|Overview - Esther 3|
|1||Haman, advanced by the king, and despised by Mordecai, seeks revenge upon all the Jews.|
|7||He casts lots.|
|8||He obtains by calumniation a decree of the king to put the Jews to death.|
Esther 3:9 (King James Version)
If it please the king, let it be written that they may be destroyed: and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver to the hands of those that have the charge of the business, to bring it into the king's treasuries.
- that they may be destroyed
- Hebrew to destroy them. and I
- will pay
- Hebrew and I will weigh.
- Genesis 23:16
- Here Haman is obliged to acknowledge that there would be a loss to the revenue, which he was willing to make up out of his own property. Ten thousand talents of silver, counted by the Babylonish talent, amount to 2,119,000.; but reckoned by the Jewish talent, they amount to double that sum. In those days, silver and gold were more plentiful than at present; and we have many instances of individuals possessing almost incredible riches. Herodotus relates, that when Xerxes went into Greece, Pythius the Lydian had Esther 3:2 Esther 3:000 ; talents of silver, and Esther 3:4 Esther 3:000 Esther 3:000 ; of gold darics, which unitedly amount to nearly 5,500,000. Plutarch tells us, that after Crassus had
- dedicated the tenth of all he had to Hercules, he entertained the Roman people at Esther 3:10 Esther 3:000 ; tables, and distributed to every citizen as much corn as was sufficient for three months; and, after all these expenses, he had Esther 3:7 Esther 3:100 ; Roman talents left, which amount to more than 1,500,000. Lentulus the augur is said to have possessed no less than 3,333,333 6s. 8d. Apicius was worth more than 916,671 13s
- 4d.; and, after having spent in his kitchen 833,333 6s
- 8d. he considered the remainder too little for his support, and poisoned himself!
- ten thousand
- Matthew 18:24