's most noble princes to dress the man in the king's robe and to lead him through the city square on the king's own horse. Have the prince shout as they go, 'This is what happens to those the king wishes to honor!'" 9 Then 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 honor, 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 honor!' "
10 "Excellent!" the king said to Haman. "Hurry and get the robe and my horse, and do just as you have said for Mordecai the Jew, who sits at the gate of the palace. Do not fail to carry out everything you have suggested." 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."
11 So Haman took the robe and put it on Mordecai, placed him on the king's own horse, and led him through the city square, shouting, "This is what happens to those the king wishes to honor!" 11 So 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 honor!"
12 Afterward Mordecai returned to the palace gate, but Haman hurried home dejected and completely humiliated. 12 Afterward Mordecai returned to the king's gate. But Haman rushed home, with his head covered in grief,
13 When Haman told his wife, Zeresh, and all his friends what had happened, they said, "Since Mordecai -- this man who has humiliated you -- is a Jew, you will never succeed in your plans against him. It will be fatal to continue to oppose him." 13 and told Zeresh his wife and all his friends everything that had happened to him. His advisers 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!"
14 While they were still talking, the king's eunuchs arrived to take Haman to the banquet Esther had prepared. 14 While they were still talking with him, the king's eunuchs arrived and hurried Haman away to the banquet Esther had prepared.