|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 4:3 (King James Version)
And in every province, whithersoever the king's commandment and his decree came, there was great mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.
- in every province
- 1:1 3:12
- great mourning
- It cannot reasonably be doubted, that the mournings, fastings, and weepings of the Jews were attended by constant prayers and supplications; though all mention of them, and of the glorious God whom they worshipped, seems to have been studiously avoided.
- 1 Samuel 4:13 1 Samuel 4:14 ; 11:4 Isaiah 22:4 Isaiah 22:12 ; 37:1-3
- Matthew 13:42 ; 22:13 25:30
- many lay in sackcloth and ashes
- Hebrew sackcloth and ashes
- were laid under many.
- Isaiah 58:5 ; Daniel 9:3