Esther 6:5, Question 1. Why do Achashverosh’s youths say “behold” in answer to his question?

ה וַיֹּאמְרוּ נַעֲרֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ אֵלָיו הִנֵּה הָמָן עֹמֵד בֶּחָצֵר וַיֹּאמֶר הַמֶּלֶךְ יָבוֹא

5. And the king’s youths said to him, “Behold, Haman is standing in the courtyard.” And the king said, “Let him come in.”

  • The world heenei is almost always translated as “behold” with an exclamation mark. According to R’ David Valle, Achashverosh’s youths say “behold” regarding Haman out of surprise because he is not usually there, sulking in the shadows.

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