Esth 9:5

9:5 did as they pleased. The extent of the killing is emphasized (vv. 6–11), but so is the Jews’ not plundering their enemies (v. 10). Their refusal to plunder recalls the plundering of the Amalekites that led to Saul’s demise (1 Sam. 15:17–19). This contrast (cf. 8:11) suggests the propriety of their conduct in this final encounter with the Amalekites, despite the extent of the killing.