¶ On that night could not the king sleep, and he commanded to bring
the book of records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king.
2 And it was found written, that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king's chamberlains, the keepers of the door, who sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus.
3 And the king said, What honour and dignity hath been done to Mordecai for this? Then said the king's servants that ministered unto him, There is nothing done for him.
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See on es0101.
1 - Could not ... sleep Perhaps in wondering what Esther was going to request. See her previous communication es0221. A plot for his life would not have been a surprise and he called for the record of a past attempt to be read. Haman had been invited and the king did not know whether he was friend or enemy.
1 - Book of records Apparently the book referred to in es0223, es1002.
2 - Found es0221.
¶ And the king said, Who is in the court? Now Haman was come into
the outward court of the king's house, to speak unto the king to hang Mordecai
on the gallows that he had prepared for him.
5 And the king's servants said unto him, Behold, Haman standeth in the court. And the king said, Let him come in.
6 So Haman came in. And the king said unto him, What shall be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour? Now Haman thought in his heart, To whom would the king delight to do honour more than to myself?
|4 - Who? Business of Eastern courts was often transacted in early morning. It may not yet have been light or, likely, the king was aware that someone was waiting to see him and needed to be informed of who it was. His eagerness to destroy Mordecai and the record of v2 was to shape events. Here we see the hand of providence ps10741, pr1618.|
And Haman answered the king, For the man whom the king delighteth to honour,
8 Let the royal apparel be brought which the king useth to wear, and the horse that the king rideth upon, and the crown royal which is set upon his head:
9 And let this apparel and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king's most noble princes, that they may array the man withal whom the king delighteth to honour, and bring him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaim before him, Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delighteth to honour.
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apparel Without special reason, this would have threatened the
8 - Horse that the king rideth Literally "the horse which the king has ridden" (RSV) Compare ge4143, 1ki0133.
9 - Delivered to ... most noble princes So Haman would be the noble prince, but the situation was to get worse.
| 10 Then the king said to Haman,
Make haste, and take the apparel and the horse, as thou hast said, and
do even so to Mordecai the Jew, that sitteth at the king's gate: let nothing
fail of all that thou hast spoken.
11 Then took Haman the apparel and the horse, and arrayed Mordecai, and brought him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaimed before him, Thus shall it be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour.
|Mordecai the Jew Both terms were no doubt offensive to Haman. They may have been thus stated in the record v1.|
¶ And Mordecai came again to the king's gate. But Haman hasted to
his house mourning, and having his head covered.
13 And Haman told Zeresh his wife and all his friends every thing that had befallen him. Then said his wise men and Zeresh his wife unto him, If Mordecai be of the seed of the Jews, before whom thou hast begun to fall, thou shalt not prevail against him, but shalt surely fall before him.
14 And while they were yet talking with him, came the king's chamberlains, and hasted to bring Haman unto the banquet that Esther had prepared.
- Came again He went back to his place. The gate was the
place of making decisions and judgments. He may have been a member of the
12 - Head covered In mourning 2sa1530.
13 - Wise men These may have been spirit mediums. Compare 1sa28. Satan works through all false religions.
14 - Hasted to bring Haman This provision of an escort was oriental custom lu1417.
On the chapter compare how those who set traps may be caught in them mt0701.