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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 nyght could not the king slepe, and he commaunded to bryng the Chronicles and storyes: whych when they were red before the kyng Esther 6:2 they happened on the place where it was wrytten, how Mardocheus had told that Bigthana and Theres þe kynges two chamberlaynes (which kept the thresholdes) sought, to laye handes on kyng Ahasuerus. Esther 6:3 And the kyng sayd: what worshyppe & good haue we done to Mardocheus therfore? Then sayde the kynges seruauntes that mynistred vnto hym: There is nothynge at all done for hym.

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

Esther 6:4 And the kyng sayde: Who is in the courte? (for Haman was gone into the court wythout before þe kinges house, that he myght speake vnto the kynge to hange Mardocheus on þe tre, that he had prepared for hym.) Esther 6:5 And the kynges seruauntes sayde vnto hym: beholde, Haman standeth without in the court. And þe kyng sayd: let him come in. Esther 6:6 And when Haman came in, the kyng sayd vnto hym: what shall be done vnto the man, whom the þe kynge volde fayne brynge vnto worshippe? Haman thought in his hert: Whom desyreth the kyng to bryng vnto worshippe more then me? Esther 6:7 And Haman answered the kyng Let the man whom the kyng pleaseth to bring vnto worshippe, be brought hyther, Esther 6:8 that he maye be arayed with the royall garmentes which the kyng vseth to weare: & the horse þt the kyng rydeth vpon, and that the crowne royall maye be set vpon his heed. Esther 6:9 And let this rayment and horse be delyuered vnder the hand of one of the kynges princes, that they maye araye the man withall (whom the kyng is disposed to bryng to honoure) & cary hym vpon the horse thorow the strete of the cytie, and proclayme before him: thus shalt it be done to the man, whom the kynge pleaseth to bryng to honoure. Esther 6:10 And the kyng sayde: make hast, and take as thou hast sayde, the rayment & the horse: and do euen so vnto Mardocheus the Iewe, þt sytteth before the kynges gate, & let nothing fayle of all that thou hast spoken. Esther 6:11 Then toke Haman the rayment & the horse, and arayed Mardocheus, and brought him on horsbacke thorow the strete of þe cytie, and proclaymed before him: Euen thus shall it be done vnto þe man whom the kyng is disposed to honoure.

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

Esther 6:12 And Mardocheus came agayne to the kynges gate, but Haman gat hym home in all þe hast mournynge bare headed, Esther 6:13 and tolde Zares his wyfe and all hys frendes, euery thing þt had happened him. Then sayd his wyse men and Zares his wyfe vnto him: It yf be Mardocheus, of the sede of þe Iewes, before whom thou hast begonne to fall, thou shalt not preuayle agaynst hym, but shalt surely fall before him. Esther 6:14 And whyle they were yet talkyng with him, came the kynges chamberlaynes, & caused Haman to make hast, to come vnto the bancket that Esther had prepared.

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