Esther 4:3, Question 2. Why does the verse refer to both the king’s “words” and “rule?”

According to the view of the Vilna Gaon and the Malbim, the king’s “words” refer to the secret documents Haman sent out to the governors and vice-governors. The king’s “rule” refers to the public copies of the plan to the general populace. The Malbim’s opinion is that these public copies were put up by Jew-friendly governors.

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