* of the king. Chal. from before the king. seven counsellors.
Seven princes of Persia having conspired against and slain the
usurper Smerdis, and thus made way for the family of Darius,
which afterwards filled the throne, the Persian kings of this
race had always seven chief princes as their counsellors, who
possessed peculiar privileges, were his chief assistants in
the government, and by whose advice all the public affairs of
the empire were transacted. The names of these counsellors
are given in the parallel place of the book of Esther.
25,26 De 17:18,19 Isa 8:20
* thy God.
1:3 5:8 6:12 Da 2:47 6:20,26