Now when Mordekhai knew all that was done, Mordekhai tore 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 he came even before the king's gate: for none might enter within the king's gate clothed with sackcloth.
In every province, wherever the king's mitzvah and his decree came, there was great mourning among the Yehudim, and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.
Ester's maidens and her chamberlains came and told it her; and the queen was exceedingly grieved: and she sent clothing to clothe Mordekhai, and to take his sackcloth from off him; but he didn't receive it.
Then called Ester for Hatakh, one of the king's chamberlains, whom he had appointed to attend on her, and charged him to go to Mordekhai, to know what this was, and why it was.
So Hatakh went forth to Mordekhai to the broad place of the city, which was before the king's gate.
Mordekhai told him of all that had happened to him, and the exact sum of the money that Haman had promised to pay to the king's treasuries for the Yehudim, to destroy them.
Also he gave him the copy of the writing of the decree that was given out in Shushan to destroy them, to show it to Ester, and to declare it to her, and to charge her that she should go in to the king, to make supplication to him, and to make request before him, for her people.
Hatakh came and told Ester the words of Mordekhai.
Then Ester spoke to Hatakh, and gave him a message to Mordekhai [saying]:
All the king's servants, and the people of the king's provinces, do know, that whoever, whether man or woman, shall come to the king into the inner court, who is not called, there is one law for him, that he be put to death, except those to whom the king shall hold out the golden scepter, that he may live: but I have not been called to come in to the king these thirty days.
They told to Mordekhai Ester's words.
Then Mordekhai bade them return answer to Ester, Don't think to yourself that you shall escape in the king's house, more than all the Yehudim.
For if you altogether hold your shalom at this time, then will relief and deliverance arise to the Yehudim from another place, but you and your father's house will perish: and who knows whether you haven't come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
Then Ester bade them return answer to Mordekhai,
Go, gather together all the Yehudim who are present in Shushan, and fast you for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast in like manner; and so will I go in to the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.
So Mordekhai went his way, and did according to all that Ester had commanded him.