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Esther 1:6

Context
1:6 The furnishings included linen and purple curtains hung by cords of the finest linen 1  and purple wool on silver rings, alabaster columns, gold and silver couches 2  displayed on a floor made of valuable stones of alabaster, mother-of-pearl, and mineral stone.

Esther 7:8

Context

7:8 When the king returned from the palace garden to the banquet of wine, Haman was throwing himself down 3  on the couch where Esther was lying. 4  The king exclaimed, “Will he also attempt to rape the queen while I am still in the building!”

As these words left the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face.

1 sn The finest linen was byssus, a fine, costly, white fabric made in Egypt, Palestine, and Edom, and imported into Persia (BDB 101 s.v. בּוּץ; HALOT 115-16 s.v. בּוּץ).

2 tn The Hebrew noun מִטָּה (mittah) refers to a reclining couch (cf. KJV “beds”) spread with covers, cloth and pillow for feasting and carousing (Ezek 23:41; Amos 3:12; 6:4; Esth 1:6; 7:8). See BDB 641-42 s.v.; HALOT 573 s.v.

3 tn Heb “falling”; NAB, NRSV “had (+ just TEV) thrown himself (+ down TEV).”

4 tn Heb “where Esther was” (so KJV, NASB). The term “lying” has been supplied in the translation for stylistic reasons; cf. NAB, NIV, NRSV, NLT “was reclining.”



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