1 When Mordecai learned what had happened, he tore his cloth es, put on sackcloth and ashes, and walked through the city crying bitterly and loudly. 2 But he came only as far as the kings gate, for no one in sackcloth was allowed to enter. 3 In every province where the kings edict was read, there was great mourning among the Jews
4 Queen Esthers maids and eu nuchs informed her about Mordecai. Overcome with grief, she sent clothes for Mordecai to put on in stead of his sackcloth, but he re fused. 5 Esther summoned Hathach, one of the kings eunuchs assigned to attend to her, and ordered him to find out the reason for Mordecais action.
6 So Hathach went out to Morde cai in the public square in front of the kings gate. 7 Mordecai told him all that had happened, as well as the exact amount of money Haman had promised to contribute to the royal treasury. 8 He also gave Hathach a copy of the written de cree for their destruction, to show and explain to Esther. He further told him to urge her to go to the king to beg for mercy and intercede for her people: Re member the days of your lowly estate when you were brought up in my charge. Haman, who is next to the king, has asked for our death. Pray to the Lord and speak to the king for us. Save us from death.
9 Hathach returned to Esther and told her what Mordecai had said. 10 In reply, Esther gave Hathach this message for Mordecai, 11 All the kings servants and the people of his pro vinces know that any man or woman who goes to the king in the inner court without being summoned suffers the death penalty, unless the king grants them their life by holding out to them his golden scepter. But I have not been called to go to the king for thirty days now.
:B:12 When Mordecai received Es thers words, 13 he sent back this answer, Do not suppose that be cause you are in the kings palace, you alone of all the Jews will escape. 14 If you remain silent now, relief and deliverance will come to the Jews from another source, but you and your fathers family will perish. And who knows perhaps you have come to the throne for just such a time as this.
15 Esther sent back her reply to Mor decai, 16 Go, gather all the Jews who are in Susa. Fast for me all of you
17 Mordecai went away and carried out Esthers instructions.