The more they are honored
With the most generous kindness of their benefactors,
The more proud they become.
They not only seek to injure our subjects,
But in their inability to stand prosperity,
They even undertake to scheme against their own benefactors.
They not only take away thankfulness from others,
But carried away
By the boasts of those who know nothing of goodness,
They even assume that they will escape
The evil-hating justice of God,
Who always sees everything.
Often many of those
Who are set in places of authority
Have been made in part responsible
For the shedding of innocent blood.
They have been involved in irremediable calamities.
By the persuasion of friends
Who have been entrusted
With the administration of public affairs,
These men by the false trickery
Of their evil natures
Beguile the sincere goodwill of their sovereigns.”
Once again, this is found in the Greek text only, not in the Hebrew text. Some people have been blessed by God and benefactors. However, they can become proud. They sought to injure our Persian subjects and even their own benefactors. They are not thankful but evil in the sight of God who sees everything. This is especially bad when irresponsible authorities try to shed blood. By false trickery and their evil nature they beguile the goodwill of kings. This is a veiled reference to Haman, since this and the other decree are both from the same person, King Artaxerxes. He cannot contradict himself, since Haman wrote the first decree and Mordecai wrote this one.