12 Afterward Mordecai returned to the king’s gate. But Haman rushed home, with his head covered(A) in grief, 13 and told Zeresh(B) his wife and all his friends everything that had happened to him.

His advisers and his wife Zeresh said to him, “Since Mordecai, before whom your downfall(C) has started, is of Jewish origin, you cannot stand against him—you will surely come to ruin!”(D) 14 While they were still talking with him, the king’s eunuchs arrived and hurried Haman away to the banquet(E) Esther had prepared.

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