New Defender's Study Bible Notes
7:3 let my life be given me. Apparently for the first time both the king and Haman learned that Esther was a Jewess. Her life, along with that of Mordecai (who had saved the king’s life) would possibly be forfeited if Haman’s program were fully implemented.
7:4 For we are sold. Esther here alludes to Haman’s purchase of the right to destroy the Jews by a large sum of money to be paid the king. She also notes that the king’s loss of the industrious and prosperous Jewish population would result in more “damage” financially to the king than the “enemy” (Haman) would be paying him.
7:8 fallen upon the bed. This “bed” was actually a couch, probably one of the “gold and silver” couches of which the king was proud (Esther 1:6). The Persians, like the Greeks and Romans, evidently reclined on couches at their meals. Haman, suddenly in great concern for his life, approached too close to the queen, violating the rigorous rules imposed upon their harems by such monarchs.
7:9 Behold also, the gallows. Evidently the high gallows was actually visible from the palace. Harbonah’s reference to Mordecai was the last straw, and the king pronounced the verdict of immediate execution of Haman on the gallows intended by him for Mordecai.
7:10 hanged Haman. This amazing development is a remarkable testimony to the prevailing will of God, even though there is no direct mention of God in the narrative. Among other things, it is a remarkable illustration of Psalm 9:16: “the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands.”