(13-14) Mordecai’s second request. “All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that any man or woman who goes into the inner court to the king, who has not been called, he has but one law: put all to death, except the one … The Fear of Esther (Esther 4:11) Esther 4:11. 4:15 Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer, 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. 1. Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan,.... To acquaint them with what follows; but not to continue in a body together, which might cause suspicion of an ill design in them; according to the latter Targum, 12,000 chosen priests were found in it; but that must be an exaggeration of their number; it can hardly be thought there were so many Jews in all there: and fast ye for me; that is, pray for her, that she might have courage to go in to the king, and meet with success; for prayer was the principal thing, fasting only an accessory to it, and as fitting for it, and expressive of affliction and humiliation of soul: and neither eat nor drink three days, night nor day; it was to be a continued fast unto the third day; as Aben Ezra interprets it, they were not to eat at evening, but fast two whole days, and two whole nights, until the third day came, on which Esther went in to the king, Esther 5:1. Others say, that in those hot countries they might fast three days as well as we two in these cold climates. Though prayer is not mentioned, it undoubtedly accompanied the fasting, as in the cases of Nehemiah (Nehemiah 1:4) and Daniel, (Daniel 9:3.). Mordecai refuses to give him the honour he demands, Esther 3:2-4. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. Esther was so courageous that she said, “And so I will go to the king, who is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!” (Esther 4:16). Or shall we, with all our sins and discouragements, still draw near? Yea, she might fast all that day too; for it is probable she went not to the king till he had dined, when she supposed she might find him in the most mild and pleasant humour, and then returned to her apartment, where she fasted till the evening. 21. to the thing only, that as they did fast, so she would. It is interesting that a Jewish holiday would start with a … And then, though it is against the law, I will go in to see the king. “All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that any man or woman who goes into the inner court to the king, who has not been called, he has but one law: put all to death, except the one … Currat ergo poenitentia, ne praecurrat sententia; and let our fasts be either from morning till evening, 20:26, 2 Samuel 3:35, or from evening till evening, Leviticus 23:32, or longer, as here, and Acts 9:9, as the hand and wrath of God doth more or less threaten us, or lie upon us. when they, and she and her maids, had fasted and prayed so long, then she was determined in the strength of the Lord to go into the king's presence with her petition, though it was contrary to law: and if I perish, I perish; signifying, that she readily and cheerfully risked her life for the good of her people; and if such was the pleasure of God, that she should lose it, she was content, and acquiesced in his will, leaving herself entirely in his hands, to dispose of her as he thought fit. In this it resembles other Diaspora stories such as the biblical Book of Daniel (chapters 1-6) and the apocryphal books of Judith and Tobit. I … and my maidens — It is probable that she had surrounded herself with Jewish maidens, or women who were proselytes to that religion. Indeed she was warned - if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place.. but at what a cost. For the Romans, also, and Grecians had their fasts private and public, whether it were by a secret instinct of nature, or by an imitation of the Hebrews, Faciunt et vespae favos. And if I perish, I perish” (Esther 4:16 NIV).Esther was willing to die to save her people. 1 When Mordecai learned of all that had been done, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the city, wailing loudly and bitterly. She could not suppose there was any charm in fasting, sackcloth garments, and lying on the ground. Esther had a great deal of courage – she was willing to ultimately die for her people. (translation: Afrikaanse Vertaling 1953) It is good so to diet the body, that the soul may be fattened. Esther said, “ I myself have not been called to go in to the king these thirty days ” – meaning she had not seen her husband for an entire month. Deliverance comes through claiming her faith publicly. Esther 4:16 Translation & Meaning. I also and my maidens will fast likewise. 