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Esther 6

Ahasuerus, reading in the chronicles of the good service done by Mordecai, taketh care for his reward.

Esther 6:1 The same night the King slept not, & he comanded to bring ye booke of the records, and the chronicles: & they were read before ye King. Esther 6:2 Then it was found written that Mordecai had tolde of Bigtana, and Teresh two of the Kings eunuches, keepers of the dore, who sought to lay hands on the King Ahashuerosh. Esther 6:3 Then the King sayde, What honour and dignitie hath bene giuen to Mordecai for this? And the Kings seruants that ministred vnto him, sayd, There is nothing done for him.

Haman, coming to sue that Mordecai might be hanged, unawares giveth counsel that he might do him honour.

Esther 6:4 And the King sayde, Who is in the court? (Now Haman was come into the inner court of the Kings house, that he might speake vnto the King to hang Mordecai on the tree that he had prepared for him.) Esther 6:5 And the Kings seruants said vnto him, Behold, Haman standeth in the court; the King sayd, Let him come in. Esther 6:6 And when Haman came in, the King saide vnto him, What shalbe done vnto ye man, whom the King will honour? Then Haman thought in his heart, To whom would the King do honour more then to me? Esther 6:7 And Haman answered the King, The man whome the King would honour, Esther 6:8 Let them bring for him royall apparell, which the King vseth to weare, and the horse that the King rideth vpon, and that the crowne royall may be set vpon his head. Esther 6:9 And let the raiment and the horse be deliuered by the hand of one of the Kings most noble princes, & let them apparel the man (whome the King will honour) and cause him to ride vpon the horse thorow the streete of the citie, and proclayme before him, Thus shall it be done vnto the man, whome the King will honour. Esther 6:10 Then the King said to Haman, Make haste, take the rayment and the horse as thou hast said, and doe so vnto Mordecai the Iewe, that sitteth at the Kings gate: let nothing fayle of all that thou hast spoken. Esther 6:11 So Haman tooke the rayment and the horse, and arayed Mordecai, and brought him on horse backe thorowe the streete of the citie, and proclaymed before him, Thus shall it be done to the man whom the King will honour.

Complaining of his misfortune, his friends tell him of his final destiny.

Esther 6:12 And Mordecai came againe to the Kings gate, but Haman hasted home mourning and his head couered. Esther 6:13 And Haman tolde Zeresh his wife, and all his friends all that had befallen him. Then sayd his wise men, & Zeresh his wife vnto him, If Mordecai be of the seede of the Iewes, before whom thou hast begunne to fall; thou shalt not preuaile against him, but shalt surely fall before him. Esther 6:14 And while they were yet talking with him, came the Kings eunuches & hasted to bring Haman vnto the banket that Ester had prepared.

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