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Esther 6

Mordecai Honored

1That night the king could not sleep; so he ordered the book of the chronicles, the record of his reign, to be brought in and read to him. It was found recorded there that Mordecai had exposed Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s officers who guarded the doorway, who had conspired to assassinate King Xerxes.

“What honor and recognition has Mordecai received for this?” the king asked.

“Nothing has been done for him,” his attendants answered.

The king said, “Who is in the court?” Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the palace to speak to the king about impaling Mordecai on the pole he had set up for him.

His attendants answered, “Haman is standing in the court.”

“Bring him in,” the king ordered.

When Haman entered, the king asked him, “What should be done for the man the king delights to honor?”

Now Haman thought to himself, “Who is there that the king would rather honor than me?” So he answered the king, “For the man the king delights to honor, have them bring a royal robe the king has worn and a horse the king has ridden, one with a royal crest placed on its head. Then let the robe and horse be entrusted to one of the king’s most noble princes. Let them robe the man the king delights to honor, and lead him on the horse through the city streets, proclaiming before him, ‘This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!’”

10 “Go at once,” the king commanded Haman. “Get the robe and the horse and do just as you have suggested for Mordecai the Jew, who sits at the king’s gate. Do not neglect anything you have recommended.”

11 So Haman got the robe and the horse. He robed Mordecai, and led him on horseback through the city streets, proclaiming before him, “This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!”

12 Afterward Mordecai returned to the king’s gate. But Haman rushed home, with his head covered in grief, 13 and told Zeresh his wife and all his friends everything that had happened to him.

His advisers and his wife Zeresh said to him, “Since Mordecai, before whom your downfall has started, is of Jewish origin, you cannot stand against him—you will surely come to ruin!” 14 While they were still talking with him, the king’s eunuchs arrived and hurried Haman away to the banquet Esther had prepared.

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Ester 6

Hamans plan går i vasken

1Den nat kunne kongen ikke falde i søvn. Derfor sendte han bud efter rigets krønikebog og bad om at få læst op af bogen. Det stykke, der blev læst, indeholdt beretningen om, hvordan Mordokaj havde angivet de to kongelige portvagter Bigtana og Teresh, der i sin tid havde lavet en sammensværgelse i den hensigt at myrde kongen.

„Hvilken belønning fik Mordokaj i den anledning?” spurgte kongen.

„Ingen,” svarede kammertjenerne.

4-5 „Er der nogle af mine embedsmænd i paladset?” spurgte kongen. Haman var netop ankommet tidligt til paladset den morgen for at anmode kongen om tilladelse til at få Mordokaj hængt i den galge, han havde rejst. Tjenerne meldte nu kongen: „Haman står her udenfor.” „Før ham ind!” befalede kongen. Da Haman var kommet ind, spurgte kongen: „Sig mig, Haman: Jeg har i sinde at hædre en af mine mænd. Hvordan mener du, jeg bedst kan gøre det?” Haman tænkte straks: „Mon ikke det er mig, kongen gerne vil hædre?” Derfor svarede han: „Hvis kongen ønsker at hædre en mand, skal man iføre ham en dragt, som kongen selv har haft på, og sætte ham på en hest, som kongen selv har redet på, og som bærer det kongelige diadem på hovedet. Så skal en af kongens øverste mænd føre ham rundt i byen, mens han råber: ‚Sådan belønner kongen den mand, han ønsker at hædre!’ ”

10 „Udmærket!” svarede kongen. „Tag min kongekåbe og min hest og gør, som du har foreslået, med jøden Mordokaj, der sidder blandt dommerne i portrummet. Alt, hvad du har foreslået, skal du gøre!”

11 Haman var nødt til at parere ordre. Han fik overdraget kongens dragt og hest, gav Mordokaj dragten på, hjalp ham op på hesten og førte ham gennem byens gader, mens han råbte: „Sådan belønner kongen den mand, han ønsker at hædre!”

12 Bagefter vendte Mordokaj tilbage til sit arbejde i portrummet, mens Haman skyndte sig hjem med tilhyllet ansigt, fuldstændig knust. 13 Da han fortalte sin kone og vennerne, hvad der var sket, sagde de: „Hvis Mordokaj er jøde, har du ikke blot trukket det korteste strå. Du kan ikke stille noget op imod ham. Du er færdig!”

14 Mens de endnu talte sammen, ankom kongens tjenere for at hente Haman til den festmiddag, Ester havde forberedt.