Esther 5:14

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  1. menageriekeeper

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    Why did Hamman's wife tell him to build the gallows? Would there not have been a public gallows (maybe one the king used to execute his enemies)that would have done the job?

    And why 75 feet tall? Is there some special significance to that measurement? Why wouldn't something shorter have sufficed?

    Sorry if this seem trivial. It came up this morning during Sunday School.
     
  2. Marcia

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    I don't think the king would have had a gallows to execute his enemies. They were probably just killed by his soldiers with a sword, though it would be good to check some books that give the historical background of that time and culture for this.

    My guess as to why the gallows was so tall was so that the public hanging of Haman would be especially humiliating as people could see him from really far away. Of course, it was supposed to be for Mordecai but God knew all along it would be for Haman. It's an ironic twist that Haman's wife had it built high to humiliate Mordecai and it ended up being for Haman.

    I just looked in my Bible and the footnote for that 5:14 verse says that Haman's wife probably wanted the gallows that high so that all in the city could see it.
     

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