So Esther's maids and her chamberlains came and told it her,
&c.] Her maids of honour and eunuchs that attended her, which they might tell her merely as a piece of news, there being something shocking in it to tender minds; or perhaps nothing more than that Mordecai was in sackcloth; and they might have observed, by some incident or another, that there was some connection between Mordecai and Esther, and that she had a peculiar respect for him:
then was the queen exceedingly grieved;
even though she might not know the whole of the matter; but perceiving whatever it was it greatly affected Mordecai, with whom she sympathized:
and she sent raiment to clothe Mordecai, and to take away his sackcloth
that so he might appear at court, and she get better intelligence of the cause of all this:
but he received it not;
refusing to be comforted, or appear cheerful under such melancholy circumstances.