טו וַתֹּאמֶר אֶסְתֵּר לְהָשִׁיב אֶל–מָרְדֳּכָי
15. And Esther said to reply to Mordechai.
- Quoting a verse from Mishlei (25:13), the M’nos HaLevi writes that this kind of language implies the use of gentle words.
- According to the Alshich, the two verbs in this verse refer to two separate messages – one public, and one private. Publicly, Esther wants it to seem that she is befriending Haman. Her private message to Mordechai was to convince the Jews to pray.