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For we are sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be slain, and to perish. But if we had been sold for bondmen and bondwomen, I had held my tongue, although the enemy could not countervail the king's damage.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

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.

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