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“Who is he, and where is he, that durst presume in his heart to do so ?”—Esther, 7, 5. MAGINE the secret fury with which Haman did
honor to Mordecai! Imagine also his terror! Who
and what was this shadowy enemy of his, to be so glorified ? After escorting Mordecai through the streets, Haman hastened home to pour out his wrath and shame before his people; and they answered him with foreboding, declaring that he would fall before his enemy. Upon the tumult of their alarm, came the messengers of the king, summoning Haman to that second banquet with Esther which had been planned the day before. Doubtless Haman thought of the feasting gladly as a momentary relief from his anxiety.
Thus he went unsuspicious to his downfall.
Esther had at length gathered courage to tell everything to the king. When in the course of the banquet he reminded her that her promised request was still unnamed, she began her story. She represented herself as one of a people, all good and loyal to the king, among his most valuable servitors, yet all suddenly marked for destruction, so that the king would be robbed of his most useful subjects. Apparently Ahasuerus had wholly forgotten his decree against the Jews. Perhaps he had been intoxicated when he assented to it; or perhaps Esther's tale was so differently told he did not connect the two. He started up in wrath, demanding who contemplated this wicked deed. Esther
pointed to Haman.
PSALM LXXIV—THE DESOLATION OF THE TEMPLE
7 They have cast fire into thy sanctuary, they have defiled casting down the dwelling place of thy name to the ground.
8 They said in their hearts, Let us destroy them together: they have burned up all the synagogues of God in the land.
9 We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.
10 O God, how long shall the adversary reproach ? shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever?
11 Why withdrawest thou thy hand, even thy right hand ? pluck it out of thy bosom.
12 For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.
13 Thou didst divide the sea by thy strength: thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters.
14 Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness. 15 Thou didst cleave the fountain and the flood: thou driedst
up mighty rivers.
16 The day is thine, the night also is thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun.
17 Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter.
18 Remember this, that the enemy hath reproached, O LORD, and that the foolish people have blasphemed thy name.
19 O deliver not the soul of thy turtledove unto the multitude of the wicked: forget not the congregation of thy poor for ever.
20 Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty.
21 O let not the oppressed return ashamed: let the poor and needy praise thy name.
22 Arise, O God, plead thine own cause: remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee daily.
23 Forget not the voice of thine enemies: the tumult of those that rise up against thee increaseth continually.
Psalm 75 1 The prophet praiseth God. 2 He promiseth to judge uprightly. 4 He rebuketh the proud by consideration of God's providence. 9 He praiseth God, and promiseth to erecute justice. To the chief Musician, Al-taschith, A Psalm or Song of Asaph.
JNTO thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare.
2 When I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly.
3 The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I bear up the pillars of it. Selah.
4 I said unto the fools, Deal not foolishly: and to the wicked, Lift not up the horn: