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Esther 3:1

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Haman Conspires to Destroy the Jews

3:1 Some time later 1  King Ahasuerus promoted 2  Haman the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, exalting him and setting his position 3  above that of all the officials who were with him.

Esther 3:5

Context

3:5 When Haman saw that Mordecai was not bowing or paying homage to him, he 4  was filled with rage.

1 tn Heb “after these things” (so KJV, ASV); NAB, NASB, NIV “After these events.”

2 tn Heb “made great”; NAB “raised…to high rank”; NIV “honored.”

sn The promotion of Haman in 3:1 for reasons unexplained contrasts noticeably with 2:19-23, where Mordecai’s contribution to saving the king’s life goes unnoticed. The irony is striking.

3 tn Heb “chair”; KJV, NRSV “seat”; NASB “established his authority.”

4 tn Heb “Haman.” The pronoun (“he”) was used in the translation for stylistic reasons. Repeating the proper name here is redundant according to contemporary English style, although the name is repeated in NASB and NRSV.



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