Bible: Esther 4:10-17

4:10 Then Esther replied to Hathach with instructions for Mordecai: 4:11 All the servants of the king and the people of the king’s provinces know that there is only one law applicable 1  to any man or woman who comes uninvited to the king in the inner court – that person will be put to death, unless the king extends to him the gold scepter, permitting him to be spared. 2  Now I have not been invited to come to the king for some thirty days!

4:12 When Esther’s reply 3  was conveyed to Mordecai, 4:13 he 4  said to take back this answer to Esther: 4:14 Don’t imagine that because you are part of the king’s household you will be the one Jew 5  who will escape. If you keep quiet at this time, liberation and protection for the Jews will appear 6  from another source, 7  while you and your father’s household perish. It may very well be 8  that you have achieved royal status 9  for such a time as this!

4:15 Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: 4:16 Go, assemble all the Jews who are found in Susa and fast in my behalf. Don’t eat and don’t drink for three days, night or day. My female attendants and I 10  will also fast in the same way. Afterward I will go to the king, even though it violates the law. 11  If I perish, I perish!

4:17 So Mordecai set out to do everything that Esther had instructed him.

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