When the fateful day arrived, the Jews throughout the empire stood on the defense. As it appears from Est 9:16, seventy-five thousand of their assailants fell in the provinces and five hundred in Susa alone. Among these were the ten sons of Haman. No attempt at plunder was made by the victors. The second day was asked for probably to confirm the settled policy of Ahasuerus, and the exposure of the bodies of Haman’s sons was rendered necessary by the virulent hatred entertained towards the Jews. Decisive measures were demanded to show their enemies the risk they would incur by pursuing Haman’s policy. Haman was an Amalekite, and in this light we may recall Exo 17:14; Exo 17:16; Deu 25:19. In all this, especially in this terrible act of vengeance, we are reminded repeatedly of the change that Christ’s coming made in the world, even among religious people. Contrast Esther and Mary of Bethany!