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Bible Commentaries
Esther 8

Dummelow's Commentary on the BibleDummelow on the Bible

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.

Bibliographical Information
Dummelow, John. "Commentary on Esther 8". "Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/dcb/esther-8.html. 1909.
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