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4:1 When Mordecai perceived all that was done, Mordecai rent his clothes, and put on sackcloth with ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and cried with a loud and a bitter cry; 4:2 And came even before the king's gate: for none might enter into the king's gate clothed with sackcloth.
4:3 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.
4:4 So Esther's maids and her chamberlains came and told it her. Then was the queen exceedingly grieved; and she sent raiment to clothe Mordecai, and to take away his sackcloth from him: but he received it not.
4:5 Then called Esther for Hatach, one of the king's chamberlains, whom he had appointed to attend upon her, and gave him a commandment to Mordecai, to know what it was, and why it was.
4:6 So Hatach went forth to Mordecai unto the street of the city, which was before the king's gate.
4:7 And Mordecai told him of all that had happened unto him, and of the sum of the money that Haman had promised to pay to the king's treasuries for the Jews, to destroy them.
4:8 Also he gave him the copy of the writing of the decree that was given at Shushan to destroy them, to shew it unto Esther, and to declare it unto her, and to charge her that she should go in unto the king, to make supplication unto him, and to make request before him for her people.
4:9 And Hatach came and told Esther the words of Mordecai.
4:10 Again Esther spake unto Hatach, and gave him commandment unto Mordecai; 4:11 All the king's servants, and the people of the king's provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or women, shall come unto the king into the inner court, who is not called, there is one law of his to put him to death, except such to whom the king shall hold out the golden sceptre, that he may live: but I have not been called to come in unto the king these thirty days.
4:12 And they told to Mordecai Esther's words.
4:13 Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king's house, more than all the Jews.
4:14 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? 4:15 Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer, 4:16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.
4:17 So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that Esther had commanded him.

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Everything King James Bible:Esther
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
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Book: Esther
Chapter: 4

The Jews lament their danger. (1-4) Esther undertakes to plead
for the Jews. (5-17)

1-4 Mordecai avowed his relation to the Jews. Public
calamities, that oppress the Church of God, should affect our
hearts more than any private affliction, and it is peculiarly
distressing to occasion sufferings to others. God will keep
those that are exposed to evil By the tenderness of their

5-17 We are prone to shrink from services that are attended
with peril or loss. But when the cause of Christ and his people
demand it, we must take up our Cross, and follow him. When
Christians are disposed to consult their own ease or safety,
rather than the public good, they should be blamed. The Law was
express, all knew it. It is not thus in the Court of the King of
Kings: to the Footstool of his Throne of Grace we may always
come boldly, and may be sure of an answer of peace to the Prayer
of Faith. We are welcome, even into the holiest, through the
Blood of Jesus. Providence So ordered it, that, just then, the
King's affections had cooled toward Esther; her Faith and
courage thereby were the more tried; and God's Goodness in the
favour she now found with the King, thereby shone the brighter.
Haman No doubt did what he could to set the King against her.
Mordecai suggests, that it was a cause which, one way or other,
would certainly be carried, and which therefore she might safely
venture in. This was the language of strong Faith, which
staggered not at the promise when the danger was most
threatening, but against Hope believed in Hope. He that By
sinful devices will save his Life, and will not trust God with
it in the way of duty, shall lose it in the way of Sin. Divine
Providence had regard to this matter, in bringing Esther to be
Queen. Therefore thou art bound in gratitude to do this service
for God and his Church, else thou dost not answer the End of thy
being raised up. There is Wise counsel and design in all the
providences of God, which will prove that they are all intended
for the good of the Church. We should, every one, consider for
what End God has Put us in the place where we are, and study to
answer that End: and take care that we do not let it slip.
Having solemnly commended our souls and our cause to God, we may
venture upon his service. All dangers are trifling compared with
the danger of losing our souls. But the trembling sinner is
often as much afraid of casting himself, without reserve, upon
the Lord's free Mercy, as Esther was of coming before the King.
Let him venture, as she did, with Earnest Prayer and
supplication, and he shall fare as Well and better than she did.
The cause of God must prevail: we are safe in being united to

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