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“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.”

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Esther 6:11 Translation & Meaning

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Then took וַיִּקַּ֤ח To take (in the widest variety of applications) Then took
Haman הָמָן֙ Haman, a Persian vizier Haman
the apparel הַלְּב֣וּשׁ A garment (literally or figuratively); by implication (euphemistically) a wife apparel
and the horse, הַסּ֔וּס A swallow (from its rapid flight) horse
and arrayed וַיַּלְבֵּ֖שׁ Properly, wrap around, i.e., (by implication) to put on a garment or clothe (oneself, or another), literally or figuratively arrayed
Mordecai, מָרְדֳּכָ֑י Mordecai, an Israelite Mordecai
and brought him on horseback וַיַּרְכִּיבֵ֙הוּ֙ To ride (on an animal or in a vehicle); causatively, to place upon (for riding or generally), to despatch brought horseback
through the street בִּרְח֣וֹב A width, i.e., (concretely) avenue or area through street
of the city, הָעִ֔יר A city (a place guarded by waking or a watch) in the widest sense (even of a mere encampment or post) city
and proclaimed וַיִּקְרָ֣א To call out to (i.e., properly, address by name, but used in a wide variety of applications) proclaimed
before לְפָנָ֔יו 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
him, Thus כָּ֚כָה Just so, referring to the previous or following context Thus
shall it be done יֵֽעָשֶׂ֣ה To do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application done
unto the man לָאִ֔ישׁ A man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation) man
whom אֲשֶׁ֥ר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc whom
the king הַמֶּ֖לֶךְ A king king
delighteth חָפֵ֥ץ Properly, to incline to; by implication (literally but rarely) to bend; figuratively, to be pleased with, desire delighteth
to honour. בִּֽיקָרֽוֹ׃ Value, i.e., (concretely) wealth; abstractly, costliness, dignity honour

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  • 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.


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