Matthew Bible

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 þe king slepe, & he commaunded to bring the Chronicles & storyes: which when they were read before the kinge, Esther 6:2 they happened vnto the place where it was wrytten, howe Mardocheus had tolde, that the kinges two chamberlaynes (which kepte the thressholdes) sought to laye handes on kynge Ahasuerus. Esther 6:3 And the king said: what whorshippe & good haue we done to Mardocheus therfore? Then said the kinges seruauntes that ministred vnto hym: 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 courte? (for Haman was gone into the courte without before the kinges house, that he might speake vnto the king to hange Mardocheus on the tre, that he had prepared for him) Esther 6:5 And the kinges seruauntes sayd vnto hym: beholde, Haman standeth in the courte. The kinge sayde: let him come in. Esther 6:6 And when Haman came in, the king sayd vnto him: what shalbe done vnto þe man, whom the kyng would fayne bryng vnto worship? But Haman thought in his herte: Whome shoulde the kynge els be glad to brynge vnto worshippe, but me? Esther 6:7 And Haman sayde vnto the kynge: Let the man vnto whome the king woulde be glad in do worshippe, be broughte hyther, Esther 6:8 that he maye be araied with the royall garmentes whyche the kinge vseth to weare: and the horse that the kynge rydeth vpon, and that the croune royall maye be set vpon hys heade. Esther 6:9 And let this raiment & horse be delyuered vnder the hande of one of the kinges prynces, that he maye araye the man withall (whome the kinge woulde fayne honoure) and carie hym vpon the horse thorow the strete of the citie, & cause it to be proclamed before him: thus shall it be done to euery man, whom the kyng woulde fayn honoure. Esther 6:10 The kinge saide: make haste, and take as thou hast sayde, the rayment and the horse: & do euen so with Mardocheus the Iewe that sytteth before the kynges gate, & let nothinge fayle of all that thou hast spoken. Esther 6:11 Then toke Haman the rayment and the horse, & arayed hym, and brought him on horsbacke thorowe the streate of the cytye, and proclamed before him: Euen thus shall it be done vnto euery man whom the king is dysposed to honoure.

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

Esther 6:12 And Mardocheus came agayn to the kinges gate, but Haman gat him home in al the haste mournynge with bare heade, Esther 6:13 and told Zares his wyfe & all his frendes, euery thyng that had happened him. Then sayde his wise men & Zares his wyfe vnto him: Yf it be Mardocheus of the sede of the Iewes, before whom thou hast begonne to fall, thou canst do nothynge vnto hym, but shalt fall before hym. Esther 6:14 Whyle they were yet talkynge with him, came the kynges chamberlaynes, and caused Haman to make haste to come vnto the bancket that Esther had prepared.

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