Esther 3:11 (ESV)

11 And the king said to Haman, “The money is given to you, the people also, to do with them as it seems good to you.”

In telling Haman to keep the money, Ahasuerus probably did not mean to reject Haman’s offer of the ten thousand talents of silver. Rather, he accepted Haman’s offer in a way that was typical of ancient Near Eastern negotiations (see also Genesis 23:11–16). If Xerxes did not accept the money, then why would Mordecai tell Esther about the exact sum that Haman had offered (Esther 4:7)? And why would Esther complain to the king, We have been sold, I and my people (Esther 7:4)?