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The Oxford Study Bible Study Bible supplemented with commentary from scholars of various religions.

Chapter 6

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<i>1</i> THAT night the Lord prevented the king from sleeping, so he ordered his secretary to bring the court chronicle and read it to him. <i>2</i>In it he found recorded an entry concerning Mardochaeus, how he had furnished information for the king about the two royal eunuchs on guard who had plotted to assassinate Artaxerxes. <i>3</i>When the king asked, ‘What honour or favour did we confer on Mardochaeus?’ his attendants said, ‘You have not done anything for him.’ <i>4</i>While the king was enquiring about Mardochaeus's service to him, Haman appeared in the courtyard. ‘Who is in the court?’ said the king. As Haman had just then entered to propose to the king that Mardochaeus should be hanged on the gallows he had prepared, <i>5</i>the king's servants replied, ‘Haman is standing there in the court.’ ‘Let him enter!’ commanded the king. <i>6</i>Then he asked him, ‘What shall I do for the man I wish to honour?’ Haman thought, ‘Whom other than myself would the king wish to honour?’ <i>7</i>So he answered, ‘For the man whom the king wishes to honour? <i>8</i>Let the king's attendants bring a robe of fine linen which the king himself has worn, and a horse on which the king rides. <i>9</i>Let both be handed over to one of the king's most noble Friends, and let him invest the man whom the king loves and mount him on the horse, and let him proclaim through the city square: “This shall be done for any man whom the king honours.” ’ <i>10</i>The king said to Haman, ‘Well spoken! Do this for Mardochaeus the Jew who serves in the courtyard. Let nothing be omitted of what you have proposed.’ <i>11</i>Haman took the robe and the horse; he invested Mardochaeus, mounted him on horseback, and went through the city square proclaiming: ‘See what is done for any man whom the king wishes to honour.’

<i>12</i>Mardochaeus then returned to the courtyard, while Haman hurried off home in grief with his head veiled. <i>13</i>When he told his wife Zosara and his friends what had happened to him, the response he got was: ‘If you have begun to be humiliated before Mardochaeus, and he is a Jew, your downfall is certain; you cannot get the better of him, because the living God is on his side.’

<i>14</i>While they were still talking, the eunuchs arrived and Haman was hurried off to the banquet Esther had prepared.

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