The king remembers the work of Mordecai (Esth 6:1-6:3)

“On that night the king could not sleep. He gave orders to bring the book of records, the annals of memorable deeds. They were read before the king. It was found written how Mordecai had told about Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs, who guarded the threshold. They had conspired to assassinate King Artaxerxes. The king said.

‘What honor or dignity has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?’

The king’s servants who attended him said.

‘Nothing has been done for him.’”

Interesting enough the Greek text said that the Lord took sleep from the king. Here there is no explanation of why the king was not sleeping. He had the records read to him. This sounds strange that in the middle of the night that someone would read the annals of his kingdom to him. Perhaps, he wanted to hear good things about himself. Here there is a mention of the 2 eunuchs who had tried to kill the king, Bigthana and Teresh, but in the beginning Greek text of this book they were called Gabatha and Tharra. Mordecai had saved the king, so that he was concerned about what the king or the kingdom had done for Mordecai. The servant responded that nothing was done for Mordecai.

Mordecai and the plot to kill the king (Esth 2:21-2:23)

“While Mordecai was sitting in the royal courtyard, two of the king’s eunuchs, Bigthan and Terseh, who were the chief bodyguards, became angry. They conspired to assassinate King Artaxerxes. This matter became known to Mordecai, who warned Queen Esther. She, in turn, revealed the plot to the king in the name of Mordecai. When the affair was investigated and found to be true, the men were both hanged. Then the king ordered a memorandum to be deposited in the royal library in praise of the goodwill shown by Mordecai. It was recorded in the book of the annals in the presence of the king.”

The names of the 2 eunuchs are only in the Hebrew text, not the Greek text. Eunuchs were personal bodyguards. Perhaps this relates to the preliminary Greek text about the plot against the king, where Mordecai heard 2 eunuchs plotting to kill the king. There they confessed and were executed. It sounds very similar. Except here, Mordecai told Esther who then told the king. Here it is very clearly recorded in the annals of the king.