1 As he was sleepless that night, the king asked for the Book of Chronicles and ordered that the record of his reign be read to him. 2 He came across the passage wherein Mordecai exposed a plot to assassinate King Aha suerus, the plot of two royal eunuchs guarding the gate, Bagathan and Teresh. 3 The king asked, “What reward and honor did Mordecai receive for this?” The king’s attendants answered, “None, your majesty.”
4 Haman had entered the outer court, wanting to speak to the king about hanging Mordecai on the gallows he had erected. “Who is there in the court?” the king asked. 5 So the king’s attendants answered, “Haman is there, standing in the court.” The king ordered, “Let him come in.”
6 When Haman entered, the king asked him, “What should be done to the man the king wishes to honor?”
6 Haman thought to himself: whom would the king wish to honor but me? 7 So he replied, “For the man the king wishes to honor, 8 let royal robes be brought which the king has worn, and a horse, which the king has ridden, with a royal diadem on its head. 9 The robes and the horse should be handed to one of the king’s noblest officers who should array the man the king wishes to honor and lead him on horseback through the city street, proclaiming be fore him: ‘This is what is done for the man the king is pleased to honor!’”
10 The king ordered Haman, “Hur ry! Take the robes and the horse and do as you have said for the Jew Mordecai sitting at the royal gate. Do not leave out anything you have recommended.”
11 So Haman took the robes and the horse, arrayed Mordecai and led him on horseback through the streets, proclaiming, “This is what is done for the man the king is pleased to honor!”
12 After this Mordecai returned to the king’s gate, while Haman hurried home greatly dejected and with his head veiled. 13 He told his wife and all his friends everything that had happened, and they said to him, “If Mordecai, who started your downfall, is of Jewish origin, you will not win against him. You will surely be ruined.” 14 While they were still talking, the king’s eunuchs arrived and escorted Haman to the banquet Esther had prepared.