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, I also and my maidens will fast likewise —, This is the fourteenth day that ye have continued fasting, neither eat nor drink three days, night or day, I also and my maidens will fast in like manner, Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. Esther‘s fast could have no object but to obtain God‘s favor and protection in the dangerous course on which she was about to enter. Esther Fast Abstain from solid foods for 24 hours for 3 days. Fast ye, and pray; which was the main business, to which fasting was only a help and a handmaid. She went in with that resolution. In the narrative, Ahasuerus seeks a new wife after his queen, Vashti, refuses to obey him, and Esther is chosen for her beauty.The king's chief adviser, Haman, is offended by Esther's cousin and guardian, Mordecai, and gets permission from the king to have all the Jews in the kingdom killed. See the like phrase, Genesis 43:14, {See Trapp on "Genesis 43:14"} Better do worthily, and perish for a kingdom, than unworthily, and perish with a kingdom. And neither eat nor drink three days, &c.] That is, saith Drusius, two whole nights, one whole day, and part of two other days. 2. IV. Which is not according to the law; which is against the law now mentioned. Esther 4:15 Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: Esther 4:17 So Mordecai went and did all that Esther had instructed him. Esther was written for the purpose to demonstrate God’s sovereignty and his loving care for his people. I also and my maidens; which she had chosen to attend upon her person, and were doubtless either of the Jewish nation, or proselyted by hers or others’ means to that religion. Mordecai presses her to venture (v. 13, v. 14). three days, night or day. If these were not done to turn away the displeasure of God, which seemed now to have unchained their enemies against them, what were they done for? My maids and I will do the same. By God’s grace she chose right, saying that she would go through it and play her assigned role, and if she should perish, “then she would perish” (Ester 4:16). Night or day — Sometimes fasting was observed for many days, but intermitted at night. What wonderful reassurance we have in Christ Jesus our Lord, for He is our Great High Priest, and heavenly Mediator. Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Hebrew Scripture. Compare 1 Samuel 30:12, 1 Samuel 30:13. (d) I will put my life in danger and refer the success to God, seeing it is for his glory and the deliverance of his Church. To the time of three days and three nights; for so she might do, though she went to the king on the third day. And put on sackcloth with ashes — That is, he put on a garment of sackcloth or hair, and sprinkled ashes upon his head. Leave off your common meals, dinners by day, and suppers at night, and eat and drink no more than mere necessity requires; that so you may give yourselves to constant and fervent prayers, for which your ordinary repasts will unfit you. Matthew 12:40. I also and my maidens will fast likewise; in the same manner and as long; these maids of honour were either proselytes, perhaps of her making, or Jewish ladies, she being allowed by the king to choose whom she pleased: and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law; or "afterwards", or "and then" (d) when they, and she and her maids, had fasted and prayed so long, then she was determined in the strength of the Lord to go into the king's presence with her petition, though it was contrary to law: and if I perish, I perish; signifying, that she readily and cheerfully risked her life for the good of her people; and if such was the pleasure of God, that she should lose it, she was content, and acquiesced in his will, leaving herself entirely in his hands, to dispose of her as he thought fit. Not the body so much as the soul is more active with emptiness; hence solemn prayer taketh ever fasting to attend it; and so much the rather speedeth in heaven, when it is so accompanied. Lesson #3: We must stand with courage “I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. Which is not according to the law] She slights not the law, but waves it, to obey God’s law, and save her people. Esther 4:15 Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer, Esther 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. Shall we merely walk round Zion"s walls and tarry at her doors, or shall we venture into the holiest itself? For it is not likely that she would impose the burden of absolute fasting so long upon all the Jews, which very few of them were able to endure. The king held forth the scepter; Esther touched it, and she and the people were saved. it filleth the ears of God, so that God heareth nothing else. Again the religious element shows itself. And so the like phrase is taken Acts 27:33, where he saith, This is the fourteenth