Introduction to Esther Chapter 4

This chapter relates the mourning of Mordecai, and of the Jews in every province, on account of the edict to destroy them, Esther 4:1, the information Esther had of it, and what passed between her and Mordecai, through Hatach, a chamberlain, by whom he put her upon making a request to the king in their favour, Esther 4:4, to which she at first objected, because of a law in Persia which forbids any to come to the king unless called, Esther 4:9, but being pressed to it by Mordecai, she agreed, and ordered a general fast among the Jews, Esther 4:13.