But these were men no doubt of Haman's faction, and enraged at his disgrace and death, and headed by his ten sons, who took the advantage of the decree to avenge his death. The Targum says, these were princes of the house of Amalek. It appears that the Jews were not just killing at random, but were actually killing those who wanted to kill them.
The palace area was about acres, and this was where the were killed. These were homes of prominent Persians.
They possibly did not like the idea of a Jew taking Haman's place. The Jews slew the 10 sons along with the five hundred men, of which they were the head of. Unlike Saul, the Jews focused only on the mission at hand, i. The ten sons of Haman were probably still a threat to Mordecai and the Jews. The fact that the Jews did not take spoil from them showed this was not done for self-gain, but to stop an enemy. Esther "On that day the number of those that were slain in Shushan the palace was brought before the king.
Either by order of the king that he might know how many enemies the Jews had in the city, and how many of his subjects had been slain. Or officiously by others, with an intention to irritate the king against the Jews. Esther "And the king said unto Esther the queen, The Jews have slain and destroyed five hundred men in Shushan the palace, and the ten sons of Haman; what have they done in the rest of the king's provinces?
This just meant that the leaders of the armies reported to the king the number that had been killed. The king had offered Esther up to half of the kingdom, so he told her of this great loss at the palace, explaining to her that the numbers in all of the provinces must be tremendous. He asked Esther if she was satisfied with this number, or what else did she want to satisfy herself and the Jews.
Esther "Then said Esther, If it please the king, let it be granted to the Jews which [are] in Shushan to do tomorrow also according unto this day's decree, and let Haman's ten sons be hanged upon the gallows. This seems a little bloodthirsty from such a beautiful queen. Why she wanted so many killed, I do not know. I can understand the hanging of the ten sons of Haman however. Esther "And the king commanded it so to be done: and the decree was given at Shushan; and they hanged Haman's ten sons.
That the Jews might have leave to seek out and slay the rest of their enemies in Shushan, on the fourteenth day, in like manner as they had on the thirteenth. Esther "For the Jews that [were] in Shushan gathered themselves together on the fourteenth day also of the month Adar, and slew three hundred men at Shushan; but on the prey they laid not their hand.
As they had on the thirteenth. But there is no reason to confine it to them; it respects all such as were the enemies of the Jews, and rose up against them. So that the whole number slain in Shushan were eight hundred persons, besides the sons of Human.
The Jews killed another in Shushan, but they did not take their valuables. Again, this was the killing of the people who hated the Jews. The Jews were not killing them to get their possessions. Esther "But the other Jews that [were] in the king's provinces gathered themselves together, and stood for their lives, and had rest from their enemies, and slew of their foes seventy and five thousand, but they laid not their hands on the prey,".
It appears that the war in the provinces lasted for just the one day. It was almost as if they were punishing those who had hated the Jews. The one day they killed 75,, but they did not do it to get their possessions either.
The Jews did not take their possessions. Verses Jews in the provinces celebrated their victory on the fourteenth day of Adar, while Jews in Susa waited until the fifteenth because of the events of verse Eventually Mordecai ordered that both days should be observed annually as the Feast of Purim verses Esther "On the thirteenth day of the month Adar; and on the fourteenth day of the same rested they, and made it a day of feasting and gladness. This belongs to the preceding verse; and the meaning is, that on this day the Jews gathered together and slew so many thousands of their enemies as before related.
According to the Jewish canons, mourning and fasting on this day were forbidden, but feasting and gladness were to be multiplied. Immediately after their great victory, there was a time of celebration. They rested and rejoiced in the fact that the LORD had delivered their enemies into their hands.
It was obvious that this was not the work of man, but of God. Some claim that Thomson tried three different times to enlist with the Canadian military during World War I. William Little wrote that Tom was refused three times on account of his flat feet. There is however little evidence regarding Thomson's feelings about the war or that he ever attempted to enlist.
Well he found his little lonely love His bride of the northern woods". Was God able to save His people now as He had done in the past? Esther "Then were the king's scribes called on the thirteenth day of the first month, and there was written according to all that Haman had commanded unto the king's lieutenants, and to the governors that [were] over every province, and to the rulers of every people of every province according to the writing thereof, and [to] every people after their language; in the name of king Ahasuerus was it written, and sealed with the king's ring.
The date has been calculated by historians to be April 7, B. These scribes would draw up the edict that would be sealed with the king's signet ring. They were always handy, because the king would have them draw up edicts for himself. It seems in this case, the king did not even know what the wording of the edict was. He trusted Haman with all of that.
This was sent to every province, so it had to be sent to Judah, as well. Esther "And the letters were sent by posts into all the king's provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to cause to perish, all Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day, [even] upon the thirteenth [day] of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, and [to take] the spoil of them for a prey.
The king had unwittingly approved this provision which would kill his own queen. The letters were sent very much like our pony express worked. The letters were taken by horseback. They would be carried, until the horse and rider came to another station, and sent them by horseback from there.
The contents of these edicts were that all of the Hebrew people should be killed, even the women and the children.
They should be killed on March 13, which was several months away. Esther "The copy of the writing for a commandment to be given in every province was published unto all people, that they should be ready against that day. Each province was to do their own killing on that particular day. It is difficult to understand why one person could have that much hate built up within him. He had planned to kill all the Jews. This reminds me of the hate that Hitler had.
Esther "The posts went out, being hastened by the king's commandment, and the decree was given in Shushan the palace.
And the king and Haman sat down to drink; but the city Shushan was perplexed. Most likely even this pagan population was puzzled at the extreme and deadly racism of the king and Haman. There was no reason to rush to get the letters out, but Haman wanted to make sure everyone knew. The people of Shushan could not understand this.
The Persians had been good to the Jews in the past. Probably the king was not informed of the exact content of the letters. This part comes as a shocker to people — even to those who have read the whole Megillah as part of their yearly Purim celebration. But the Scriptures are pretty clear about what happened. Now when the turn came for each young woman to go in to King Ahasuerus, after being twelve months under the regulations for the women, since this was the regular period of their beautifying, six months with oil of myrrh and six months with spices and ointments for women — when the young woman went in to the king in this way, she was given whatever she desired to take with her from the harem to the king's palace.
In the evening she would go in, and in the morning she would return to the second harem in custody of Shaashgaz, the king's eunuch, who was in charge of the concubines. She would not go in to the king again, unless the king delighted in her and she was summoned by name. The virgins, who were all quite young, were escorted to the king, who is said to have been approximately 40 years of age at the time. They were taken one by one, for him to sleep with. Mordecai sends the queen a message, telling her to throw herself before the king and beg for mercy on behalf of her people.
Esther knew that anyone who approached the king without first being summoned was killed — unless the king was in the mood to extend his scepter and spare their life. What Mordecai was asking her to do could have easily been the last thing she ever did.
For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version.As with all of the Hip’s work, Three Pistols is open to a myriad of interpretation. The song’s Old West feel, of a man prepared to face a duel at dawn, may have a link to Thomson. There is a popular, unsubstantiated, myth which places Thomson in a fight or confrontation around the time of his death.