It is now morning, and people begin to stir.

Haman is so impatient to get Mordecai hanged that he comes early to court to be ready at the king’s levee before any other business is brought before him, to get a warrant for his execution (verse 4), which he makes sure that he shall have at the first word.  The king would gratify him in a greater thing than that, and he could tell the king that he was so confident of the justice of his request, and the king’s favor to him in it, that he got the gallows ready.  One word from the king would complete his satisfaction.

The king is so impatient to have Mordecai honored that he sends to know who is in the court that is fit to be employed in it.  Word is brought to him that Haman is in the court (verse 5).  “Let him come in,” says the king, the fittest man to be made use of both in directing and dispensing the king’s favor, and the king knew nothing of any quarrel he had with Mordecai.  Haman is brought in immediately, proud of the honor done to him in being admitted into the king’s bed-chamber, as it should seem, “before he was up,” for let the king but give orders for the dignifying of Mordecai, and he will be easy in his mind and try to sleep.  Now, Haman thinks he has the fairest opportunity he can wish for to solicit against Mordecai.  But the king’s heart is as full as his, and it is fit he should speak first. – Matthew Henry (1662-1714), commenting on Esther 6.4-11.


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