Matthew Henry's Commentary
Esther
Esther Introduction:
We find in this book, that even those Jews who were scattered in the province of the heathen, were taken care of, and were wonderfully preserved, when threatened with destruction. Though the name of God be not in this book, the finger of God is shown by minute events for the bringing about his people's deliverance. This history comes in between |Ezr 6; 7|.

Chapter 1 Introduction:
The royal feast of Ahasuerus. (1-9) Vashti's refusal to appear, The king's decree. (10-22)

Chapter 2 Introduction:
Esther chosen queen. (1-20) Mordecai discovers a plot against the king. (21-23)

Chapter 3 Introduction:
Haman seeks to destroy the Jews. (1-6) He obtains a decree against the Jews. (7-15)

Chapter 4 Introduction:
The Jews lament their danger. (1-4) Esther undertakes to plead for the Jews. (5-17)

Chapter 5 Introduction:
Esther's application received. (1-8) Haman prepares to hang Mordecai. (9-14)

Chapter 6 Introduction:
Providence recommends Mordecai to the king's favour. (1-3) Haman's counsel honours Mordecai. (4-11) Haman's friends tell him of his danger. (12-14)

Chapter 7 Introduction:
Esther accuses Haman. (1-6) Haman hanged on his own gallows. (7-10)

Chapter 8 Introduction:
Mordecai is advanced. (1,2) Esther makes suit for the Jews. (3-14) Mordecai honoured, The joy of the Jews. (15-17)

Chapter 9 Introduction:
The success of the Jews. (1-19) The feast of Purim in remembrance of this. (20-32)

Chapter 10 Introduction:
Greatness of Ahasuerus-Mordecai's advancement. - Many instances of the grandeur of Ahasuerus might have been given: these were written in the Persian chronicles, which are long since lost, while the sacred writings will live till time shall be no more. The concerns of the despised worshippers of the Lord are deemed more important by the Holy Spirit, than the exploits of the most illustrious monarch on earth. Mordecai was truly great, and his greatness gave him opportunities of doing the more good. He did not disown his people the Jews, and no doubt kept to the true religion. He did not seek his own wealth, but the welfare of his people. Few have it in their power to do so much good as Mordecai; but all have it in their power to do hurt, and who has it not in his power to do some good? We are not required to do what is not in our power, or is unsuited to our station; but all are bound to live under the influence of the tempers displayed in the saints, whose examples are recorded in the Bible. If we live by the faith of Christ, we shall be active according to the ability and opportunities he gives us, in promoting his glory and the best interests of men. If our faith be genuine, it will work by love. Wait in faith and prayer, and the event will be safe and glorious; our salvation is sure, through our Lord Jesus Christ.



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