Esther 7 – “The Death of Haman”

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I. Summary
Esther pleads with Ahasuerus on behalf of her people, and incriminates Haman in the process. Haman is subsequently killed on the same gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai.

II. Photo
Haman is hanged in v. 10: “So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the king’s wrath subsided.”

III. Important Verses
vv.  3-4: Queen Esther replied: “If Your Majesty will do me the favor, and if it pleases Your Majesty, let my life be granted me as my wish, and my people as my request. For we have been sold, my people and I, to be destroyed, massacred, and exterminated. Had we only been sold as bondmen and bondwomen, I would have kept silent; for the adversary is not worthy of the king’s trouble.”
v. 8: When the king returned from the palace garden to the banquet room, Haman was lying prostrate on the couch on which Esther reclined. “Does he mean,” cried the king, “to ravish the queen in my own palace?” No sooner did these words leave the king’s lips than Haman’s face was covered.
v. 10: So they impaled Haman on the stake which he had put up for Mordecai, and the king’s fury abated.

IV. Outline
1-8. Esther blames Haman
9-10. Haman is killed

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