NOTES ON The Book of ESTHER
Both Jews and Christians have generally supposed Mordecai toChapter Overview:
be the writer of this book, which shews the care of God even over those Israelites, who were still scattered among the Heathens. It is the narrative of a plot to cut off all the Jews, disappointed by a wonderful concurrence of providences. The name of God is not found in this book: but the, finger of God is, directing so many minute events for the deliverance of his people. The particulars are very encouraging to God's people, in the most difficult and dangerous times. Here we are told how Esther came to be queen, and Mordecai to be great at court, chap. 1, 2. How Haman obtained an order for the
destruction of the Jews, chap. 3. The distress of the Jews
thereupon, chap. 4. The defeating of Haman's plot against
Mordecai, chap. 5 - 7. The defeating of his plot against the Jews,
chap. 8. The care taken to perpetuate the memory of this, chap. 9, 10.