6:5 Haman standeth. The remarkable sixth and seventh chapters of Esther contain one of the most incisively ironical narratives in all literature, not to mention an amazing testimony of providential ordering of events. Haman, swollen with both pride and hatred of those who refused to pander to his pride, appears at the king’s court just as the king is preparing special honor for the very man Haman is preparing to hang! He is then forced to proclaim publicly for Mordecai the ritual of honor he had composed with himself in mind. Finally, he was hanged on his own gallows, and the Jewish nation he almost annihilated was stronger and more unified than ever, even making many new converts (Esther 8:17). In accord with Persian practice, the hanging on gallows probably meant impaling on a stake.