The King Honors Mordecai
1On that night the king could not sleep. And he gave orders to bring #ch. 2:23; 10:2the book of memorable deeds, the chronicles, and they were read before the king. 2And it was found written how #ch. 2:22 Mordecai had told about #[ch. 1:10; 2:21] Bigthana#6:2 Bigthana is an alternate spelling of Bigthan (see 2:21) and #ch. 2:21Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs, who guarded the threshold, and who had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. 3And the king said, “What honor or distinction has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?” The king’s young men who attended him said, “Nothing has been done for him.” 4And the king said, “Who is in the court?” Now Haman had just entered #[ch. 4:11; 5:1] the outer court of the king’s palace to speak to the king about having Mordecai hanged on #ch. 5:14the gallows#6:4 Or wooden beam (see note on 2:23) that he had prepared for him. 5And the king’s young men told him, “Haman is there, standing in the court.” And the king said, “Let him come in.” 6So Haman came in, and the king said to him, “What should be done to the man #ver. 7, 9, 11whom the king delights to honor?” And Haman said to himself, “Whom would the king delight to honor more than me?” 7And Haman said to the king, “For the man whom the king delights to honor, 8let royal robes be brought, which the king has worn, #[1 Kgs. 1:33] and the horse that the king has ridden, and on whose head #ch. 1:11; 2:17a royal crown#6:8 Or headdress is set. 9And let the robes and the horse be handed over to one of the king’s most noble officials. Let them dress the man whom the king delights to honor, and let them lead him on the horse through the square of the city, #[Gen. 41:43]proclaiming before him: ‘Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor.’” 10Then the king said to Haman, “Hurry; take the robes and the horse, as you have said, and do so to Mordecai the Jew, who sits #See ch. 2:19at the king’s gate. Leave out nothing that you have mentioned.” 11So Haman took the robes and the horse, and he dressed Mordecai and led him through the square of the city, proclaiming before him, “Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor.”
12Then Mordecai returned to the king’s gate. But Haman hurried to his house, mourning #See 2 Sam. 15:30and with his head covered. 13And Haman told #ch. 5:10, 14his wife Zeresh and all his friends everything that had happened to him. Then his wise men and his wife Zeresh said to him, “If Mordecai, before whom you have begun to fall, is of the Jewish people, you will not overcome him but will surely fall before him.”
Esther Reveals Haman’s Plot
14While they were yet talking with him, the king’s eunuchs arrived and hurried to bring Haman #ch. 5:8to the feast that Esther had prepared.