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Esther 4 (WEBP)

[1] Now when Mordecai found out all that was done, Mordecai tore his clothes and put on sackcloth with ashes, and went out into the middle of the city, and wailed loudly and bitterly.
[2] He came even before the king’s gate, for no one is allowed inside the king’s gate clothed with sackcloth.
[3] In every province, wherever 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.
[4] Esther’s maidens and her eunuchs came and told her this, and the queen was exceedingly grieved. She sent clothing to Mordecai, to replace his sackcloth, but he didn’t receive it.
[5] Then Esther called for Hathach, one of the king’s eunuchs, whom he had appointed to attend her, and commanded him to go to Mordecai, to find out what this was, and why it was.
[6] So Hathach went out to Mordecai, to the city square which was before the king’s gate.
[7] Mordecai told him of all that had happened to him, and the exact sum of the money that Haman had promised to pay to the king’s treasuries for the destruction of the Jews.
[8] He also gave him the copy of the writing of the decree that was given out in Susa to destroy them, to show it to Esther, and to declare it to her, and to urge her to go in to the king to make supplication to him, and to make request before him for her people.
[9] Hathach came and told Esther the words of Mordecai.
[10] Then Esther spoke to Hathach, and gave him a message to Mordecai:
[11] “All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that whoever, whether man or woman, comes to the king into the inner court without being called, there is one law for him, that he be put to death, except those to whom the king might hold out the golden scepter, that he may live. I have not been called to come in to the king these thirty days.”
[12] They told Esther’s words to Mordecai.
[13] Then Mordecai asked them to return this answer to Esther: “Don’t think to yourself that you will escape in the king’s house any more than all the Jews.
[14] For if you remain silent now, then relief and deliverance will come to the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Who knows if you haven’t come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
[15] Then Esther asked them to answer Mordecai,
[16] “Go, gather together all the Jews who are present in Susa, and fast for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day. I and my maidens will also fast the same way. Then I will go in to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish.”
[17] So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that Esther had commanded him.

Scripture quotations are taken from The World English Bible™ of eBible.org, 2020 stable text edition. It is in the public domain.

King James w/Strong’s #s

Esther 4 (KJVS)

[1] When Mordecai H4782 perceived H3045 (8804) all that was done H6213 (8738), Mordecai H4782 rent H7167 (8799) his clothes H899, and put on H3847 (8799) sackcloth H8242 with ashes H665, and went out H3318 (8799) into the midst H8432 of the city H5892, and cried H2199 (8799) with a loud H1419 and a bitter H4751 cry H2201;
[2] And came H935 (8799) even before H6440 the king’s H4428 gate H8179: for none [might] enter H935 (8800) into the king’s H4428 gate H8179 clothed H3830 with sackcloth H8242.
[3] And in every province H4082, whithersoever H4725 the king’s H4428 commandment H1697 and his decree H1881 came H5060 (8688), [there was] great H1419 mourning H60 among the Jews H3064, and fasting H6685, and weeping H1065, and wailing H4553; and many H7227 lay H3331 (8714) in sackcloth H8242 and ashes H665.
[4] So Esther’s H635 maids H5291 and her chamberlains H5631 came H935 (8799) and told H5046 (8686) [it] her. Then was the queen H4436 exceedingly H3966 grieved H2342 (8698); and she sent H7971 (8799) raiment H899 to clothe H3847 (8687) Mordecai H4782, and to take away H5493 (8687) his sackcloth H8242 from him: but he received H6901 (8765) [it] not.
[5] Then called H7121 (8799) Esther H635 for Hatach H2047, [one] of the king’s H4428 chamberlains H5631, whom he had appointed H5975 (8689) to attend H6440 upon her, and gave him a commandment H6680 (8762) to Mordecai H4782, to know H3045 (8800) what it [was], and why it [was].
[6] So Hatach H2047 went forth H3318 (8799) to Mordecai H4782 unto the street H7339 of the city H5892, which [was] before H6440 the king’s H4428 gate H8179.
[7] And Mordecai H4782 told H5046 (8686) him of all that had happened H7136 (8804) unto him, and of the sum H6575 of the money H3701 that Haman H2001 had promised H559 (8804) to pay H8254 (8800) to the king’s H4428 treasuries H1595 for the Jews H3064, to destroy H6 (8763) them.
[8] Also he gave H5414 (8804) him the copy H6572 of the writing H3791 of the decree H1881 that was given H5414 (8738) at Shushan H7800 to destroy H8045 (8687) them, to shew H7200 (8687) [it] unto Esther H635, and to declare H5046 (8687) [it] unto her, and to charge H6680 (8763) her that she should go in H935 (8800) unto the king H4428, to make supplication H2603 (8692) unto him, and to make request H1245 (8763) before H6440 him for her people H5971.
[9] And Hatach H2047 came H935 (8799) and told H5046 (8686) Esther H635 the words H1697 of Mordecai H4782.
[10] Again Esther H635 spake H559 (8799) unto Hatach H2047, and gave him commandment H6680 (8762) unto Mordecai H4782;
[11] All the king’s H4428 servants H5650, and the people H5971 of the king’s H4428 provinces H4082, do know H3045 (8802), that whosoever, whether man H376 or woman H802, shall come H935 (8799) unto the king H4428 into the inner H6442 court H2691, who is not called H7121 (8735), [there is] one H259 law H1881 of his to put [him] to death H4191 (8687), except H905 such to whom the king H4428 shall hold out H3447 (8686) the golden H2091 sceptre H8275, that he may live H2421 (8804): but I have not been called H7121 (8738) to come in H935 (8800) unto the king H4428 these thirty H7970 days H3117.
[12] And they told H5046 (8686) to Mordecai H4782 Esther’s H635 words H1697.
[13] Then Mordecai H4782 commanded H559 (8799) to answer H7725 (8687) Esther H635, Think H1819 (8762) not with thyself H5315 that thou shalt escape H4422 (8736) in the king’s H4428 house H1004, more than all the Jews H3064.
[14] For if thou altogether H2790 (8687) holdest thy peace H2790 (8686) at this time H6256, [then] shall there enlargement H7305 and deliverance H2020 arise H5975 (8799) to the Jews H3064 from another H312 place H4725; but thou and thy father’s H1 house H1004 shall be destroyed H6 (8799): and who knoweth H3045 (8802) whether thou art come H5060 (8689) to the kingdom H4438 for [such] a time H6256 as this?
[15] Then Esther H635 bade H559 (8799) [them] return H7725 (8687) Mordecai H4782 [this answer],
[16] Go H3212 (8798), gather together H3664 (8798) all the Jews H3064 that are present H4672 (8737) in Shushan H7800, and fast H6684 (8798) ye for me, and neither eat H398 (8799) nor drink H8354 (8799) three H7969 days H3117, night H3915 or day H3117: I also and my maidens H5291 will fast H6684 (8799) likewise; and so H3651 will I go H935 (8799) in unto the king H4428, which [is] not according to the law H1881: and if I perish H6 (8804), I perish H6 (8804).
[17] So Mordecai H4782 went his way H5674 (8799), and did H6213 (8799) according to all that Esther H635 had commanded H6680 (8765) him.

