New International Version
Esther had not revealed her nationality and family background, because Mordecai had forbidden her to do so.
King James Bible
Esther had not shewed her people nor her kindred: for Mordecai had charged her that she should not shew it.
Darby Bible Translation
Esther had not made known her people nor her birth; for Mordecai had charged her that she should not make it known.
World English Bible
Esther had not made known her people nor her relatives, because Mordecai had instructed her that she should not make it known.
Young's Literal Translation
Esther hath not declared her people, and her kindred, for Mordecai hath laid a charge on her that she doth not declare it;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Esther had not showed her people - This might have prejudiced her with the king; for it was certainly no credit at the Persian court to be a Jew; and we shall find from the sequel that those who were in the Persian dominions were far from being reputable, or in a safe state. Besides, had her lineage been known, envy might have prevented her from ever having access to the king.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
had not shewed.
'As many as received him to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.' John 1:12. Having spoken of the great points of faith and justification, we come next to adoption. The qualification of the persons is, As many as received him.' Receiving is put for believing, as is clear by the last words, to them that believe in his name.' The specification of the privilege is, to them gave he power to become the sons of God.' The Greek word for power, exousia, signifies …
Thomas Watson—A Body of Divinity
Every day he walked back and forth near the courtyard of the harem to find out how Esther was and what was happening to her.
But Esther had kept secret her family background and nationality just as Mordecai had told her to do, for she continued to follow Mordecai's instructions as she had done when he was bringing her up.
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