Esther 6:3, Question 1. Why does Achashverosh ask regarding both honor and greatness?

ג וַיֹּאמֶר הַמֶּלֶךְ מַהנַּעֲשָׂה יְקָר וּגְדוּלָּה לְמָרְדֳּכַי עַלזֶה וַיֹּאמְרוּ נַעֲרֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ מְשָׁרְתָיו לֹאנַעֲשָׂה עִמּוֹ דָּבָר

3. And the king said, “What did I do of honor and greatness to Mordechai on this?” And the king’s youths from his officers said, “You did not do to him a thing.”

  • According to the Alshich, Achashverosh asks regarding both honor and greatness because Mordechai deserved both; honor to show the public that Mordechai saved the king which would potentially convince the Achashverosh’s people to save him as well, and superiority over the king’s other advisers in order to get good advice from him in the future.

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