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Esther 10

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The Greatness of Mordecai

1 King Ahasuerus imposed tax on the land and on 1the coastlands of the sea.
2 And all the acts of his power and might, and the full account of the high honor of Mordecai, 2to which the king advanced him, are they not written in 3the Book of the Chronicles of the kings of Media and Persia?
3 For Mordecai the Jew was 4second in rank to King Ahasuerus, and he was great among the Jews and popular with the multitude of his brothers, for he 5sought the welfare of his people and spoke peace to all his people.

Esther 10 Commentary

Chapter 10

Greatness of Ahasuerus-Mordecai's advancement.

- Many instances of the grandeur of Ahasuerus might have been given: these were written in the Persian chronicles, which are long since lost, while the sacred writings will live till time shall be no more. The concerns of the despised worshippers of the Lord are deemed more important by the Holy Spirit, than the exploits of the most illustrious monarch on earth. Mordecai was truly great, and his greatness gave him opportunities of doing the more good. He did not disown his people the Jews, and no doubt kept to the true religion. He did not seek his own wealth, but the welfare of his people. Few have it in their power to do so much good as Mordecai; but all have it in their power to do hurt, and who has it not in his power to do some good? We are not required to do what is not in our power, or is unsuited to our station; but all are bound to live under the influence of the tempers displayed in the saints, whose examples are recorded in the Bible. If we live by the faith of Christ, we shall be active according to the ability and opportunities he gives us, in promoting his glory and the best interests of men. If our faith be genuine, it will work by love. Wait in faith and prayer, and the event will be safe and glorious; our salvation is sure, through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Cross References 5

  • 1. Isaiah 11:11; Isaiah 24:15
  • 2. Esther 8:15; Esther 9:4
  • 3. Esther 2:23; Esther 6:1
  • 4. 2 Chronicles 28:7; [Genesis 41:40]
  • 5. [Nehemiah 2:10; Psalms 122:8, 9]

Chapter Summary


This chapter is very short, and just makes mention of a tribute Ahasuerus laid on his realm, Es 10:1, refers to the Persian chronicles, both for the greatness of him, and of Mordecai, and is closed with the character of the latter, Es 10:2,3.

Esther 10 Commentaries

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