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
Mordekai a Pempha Estere kuti Athandize
1Mordekai atamva zonse zimene zinachitika, anangʼamba zovala zake, navala chiguduli ndi kudzola phulusa, ndipo analowa mu mzinda, akulira mokweza ndi mowawidwa mtima. 2Ndipo anapita ndi kuyima pa chipata cha mfumu, chifukwa panalibe wina aliyense amaloledwa kulowa pa chipata cha mfumu atavala chiguduli. 3Chigawo chilichonse kumene mawu a mfumu ndi lamulo lake zinafika, kunali maliro akulu pakati pa Ayuda. Iwo ankasala zakudya, kulira mofuwula ndi kumadandaula. Ambiri anavala ziguduli ndi kudzola phulusa.
4Anamwali otumikira mfumukazi Estere ndi adindo ake ofulidwa atabwera ndi kumuwuza za Mordekai, anavutika kwambiri. Estere anamutumizira zovala kuti avale ndi kuti avule chiguduli chake koma Mordekai sanalole zimenezo. 5Kenaka Estere anayitana Hataki, mmodzi wa adindo a mfumu ofulidwa amene anayikidwa kuti azimutumikira kuti apite kwa Mordekai kuti akamve chimene chimamuvuta komanso chifukwa chochitira zimenezi.
6Choncho Hataki anapita kwa Mordekai ku bwalo la mzinda patsogolo pa chipata cha mfumu. 7Mordekai anamuwuza zonse zimene zinamuchitikira kuphatikizapo mtengo weniweni wa ndalama zimene Hamani analonjeza kupereka mosungira chuma cha mfumu za anthu amene adzawononge a Yuda. 8Mordekai anamupatsanso imodzi mwa makalata a ulamuliro wonena za chiwembuchi amene anawasindikiza ku Susa kukamuonetsa ndi kumufotokozera zonse Estere. Anamuwuzanso kuti akamudandaulire kuti akapite kwa mfumu kukapempha chifundo ndi kuyidandaulira chifukwa cha anthu a mtundu wake.
9Hataki anabwerera ndi kumufotokozera Estere zimene Mordekai ananena. 10Ndipo Estere anamutuma Hataki kuti akanene kwa Mordekai kuti, 11“Atumiki onse amfumu ndi anthu a zigawo za mfumu ankadziwa kuti mwamuna kapena mkazi aliyense akalowa ku bwalo lake la mʼkati mosayitanidwa ndi mfumu pali lamulo limodzi: lamuloli ndi lakuti aphedwe. Zimasintha pokhapokha ngati mfumu iloza munthuyo ndi ndodo yagolide kuti akhale ndi moyo. Koma papita masiku makumi atatu ndisanayitanidwe ndi mfumu.”
12Tsono Mordekai anawuzidwa mawu a Estere. 13Kenaka Mordekai anawawuza kuti akamuyankhe Estere motere: “Usaganize kuti iwe wekha mwa Ayuda onse udzapulumuka chifukwa chakuti uli mʼnyumba ya mfumu. 14Pakuti ngati ukhalatu chete nthawi ino, chithandizo ndi chipulumutso cha Ayuda zidzachokera kwina nʼkutheka kuti iwe ndi a pa banja la makolo ako mudzafa. Ndipo adziwa ndani mwina unalowa ufumu chifukwa cha nthawi ngati imeneyi?”
15Pamenepo Estere anatumiza yankho ili kwa Mordekai: 16“Pitani, mukasonkhanitse pamodzi Ayuda onse amene ali mu Susa ndipo mundisalire chakudya. Musadye kapena kumwa kwa masiku atatu, usiku ndi usana. Ine ndi anamwali anga onditumikira tidzasala chakudya monga inu. Izi zikachitika, ine ndidzapita kwa mfumu, ngakhale kutero ndikutsutsana ndi lamulo. Ndipo ngati nʼkufa ndife ndithu.”
17Choncho Mordekai anapita ndi kuchita monga Estere anamupemphera.