1 And the king Ahasuerus laid a tribute upon the land, and upon the coasts of the sea.
2 And all the acts of his power and of his might, and the declaration of the greatness of Mordecai, where-unto the king advanced him, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Media and Persia?
3 For Mordecai the Judean was the second (= the Grand Vizier. Cp. 8:2) to king Ahasuerus, and great among the Judeans, and accepted of the multitude of his brethren, seeking the wealth of his people, and maintaining peace to all his seed. (I.e. the People of Israel. Thus was prepared the way for the emancipation of the Judeans [i.e. tribe of Judah], which, not long after, was proclaimed by Cyrus [Ezra 1:1], the son of Astyages and Esther, and is further proof that this book comes, chronologically, before the book of Ezra-Nehemiah. The year 461 is the midway year of the Babylonian Servitude [496-426 B.C.]. See note at end of 2 Chron. 36:23.)