Esther 4


4:1 When Mordecai perceived all that was done, Mordecai rent his
 clothes, and put on sackcloth with ashes, and went out into the
 midst of the city, and cried with a loud and a bitter cry;
4:2 And came even before the king's gate: for none [might] enter
 into the king's gate clothed with sackcloth.
4:3 And in every province whithersoever the king's commandment
 and his decree came, [there was] great mourning among the Jews,
 and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in
 sackcloth and ashes.
4:4 So Esther's maids and her chamberlains came and told [it] to
 her. Then was the queen exceedingly grieved; and she sent
 raiment to clothe Mordecai, and to take away his sackcloth from
 him: but he received [it] not.
4:5 Then called Esther for Hatach, [one] of the king's
 chamberlains, whom he had appointed to attend upon her, and
 gave him a commandment to Mordecai, to know what it [was], and
 why it [was].
4:6 So Hatach went forth to Mordecai, to the street of the city,
 which [was] before the king's gate.
4:7 And Mordecai told him all that had happened to him, and of
 the sum of the money that Haman had promised to pay to the
 king's treasuries for the Jews, to destroy them.
4:8 Also he gave him the copy of the writing of the decree that
 was given at Shushan to destroy them, to show [it] to Esther,
 and to declare [it] to her, and to charge her that she should
 go in to the king, to make supplication to him, and to make
 request before him for her people.
4:9 And Hatach came and told Esther the words of Mordecai.
4:10 Again Esther spoke to Hatach, and gave him commandment to
 Mordecai;
4:11 All the king's servants, and the people of the king's
 provinces, do know, that whoever, whether man or woman, shall
 come to the king into the inner court, who is not called,
 [there is] one law of his to put [him] to death, except him to
 whom the king shall hold out the golden scepter, that he may
 live: but I have not been called to come in to the king these
 thirty days.
4:12 And they told to Mordecai Esther's words.
4:13 Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with
 thyself that thou shalt escape in the king's house more than
 all the Jews.
4:14 For if thou shalt altogether hold thy peace at this time,
 [then] will there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews
 from another place; but thou and thy father's house will be
 destroyed: and who knoweth, whether thou hast come to the
 kingdom for [such] a time as this?
4:15 Then Esther bade [them] return Mordecai [this answer],
4:16 Go, assemble all the Jews [that are] present in Shushan,
 and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night
 or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I
 go in to the king, which [is] not according to the law; and if
 I perish, I perish.
4:17 So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that
 Esther had commanded him.
 
 

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