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Esther 4:11-17 (New International Version)

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11 "All the king's officials and the people of the royal provinces know that for any man or woman who approaches the king in the inner court without being summoned1 the king has but one law:2 that he be put to death. The only exception to this is for the king to extend the gold scepter3 to him and spare his life. But thirty days have passed since I was called to go to the king." 12 When Esther's words were reported to Mordecai, 13 he sent back this answer: "Do not think that because you are in the king's house you alone of all the Jews will escape. 14 For if you remain silent4 at this time, relief5 and deliverance6 for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father's family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?"7 15 Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: 16 "Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast8 for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish."9 17 So Mordecai went away and carried out all of Esther's instructions.
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