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Xerxes rewards Esther’s cousin Mordecai for faithful service.

BibleGateway: Esther 6:1-14

ESV Text: Esther 6:1-14

KJV Text:

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     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.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 581:
All Ye Who on this Earth do Dwell

— Organ Audio

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1. All ye who on this earth do dwell, 
Give thanks and glorify 
The Lord whose praises ever swell 
In seraph songs on high. 

2. Lift up your hearts in praise to God, 
Himself best Gift of all, 
Who works His wonders all abroad, 
Upholding great and small. 

3. Since first our life began to be, 
He has preserved our frame; 
And when man’s strength was vanity, 
He as our Helper came. 

4. Though often we His patience try 
And well deserve His frown, 
In grace He lays His anger by 
And pours new blessings down. 

5. ‘Tis He revives our fainting soul, 
Gives joyful hearts to men; 
And when great waves of trouble roll, 
He drives them back again. 

6. May He adorn with precious peace 
Our own, our native, land 
And crown with joys that never cease 
The labors of our hand. 

7. Long as we tarry here below 
Our saving Health is He; 
And when from earth to heaven we go, 
May He our portion be!