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| Book of Esther|
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- Esther 4:5-17 [ Verse 16 in Original: Hebrew / Greek ]
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- 5 Then Esther summoned Hathach from the king's eunuchs, whom the F36 king had appointed to attend her, and ordered him to go to Mordecai to learn what this was and why it was. 6 So Hathach went out to Mordecai to the city square in front of the king's gate. 7 Mordecai told him all that had happened to him, and the R68 exact amount of money that Haman had promised to pay to the king's treasuries for the destruction of the Jews. 8 He also gave him a R69 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. 9 Hathach came back and related Mordecai's words to Esther. 10 Then Esther spoke to Hathach and ordered him to reply to Mordecai: 11 "All the king's servants and the people of the king's provinces know that for any man or woman who comes R70 to the king to the inner court who is not summoned, he R71 has but one law, that he be put to death, unless the king holds out to R72 him the golden scepter so that he may live. And I have not been summoned to come to the king for these thirty days." 12 They related Esther's words to Mordecai. 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. 14 "For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance R73 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?" 15 Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai, 16 "Go, assemble all the Jews who are found in Susa, and fast for me; do R74 not eat or drink for three R75 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." 17 So Mordecai went away and did just as Esther had commanded him.
F36 Lit he
R68 Esther 3:9
R69 Esther 3:14
R70 Esther 5:1;
R71 Daniel 2:9
R72 Esther 5:2; 8:4
R73 Leviticus 26:42; 2 Kings 13:5
R74 Joel 1:14;
R75 Esther 5:1
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