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“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.”

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Esther 6:1 Translation & Meaning

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On that הַה֔וּא He (she or it); only expressed when emphatic or without a verb; also (intensively) self, or (especially with the article) the same; sometimes (as demonstrative) this or that; occasionally (instead of copula) as or are On that
night בַּלַּ֣יְלָה Properly, a twist (away of the light), i.e., night; figuratively, adversity night
could not נָֽדְדָ֖ה Properly, to wave to and fro (rarely to flap up and down); figuratively, to rove, flee, or (causatively) to drive away could not
the king הַמֶּ֑לֶךְ A king king
sleep, שְׁנַ֣ת Sleep sleep
and he commanded וַיֹּ֗אמֶר To say (used with great latitude) commanded
to bring לְהָבִ֞יא To go or come (in a wide variety of applications) bring
the book סֵ֤פֶר Properly, writing (the art or a document); by implication, a book book
of records הַזִּכְרֹנוֹת֙ A memento (or memorable thing, day or writing) records
of the chronicles; דִּבְרֵ֣י A word; by implication, a matter (as spoken of) or thing; adverbially, a cause chronicles
and they were וַיִּֽהְי֥וּ To exist, i.e., be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary) and they were
read נִקְרָאִ֖ים To call out to (i.e., properly, address by name, but used in a wide variety of applications) read
before לִפְנֵ֥י The face (as the part that turns); used in a great variety of applications (literally and figuratively); also (with prepositional prefix) as a preposition (before, etc.) before
the king. הַמֶּֽלֶךְ׃ A king king

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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.


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