“Then Haman said to King Artaxerxes.
‘There is a certain people scattered,
Among the other people in the provinces of your kingdom.
Their laws are different from those of every other people.
They do not keep the king’s laws.
It is not expedient for the king to tolerate them.
If it pleases the king,
Let it be decreed that they are to be destroyed.
I will pay ten thousand talents of silver into the king’s treasure.’”
Haman went to the king with his plan. He never mentions the Jews by name here. Obviously, picking on a minority group is always a safe bet. Haman said these people were different from every other people, so let us get rid of them. Have you ever heard that before? Their laws are different so that they do not follow the king’s laws. He did not think that the king should tolerate them. However, the kings of Persia were in fact, very tolerant. They were not seeking a uniform standard for the 127 provinces. Now the kicker comes. If it pleased the king, send out a decree to have them destroyed. Haman, who apparently was rich, offered to pay 10,000 talents of silver, worth approximately $60,000,000.00 USA, to the king’s treasury. Was this a bribe or a gift? That is always difficult to determine.