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Ester 4

Mordokaj beder dronning Ester om hjælp

1Da Mordokaj hørte om Hamans planer, flængede han i fortvivlelse sit tøj og klædte sig i sæk og aske. Derefter gik han rundt i byen og jamrede højt og hjerteskærende. Da han kom hen på pladsen foran paladsets port, blev han stående dér, for det var forbudt at gå ind i paladset med sørgetøj på. Ud over hele riget reagerede jøderne på samme måde: De græd og jamrede og fastede på grund af den kongelige befaling, og mange af dem klædte sig i sæk og aske.

Da Esters hofdamer og tjenere fortalte hende, at Mordokaj stod uden for porten klædt i sæk og aske, blev hun fortvivlet og skyndte sig at sende noget tøj ud til ham, så han kunne komme ind i paladset. Men han nægtede at tage det på. Så gav Ester sin tjener Hatak besked på at gå ud til Mordokaj og finde ud af, hvad der var i vejen. Hatak gik straks ud på den åbne plads foran paladsets port, og Mordokaj fortalte ham om kongens befaling og om de 10.000 sække sølv, som Haman havde garanteret til rigets skatkammer, hvis han fik lov til at udrydde jøderne. Mordokaj gav ham også en kopi af kongens skrivelse med dødsdommen over jøderne og bad ham vise den til Ester, så hun kunne gå i forbøn for sit folk hos kongen. Hatak gik straks tilbage til Ester og fortalte hende det hele, 10 hvorefter hun sendte ham ud til Mordokaj med følgende besked:

11 „Hvordan skulle jeg kunne gå i forbøn hos kongen? Alle og enhver ved, at hvis nogen vover sig ind på kongens private område uden at være tilkaldt, er de dødsens, medmindre kongen rækker sit guldscepter frem og benåder dem. Og det er nu over en måned siden, at jeg sidst blev kaldt ind til kongen!”

12-13 Efter at Mordokaj havde fået den besked, bad han Hatak overbringe Ester følgende svar: „Du skal ikke tro, at du undslipper, bare fordi du er i kongens hus! Du kommer til at dele skæbne med dine landsmænd. 14 Hvis du ikke taler med kongen, vil der komme hjælp og redning til jøderne fra anden side, men du og dine nærmeste skal dø! Hvem ved, om du ikke netop blev dronning for at kunne gøre noget i denne alvorlige situation!”

15 Ester sendte da følgende svar tilbage til Mordokaj: 16 „Kald alle jøder i Susa sammen, så de kan bede og holde total faste for mig i tre dage, dag og nat.[a] Imens vil jeg og mine hofdamer gøre det samme. Derefter vil jeg gå ind til kongen, selvom det er forbudt. Jeg er parat til at dø, hvis det skal være!”

17 Så gik Mordokaj sin vej og gjorde, som Ester havde sagt.

Notas al pie

  1. 4,16 Det svarer til ca. to døgn efter dansk målestok.

King James Version

Esther 4

1When Mordecai perceived all that was done, Mordecai rent his clothes, and put on sackcloth with ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and cried with a loud and a bitter cry;

And came even before the king's gate: for none might enter into the king's gate clothed with sackcloth.

And in every province, whithersoever 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.

So Esther's maids and her chamberlains came and told it her. Then was the queen exceedingly grieved; and she sent raiment to clothe Mordecai, and to take away his sackcloth from him: but he received it not.

Then called Esther for Hatach, one of the king's chamberlains, whom he had appointed to attend upon her, and gave him a commandment to Mordecai, to know what it was, and why it was.

So Hatach went forth to Mordecai unto the street of the city, which was before the king's gate.

And Mordecai told him of all that had happened unto him, and of the sum of the money that Haman had promised to pay to the king's treasuries for the Jews, to destroy them.

Also he gave him the copy of the writing of the decree that was given at Shushan to destroy them, to shew it unto Esther, and to declare it unto her, and to charge her that she should go in unto the king, to make supplication unto him, and to make request before him for her people.

And Hatach came and told Esther the words of Mordecai.

10 Again Esther spake unto Hatach, and gave him commandment unto Mordecai;

11 All the king's servants, and the people of the king's provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or women, shall come unto the king into the inner court, who is not called, there is one law of his to put him to death, except such to whom the king shall hold out the golden sceptre, that he may live: but I have not been called to come in unto the king these thirty days.

12 And they told to Mordecai Esther's words.

13 Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king's house, more than all the Jews.

14 For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

15 Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer,

16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.

17 So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that Esther had commanded him.