Mordecai's confrontation of Haman's plot through Esther's close and intimate contact with the king
when Mordecai learned about all that had been done, Mordecai rent his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes; and he went out into the midst of the city and wailed loudly and bitterly.
he went up to the entrance of the king’s gate, for no one was to enter the king’s gate clothed in sackcloth.
throughout every province, wherever the king’s commandment and his decree came, there was great mourning among the Jews, with 1afasting
and weeping and wailing; many lay in sackcloth and ashes.
Esther’s maids and her eunuchs came and told her, and the queen was greatly distressed. And she sent garments to clothe Mordecai, so that he might remove his sackcloth from him; but he would not accept them
Esther called for Hathach, one
of the king’s eunuchs, whom he had appointed to serve
her, and she commanded him to go out
to Mordecai to find out what this was and why it was.
Hathach went out to Mordecai at the open square of the city in front of the king’s gate.
Mordecai 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.
he also gave him a copy of the written decree which was issued in Susa for their destruction, that he might show Esther and tell her about it
and charge her to go in to the king to supplicate him and make a request for her people before him.
Hathach came and told Esther Mordecai’s words.
Esther spoke to Hathach and ordered him to answer
the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that for any man or woman who comes in to the king at the inner court who has not been called for, there is but one law, that he be put to death, unless the king holds out his ascepter
of gold to him that he may live; and I have not been called to come in to the king during these past
they told Mordecai Esther’s words.
Mordecai told them
to reply to Esther, Do not imagine that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the Jews.
if you remain asilent
at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from some other place, and 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?
Esther told them
to reply to Mordecai,
; assemble all the Jews who are to be found in Susa, and afast
for me; and do not eat or drink for three days, night or day; I also and my maids will fast in the same way. And so will I go in to the king, which is not according to the law; and if I perish, I perish.
Mordecai went his way and did according to all that Esther had commanded him.