The Story of Esther
As the night wore on, King Ahasuerus could not sleep. He ordered the book of records, or The Chronicles, brought before him and read. Through the readings, the king learned that Mordecai had heard of the threat on the king’s life when the king’s doorkeepers Bigthana, and Teresh plotted against the king and intervened by telling Queen Esther.
The king asked, “What honor or dignity has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?”
The servants who attended him said, “Nothing has been done for him.”
“Who is in the court,” the king asked just as Haman entered the outer court, preparing to speak to the king about hanging Mordecai.
“Behold, Haman is standing in the court,” said the servants.
“Let him come in.”
Haman entered the palace and stood before the king.
The king said, “What is to be done for the man whom the king desires to honor?”
Who does the King desire to honor more than me, thought Haman. Haman then spoke, “For the man the king desires to honor let them bring a royal robe, which the king has worn, and the horse on which the king has ridden and on whose head a royal crown has been placed. And let the robe and the horse be handed over to one of the King’s most noble princes and let them array the man whom the king desires to honor and lead him on horseback through the city square, and proclaim before him. Thus it shall be done to the man whom the king desires to honor.”
The king thought and then told Haman to take the robes and the horse he spoke of and do as he said for Mordecai, the Jew who was sitting at the king’s gates. He warned Haman not to fall short in all he (Haman) had said. So Haman did as he was ordered and then ran home with his head covered and mourned. He told his wife and friends everything the king had him do. His wife Zeresh and wise men said to Haman, “If Mordecai, before whom you have begun to fall, is of Jewish origin, you will not overcome him, but will surely fall before him.” (Esther 6:13) – LASB – NASB*
…Stay tuned to find out what happens next!