Esther 4:11, Question 2. Why does Esther mention the servants and nations?

  • According to the Malbim, Esther mentioned the servants and nations because everybody – even people in other countries – knew this rule forbidding approaching the king unsummoned, so Esther could not feign ignorance.
  • Since it was publicly known, also, it would have been a public affront. This was yet another reason Esther was saying she should not approach Achashverosh at this time.