|Overview - Esther 4|
|1||The great mourning of Mordecai and the Jews.|
|4||Esther, understanding it, sends to Mordecai, who shews the cause, and advises her to undertake the suit.|
|10||She excusing herself, is threatened by Mordecai.|
|15||She appointing a fast, undertakes the suit.|
Esther 4:14 (King James Version)
For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
- then shall
- Genesis 22:14 ; Numbers 23:22-24 ; Deuteronomy 32:26 Deuteronomy 32:27 Deuteronomy 32:36 ; 1 Samuel 12:22 ; Isaiah 54:17
- Jeremiah 30:11 ; 33:24-26 46:28 Amos 9:8 Amos 9:9 ; Matthew 16:18 ; 24:22
- Hebrew respiration.
- Ezra 9:9 ; Job 9:18
- but thou
- Esther 2:7 Esther 2:15 Judges 14:15-18 ; 15:6
- Genesis 45:4-8 ; Isaiah 45:1-5 ; 49:23 Acts 7:20-25
- for such a time
- 1 Samuel 17:29 ; 2 Kings 19:3 ; Nehemiah 6:11
- The fact related in this verse was unquestionably the reason why Esther was raised to regal honours, by the overruling providence of God: she was therefore bound in gratitude to do this service for God, else she would not have answered the end of her elevation: and she need not fear the miscarriage of the enterprise, for if God designed her for it, he would surely bear her through and give success. It appeared by the event that Mordecai spoke prophetically, when he modestly conjectured that Esther came to the kingdom that she might be the instrument of the Jews' deliverance. Mordecai thoroughly believed that it was a cause which one way or other would certainly be carried, and which, therefore, she might safely venture upon. Instruments might fail, but God's covenant cannot. There is a wise design in all the providences of God, which is unknown to us till it is accomplished; but it will prove in the issue that all is intended for and centre in the good of those who trust in Him.