0 SAB Esther 4

Then said Esther, If it please the king ... let Haman's ten sons be hanged upon the gallows. And the king commanded it so to be done ... and they hanged Haman's ten sons 9:13

Trivia: What Queen was deposed for refusing to appear (naked?) in front of the king's drunken guests?



Mordecai asks Esther for help

1 When 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 bitter cry;

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

When Mordecai heard about the kill-the-Jews decree, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes, went into the city and cried out loud.

3And 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.

And throughout the kingdom, in every province, there was fasting, weeping, and wailing, with many people laying around in sackcloth and ashes.

4 So 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.

When Esther's maids told her about Mordecai, she sent him some new clothes to replace his sackcloth.

But Mordecai wouldn't wear them.

5 Then 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 was.

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

Esther sent her servant, Hatach, to find out what was upsetting Mordecai.

7 And 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.

Mordecai told Hatach about the king's kill-the-Jews decree.

8 Also 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.

He gave Hatach a copy of the decree to give to Esther.

And told him to ask her to persuade the king to repeal the decree.

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

Hatach delivered the message to Esther.

10 Again 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 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.

Esther told Hatach to tell Mordecai:
Whoever tries to see the king will be killed, except for those with a golden sceptre.

I haven't seen the king in thirty days.

12 And they told to Mordecai Esther's words.

Hatach delivered Esther's message to Mordecai.

13 Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not 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 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?

Mordecai said to Esther,
Don't think you'll be saved from the king's decree.

You and your family will be killed with all the other Jews.

15 Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer,

16 Go, 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.

Esther answered Mordecai by saying,
Gather all the Jews in Shushan, and tell them not to eat or drink for three days.

I'll go talk to the king.

If I die, I die.

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

So Mordecai did as Esther asked.

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