Esther 71 When Mordecai had heard this, he tore his garments and put on sackcloth, strewing ashes on his head, and he cried out with a loud voice in the main street of the city, revealing the anguish of his soul. 2 And he continued with this lamenting, even up to the gate of the palace, for no one clothed with sackcloth is permitted to enter the king’s court. 3 Likewise, in all provinces, towns, and places where the king’s cruel decision arrived, there was extraordinary mourning among the Jews with fasting, wailing, and weeping, with many using sackcloth and ashes for their bed. 4 Then Esther’s maids and eunuchs went in and informed her. When she heard it, she was shocked, and she sent a garment to clothe him and to take away the sackcloth, but he would not accept it. 5 And she sent for Hathach the eunuch, whom the king had appointed to minister to her, and she instructed him to go to Mordecai and to discern from him why he was doing this. 6 And departing, Hathach went to Mordecai, who was standing in the street of the city, in front of the palace entrance. 7 He told him everything that had happened, how Haman had promised to transfer silver into the king’s treasury for the death of the Jews. 8 Also, he gave him a copy of the edict that was hanging up in Susa, so that he would show it to the queen and advise her to go in to the king and beg him on behalf of her people. 9 And Hathach returned and informed Esther of all that Mordecai had said. 10 Likewise, all Israel cried out to the Lord with the same intention and supplication because certain death was hanging over them.
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