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Esther 9

 

 

Introduction
1The Jews slay their enemies, with the ten sons of Haman.
12Ahasuerus, at the request of Esther, grants another day of slaughter, and Haman's sons to be hanged.
20The two days of Purim are made festival.

Verse 1
Now in the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar, on the thirteenth day of the same, when the king's commandment and his decree drew near to be put in execution, in the day that the enemies of the Jews hoped to have power over them, (though it was turned to the contrary, that the Jews had rule over them that hated them;)
A. M. 3552. B.C. 452. in the twelfth
3:7,13; 8:12
hoped
Acts 12:11
though it was turned
Deuteronomy 32:36; 2 Samuel 22:41; Psalms 30:11; Isaiah 14:1,2; 60:14-16; Revelation 11:18

Verse 2
The Jews gathered themselves together in their cities throughout all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus, to lay hand on such as sought their hurt: and no man could withstand them; for the fear of them fell upon all people.
gathered
10,16; 8:11
as sought
Deuteronomy 2:30; Joshua 11:20; Psalms 71:13,24; Isaiah 8:9
the fear
8:17; Genesis 35:5; Exodus 23:27; Joshua 2:9

Verse 3
And all the rulers of the provinces, and the lieutenants, and the deputies, and officers of the king, helped the Jews; because the fear of Mordecai fell upon them.
the rulers
3:12; 8:9; Ezra 8:36; Daniel 3:2; 6:1,2
officers of the king
Heb. those which did the business that belonged to the king. the fear.
3:2-6; 8:5

Verse 4
For Mordecai was great in the king's house, and his fame went out throughout all the provinces: for this man Mordecai waxed greater and greater.
was great
Psalms 18:43
his fame
Joshua 6:27; 1 Samuel 2:30; 1 Chronicles 14:17; Zephaniah 3:19; Matthew 4:24
waxed
2 Samuel 3:1; 1 Chronicles 11:9; Psalms 1:3; Proverbs 4:18; Isaiah 9:7

Verse 5
Thus the Jews smote all their enemies with the stroke of the sword, and slaughter, and destruction, and did what they would unto those that hated them.
smote
Psalms 18:34-40,47,48; 20:7,8; 149:6-9; 2 Thessalonians 1:6
the stroke
Jeremiah 18:21
what they would
Heb. according to their will. The Chaldee paraphrast says that none appeared against the Jews but Amalekites only, who were infatuated, and had their hearts hardened, as Pharaoh's against Israel, to take up arms to their own destruction. Some had such an inveterate, implacable malice against the Jews, that Haman's fall and Mordecai's advancement, instead of convincing, seemed only to exasperate them the more. How have the most dreadful scourges ravaged a country, and yet the inhabitants are unmindful of the Almighty Disposer of events, and that the cause of his righteous displeasure is their continual provocation! Forty years long was he grieved with one generation, who learned not his ways, although daily fed and clothed by a miracle.

Verse 6
And in Shushan the palace the Jews slew and destroyed five hundred men.
Shushan
3:15

Verse 10
The ten sons of Haman the son of Hammedatha, the enemy of the Jews, slew they; but on the spoil laid they not their hand.
ten sons
5:11; Exodus 20:5; Job 18:18,19; 27:13-15; Psalms 21:10; 109:12,13
enemy
3:1; 7:4,6; Exodus 17:16
but on the spoil
It does not appear that the Jews slew any person who did not rise up to destroy them: they stood for their lives; and gave full proof that they sought their own personal safety, and not the property of their enemies: though the decree in their favour gave them authority to take the property of all their adversaries.
15,16; 8:11; Genesis 14:23; Romans 12:17; Philippians 4:8

Verse 11
On that day the number of those that were slain in Shushan the palace was brought before the king.
was brought
Heb. came.

Verse 12
And the king said unto Esther the queen, The Jews have slain and destroyed five hundred men in Shushan the palace, and the ten sons of Haman; what have they done in the rest of the king's provinces? now what is thy petition? and it shall be granted thee: or what is thy request further? and it shall be done.
what is thy petition
5:6; 7:2

Verse 13
Then said Esther, If it please the king, let it be granted to the Jews which are in Shushan to do to morrow also according unto this day's decree, and let Haman's ten sons be hanged upon the gallows.
If it please the king
Esther had probably been informed by Mordecai, that there were still many enemies of the Jews who sought their destruction, who had escaped the preceding day; and therefore begged that the second day might be added to the former permission; and that the sons of Haman, who had already been slain, might be suspended on gibbets, as a terror to those who sought the destruction of the Jews.
according unto
8:11
let Haman's ten sons be hanged
Heb. let men hang Haman's ten sons.
Deuteronomy 21:23; 2 Samuel 21:6,9; Galatians 3:13

Verse 15
For the Jews that were in Shushan gathered themselves together on the fourteenth day also of the month Adar, and slew three hundred men at Shushan; but on the prey they laid not their hand.
gathered themselves
2,13; 8:11; Psalms 118:7-12
but on the prey
10,16; 1 Thessalonians 5:22; Hebrews 13:5

