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Esther Six

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

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Esther 6:1 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.

Esther 6:2 And it was found written, that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king's chamberlains, the keepers of the door, who sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus.

Esther 6:3 And the king said, What honour and dignity hath been done to Mordecai for this? Then said the king's servants that ministered unto him, There is nothing done for him.

what honour. The Greek historian Herodotus noted that it was a point of honor among Persian kings to grant some special honor to those who had voluntarily aided them.

Esther 6:4 And the king said, Who is in the court? Now Haman was come into the outward court of the king's house, to speak unto the king to hang Mordecai on the gallows that he had prepared for him.

Esther 6:5 And the king's servants said unto him, Behold, Haman standeth in the court. And the king said, Let him come in.

Haman standeth. The remarkable sixth and seventh chapters of Esther contain one of the most incisively ironical narratives in all literature, not to mention an amazing testimony of providential ordering of events. Haman, swollen with both pride and hatred of those who refused to pander to his pride, appears at the king's court just as the king is preparing special honor for the very man Haman is preparing to hang! He is then forced to proclaim publicly for Mordecai the ritual of honor he had composed with himself in mind. Finally, he was hanged on his own gallows, and the Jewish nation he almost annihilated was stronger and more unified than ever, even making many new converts (Esther 8:17). In accord with Persian practice, the hanging on gallows probably meant impaling on a stake.

Esther 6:6 So Haman came in. And the king said unto him, What shall be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour? Now Haman thought in his heart, To whom would the king delight to do honour more than to myself?

more than to myself. The inordinate pride of Haman (like that of Satan) contributed to his humiliation (Proverbs 16:18; 18:12; compare Ezekiel 28:17).

Esther 6:7 And Haman answered the king, For the man whom the king delighteth to honour,

Esther 6:8 Let the royal apparel be brought which the king useth to wear, and the horse that the king rideth upon, and the crown royal which is set upon his head:

set upon his head. That is, the royal crown (or crest) was to be placed on the head of the royal steed! Stone carvings of horses so arrayed have been found in Persepolis one of ancient Persia's capitals.

Esther 6:9 And let this apparel and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king's most noble princes, that they may array the man withal whom the king delighteth to honour, and bring him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaim before him, Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delighteth to honour.

Esther 6:10 Then the king said to Haman, Make haste, and take the apparel and the horse, as thou hast said, and do even so to Mordecai the Jew, that sitteth at the king's gate: let nothing fail of all that thou hast spoken.

Esther 6:11 Then took Haman the apparel and the horse, and arrayed Mordecai, and brought him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaimed before him, Thus shall it be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour.

Esther 6:12 And Mordecai came again to the king's gate. But Haman hasted to his house mourning, and having his head covered.

Esther 6:13 And Haman told Zeresh his wife and all his friends every thing that had befallen him. Then said his wise men and Zeresh his wife unto him, If Mordecai be of the seed of the Jews, before whom thou hast begun to fall, thou shalt not prevail against him, but shalt surely fall before him.

Esther 6:14 And while they were yet talking with him, came the king's chamberlains, and hasted to bring Haman unto the banquet that Esther had prepared.