4King James Version (KJV)
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
came even before the king's gate: for none might enter
into the king's gate clothed with sackcloth.
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.
Esther's maids and her chamberlains 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 he received it not.
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
Hatach went forth to Mordecai unto the street of the
city, which was before the king's gate.
Mordecai told him of 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.
he gave him the copy of the writing of the decree that
was given at Shushan to destroy them, to shew it unto
Esther, and to declare it unto her, and to charge her
that she should go in unto the king, to make supplication
unto him, and to make request before him for her people.
Hatach came and told Esther the words of Mordecai.
Esther spake unto Hatach, and gave him commandment unto
the king's servants, and the people of the king's
provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or women,
shall come unto the king into the inner court, who is not
called, there is one law of his to put him to death,
except such to whom the king shall hold out the golden
sceptre, that he may live: but I have not been called to
come in unto the king these thirty days.
they told to Mordecai Esther's words.
Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with
thyself that thou shalt escape in the king's house, more
than all the Jews.
if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then
shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews
from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall
be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to
the kingdom for such a time as this?
Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer,
gather together 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 unto the king, which is not according
to the law: and if I perish, I perish.
Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that
Esther had commanded him.