Verse 16
But the other Jews that were in the king's provinces gathered themselves together, and stood for their lives, and had rest from their enemies, and slew of their foes seventy and five thousand, but they laid not their hands on the prey,
gathered themselves
8:11
stood
8:11; Leviticus 26:7,8

Verse 17
On the thirteenth day of the month Adar; and on the fourteenth day of the same rested they, and made it a day of feasting and gladness.
of the same
Heb. in it.
1,18,21; 3:12; 8:9

Verse 18
But the Jews that were at Shushan assembled together on the thirteenth day thereof, and on the fourteenth thereof; and on the fifteenth day of the same they rested, and made it a day of feasting and gladness.
on the thirteenth
1,11,13,15

Verse 19
Therefore the Jews of the villages, that dwelt in the unwalled towns, made the fourteenth day of the month Adar a day of gladness and feasting, and a good day, and of sending portions one to another.
gladness
22; 8:17; Deuteronomy 16:11,14; Nehemiah 8:10-12; Psalms 118:11-16; Luke 11:41; Revelation 11:10
sending portions
The eastern princes and people not only invite their friends to feasts, but it is their custom to send a portion of the banquet to those that cannot well attend, especially their relations, and those in a state of mourning. Thus, when the Grand Emir found that it incommoded M. D'Arvieux to eat with him, he desired him to take his own time for eating, and sent him from his kitchen what he liked best.

Verse 20
And Mordecai wrote these things, and sent letters unto all the Jews that were in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus, both nigh and far,
Mordecai
That is, as the words imply, the history contained in this book; and not merely the letters afterwards mentioned, as some understand it.
wrote these
Exodus 17:14; Deuteronomy 31:19-22; 1 Chronicles 16:12; Psalms 124:1-3; 145:4-12; 2 Corinthians 1:10,11
in all the provinces
1:1,22; 3:12; 8:9

Verse 22
As the days wherein the Jews rested from their enemies, and the month which was turned unto them from sorrow to joy, and from mourning into a good day: that they should make them days of feasting and joy, and of sending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor.
the days
3:12,13; Exodus 13:3-8; Psalms 103:2; Isaiah 12:1,2; 14:3
from sorrow
Psalms 30:11; Matthew 5:4; John 16:20-22
sending portions
19; Nehemiah 8:10-12; Luke 11:41; Acts 2:44-46; Galatians 2:10

Verse 24
Because Haman the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the enemy of all the Jews, had devised against the Jews to destroy them, and had cast Pur, that is, the lot, to consume them, and to destroy them;
the enemy
10; 3:5-13
Pur
The word pur seems to be derived either from the Persian bahr and bar, a part, portion, lot, or pari, any thing which happens fortuitously or fortunately; whence the annual festival in commemoration of the wonderful deliverance of the Jews from their enemies was called Purim, or in Arabic and Persian, Fuhr, or Lots; which has been observed by them, in all places of their dispersion, from that day to the present time, without any interruption.
3:7
consume
Heb. crush.

Verse 25
But when Esther came before the king, he commanded by letters that his wicked device, which he devised against the Jews, should return upon his own head, and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows.
when Esther came
Heb. when she came.
13,14; 7:5-10; 8:1-14
return
Psalms 7:16; 109:17,18; 140:9; 141:10; Matthew 21:44

Verse 26
Wherefore they called these days Purim after the name of Pur. Therefore for all the words of this letter, and of that which they had seen concerning this matter, and which had come unto them,
they called
Numbers 16:40; Ezekiel 39:11
Pur
that is, Lot. letter.

Verse 27
The Jews ordained, and took upon them, and upon their seed, and upon all such as joined themselves unto them, so as it should not fail, that they would keep these two days according to their writing, and according to their appointed time every year;
and upon their seed
Deuteronomy 5:3; 29:14,15; Joshua 9:15; 1 Samuel 30:25; 2 Samuel 21:1,2
all such
8:17; Isaiah 56:3,6; Zechariah 2:11; 8:23
fail
Heb. pass.

Verse 28
And that these days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, every family, every province, and every city; and that these days of Purim should not fail from among the Jews, nor the memorial of them perish from their seed.
remembered
Exodus 12:17; Psalms 78:5-7; 103:2
fail
Heb. pass. the memorial.
Exodus 13:8,9; Joshua 4:7; Zechariah 6:14
perish from their seed
Heb. be ended from their seed.

Verse 29
Then Esther the queen, the daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew, wrote with all authority, to confirm this second letter of Purim.
the daughter of Abihail
3:15
authority
Heb. strength. confirm.
20; 8:10

Verse 30
And he sent the letters unto all the Jews, to the hundred twenty and seven provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, with words of peace and truth,
the hundred
1:1; 8:9
words of peace
Isaiah 39:8; Zechariah 8:19

Verse 31
To confirm these days of Purim in their times appointed, according as Mordecai the Jew and Esther the queen had enjoined them, and as they had decreed for themselves and for their seed, the matters of the fastings and their cry.
themselves
Heb. their souls. and for their seed.
the fastings
4:3,16; Jonah 3:2-9

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Esther 9:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/esther-9.html.

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