Esther 6

1 Ahasuerus, reading in the chronicles of the good service done by Mordecai, takes care for his reward.

4 Haman, coming to sue that Mordecai might be hanged, gives counsel that he might do him honour.

12 Complaining of this, his friends tell him of his final destiny.

that night.

5:8; Ge 22:14; 1Sa 23:26,27; Isa 41:17; Ro 11:33

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

Da 2:1; 6:18

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.

2:23; Mal 3:16



Bigthan. door. Heb. threshold.

What honour.

Jud 1:12,13; 1Sa 17:25,26; 1Ch 11:6; Da 5:7,16,29; Ac 28:8-10

There is nothing.

Ge 40:23; Ps 118:8,9; Ec 9:15

Who is in the court.

Pr 3:27,28; Ec 9:10

the outward.

4:11; 5:1

to speak.

3:8-11; 5:14; 7:9; Job 5:13; Ps 2:4; 33:19


whom the king, etc. Heb. in whose honour the kingdelighteth.

Ps 35:27; Isa 42:1; 62:4,5; Jer 32:41; Mt 3:17; Joh 5:23

To whom.

3:2,3; 5:11; Pr 1:32; 16:18; 18:12; 30:13; Ob 1:3

whom the king, etc. Heb. in whose honour the kingdelighteth.


Let the royal, etc. Heb. Let them bring the royal apparel,wherewith the king clotheth himself.

1Sa 18:4; Lu 15:22

the horse.Herodotus relates, that the kings of Persia had horses peculiar to themselves, which were brought from Armenia, and were remarkable for their beauty; and if the same law prevailed in Persia as in Judea, no man, under the penalty of death, might ride on the king's horse, any more than sit on his throne, wear his crown, or hold his sceptre.

1Ki 1:33

bring him. Heb. cause him to ride. proclaim.

Ge 41:43; 1Ki 1:33,34; Zec 9:9

Make haste.

Da 4:37; Lu 14:11; Re 18:7

let nothing fail. Heb. suffer not a whit to fall.

2Ki 10:10

took Hamon.

Ezr 6:13; Isa 60:14; Lu 1:52; Re 3:9

and arrayed.

8:15; 9:3

the street.Pitts gives a similar account of the mode of honouring a person who turns a Mohammedan, at Algiers: "The apostate is to get on a stately steed, with a rich saddle and fine trappings: he is also richly habited, and has a turban on his head, but nothing of this is to be called his own; only there are given him about two or three yards of broad cloth, which is laid before him on the saddle. The horse, with him on his back, is led all round the city, which he is several hours in doing. The apostate is attended with drums and other music, and twenty or thirty serjeants. They march in order on each side of the horse, with naked swords in their hands. The crier goes before, with a loud voice giving thanks to God for the proselyte that is made."

came again.

2:19; 1Sa 3:15; Ps 131:1,2

hasted to his house.

2Sa 17:23; 1Ki 20:43; 21:4; 2Ch 26:20; Job 20:5


7:8; 2Sa 15:30; Job 9:24; Jer 14:3,4



said his wise.

Ge 41:8; Da 2:12

If Mordecai.

Ge 40:19; 1Sa 28:19,20; Job 15:24; Da 5:26-28; Zec 12:2,3

but shalt surely.

Job 16:2; Pr 28:18; Ho 14:9

hasted to bring.

5:8,14; De 32:35,36
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