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Bridgeway Bible Commentary
Esther 5

 

 

Verses 1-10

Haman's humiliation and defeat (5:1-7:10)

After three days Esther approached the king and invited him and Haman to dinner (5:1-4). She was so pleased with their friendly response that she decided to invite them again the next day, in the hope that they would be even more favourable to her (5-8). Haman thought that the honour given him by the queen showed that she, as well as the king, was pleased with him and agreed with his anti-Jewish policy. He decided to take the opportunity of this royal favour to arrange for a decree from the king to have chief enemy Mordecai executed immediately (9-14).

Early next morning, Haman went to ask the king for Mordecai's execution. But the king had just spent the night reviewing some official records, where he was reminded that Mordecai had saved his life several years earlier. Knowing nothing of the hatred that Haman and Mordecai had for each other, the king decided that Mordecai must be rewarded (6:1-5).

The king consulted Haman about the matter, but did not tell Haman the name of the person who was to receive the proposed royal honour. Haman, thinking that the honour was for himself, suggested an extravagant public show of the king's favour (6-9). The king agreed, with the result that Haman, instead of executing Mordecai, had to carry out the king's command to honour Mordecai before the people (10-11). Haman's humiliation appeared to his family and friends as a foreshadowing of worse to come (12-13).

When the king and Haman joined Esther for dinner that night, the circumstances were entirely favourable for Esther to put her case to the king (14-7:2). The king showed no anger when he found out that Esther was Jewish, but he burst into fury when told that Haman had planned the destruction of the queen and her people. Haman threw himself down on the couch before Esther to cry for mercy, but the king, in his rage, interpreted Haman's action as an attempt at rape. He then learnt that Haman had prepared to execute the man who had saved the king's life. The king had heard enough; he condemned Haman to immediate death (3-10).

 


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Bibliography Information
Flemming, Donald C. "Commentary on Esther 5:4". "Brideway Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bbc/esther-5.html. 2005.

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Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020
the Week of Proper 4 / Ordinary 9
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