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  • So he decided it was not enough to lay hands on Mordecai alone. Since he had learned that Mordecai was a Jew, he decided to destroy all the Jews throughout the entire empire of Xerxes. - Esther 3:6

  • When Mordecai learned what had been done, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the city, crying with a loud and bitter wail. - Esther 4:1

  • When Queen Esther's maids and eunuchs came and told her about Mordecai, she was deeply distressed. She sent clothing to him to replace the sackcloth, but he refused it. - Esther 4:4

  • Then Esther sent for Hathach, one of the king's eunuchs who had been appointed as her attendant. She ordered him to go to Mordecai and find out what was troubling him and why he was in mourning. - Esther 4:5

  • So Hathach went out to Mordecai in the square in front of the palace gate. - Esther 4:6

  • Mordecai told him the whole story and told him how much money Haman had promised to pay into the royal treasury for the destruction of the Jews. - Esther 4:7

  • Mordecai gave Hathach a copy of the decree issued in Susa that called for the death of all Jews, and he asked Hathach to show it to Esther. He also asked Hathach to explain it to her and to urge her to go to the king to beg for mercy and plead for her people. - Esther 4:8

  • So Hathach returned to Esther with Mordecai's message. - Esther 4:9

  • Then Esther told Hathach to go back and relay this message to Mordecai: - Esther 4:10

  • So Hathach gave Esther's message to Mordecai. - Esther 4:12

  • Mordecai sent back this reply to Esther: "Don't think for a moment that you will escape there in the palace when all other Jews are killed. - Esther 4:13

  • Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: - Esther 4:15

  • So Mordecai went away and did as Esther told him. - Esther 4:17

  • What a happy man Haman was as he left the banquet! But when he saw Mordecai sitting at the gate, not standing up or trembling nervously before him, he was furious. - Esther 5:9

  • Then he added, "But all this is meaningless as long as I see Mordecai the Jew just sitting there at the palace gate." - Esther 5:13

  • So Haman's wife, Zeresh, and all his friends suggested, "Set up a gallows* that stands seventy-five feet* tall, and in the morning ask the king to hang Mordecai on it. When this is done, you can go on your merry way to the banquet with the king." This pleased Haman immensely, and he ordered the gallows set up.1 - Esther 5:14

  • In those records he discovered an account of how Mordecai had exposed the plot of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the eunuchs who guarded the door to the king's private quarters. They had plotted to assassinate the king. - Esther 6:2
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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