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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes
Esther 5

 

 

Verse 1

the third day. The beginning of a new life for Israel. See App-10.

inner court. All houses had courts; a palace had several.

over against = right opposite.

upon his royal throne. To transact business.

gate = porch, or entrance. Hebrew. pethah.


Verse 2

obtained = won. Compare Esther 4:11.


Verse 3

kingdom. Put by Figure of speech Metonomy (of Adjunct), for a year"s revenue. Compare Mark 6:23.


Verse 4

LET THE KING AND HAMAN COME THIS DAY. This is the second of the five Acrostics (App-6) of the Divine name (App-4.) in this book. See App-60. The second pivot on which the history turns.


Verse 6

What is thy petition? He must have seen that there was something behind the mere banquet.

Petition = question.

request = wish.


Verse 8

do to morrow. She still keeps back her petition, showing the king that he had rightly divined that there was something important behind it.


Verse 9

stood not up. Notwithstanding the crisis reached; and well knowing the cause of it.

moved = stirred. Only here, and Ecclesiastes 12:3.

Zeresh his wife. By Gematria = 507 (13- x 3). See note on Esther 9:10, also App-10.


Verse 11

told = recounted.

children = sons. He had ten sons. See Esther 9:10.


Verse 13

THIS AVAILETH ME NOTHING. This is the third of the five Acrostics of this book, exhibiting the Divine names (App-4.) to the eye. See App-60.

Mordecai. The enmity was not merely personal, but religious; which is the worst form enmity can take.


Verse 14

gallows = tree: i.e. a stake to which a criminal was fastened till he died. The same word for cross. Compare Esther 2:23; Esther 7:9; and see Acts 5:30; Acts 10:39; Acts 13:29. 1 Peter 2:24.

to morrow. There was no delay; but, quick as the action was, it was none too soon for its real usefulness.

 


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Esther 5:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/esther-5.html. 1909-1922.

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