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Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Esther 10:2

2. the declaration of the greatness of Mordecai—The experience of this pious and excellent Jew verified the statement, "he that humbleth himself shall be exalted" [Matthew 23:12; Luke 14:11; Luke 18:14]. From sitting contentedly at the king's gate, he was raised to the dignity of highest subject, the powerful ruler of the kingdom. Acting uniformly on the great principles of truth and righteousness, his greatness rested on a firm foundation. His faith was openly avowed, and his influence as a... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Esther 10:1-3

V. MORDECAI’S GREATNESS CH. 10Perhaps the writer mentioned Ahasuerus’ tax (Esther 10:1) because Mordecai had something to do with it, or perhaps this tax reflects God’s blessing on the king for preserving the Jews (Genesis 12:3).Appeal to the official chronicles (Esther 10:2) claimed historicity for the events recorded in Esther (cf. 1 Kings 14:19; et al.). These documents are not available to us today. They may have been Persian [Note: Moore, p. 99.] or Jewish [Note: Baldwin, p. 115.]... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Esther 10:1-3

The Greatness of Mordecai1. The isles of the sea] or, ’coast lands,’ i.e. the countries bordering on the Mediterranean. The description of the king’s dominion serves to enhance the glory of Mordecai, who was his minister. 3. Seeking the wealth] i.e. seeking to promote their welfare: cp. Ezra 9:12. read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - Esther 10:2

(2) Power.—The same word as that translated authority in Esther 9:29. read more

Arno Clemens Gaebelein

Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible - Esther 10:1-3

AHASUERUS AND MORDECAI: THE CONCLUSION CHAPTER 10 The three verses with which this book closes tell us of the greatness of King Ahasuerus. Here also is the record of the increasing greatness of Mordecai. He was next unto King Ahasuerus, great among the Jews, accepted of the multitude of his brethren, seeking the wealth of his people and speaking peace to all his seed. A blessed type of Him who is greater than Mordecai and who will some day bring peace to His earthly people and who will speak... read more

L.M. Grant

L. M. Grant's Commentary on the Bible - Esther 10:1-3

THE GREATNESS OF AHASUERUS AND MORDECAI This remarkable book closes with the announcement of the greatness of the Persian Empire as ruled over by King Ahasuerus.As with every other kingdom of the nations however, this magnificence was only fleeting, for Alexander the Great, being very swiftly exalted to the place of head of the Grecian Empire, overcame and displaced the Persian Empire, as the Lord had prophesied through His servant Daniel (Daniel 8:4-7; Daniel 8:20-21).But for a brief time... read more

James Gray

James Gray's Concise Bible Commentary - Esther 10:1-3

DELIVERANCE COMES THE KING’S DECREE (Esther 8:0 ) The “house” of Haman meant his possessions (Esther 8:1 ). His death, however, and Mordecai’s distinction did not mean that the decree against the Jews had been annulled, which, indeed, could not be annulled, according to Persian law. This is the problem, now before Esther and Mordecai (Esther 8:3-5 ), and which the king solves by granting permission to the Jews to arm themselves against their executioners (Esther 8:8-11 ). The effect of this... read more

Joseph Parker

The People's Bible by Joseph Parker - Esther 10:1-3

Reprisals Esther 7-10 WE have seen Esther in the attitude of lifting the index finger; we have now to consider the attitude of Haman whilst that finger was being pointed at him. The statement is marked by great simplicity, but also by solemn suggestiveness, "Then Haman was afraid before the king and the queen" ( Est 7:6 ). Why was he afraid? Nothing had been stated but simple fact: is it possible that a man can be terrified by being reminded of simple reality? We may go farther in this... read more

Robert Hawker

Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary - Esther 10:1-2

(1) ¶ And the king Ahasuerus laid a tribute upon the land, and upon the isles of the sea. (2) And all the acts of his power and of his might, and the declaration of the greatness of Mordecai, whereunto the king advanced him, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Media and Persia? The greatness and power of this Persian prince would not, I venture to believe, have been noticed in the scripture, had it not been from the situation of the church of God connected with... read more

George Haydock

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary - Esther 10:2

Second year, the same when Darius gave an edict for building the temple, (1 Esdras iv.; Tirinus) and the year before the great feast, (chap. i. 3.) when the Jews little thought of such danger hanging over them. (Calmet) (Worthington) --- Benjamin. Chap. ii. 5., we read Jemini, which shews that they have the same import. (Tirinus) When. Greek, "for he heart their deliberations." --- Told, by the mouth of Esther, chap. ii. 21. (Haydock) World. This is an exaggeration. Princes are flattered... read more

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