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This Jewish translation from the Tananch is found here:
Another translation can be found here:
Esther - Chapter 6
1. On that night, the king's sleep was disturbed, and he ordered to bring the book of the records, the chronicles, and they were read before the king. 2. And it was found written that Mordecai had reported about Bigthana and Teresh, two chamberlains of the king, of the guards of the threshold, who had sought to lay a hand on King Ahasuerus. 3. And the king said, "What honor and greatness was done to Mordecai on that account?" And the king's servants who minister before him said, "Nothing was done for him."
4. And the king said, "Who is in the court?" And Haman had come to the outside court of the king's house, to petition the king to hang Mordecai on the gallows that he had prepared for him. 5. And the king's servants said to him, "Behold Haman is standing in the court." And the king said, "Let him enter."
6. And Haman entered, and the king said to him, "What should be done to a man whom the king wishes to honor?" And Haman said to himself, "Whom would the king wish to honor more than me?"
7. And Haman said to the King, "A man whom the king wishes to honor. 8. Let them bring the royal raiment that the king wore and the horse that the king rode upon, and the royal crown should be placed on his head. 9. And let the raiment and the horse be delivered into the hand of one of the king's most noble princes and let them dress the man whom the king wishes to honor, and let them parade him on the horse in the city square and announce before him, 'So shall be done to the man whom the king wishes to honor!' "
10. And the king said to Haman, "Hurry, take the raiment and the horse as you have spoken and do so to Mordecai the Jew, who sits in the king's gate; let nothing fail of all that you have spoken."
11. And Haman took the raiment and the horse, and he dressed Mordecai and paraded him in the city square and announced before him, "So shall be done to the man whom the king wishes to honor!"
12. And Mordecai returned to the king's gate, and Haman rushed home, mourning and with his head covered. 13. And Haman recounted to Zeresh his wife and to all his friends all that had befallen him, and his wise men and Zeresh his wife said to him, "If Mordecai, before whom you have begun to fall, is of Jewish stock, you will not prevail against him, but you will surely fall before him."
14. While they were still talking to him, the king's chamberlains arrived, and hastened to bring Haman to the banquet that Esther had prepared.
And so we see that "little detail" of Mordecai saving the King's life revived in a most ironic sort of way, for if Haman had not been the first guy at the palace that day, seeking revenge upon Mordecai, as it so happened, then another of the King's oficials would have paid the honor to Mordecai.
It's also quite ironic that Haman thinks it's himself the King is talking of giving honor to. With the implication from similar Bible accounts being that it was God who caused the King to lose sleep the previous night, it just shows how easily God can arrange matters to humiliate people who think too much of themselves, when it suits His purpose.
13. And Haman recounted to Zeresh his wife and to all his friends all that had befallen him, and his wise men and Zeresh his wife said to him, "If Mordecai, before whom you have begun to fall, is of Jewish stock, you will not prevail against him, but you will surely fall before him."
If I'm Haman, I'd be thinking, "Yeah, you might have wanted to give me that little bit of information before you suggested I try to have him hanged on a gallows."