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the ten sons of Haman son of Hammedatha, the enemy of the Jews. But they did not confiscate their property.
For Haman the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the enemy of all the Jews, had devised plans against the Jews to destroy them. He had cast pur (that is, the lot) in order to afflict and destroy them.
Some time later 1 King Ahasuerus promoted 2 Haman the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, exalting him and setting his position 3 above that of all the officials who were with him.
As a result, 1 all the king’s servants who were at the king’s gate were bowing and paying homage to Haman, for the king had so commanded. However, Mordecai did not bow, 2 nor did he pay him homage.
And after they had spoken to him day after day 1 without his paying any attention to them, they informed Haman to see whether this attitude on Mordecai’s part would be permitted. 2 Furthermore, he had disclosed to them that he was a Jew. 3
But the thought of striking out against 1 Mordecai alone was repugnant to him, for he had been informed 2 of the identity of Mordecai’s people. 3 So Haman sought to destroy all the Jews (that is, the people of Mordecai) 4 who were in all the kingdom of Ahasuerus.
In the first month (that is, the month of Nisan), in the twelfth year 1 of King Ahasuerus’ reign, pur 2 (that is, the lot) was cast before Haman in order to determine a day and a month. 3 It turned out to be the twelfth month (that is, the month of Adar). 4
Then Haman said to King Ahasuerus, “There is a particular people 1 that is dispersed and spread among the inhabitants 2 throughout all the provinces of your kingdom whose laws differ from those of all other peoples. Furthermore, they do not observe the king’s laws. It is not appropriate for the king to provide a haven for them. 3
Then Mordecai related to him everything that had happened to him, even the specific amount of money that Haman had offered to pay to the king’s treasuries for the Jews to be destroyed.
If I have found favor in the king’s sight and if the king is inclined 1 to grant my request and perform my petition, let the king and Haman come tomorrow to the banquet that I will prepare for them. At that time 2 I will do as the king wishes. 3
Haman then recounted to them his fabulous wealth, 1 his many sons, 2 and how the king had magnified him and exalted him over the king’s other officials and servants.
Haman said, “Furthermore, Queen Esther invited 1 only me to accompany the king to the banquet that she prepared! And also tomorrow I am invited 2 along with the king.
Haman’s 1 wife Zeresh and all his friends said to him, “Have a gallows seventy-five feet 2 high built, and in the morning tell the king that Mordecai should be hanged on it. Then go with the king to the banquet contented.” 3 It seemed like a good idea to Haman, so he had the gallows built.
Then the king said, “Who is that in the courtyard?” Now Haman had come to the outer courtyard of the palace to suggest that the king hang Mordecai on the gallows that he had constructed for him.
The king then said to Haman, “Go quickly! Take the clothing and the horse, just as you have described, and do as you just indicated to Mordecai the Jew who sits at the king’s gate. Don’t neglect 1 a single thing of all that you have said.”
So Haman took the clothing and the horse, and he clothed Mordecai. He led him about on the horse throughout the plaza of the city, calling before him, “So shall it be done to the man whom the king wishes to honor!”
Haman then related to his wife Zeresh and to all his friends everything that had happened to him. These wise men, 1 along with his wife Zeresh, said to him, “If indeed this Mordecai before whom you have begun to fall is Jewish, 2 you will not prevail against him. No, you will surely fall before him!”
In rage the king arose from the banquet of wine and withdrew to the palace garden. Meanwhile, Haman stood to beg Queen Esther for his life, 1 for he realized that the king had now determined a catastrophic end for him. 2
On that same day King Ahasuerus gave the estate 1 of Haman, that adversary of the Jews, to Queen Esther. Now Mordecai had come before the king, for Esther had revealed how he was related to her.
Then Esther again spoke with the king, falling at his feet. She wept and begged him for mercy, that he might nullify the evil of Haman the Agagite which he had intended against the Jews. 1