THE PURIM STORY

In the Dead of the Night
That night the king was unable to sleep He gave orders to bring him the books that told of great deeds; and they were read before the king. And in them was written how Mordecai had told about the two servants of the king who had tried to kill King Ahasuerus. Then the king said:
"How has Mordecai been honored and rewarded for this?"

The king's courtiers replied:
"Nothing has been done for him."

The king demanded:
"Who is in the court?

Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the king's house to speak to the king about hanging Mordecai on the gallows he had prepared for him. So the king's courtiers said to him:
"Haman is standing there in the court."

The king commanded:
"Let him enter."

Haman entered, and the king asked him:
"What shall be done to the man whom the king delights to honor?"

A Little Mix-Up
Haman thought to himself, "Whom besides me does the king delight to honor?"

So Haman said to the king:
"Whomever the king wishes to honor should be dressed in the king's royal robes and be led through the streets upon the king's horse.

"Let a royal garment be brought, which the king has worn, and the horse on which the king has ridden and on whose head a royal crown has been placed. Then let the garment and the horse be placed in charge of one of the king's noble princes and let him clothe the man whom the king delights to honor and make him ride on the horse through the city square and proclaim before him: This is what is done to the man whom the king delights to honor." So Haman said to the king.

Then the king said to Haman:
"Make haste and take the garment and the horse, as you have said, and do thus to Mordecai, the Jew, who sits in the king's gate.."

Haman obeyed the king.

Mordecai returned to the king's gate' but Haman hurried to his house, mourning, with his head covered.

Then the king's servants came and escorted Haman to the feast that Esther had prepared. The king and Haman went to drink with Queen Esther. And the king said to Esther:
"Whatever you ask, Queen Esther, it shall be granted you, even to the half of my kingdom."

Esther Speaks Out
Queen Esther answered:
"If I have won favor, 0 king, and if it seems best to the king, let my life and my people be given me at my request; for I and my people have been sold to be destroyed, to be killed, and to perish!"

King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther:
"Who is he and where is he who dares to do this;"

Esther answered:
"A foe, an enemy, this wicked Haman."

Haman shrank in terror before the king,and the queen; and Harbonah, one of those who waited-on the king, said:
"There, standing in the courtyard of Haman's house, is the gallows, seventy-five feet high, which Haman built for Mordecai."

The king said:
"Hang him on the gallows."

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