Esther 4:3

Overview - Esther 4
The great mourning of Mordecai and the Jews.
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.
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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