Esther 6 – “Haman’s Humiliation”

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I. Summary
King Ahasuerus remembers the good deed that Mordecai did for him. He asks Haman, “What should be done for a man whom the king desires to honor?” Haman thinks that Ahasuerus is speaking about him, and suggests that the person be dressed in royal garb and led around the city. The king agrees, and Haman is forced to parade Mordecai around the city.

II. Photo
Mordecai is led around the city: “… let the man whom the king desires to honor be attired and paraded on the horse through the city square, while they proclaim before him: This is what is done for the man whom the king desires to honor!”

III. Important Verses
vv. 7-9: So Haman said to the king, “For the man whom the king desires to honor, let royal garb which the king has worn be brought, and a horse on which the king has ridden and on whose head a royal diadem has been set; and let the attire and the horse be put in the charge of one of the king’s noble courtiers. And let the man whom the king desires to honor be attired and paraded on the horse through the city square, while they proclaim before him: This is what is done for the man whom the king desires to honor!”
v. 13: There Haman told his wife Zeresh and all his friends everything that had befallen him. His advisers and his wife Zeresh said to him, “If Mordecai, before whom you have begun to fall, is of Jewish stock, you will not overcome him; you will fall before him to your ruin.”

IV. Outline
1-3. Ahasuerus remembers Mordecai’s good deed
4-10. Haman unknowingly proposes that Mordecai be treated as a king
11. Mordecai is paraded through the streets by Haman
12-13. A bad omen for Haman
14. Haman is led off to Esther’s banquet

V. Comment
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VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
Murphy, Wisdom Literature (Forms of Old Testament Literature)
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