day that ye have continued fasting, having taking nothing. xiii. It is probable that she had surrounded herself with Jewish maidens, or women who were proselytes to that religion. Fast — And pray; so as you use to do, leave off your common dinners by day, and suppers at night, and eat and drink no more than mere necessity requires; that so you may give yourselves to constant and fervent prayers. Fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days - What a strange thing, that still we hear nothing of prayer, nor of God! But unlike those books, Esther lacks overtly pious characters and does not model a religious lifestyle. Purim is preceded by the fast of Esther, a one-day fast to commemorate the three-day fast (recorded in 4:16). And so will I go in unto the king — To intercede for my people. Some have suggested Ezra or Nehemiah because of the similarity of the writing style. and fast ye for me; that is, pray for her, that she might have courage to go in to the king, and meet with success; for prayer was the principal thing, fasting only an accessory to it, and as fitting for it, and expressive of affliction and humiliation of soul: and neither eat nor drink three days, night nor day; it was to be a continued fast unto the third day; as Aben Ezra interprets it, they were not to eat at evening, but fast two whole days, and two whole nights, until the third day came, on which Esther went in to the king, Esther 5:1. And so will I go unto the king] It is said of Achilles, that he was Styge armatus; but he that fasteth, prayeth, believeth, Est caelo, Christo, Deo armatus, armed with an undaunted resolution to obey God whatever come of it. It was the speech of a learned man, if there be but one sigh come from a gracious heart (how much more, then, a volley of sighs from many good hearts together!) What is the ground on which we can account for this total silence? Some think possibly Mordecai (9:29). So in grace. So will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law. And if I perish, I perish." (1-4) Esther undertakes to plead for the Jews. But she pressed through the crowd, and got to touch the hem of Jesus" garment. Adopt an attitude of prayer as you go about your daily duties at home, at work or at school. Are we never to press through the crowd? If I perish, I perish - If I lose my life in this attempt to save my people, I shall lose it cheerfully. Yet after two nights and one full day were elapsed, Esther ventured to go to the king, chap. Maidens — Which she had chosen to attend upon her person, and were doubtless either of the Jewish nation, or Proselytes. Shall we ever keep away through guilt, and sin, and shame? 2. This special fast was to have no intermission. Esther 4:1. I. Esther 4:16 - Gaan heen, versamel al die Jode wat in Susan te vinde is, en vas julle om my ontwil; en julle moet nie eet en drink nie, drie dae lank, nag en dag; ek ook met my dienaresse sal net so vas; en so sal ek na die koning ingaan, wat nie volgens wet is nie, en as ek omkom, dan kom ek om. Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this.” (Esther 4:14), or that Esther ever said “After that [the fast on her behalf] I will go to the king, though it is against the law; and if I perish, I perish.” (Esther 4:16) Most of us, however, seem to have learned that along the way nevertheless. Suggestions: Make sure all words are spelled correctly; Try using a different type of information This is referenced in Esther 4:16. Esther 4:16 —Didn’t Esther disobey human government which God had ordained?. The king was sitting on his royal throne in the royal courtroom, facing the entrance. There is an old Canon that defineth their continuance, till stars appear in the sky, Usque dum stellae in caelo appareant. Shall we, driven out by fear, act like Cain, and go out from the presence of the Lord? We have here another instance of places for prayer, Judith vi. ", John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Commentary by J.C.Philpot on select texts of the Bible. I also and my maids will fast] She herself would be in the head of them, as Queen Elizabeth also told her soldiers at Tilbury camp for their comfort; and as Caesar used to say to his soldiers, Go we, and not Go ye, Non ite, sed eamus; and as Joshua said, I and my house will serve Jehovah, Joshua 24:15. And if I perish, I perish” (Esther 4:16 NIV).Esther was willing to die to save her people. What does this verse really mean? And neither eat nor drink three days, &c. "I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. Esther 4:16 CSB These are the brave and determined words of a heroine. And fast ye for me — And pray, which was the main business, to which fasting was only a help; and neither eat nor drink three days — Namely, in such a manner as you used to do. And thus I will go in to the king, which is not according to the law; and if I perish, I perish. Esther 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. 