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Esther 4 :: New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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Esther Learns of Haman's Plot

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 4:1 - When Mordecai learned all that had been done, [fn]he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the midst of the city and wailed loudly and bitterly.

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 4:2 - He went as far as the king’s gate, for no one was to enter the king’s gate clothed in sackcloth.

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 4:3 - In each and every province where the command and decree of the king came, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping and wailing; and many lay on sackcloth and ashes.

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 4:4 - Then Esther’s maidens and her eunuchs came and told her, and the queen writhed in great anguish. And she sent garments to clothe Mordecai that he might remove his sackcloth from him, but he did not accept them.

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 4:5 - Then Esther summoned Hathach from the king’s eunuchs, whom [fn]the king had appointed to attend her, and ordered him to go to Mordecai to learn what this was and why it was.

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 4:6 - So Hathach went out to Mordecai to the city square in front of the king’s gate.

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 4:7 - Mordecai told him all that had happened to him, and the exact amount of money that Haman had promised to pay to the king’s treasuries for the destruction of the Jews.

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 4:8 - He also gave him a copy of the text of the edict which had been issued in Susa for their destruction, that he might show Esther and inform her, and to order her to go in to the king to implore his favor and to plead with him for her people.

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 4:9 - Hathach came back and related Mordecai’s words to Esther.

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 4:10 - Then Esther spoke to Hathach and ordered him to reply to Mordecai:

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 4:11 - “All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that for any man or woman who comes to the king to the inner court who is not summoned, he has but one law, that he be put to death, unless the king holds out to him the golden scepter so that he may live. And I have not been summoned to come to the king for these thirty days.”

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 4:12 - They related Esther’s words to Mordecai.

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 4:13 - Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not imagine that you in the king’s palace can escape any more than all the Jews.

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 4:14 - “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?”

Esther Plans to Intercede

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 4:15 - Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai,

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 4:16 - “Go, assemble all the Jews who are found in Susa, and fast for me; do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maidens also will fast in the same way. And thus I will go in to the king, which is not according to the law; and if I perish, I perish.”

Unchecked Copy BoxEst 4:17 - So Mordecai went away and did just as Esther had commanded him.
NASB Footnotes
Literally: Mordecai
Literally: he
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