But when Esther came before the king
To request of him her life, and the life of her people:
he commanded by letters, that his wicked device, which he devised
against the Jews, should return upon his own head;
that whereas his wicked scheme was to destroy all the Jews, the king, by his second letter, gave orders that the Jews should have liberty to defend themselves, and destroy their enemies which rose up against them; and the friends and party of Haman were entirely cut off:
and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows;
which he had prepared for Mordecai; not that they were ordered to be hanged together, nor were they; Haman was hanged before on the twenty third day of the month, but his sons not till the fourteenth day of the twelfth month; ( Esther 7:10 ) ( 8:9 ) ( Esther 9:13 Esther 9:14 ) .