2. The Fear of Esther (Esther 4:11) Esther 4:11. Lesson #3: We must stand with courage “I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. The Jerusalem Talmud says "a day and night together make up a nulctke-meron, and that any part of such period is counted as a whole". I encourage you to follow and … In Sermon Series: "Esther 4:16-17" showing 1-20 of 30 Filter Results Sort By Close Filters Scripture . ; Haydock) which is their proper place. And when we draw near under his divine operations, we feel the blessedness of so doing. Ver. He is omniscient, but He is … ", "I will go in unto the king; and if I perish, I perish. Her bravery and faith in God are a testament to the trust this young woman had in the living God. Esther had a great deal of courage – she was willing to ultimately die for her people. ", To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law, so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law. (d) "et postea", Noldius, p. 198. Esther 4:16, CSB: ""Go and assemble all the Jews who can be found in Susa and fast for me. The Jews lament their danger. IT WAS A TIME OF NATIONAL PERIL. Your search for “” did not return any results. Revelation 9:13, the prayers of the saints from the four corners of the earth sound, and do great things in the world, they make it ring. 9:, 112). He might forever have lain helpless upon his bed, had he not been brought into the presence of Jesus. but it prepareth best for good duties. God is still not mentioned in the Hebrew text, but Josephus makes it clear in his retelling of the story that, as part of the fast, God was sought and prayed to by Esther and by Mordecai. Abstain from all set meals, and all pleasant food, and, as much as possible, from all food, for that space of time, in token of humiliation for sin, and a sense of our unworthiness of God’s mercies. So with us. And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. Have it? Abstinence meriteth not, saith a grave divine (Dr Hall), for religion consisteth not in the belly, either full or empty; (What are meats or drinks to the kingdom of God, which is, like himself, spiritual?) Hebrews 4:16(NASB) Verse Thoughts. A. The appeal of Mordecai was irresistible; and having appointed a solemn fast of three days, she expressed her firm resolution to make an appeal to the king, though she should perish in the attempt. And if I perish, I perish] This she speaketh not rashly or desperately, as prodigal of her life, but as sacrificing the same to God and his cause, through the obedience of faith, and saying, as that martyr, Can I die but once for Christ? Pray. Indeed Esther herself was given such a warning that if she acted selfishly and tried to save her own skin, because of her royal status.. her wealth, power and position would hold no security for her. And if I perish, I perish. 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. I see it is my duty to make the attempt; and, come what will, I am resolved to do it. Courage – Esther 4:16. Neither eat nor drink, to wit, so as you use to do, either deliciously or plentifully. Breaking Down the Key Parts of Esther 4:14 Jonah 1:17. What Does Hebrews 4:16 Mean? Esther 4:16 . The Hollanders and French fast, but had need, saith one, to send for those mourning women, Jeremiah 9:17, by their cunning to teach them to mourn. Which is not, … — Which may belong, either1. they will have it: Caelum tundimus, preces fundimus, misericordiam extorquemus, said those primitive prayer-makers. Haman, for his sake, vows to be revenged upon all the Jews, Esther 3:5,6. Problem: Romans 13:1 informs us that even pagan governments are “appointed by God,” and Peter adds, “submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake” (1 Peter 2:13; cf. This is referenced in Esther 4:16. Having appointed a solemn fast of three days, she expressed her firm resolution to make an appeal to the king, though she should perish in the attempt. Now the Holy Spirit not only in the word of truth, encourages, but he himself from time to time enables us to draw near. 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. But are we ever to give heed to these enemies of our soul"s peace? How was it with the man who was paralyzed for so many years? No. In other words, Esther acts reluctantly, and in large measure, in self-interest. And fast ye for me] Who am now upon my life, and, for aught I know, am shortly to appear before the Lord (who requireth to be sanctified in all them that draw near unto him), and wherein I may not look to have leave to err twice, Non licet in belle bis errare.

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