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to impale Mor­de­cai on it. When this is done, you can go on your merry
way to the banquet with the king.” This pleased Haman, and he ordered
the pole set up.
That night the king had trouble sleeping, so he ordered an attendant to
bring the book of the history of his reign so it could be read to him. In
those records he discovered an account of how Mor­de­cai had exposed the
plot of Big­thana and Te­resh, two of the eu­nuchs who guarded the door to
the king’s private quarters. They had plotted to assassinate King Xer­xes.
“What reward or recognition did we ever give Mor­de­cai for this?” the
king asked.
His attendants replied, “Nothing has been done for him.”
“Who is that in the outer court?” the king inquired. As it happened,
Haman had just arrived in the outer court of the palace to ask the king to
impale Mor­de­cai on the pole he had prepared.
So the attendants replied to the king, “Haman is out in the court.”
“Bring him in,” the king ordered. So Haman came in, and the king said,
“What should I do to honor a man who truly pleases me?”
Haman thought to himself, “Whom would the king wish to honor more
than me?” So he replied, “If the king wishes to honor someone, he should
bring out one of the king’s own royal robes, as well as a horse that the king
himself has r­ idden—­one with a royal emblem on its head. Let the robes
and the horse be handed over to one of the king’s most noble officials.
And let him see that the man whom the king wishes to honor is dressed in
the king’s robes and led through the city square on the king’s horse. Have
the official shout as they go, ‘This is what the king does for someone he
wishes to honor!’”
“Excellent!” the king said to Haman. “Quick! Take the robes and my
horse, and do just as you have said for Mor­de­cai the Jew, who sits at the
gate of the palace. Leave out nothing you have suggested!”
So Haman took the robes and put them on Mor­de­cai, placed him on
the king’s own horse, and led him through the city square, shouting, “This
is what the king does for someone he wishes to honor!” Afterward Mor­
de­cai returned to the palace gate, but Haman hurried home dejected and
completely humiliated.
When Haman told his wife, Ze­resh, and all his friends what had happened, his wise advisers and his wife said, “Since Mor­de­­cai—­this man
who has humiliated ­you—­is of Jew­ish birth, you will never succeed in your
plans against him. It will be fatal to continue opposing him.”
While they were still talking, the king’s eu­nuchs arrived and quickly
took Haman to the banquet Esther had prepared.
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