Esther 4:11, Question 3. Why does the verse use the active verb “to kill” instead of the more passive, better fit of “to be killed?”

R’ Joseph Pearlman writes that the verse uses the active verb “to kill” instead of the more passive, “to be killed” because it was anyone’s responsibility to kill the transgressor. Anyone who approached the king would automatically become Public Enemy #1, and would be liable to death at the hands of anyone eager to show one’s patriotism and fealty to the king.

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