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Esther 4 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxEst 4:1 - When Mor'decai learned all that had been done, Mor'decai rent his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, wailing with a loud and bitter cry;
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 4:2 - he went up to the entrance of the king's gate, for no one might enter the king's gate clothed with sackcloth.
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 4:3 - And in every province, wherever the king's command and his decree came, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting and weeping and lamenting, and most of them lay in sackcloth and ashes.
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 4:4 - When Esther's maids and her eunuchs came and told her, the queen was deeply distressed; she sent garments to clothe Mor'decai, so that he might take off his sackcloth, but he would not accept them.
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 4:5 - Then Esther called for Hathach, one of the king's eunuchs, who had been appointed to attend her, and ordered him to go to Mor'decai to learn what this was and why it was.
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 4:6 - Hathach went out to Mor'decai in the open square of the city in front of the king's gate,
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 4:7 - and Mor'decai told him all that had happened to him, and the exact sum of money that Haman had promised to pay into the king's treasuries for the destruction of the Jews.
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 4:8 - Mor'decai also gave him a copy of the written decree issued in Susa for their destruction, that he might show it to Esther and explain it to her and charge her to go to the king to make supplication to him and entreat him for her people.
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 4:9 - And Hathach went and told Esther what Mor'decai had said.
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 4:10 - Then Esther spoke to Hathach and gave him a message for Mor'decai, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 4:11 - "All the king's servants and the people of the king's provinces know that if any man or woman goes to the king inside the inner court without being called, there is but one law; all alike are to be put to death, except the one to whom the king holds out the golden scepter that he may live. And I have not been called to come in to the king these thirty days."
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 4:12 - And they told Mor'decai what Esther had said.
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 4:13 - Then Mor'decai told them to return answer to Esther, "Think not that in the king's palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews.
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 4:14 - For if you keep silence at such a time as this, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another quarter, but you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 4:15 - Then Esther told them to reply to Mor'decai,
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 4:16 - "Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will also fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law; and if I perish, I perish."
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 4:17 - Mor'decai then went away and did everything as Esther had ordered him.
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Source: Transcribed from: The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version containing the Old and New Testaments, translated from the original tongues: being the version set forth A.D. 1611, revised A.D. 1881-1885 and A.D. 1901: compared with the most ancient authorities and revised A.D. 1946-52. — 2nd ed. of New Testament A.D. 1971. There should be enough in the rest of the description to identify the text.

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