Esther 5:9, Question 1. Why does the verse stress that this occurred “that day?”

ט וַיֵּצֵא הָמָן בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא שָׂמֵחַ וְטוֹב לֵב וְכִרְאוֹת הָמָן אֶתמָרְדֳּכַי בְּשַׁעַר הַמֶּלֶךְ וְלֹאקָם וְלֹאזָע מִמֶּנּוּ וַיִּמָּלֵא הָמָן עַלמָרְדֳּכַי חֵמָה

9. And Haman went out on that day happy and a good heart. And when Haman saw Mordechai in the gate of the king – and he did not rise and he did not stir from him – and Haman was filled with hate on Mordechai.

  • According to the Malbim, evil people are never totally satisfied, and the verse stresses that this occurred “that day” because it was the only time Haman thought he might finally be satiated.
  • In support of this idea, the Kol Sasson quotes a verse from Mishlei (13:25) that “the stomach of the wicked is lacking.” The very definition of wickedness is the desire to take without giving.
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