mules, camels and young dromedaries

Esther 8:10

8:10 mules, camels and young dromedaries. The meaning of these three words in the original is unclear. None are so translated anywhere else in Scripture, and may be of Persian origin. The main thrust in any case is that the couriers were riding on swift horses for the most part, possibly in relays like the pony express. Haman’s couriers had a two-month head start (Esther 3:12; 8:9), and it was urgent that word of the compensating edict be spread through the empire as quickly as possible.

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