1 Noctem illam duxit rex insomnem iussitque afferri sibi librum memorialium, annales priorum temporum. Quae cum illo praesente legerentur,
2 ventum est ad eum locum, ubi scriptum erat quomodo nuntiasset Mardochaeus insidias Bagathan et Thares duorum eunuchorum ianitorum, qui voluerant manus mittere in regem Asuerum.
3 Quod cum audisset rex, ait: "Quid pro hac fide honoris ac praemii Mardochaeus consecutus est?". Dixeruntque ei servi illius ac ministri: "Nihil omnino mercedis accepit".
4 Statimque rex: "Quis est, inquit, in atrio?". Aman quippe exterius atrium domus regiae intraverat, ut suggereret regi, ut iuberet Mardochaeum suspendi in patibulo, quod ei fuerat praeparatum.
5 Responderunt pueri: "Ecce Aman stat in atrio". Dixitque rex: "Ingrediatur".
6 Cumque esset ingressus, ait illi: "Quid debet fieri viro, quem rex honorare desiderat?". Cogitans autem in corde suo Aman et reputans quod nullum alium rex nisi se vellet honorare
7 respondit: "Homo, quem rex honorare cupit,
8 debet indui vestibus regiis, quibus rex indutus erat, et imponi super equum, qui de sella regis est, et acceperit regium diadema super caput suum;
9 et primus de regiis principibus nobilissimis induat eum et teneat equum eius et per plateam civitatis incedens clamet et dicat: "Sic honorabitur quemcumque voluerit rex honorare" ".
10 Dixitque ei rex: "Festina et, sumpta stola et equo, fac, ut locutus es, Mardochaeo Iudaeo, qui sedet in foribus palatii; cave, ne quidquam de his, quae locutus es, praetermittas".
11 Tulit itaque Aman stolam et equum; indutumque Mardochaeum et impositum equo praecedebat in platea civitatis atque clamabat: "Hoc honore condignus est quemcumque rex voluerit honorare".
12 Reversusque est Mardochaeus ad ianuam palatii; et Aman festinavit ire in domum suam lugens et operto capite.
13 Narravitque Zares uxori suae et amicis omnia, quae evenissent sibi; cui responderunt sapientes, quos habebat in consilio, et uxor eius: "Si de semine Iudaeorum est Mardochaeus, ante quem cadere coepisti, non poteris praevalere contra eum, sed cades in conspectu eius".
14 Adhuc illis loquentibus, venerunt eunuchi regis et cito eum ad convivium, quod regina paraverat, pergere compulerunt.
King James Version
1 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.
4 ¶ 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?
7 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.
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.
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 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.