And the king took his ring from his hand, and gave it
unto Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the Jews'
] As a token of his affection for him, and a mark of honour to
him; with the Persians F23 for a king to give a ring to anyone
was a token and bond of the greatest love and friendship
imaginable; and it may be this was given to Haman, to seal with
it the letters that were or should be written, giving order for
the destruction of the Jews. It seems as if as yet Esther had not
acquainted the king who her kindred and people were; or it can
hardly be thought he would have so easily come into such a
scheme, or so highly favoured an enemy of her people.
F23 Alex. ab. Alex. Genial. Dier. l. 1. c.
26. & l. 2. c. 19.