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,

New Heart 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.

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.

JPS Tanakh 1917
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.

New American Standard 1977
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.

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,
Study Bible
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 the plot became known to Mordecai and he told Queen Esther, and Esther informed the king in Mordecai's name.

Esther 2:23
Now when the plot was investigated and found to be so, they were both hanged on a gallows; and it was written in the Book of the Chronicles in the king's presence.

Esther 10:2
And all the accomplishments of his authority and strength, and the full account of the greatness of Mordecai to which the king advanced him, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Media and Persia?

Daniel 2:1
Now in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; and his spirit was troubled and his sleep left him.

Daniel 6:18
Then the king went off to his palace and spent the night fasting, and no entertainment was brought before him; and his sleep fled from him.
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.

that night.

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Romans 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! …

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 …

VI.

(1) Could not the king sleep.--Literally, the king's sleep fled away. Here, in the most striking way in the whole book, the workings of God's providence on behalf of His people are shown. "God Himself is here, though His name be absent." The king's sleepless night falls after the day when Haman has resolved to ask on the morrow for Mordecai's execution, a foretaste of the richer vengeance he hopes to wreak on the whole nation of the Jews. It is by a mere chance, one would say, looking at the matter simply in its human aspect, that the king should call for the book of the royal chronicles, and not for music. It was by a mere chance too. it might seem, that the reader should happen to light upon the record of Mordecai's services; and yet when all these apparent accidents are wrought up into the coincidence they make, how completely is the providence visible, the power that will use men as the instruments of its work, whether they know it, or know it not, whether they be willing or unwilling, whether the glory of God is to be manifested in and by and through them, or manifested on them only.

They were read before the king.--Canon Rawlinson remarks that there is reason to think that the Persian kings were in most cases unable to read.

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. 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. 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.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.
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