61That same night the king could not get to sleep, so he ordered the official records of the empire to be brought and read to him. 2
The part they read included the account of how Mordecai had uncovered a plot to assassinate the king — the plot made by Bigthana and Teresh, the two palace eunuchs who had guarded the king's rooms. 3The king asked, “How have we honoured and rewarded Mordecai for this?”
His servants answered, “Nothing has been done for him.”
4“Are any of my officials in the palace?” the king asked.
Now Haman had just entered the courtyard; he had come to ask the king to have Mordecai hanged on the gallows that was now ready. 5So the servants answered, “Haman is here, waiting to see you.”
“Show him in,” said the king.
6So Haman came in, and the king said to him, “There is someone I wish very much to honour. What should I do for this man?”
Haman thought to himself, “Now who could the king want to honour so much? Me, of course.”
7-8So he answered the king, “Order royal robes to be brought for this man — robes that you yourself wear. Order a royal ornament6.7–8 ornament: Probably a type of crown. to be put on your own horse. 9Then get one of your highest noblemen to dress the man in these robes and lead him, mounted on the horse, through the city square. Let the nobleman announce as they go: ‘See how the king rewards a person he wishes to honour!’ ”
10Then the king said to Haman, “Hurry and get the robes and the horse, and provide these honours for Mordecai the Jew. Do everything for him that you have suggested. You will find him sitting at the entrance of the palace.”
11So Haman got the robes and the horse, and he put the robes on Mordecai. Mordecai got on the horse, and Haman led him through the city square, announcing to the people as they went: “See how the king rewards a man he wishes to honour!”
12Mordecai then went back to the palace entrance while Haman hurried home, covering his face in embarrassment. 13He told his wife and all his friends everything that had happened to him. Then she and those wise friends of his said to him, “You are beginning to lose power to Mordecai. He is a Jew, and you cannot overcome him. He will certainly defeat you.”
14While they were still talking, the palace eunuchs arrived in a hurry to take Haman to Esther's banquet.