Esther 4

1The great mourning of Mordecai and the Jews. 4Esther sendeth to Mordecai to enquire the reason, is informed thereof, and advised by him to intercede with the king for the nation. 10She at first excuseth herself, but being admonished of the consequences by Mordecai, 15appointeth a fast, and undertaketh the suit.

1 When Mordecai perceived all that was done, Mordecai 1rent his clothes, and put on 2sackcloth with 3ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and cried with a loud and a bitter cry;

2 And came even before the king's gate: for none might enter into the king's gate clothed with sackcloth.

3 And in every province, whithersoever the king's commandment and his decree came, there was great mourning among the Jews, and 1fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and amany lay in sackcloth and ashes.

4 ¶ So Esther's maids and her achamberlains came and told it her. Then was the queen exceedingly grieved; and she sent raiment to clothe Mordecai, and to take away his sackcloth from him: but 1he received it not.

5 Then called Esther for Hatach, one of the king's chamberlains, whom he had appointed to attend aupon her, and gave him a commandment to Mordecai, 1to know what it was, and why it was.

6 So Hatach went 1forth to Mordecai unto the street of the city, which was before the king's gate.

7 And Mordecai told him 1of all that had happened unto 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.

8 Also he gave him 1the copy of the writing of the decree that was given at 2Shushan to destroy them, to shew it unto Esther, and to declare it unto her, and to 3charge her that she should go in unto the king, to make 4supplication unto him, and to make request before him for her people.

9 And Hatach came and 1told Esther the words of Mordecai.

101Again Esther spake unto Hatach, and gave him commandment unto Mordecai;

11 All the king's servants, and the people of the king's provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or woman, shall come unto the king into 1the inner court, who is not called, there is 2one law of his to put him to death, except such to 3whom the king shall hold out the golden sceptre, that he may live: but I have 4not been called to come in unto the king these thirty days.

12 And they told to Mordecai Esther's words.

13 Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think 1not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king's house, more than all the Jews.

14 For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then 1shall there aenlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether 2thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

15 ¶ Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer,

16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are apresent in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink 1three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.

17 So Mordecai awent his way, and did according to all that Esther had commanded him.