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Bible Commentaries

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible

Esther 7

Verses 1-10

The Execution of Haman

4. We are sold] an allusion to Haman’s tender of 10,000 talents (Esther 3:9). Although the enemy, etc.] The rendering is uncertain; RV ’although the adversary could not have compensated for the king’s damage’ (which would have resulted from the loss of so many of his subjects); RM ’for our affliction is not to be compared with the king’s damage’ (or ’annoyance’ occasioned by Esther’s complaint). Perhaps, ’although no enemy is comparable (to Haman) in doing damage to the king.’

8. The bed] RV ’the couch,’ on which Esther was reclining at the table. They covered Haman’s face] preparatory to his execution.

9. One of the chamberlains.. the king] better, ’one of the chamberlains that were before the king said.’ Harbonah is mentioned in Esther 1:10. Who had spoken good] i.e. by the disclosure of the conspiracy described in Esther 2:21, Esther 2:22. Hang him thereon] Haman suffered the retribution declared by the Psalmist to await the wicked: see Psalms 7:15, Psalms 7:16.

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Dummelow, John. "Commentary on Esther 7". "John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible". 1909.