King James Version

Esther 4:1-17

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; 2And came even before the king’s gate: for none might enter into the king’s gate clothed with sackcloth. 3And 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.4.3 many…: Heb. sackcloth and ashes were laid under many

4¶ 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.4.4 chamberlains: Heb. eunuchs

5Then 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.4.5 appointed…: Heb. set before her 6So Hatach went forth to Mordecai unto the street of the city, which was before the king’s gate. 7And 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. 8Also 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. 9And Hatach came and told Esther the words of Mordecai.

10¶ Again Esther spake unto Hatach, and gave him commandment unto Mordecai; 11All the king’s servants, and the people of the king’s provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or woman, 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. 12And they told to Mordecai Esther’s words. 13Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews. 14For 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?4.14 enlargement: Heb. respiration

15¶ Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer, 16Go, 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.4.16 present: Heb. found 17So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that Esther had commanded him.4.17 went…: Heb. passed

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

以斯帖记 4:1-17

末底改求以斯帖帮忙

1末底改得知这事,就撕裂衣服,披上麻衣,头蒙灰尘,在城中行走,放声痛哭, 2一直走到宫门前才停住,因为穿麻衣的不可进宫门。 3王的命令和谕旨传到各省,各地的犹太人极其悲伤,他们禁食、哭泣、哀号,许多人身披麻衣躺在灰中。

4以斯帖王后的宫女和太监把这事禀告她,她非常难过,便为末底改送去衣服,让他换下麻衣,他却不肯接受。 5于是,以斯帖把王派来服侍她的一个名叫哈他革的太监召来,叫他去见末底改,查明事情的原委。 6哈他革就到宫门前的广场见末底改7末底改便将自己的遭遇及哈曼为灭绝犹太人而捐入国库的银子数目都告诉了他。 8末底改还把一份在书珊城颁布的要消灭犹太人的谕旨抄本交给哈他革,让他给以斯帖看,并嘱咐她去见王,为自己的同胞向王求情。 9哈他革回去把末底改的话告诉以斯帖10以斯帖便吩咐哈他革回复末底改说: 11“王的所有臣仆和各省人民都知道有一条法令,不论男女,未蒙宣召擅入内院去见王的必被处死,除非王向他伸出金杖,他才能活命。现在我已有三十天未蒙王召见了。”

12末底改听到以斯帖捎来的话后, 13便回复她说:“你别以为在宫里就比其他犹太人安全。 14如果此时你闭口不语,犹太人必从别处得解脱,蒙拯救,但你和你父亲一家必灭亡。谁知道你得了王后之位不是为了今日之时呢?”

15以斯帖派人回复末底改说: 16“你去召集书珊城所有的犹太人为我禁食,三天三夜不吃不喝,我和我的宫女也要这样禁食。然后,我要违例去见王,我若死就死吧。”

17于是,末底改便去照以斯帖的一切吩咐行事。