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
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
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.