Esther 6:4, Question 2. Why is this verse seemingly written out of order?

  • It seems strange that the verse has Achashverosh ask about the identity of the person in the courtyard before Haman arrives there. According to the Alshich’s understanding of Achashverosh’s question, the verse is written in this order because the question is not literally about being outside, since Haman had not arrived there until the next words of the verse. Achashverosh wanted to know the identity of the officer responsible for distributing rewards.

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