corner graphic   Hi,    
Finding the new version too difficult to understand? Go to

Bible Commentaries

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible
Esther 8



Verses 1-17

The Jews are Saved

1. Did.. of Haman] The property of Haman, after his execution, was confiscated to the use of the king, to be disposed of as he thought fit.

2. Took off his ring, etc.] The bestowal of the ring implied that Mordecai was appointed to be a minister of State, since the ring was used for giving authority to royal decrees (see Esther 8:8): cp. Genesis 41:42.

4. Then the king held out] This seems to imply that Esther had approached the king unbidden: see Esther 4:11.

7. Behold, I have given, etc.] The king mentions this to show that his denial of her request to reverse the letters of Haman (Esther 8:5) was due not to lack of desire, but lack of ability to meet her wishes.

8. Write ye also] The letters written by Haman and sealed with the king's ring could not be reversed as Esther had requested (Esther 8:5), but she and Mordecai could be empowered, as Haman had previously been (Esther 3:11-12), to write such letters as they might think expedient to enable the Jews to stand on their defence.

9. The third month] i.e. May-June. Rather more than two months had elapsed since Haman's letters had been despatched (Esther 3:12).

10. Riders on mules, etc.] RV 'riding on swift steeds that were used in the king's service, bred of the stud.'

15. In royal apparel] not the same as that described in Esther 6:8, but a dress befitting the high office to which he had been appointed. His present magnificence was in striking contrast to his previous distress and humiliation (Esther 4:1).

A great crown of gold] i.e. a circlet, indicative of high, though not royal, rank. In the Heb. a different word is used to describe the royal crown worn by the king and queen (Esther 1:11; Esther 2:17).

7. Became Jews] i.e. proselytes.


Copyright Statement
These files are public domain.
Text Courtesy of Used by Permission.

Bibliography Information
Dummelow, John. "Commentary on Esther 8:4". "John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible". 1909.

Lectionary Calendar
Wednesday, October 28th, 2020
the Week of Proper 25 / Ordinary 30
Commentary Navigator
Search This Commentary
Enter query in the box below
To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient contact form
Powered by Lightspeed Technology