1. On that very 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.
2. And it was found written that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s officers, the guards of the door who sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus.
3. And the king said, “What honor and dignity has been done to Mordecai for this?” And the king’s servants who served him said, “Nothing has been done for him.”
4. And the king said, “Who is in the court?” And Haman had come into the outer court of the king’s palace to speak to the king to hang Mordecai on the gallows which he had prepared for him.
5. And the king’s servants said to him, “Behold, Haman stands in the court.” And the king said, “Let him come in.”
6. So Haman came in. And the king said to him, “What shall be done to the man whom the king delights to honor?” And Haman thought in his heart, “To whom would the king delight to do honor more than to myself?”
7. And Haman answered the king, “For the man whom the king delights to honor,
8. Let the royal clothing be brought, which the king wears, and the horse that the king rides upon, and the royal crown which is set upon his head.
9. And let this clothing and horse be delivered into the hand of one of the king’s most noble princes so that they may dress the man whom the king delights to honor, and bring him on horseback through the streets of the city, and proclaim before him, ‘This is what shall be done to the man whom the king delights to honor.’ ”
10. And the king said to Haman, “Make haste! Take the clothing and the horse, as you have said, and do so even to Mordecai the Jew, who sits at the king’s gate. Do not fail to do any of all the things you have spoken.”
11. And Haman took the clothing and the horse and dressed Mordecai, and brought him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaimed before him, “This is what shall be done to the man whom the king delights to honor!”
12. And Mordecai returned to the king’s gate. But Haman hurried to his house mourning, and having his head covered.
13. And Haman told Zeresh his wife and all his friends every thing that had happened to him. Then his wise men and Zeresh his wife said to him, “If Mordecai is of the seed of the Jews, before whom you have begun to fall, you shall not prevail against him but shall surely fall before him.”
14. And while they were still talking with him, the king’s officers came. And they hurried to bring Haman to the banquet which Esther had prepared.
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