Outline of Esther 4

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Esther 4:1-9 Anguish in Despair
- Mourning in Sackcloth (Esther 4:1-3)
   The Carnage Before
   The Clothes He Tore
   The Contrition He Wore
   The Cry He Bore
- Messengers in Survey (Esther 4:4-6)
   Chamberlains (Esther 4:4)
    Report - "Esther's maids and her chamberlains came and told it her"
    Reaction - "Then was the queen exceedingly grieved"
    Raiment - "she sent raiment to clothe Mordecai,
                       and to take away his sackcloth from him"
    Refusal - "but he received it not"
   Confidante (Esther 4:5-6)
    Trusted - "Hatach, one of the king's chamberlains,
                     whom he had appointed to attend upon her"
    Task - "gave him a commandment to Mordecai, to know what it was, and why it was"
    Trip - "Hatach went forth to Mordecai unto the street of the city"
- Matter of Slaughter (Esther 4:7-9)
   Reward of Iniquity -
         "the sum of the money that Haman had promised to pay"
   Recapitulation of Injustice -
         "the copy of the writing of the decree that was given at Shushan to destroy them"
   Request for Intercession -
         "to make supplication unto him, and to make request before him for her people"
   Relay of Information -
          "Hatach came and told Esther the words of Mordecai"

Esther 4:10-17  Apprehension of Danger
- Approach to Ahasuerus  (Esther 4:10-12)
   Errand - "Esther spake unto Hatach, and gave him commandment unto Mordecai"
   Edict - "All the king's servants, and the people of the king's provinces, do know"
   Embargo - "shall come unto the king into the inner court, who is not called"
   Execution - "there is one law of his to put him to death"
   Exception - "except such to whom the king shall hold out the golden sceptre"
   Exclusion - "but I have not been called to come in unto the king these thirty days."
   Emphasis - “THEY told to Mordecai Esther’s words”
- Answer of Mordecai (Esther 4:13-14)
   Caution - "Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape"
   Confidence - "shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place"
   Consequence - "thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed"
   Consideration - "whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this"
- Anxiety of Esther (Esther 4:15-17)
   Reply - "Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer"
   Request - "fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day"
   Refraining - "I also and my maidens will fast likewise"
   Resolve - "so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law"
   Resignation - "and if I perish, I perish"
   Return - "Mordecai went his way,”
   Rapport - “did according to all that Esther had commanded him"


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