Esther 7:3-10

3 Then Queen Esther answered, “If I have found favor with you, Your Majesty, and if it pleases you, grant me my life—this is my petition. And spare my people—this is my request.
4 For I and my people have been sold to be destroyed, killed and annihilated. If we had merely been sold as male and female slaves, I would have kept quiet, because no such distress would justify disturbing the king.[a]
5 King Xerxes asked Queen Esther, “Who is he? Where is he—the man who has dared to do such a thing?”
6 Esther said, “An adversary and enemy! This vile Haman!” Then Haman was terrified before the king and queen.
7 The king got up in a rage, left his wine and went out into the palace garden. But Haman, realizing that the king had already decided his fate, stayed behind to beg Queen Esther for his life.
8 Just as the king returned from the palace garden to the banquet hall, Haman was falling on the couch where Esther was reclining. The king exclaimed, “Will he even molest the queen while she is with me in the house?” As soon as the word left the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face.
9 Then Harbona, one of the eunuchs attending the king, said, “A pole reaching to a height of fifty cubits[b] stands by Haman’s house. He had it set up for Mordecai, who spoke up to help the king.” The king said, “Impale him on it!”
10 So they impaled Haman on the pole he had set up for Mordecai. Then the king’s fury subsided.

Esther 7:3-10 Meaning and Commentary


Esther, being solicited by the king to tell him her petition, asks for her life and the lives of her people, who were sold to be destroyed, Es 7:1-4, the king, amazed at her request, inquires who was the person that dared to do so vile a thing; and was told by her it was Haman there present, Es 7:5,6 on which the king went out into the garden in wrath, and, returning, found Haman on Esther's bed, which still more incensed him; and being told that Haman had prepared a gallows for Mordecai, the king ordered that he himself should be hanged upon it, which was done accordingly, Es 7:7-10.

Cross References 17

  • 1. S Esther 2:15
  • 2. Esther 3:9; S Esther 4:7
  • 3. S Genesis 34:7; S Esther 1:12; Proverbs 19:12; Proverbs 20:1-2
  • 4. S 2 Kings 21:18
  • 5. Esther 6:13
  • 6. S Esther 1:6
  • 7. Genesis 39:14; John 13:23
  • 8. S Genesis 34:7
  • 9. S Esther 6:12
  • 10. Esther 1:10
  • 11. Esther 5:14
  • 12. S Deuteronomy 21:22-23; Psalms 7:14-16; Psalms 9:16; Proverbs 11:5-6; S Proverbs 26:27; S Matthew 7:2
  • 13. Genesis 40:22
  • 14. Proverbs 10:28
  • 15. Esther 9:25
  • 16. Daniel 6:24
  • 17. Esther 2:1

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. Or "quiet, but the compensation our adversary offers cannot be compared with the loss the king would suffer"
  • [b]. That is, about 75 feet or about 23 meters
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