Esther 2:15, Question 5. Why is Heigai described as both “seris hamelech” (“eunuch of the king”) and “shomer hanashim” (“guard of the women”)?

The Malbim says that the verse describes Heigai as both “eunuch of the king” “guard of the women” to emphasize the legitimacy of his advice. As an officer of the king, Heigai knew the king well enough to understand his particular likes. And as guard of the women, he was perceptive of their behavior and was familiar with their best beauty tricks.

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