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. 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"F4ובכן "et postea", Noldius, p. 198. Matthew 12:40. No. I encourage you to follow and … Esther’s brave leadership is enshrined in history through the annual festival of Purim in Judaism. Esther would have ruined herself and all her nation had she given way to the weakness of the flesh; but she said, "I will go in unto the king; and if I perish, I perish." So in grace. Esther 4:16 Translation & Meaning. The Fear of Esther (Esther 4:11) Esther 4:11. [ESTHER 4:16] HOW TO ENJOY FASTING Set aside time each day to seek God in prayer and fasting. The king was sitting on his royal throne in the royal courtroom, facing the entrance. No. And if I perish, I perish” (Esther 4:16 NIV).Esther was willing to die to save her people. 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. ", "Go, assemble all the Jews who are found in Susa, and fast for me; do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. This is referenced in Esther 4:16. Point, therefore, your prayers for me with holy fastings, that they may pierce heaven and prevail. We have here another instance of places for prayer, Judith vi. 21. Esther’s maids must fast and pray, or they are no maids for her. ", 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. (2) Esther’s words, “If I perish, I perish,” are far from an affirmation of faith; they are, instead, a declaration of fatalism. And if I perish, I perish." 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. IV. Lesson #3: We must stand with courage “I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. He is both the omnipotent God and our merciful Saviour. 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? And when we draw near under his divine operations, we feel the blessedness of so doing. He is both the omnipotent God and our merciful Saviour. IV. The Turks likewise at this day precisely observe their fasts, and will not so much as taste a cup of water, or wash their mouths with water, all the day long, before the stars appear in the sky, be the days never so long and hot. They might take some refreshment in the evening, (Lyranus) of dried meats. She could not suppose there was any charm in fasting, sackcloth garments, and lying on the ground. 2. As a Diaspora story–a story about, and presumably for, Jews in the Diaspora during the Persian period–it provides an optimistic picture of Jewish survival and success in a foreign land. 16. This special fast was to have no intermission. Or rather. Esther 4:1. Fast ye, and pray; which was the main business, to which fasting was only a help and a handmaid. 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. 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. xiv. Esther 4:16, NLT: "'Go and gather together all the Jews of Susa and fast for me. 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 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. IT WAS A TIME OF NATIONAL PERIL. Compare 1 Samuel 30:12, 1 Samuel 30:13. (Josephus) (Grotius) --- Few constitutions could have done without any thing. 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. It is probable that she had surrounded herself with Jewish maidens, or women who were proselytes to that religion. My maids and I will do the same. Esther is t… https://www.insight.org/resources/bible/the-historical-books/esther 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. — Esther 4:16. The Fear of Esther (Esther 4:11) Esther 4:11. 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. Esther Fast Abstain from solid foods for 24 hours for 3 days. Esther 4:16 CSB These are the brave and determined words of a heroine. (d) "et postea", Noldius, p. 198. Wesley's Esther 4:16 Bible Commentary 4:16 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. Shall we ever keep away through guilt, and sin, and shame? 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. 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. 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? 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. 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. 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. 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. Shall we ever dwell in the outskirts—in the outer court of the temple? Let the infants be kept from the breast during the night, and let no food be given to the oxen and other animals, while I and my maids shall fast," &c. Then at the end of this chapter, in the Septuagint, follow the prayers of Mardochai and of Esther, (chap. Suggestions: Make sure all words are spelled correctly; Try using a different type of information 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. There is an old Canon that defineth their continuance, till stars appear in the sky, Usque dum stellae in caelo appareant. v. 1. 16.Fast ye’ three days — The perilous enterprise, in which she would be so liable to perish, was not to be undertaken without much fasting and prayer. three days, night or day. I … and my maidens—It is probable that she had surrounded herself with Jewish maidens, or women who were proselytes to that religion. III. And put on sackcloth with ashes — That is, he put on a garment of sackcloth or hair, and sprinkled ashes upon his head. ", 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. He is omniscient, but He is also filled with compassion and great goodness. 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. What wonderful reassurance we have in Christ Jesus our Lord, for He is our Great High Priest, and heavenly Mediator. Learning from Esther. 