1 On that night (the time for Divine action had come) could not the king sleep (God use small things to accomplish His purposes. See Judg. 3:21. We know not what He used here. But the time had come for Him to work), and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king. (The very portion which God ruled for the working out of His plan.)
2 And it was found written, that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh (see 2:21,22), two of the king's eunuchs, the keepers of the threshold, who sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus.
3 And the king said, "What honor and dignity has been done to Mordecai for this?" Then said the king's servants that ministered to him, "There is nothing done for him."
4 And the king said, "Who is in the court?" Now Haman was come into the outward court of the king's house (this was the next step), to speak to the king to hang Mordecai on the tree that he had prepared for him. (See 5:14)
5 And the king's servants said to him, "Behold, Haman stands in the court." And the king said, "Let him come in."
6 So Haman came in. And the king said to him, "What shall be done to the man whom the king delights to honor?" Now Haman said in his heart, "To whom would the king delight to do honor more than to myself?"
7 And Haman answered the king, "For the man whom the king delights to honor,
8 Let the royal apparel be brought which the king uses to wear, and the horse that the king rides upon, and the crown royal which is set upon his head: (The eagerness with which Haman enumerated the honors his heart desires.)
9 And let this apparel and horse be delivered to the hand of a man of the king's most noble princes, that they may array the man withal whom the king delights to honor, 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 delights to honor.' "
10 Then the king said to Haman, "Be expeditious, and take the apparel and the horse, according as you have said, and do even so to Mordecai the Judean, that sits at the king's gate: let nothing fail of all that you have 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 to the man whom the king delights to honor."
12 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 (see 5:14) and all his friends every thing that had befallen him. Then said his wise men and Zeresh his wife to him, "If Mordecai be of the seed of the Judeans, before whom you have begun to fall, you shall not prevail against him, but shall surely fall before him."
14 And while they were yet talking with him, came the king's eunuchs, and hasted to bring Haman to the banquet that Esther had prepared. (Everything was hastening to the approaching crisis.)