Esther 6:1
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New International Version
That night the king could not sleep; so he ordered the book of the chronicles, the record of his reign, to be brought in and read to him.

New Living Translation
That night the king had trouble sleeping, so he ordered an attendant to bring the book of the history of his reign so it could be read to him.

English Standard Version
On that night the king could not sleep. And he gave orders to bring the book of memorable deeds, the chronicles, and they were read before the king.

New American Standard Bible
During that night the king could not sleep so he gave an order to bring the book of records, the chronicles, and they were read before the king.

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
That night sleep escaped the king, so he ordered the book recording daily events to be brought and read to the king.

International Standard Version
That night the king could not sleep, so he gave instructions to bring the book of records, the chronicles, and they were read to the king.

NET Bible
Throughout that night the king was unable to sleep, so he asked for the book containing the historical records to be brought. As the records were being read in the king's presence,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
That night the king could not sleep. So he told [a servant] to bring the official daily records, and they were read to the king.

Jubilee Bible 2000
On that night the king could not sleep, and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles, and they were read before the king.

King James 2000 Bible
On that night the king could not sleep, and he commanded to be brought the book of records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king.

American King James Version
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.

American Standard Version
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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
That night the king passed without sleep, and he commanded the histories and chronicles of former times to be brought him. And when they were reading them before him,

Darby Bible Translation
On that night sleep fled from the king. And he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king.

English Revised Version
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.

Webster's Bible Translation
In that night the king could not sleep, and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king.

World English Bible
On that night, the king couldn't sleep. He commanded the book of records of the chronicles to be brought, and they were read to the king.

Young's Literal Translation
On that night hath the sleep of the king fled away, and he saith to bring in the book of memorials of the Chronicles, and they are read before the king,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:1-3 The providence of God rules over the smallest concerns of men. Not a sparrow falls to the ground without him. Trace the steps which Providence took towards the advancement of Mordecai. The king could not sleep when Providence had a design to serve, in keeping him awake. We read of no illness that broke his sleep, but God, whose gift sleep is, withheld it from him. He who commanded a hundred and twenty-seven provinces, could not command one hour's sleep.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 1. - The book of records of the chronicles. Compare Esther 2:23, where the title is given more briefly, as "the book of the chronicles." See also Esther 10:2. The character of the book has been already explained (see comment on Esther 2:23). They were read. Either because the king could not read himself ('Ancient Monarchies,' vol. 4. p. 184), or because the sound of a man's voice might (it was thought) induce drowsiness.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

On that night could not the king sleep,.... The night after he had been at Esther's banquet, which it might be thought would rather have caused sleep; and therefore Jarchi calls it a miracle; and no doubt it was owing to the overruling providence of God, and not to anxious thoughts about his neglect of Esther so long, nor what should be her request to him, nor jealousy of any amorous intrigue with Haman, nor of any conspiracy of theirs against his life:

and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles; the diaries or journal, in which memorable facts were recorded; this he did to divert himself, and pass away time; though here also the providence of God was specially concerned; for otherwise he might have sent for any of his wives and concubines, or singing men and women, to have diverted him:

and they were read before the king; until the morning, until it was time to rise, as appears by what follows.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

CHAPTER 6

Es 6:1-14. Ahasuerus Rewards Mordecai for Former Service.

1. the king … commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles—In Eastern courts, there are scribes or officers whose duty it is to keep a journal of every occurrence worthy of notice. A book of this kind, abounding with anecdotes, is full of interest. It has been a custom with Eastern kings, in all ages, frequently to cause the annals of the kingdom to be read to them. It is resorted to, not merely as a pastime to while away the tedium of an hour, but as a source of instruction to the monarch, by reviewing the important incidents of his own life, as well as those of his ancestors. There was, therefore, nothing uncommon in this Persian monarch calling for the court journal. But, in his being unable to sleep at that particular juncture, in his ordering the book then to be read to him, and in his attention having been specially directed to the important and as yet unrewarded services of Mordecai, the immediate interposition of Providence is distinctly visible.

Esther 6:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
Mordecai is Honored
1During that night the king could not sleep so he gave an order to bring the book of records, the chronicles, and they were read before the king. 2It was found written what Mordecai had reported concerning Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king's eunuchs who were doorkeepers, that they had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus.…
Cross References
Esther 2:22
But Mordecai found out about the plot and told Queen Esther, who in turn reported it to the king, giving credit to Mordecai.

Esther 2:23
And when the report was investigated and found to be true, the two officials were impaled on poles. All this was recorded in the book of the annals in the presence of the king.

Esther 10:2
And all his acts of power and might, together with a full account of the greatness of Mordecai, whom the king had promoted, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Media and Persia?

Daniel 2:1
In the second year of his reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his mind was troubled and he could not sleep.

Daniel 6:18
Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep.
Treasury of Scripture

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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could not the king sleep. Heb. the king's sleep fled away.

Daniel 2:1 And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar …

Daniel 6:18 Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither …

the book of records. As chronicles were composed among the Persians, a more instructive and interesting work could not be brought before the king; because they were all written in verse, and were generally the work of the most eminent poets of the empire.

Esther 2:23 And when inquisition was made of the matter, it was found out; therefore …

Malachi 3:16 Then they that feared the LORD spoke often one to another: and the …

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