New Defender's Study Bible Notes
4:7 Mordecai told him. Mordecai had even learned of the large fortune that Haman had offered the king (probably hoping to recover much of it from the Jews he proposed to kill). Mordecai may have learned this from acquaintances among the chamberlains at the king’s gate (Esther 2:19,21).
4:14 from another place. Mordecai was confident that God would preserve the Jewish people, for He had made an unconditional promise to Abraham, and also to David (Genesis 22:15-18; II Samuel 7:4,16).
4:14 such a time as this. This familiar verse expressed clearly the strong confidence held by Mordecai not only in the divine calling and everlasting covenant of God with the Jews but also in His providential control of the circumstances surrounding them. In order to provide deliverance to God’s people in their hour of greatest need, an obscure Jewish orphan girl had been made queen of the greatest pagan empire in the world. By the same token, each one who receives God’s salvation is also called and equipped by God for some particular service, if he or she will only do it.
4:16 will fast likewise. Even though prayer is not mentioned (probably a deliberate omission—see Introduction), there is no doubt that the three days of fasting were really days of fasting and fervent prayer.