Nevertheless Haman refrained himself: and when he came home, he sent and called for his friends, and Zeresh his wife.
Haman refrained himself. It is a circumstance not unworthy of notice, that even those persons who are habitually self-willed, and destitute of the power of self. government, can nevertheless, when occasion requires it, exercise a wonderful control over both their speech and their passions. Thus, for example, a man who is addicted to the sin of profane swearing will be found to put such guard upon his words in the presence of a superior who detests that sin, that not one oath will escape from his lips. A man who has no command of his temper at ordinary times will appear smooth and unruffled in his intercourse with those on whom he is dependent, or whose good opinion he desires to gain. A man given to excess in the indulgence of his appetites will be careful not to transgress in company where it would be accounted shameful. Now there is an important principle involved in all this, deeply affecting the moral responsibility of such men for all their conduct. For if they can lay themselves under such restraint — when it serves their purpose — that long-formed habits can be checked and mastered, then we think that even they themselves must admit that they are deprived of all excuse when they suffer them. selves to be usually governed by these habits. And if regard for the opinions and feelings of their fellow-men exerts a power over them which the law of God does not possess, then manifestly they are chargeable with the guilt of standing more in awe of men than of God.
(A. B. Davidson, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Nevertheless Haman refrained himself: and when he came home, he sent and called for his friends, and Zeresh his wife.