Young’s Literal Translation

Esther 4 (YLT)

[1] And Mordecai hath known all that hath been done, and Mordecai rendeth his garments, and putteth on sackcloth and ashes, and goeth forth into the midst of the city and crieth-a cry loud and bitter,
[2] and he cometh in unto the front of the gate of the king, but none is to come in unto the gate of the king with a sackcloth-garment.
[3] And in every province and province, the place where the word of the king, even his law, is coming, a great mourning have the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and lamenting: sackcloth and ashes are spread for many.
[4] And young women of Esther come in and her eunuchs, and declare it to her, and the queen is exceedingly pained, and sendeth garments to clothe Mordecai, and to turn aside his sackcloth from off him, and he hath not received them.
[5] And Esther calleth to Hatach, of the eunuchs of the king, whom he hath stationed before her, and giveth him a charge for Mordecai, to know what this is, and wherefore this is.
[6] And Hatach goeth out unto Mordecai, unto a broad place of the city, that is before the gate of the king,
[7] and Mordecai declareth to him all that hath met him, and the explanation of the money that Haman said to weigh to the treasuries of the king for the Jews, to destroy them,
[8] and the copy of the writing of the law that had been given in Shushan to destroy them he hath given to him, to shew Esther, and to declare it to her, and to lay a charge on her to go in unto the king, to make supplication to him, and to seek from before him, for her people.
[9] And Hatach cometh in and declareth to Esther the words of Mordecai,
[10] and Esther speaketh to Hatach, and chargeth him for Mordecai:
[11] ‘All servants of the king, and people of the provinces of the king, do know that any man and woman, who cometh in unto the king, unto the inner court, who is not called-one law of his is to put them to death, apart from him to whom the king holdeth out the golden sceptre, then he hath lived; and I-I have not been called to come in unto the king these thirty days.’
[12] And they declare to Mordecai the words of Esther,
[13] and Mordecai speaketh to send back unto Esther: ‘Do not think in thy soul to be delivered in the house of the king, more than all the Jews,
[14] but if thou keep entirely silent at this time, respite and deliverance remaineth to the Jews from another place, and thou and the house of thy fathers are destroyed; and who knoweth whether for a time like this thou hast come to the kingdom?’
[15] And Esther speaketh to send back unto Mordecai:
[16] ‘Go, gather all the Jews who are found in Shushan, and fast for me, and do not eat nor drink three days, by night and by day; also I and my young women do fast likewise, and so I go in unto the king, that is not according to law, and when I have perished-I have perished.’
[17] And Mordecai passeth on, and doth according to all that Esther hath charged upon him.