7:8 falling on the couch. Haman’s violations of etiquette seal his fate.
covered Haman’s face. The court attendants understood the implications of the king’s word (v. 8). As always, the king welcomed the advice of others—here, the eunuch, Harbona (1:10; cf. the speech in 5:14). The order to hang Haman on the gallows intended for Mordecai is the great ironic reversal of the story. See Introduction: Characteristics and Themes.