And I said unto the king, let the king live for
Which some think he said to take off the king's suspicion of his
having a design upon his life, though it seems to be a common
salutation of the kings in those times, see ( Daniel 6:6Daniel 6:21 ) ,
why should not my countenance be sad, when the city, the
place of my fathers' sepulchres, [lieth] waste, and the gates thereof
are consumed with fire?
a man's native place, and where his ancestors lie interred, being
always reckoned near and dear, the king and his nobles could not
object to his being concerned for the desolations thereof.