When Mordecaiperceived all that was done , Mordecairent his clothes, and put onsackcloth with ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and cried with a loud and a bittercry;2
And came even before the king'sgate: for none might enter into the king'sgateclothed with sackcloth.3
And in every province,whithersoever the king'scommandment and his decreecame , there was greatmourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and manyalay in sackcloth and ashes.4
So Esther'smaids and her chamberlainsbcame and told it her. Then was the queenexceedinglygrieved ; and she sentraiment to clotheMordecai, and to take away his sackcloth from him: but he received it not.
Then calledEsther for Hatach, one of the king'schamberlains, whom he had appointedc 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'sgate.7
And Mordecaitold him of all that had happened unto him, and of the sum of the money that Haman had promised to pay to the king'streasuries 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 requestbefore him for her people.