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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Esther 8:1-2

It was but lately that we had Esther and Mordecai in tears and in fears, but fasting and praying; now let us see how to them there arose light in darkness. Here is, 1. Esther enriched. Haman was hanged as a traitor, therefore his estate was forfeited to the crown, and the king gave it all to Esther, in recompence for the fright that wicked man had put her into and the vexation he had created her, Est. 8:1. His houses and lands, good sand chattels, and all the money he had heaped up which he... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Esther 8:1

On that day did the King, Ahasuerus, give the house of Haman, the Jews' enemy, unto Esther the queen ,.... That, and all the goods in it, and estate belonging to it; which being confiscated to the king, he gave to Esther, who would have been the sufferer, had his scheme taken place; so the Targum adds,"and the men of his house, and all his treasures, and all his riches:" and Mordecai came before the king ; was introduced into his presence, became one of his privy counsellors, one of... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Esther 8:1

The king - give the house of Haman - As Haman was found guilty of treasonable practices against the peace and prosperity of the king and his empire, his life was forfeited and his goods confiscated. And as Mordecai had been the means of preserving the king's life, and was the principal object of Haman's malice, it was but just to confer his property upon him, as well as his dignity and office, as Mordecai was found deserving of the former, and fit to discharge the duties of the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Esther 8:1

On that day did the king … give the house of Haman . When a criminal was executed, everything that belonged to him became the property of the crown, and was disposed of according to the king's pleasure. It pleased Ahasuerus to make over to Esther the house of Haman, with, no doubt, all its content, attendants, furniture, and treasure. The Jews' enemy . This now becomes Haman's ordinary designation (see Esther 9:10 , Esther 9:24 ). Traditional practices have in many places kept up his... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Esther 8:1-2

The lowly exalted. In the East, where monarchs are absolute, and where king's favourites are ministers of state, changes of fortune are familiar and proverbial. When one of our statesmen quits office he usually does so in an honourable way, and loses little of consideration by the change. But a vizier when deposed is disgraced, his property is often forfeited, and he himself is often put to a violent death. So was it with Haman. When the king's wrath turned against him he was slain, and... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Esther 8:1-3

Hopeful changes. I. THE CHANGES IN HUMAN LIFE ARE OFTEN WONDERFUL . They startle us— 1 . By their suddenness. An empire, a city, a house, a reputation, or a power which it has taken long to build up may fall in a day. 2 . By their completeness. What may have seemed durable as time itself passes away and leaves no memorial. "Like the baseless fabric of a vision," magnificent empires have perished, and left "not a wrack behind" ( Psalms 9:6 ). 3 . By the... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Esther 8:1

Give the house of Haman - Confiscation of goods accompanied public execution in Persia as in other Oriental countries. read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Esther 8:1

Esther 8:1. Did the king give the house of Haman unto Esther That is, he bestowed upon her the whole estate belonging to his family, his lands, his goods, his servants, his cattle, with all the money he had treasured up. All this is included here in his house, which, being justly forfeited to the king, is no less justly bestowed by him upon the queen, to compensate, in some degree, the danger to which Haman had exposed her. And Mordecai came before the king Was by the queen’s desire... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Esther 8:1-17

8:1-10:3 THE JEWS TRIUMPHANTVictory and celebration (8:1-9:32)Although Mordecai was appointed chief minister instead of Haman (8:1-2), the decree arranged by Haman was still in force. A king’s decree could not be changed. However, the king gave Esther and Mordecai his authority to issue a new decree that would counteract the former one (3-8).Esther and Mordecai acted promptly. They gave the Jews permission to take whatever action they chose in order to defend themselves against any attack on... read more

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