When Mordecai learned of all that had been done, he
tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes, and
went out into the city, wailing loudly and bitterly.
But he went only as far as the king's gate, because
no-one clothed in sackcloth was allowed to enter it.
In every province to which the edict and order of the
king came, there was great mourning among the
Jews, with fasting, weeping and wailing. Many lay in
sackcloth and ashes.
When Esther's maids and eunuchs came and told her
about Mordecai, she was in great distress. She sent
clothes for him to put on instead of his sackcloth, but
he would not accept them.
Then Esther summoned Hathach, one of the king's
eunuchs assigned to attend her, and ordered him to
find out what was troubling Mordecai and why.
So Hathach went out to Mordecai in the open square
of the city in front of the king's gate.
Mordecai told him everything that had happened to
him, including the exact amount of money Haman had
promised to pay into the royal treasury for the
destruction of the Jews.
He also gave him a copy of the text of the edict for
their annihilation, which had been published in Susa,
to show to Esther and explain it to her, and he told
him to urge her to go into the king's presence to beg
for mercy and plead with him for her people.
Hathach went back and reported to Esther what
Mordecai had said.
Then she instructed him to say to Mordecai,
All the king's officials and the people of the royal
provinces know that for any man or woman who
approaches the king in the inner court without being
summoned the king has but one law: that he be put to
death. The only exception to this is for the king to
extend the gold sceptre to him and spare his life. But
thirty days have passed since I was called to go to the
When Esther's words were reported to Mordecai,
he sent back this answer: Do not think that because
you are in the king's house you alone of all the Jews
For if you remain silent at this time, relief and
deliverance for the Jews will arise from another
place, but you and your father's family will perish. And
who knows but that you have come to royal position
for such a time as this?
Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai:
Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and
fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or
day. I and my maids will fast as you do. When this is
done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the
law. And if I perish, I perish.
So Mordecai went away and carried out all of Esther's
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