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. Which is not according to the law — Namely, the king’s law, now mentioned, but it is according to God’s law, and therefore whatever comes of it, I will venture, and not count my life dear to myself, so I may serve God and his church. “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 … 1. Apply what you learnt in tangible actions. It is interesting that a Jewish holiday would start with a … What wonderful reassurance we have in Christ Jesus our Lord, for He is our Great High Priest, and heavenly Mediator. 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! Shall we merely walk round Zion"s walls and tarry at her doors, or shall we venture into the holiest itself? 8., and chap. Esther 4:15 Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: Esther 4:17 So Mordecai went and did all that Esther had instructed him. Breaking Down the Key Parts of Esther 4:14 The Jews lament their danger. (13-14) Mordecai’s second request. Ver. In Sermon Series: "Esther 4:16-17" showing 1-20 of 30 Filter Results Sort By Close Filters Scripture . How was it with the man who was paralyzed for so many years? The Spirit grieved and now quenched . 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. What is the ground on which we can account for this total silence? Esther 4:16. A. xiii. Have it? "I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And thus I will go in to the king, which is not according to the law; and if I perish, I perish. The king responds favorably and the Jewish people are saved (Esther 5:1-8, 7:1-2). And then, though it is against the law, I will go in to see the king. Courage – Esther 4:16. 9:, 112). It may be half an hour or one hour or more. 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. 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. Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Hebrew Scripture. But she had to humbly ask and obtain the king's sanction; and an intrusion into the royal presence was liable to be punished as a capital crime, unless the king extended the royal sceptre as a token of royal favour. I also and my maidens. I see it is my duty to make the attempt; and, come what will, I am resolved to do it. 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." II. “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 … Esther 4:16. Esther 4:16, CSB: ""Go and assemble all the Jews who can be found in Susa and fast for me. Maidens — Which she had chosen to attend upon her person, and were doubtless either of the Jewish nation, or Proselytes. And if I perish, I perish — Although my danger be great and evident, considering the expressness of that law, the uncertainty of the king’s mind, and that severity which he showed to my predecessor Vashti; yet, rather than neglect my duty to God and to his people, I will go to the king, and cast myself cheerfully and resolutely upon God’s providence for my safety and success. Are we never to press through the crowd? For the fast began at evening; and so she might continue her fast three whole nights, and two, whole days, and the greatest part of the third; a part of a day being reputed a day in the account of Scripture, and other authors; of which See Poole "Matthew 12:40". Haman, for his sake, vows to be revenged upon all the Jews, Esther 3:5,6. 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. And neither eat nor drink three days, &c. "I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. What a wonderful example for everyone to follow. She takes the risk to speak up for her people, even though it could mean her own death. What Does Hebrews 4:16 Mean? And cried with a loud and bitter cry — To express his deep sense of the mischief coming upon his people. Mordecai Persuades Esther to Help. to the thing only, that as they did fast, so she would. 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. Adopt an attitude of prayer as you go about your daily duties at home, at work or at school. but it prepareth best for good duties. Esther is described in all versions of the Book of Esther as the Jewish queen of a Persian king Ahasuerus. He is omniscient, but He is … Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Esther 4:13-16 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources "FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS" Intro: Through an unusual chain of events, Esther, a Jewess, was made Queen of Persia. 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. Liberty is given, access, holy freedom, a spirit of prayer, power to take hold of God, to wrestle for the blessing, and sometimes to agonize with earnest sighs and groans and the energy of one of old—"I will not let you go except you bless me. Courage – Esther 4:16. ... Hebrews 4:16(NASB) Verse Thoughts. Esther 4:16 —Didn’t Esther disobey human government which God had ordained?. 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". 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!) 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. 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. 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. And if I perish, I perish” (Esther 4:16 NIV).Esther was willing to die to save her people. 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. 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. 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. 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