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Esther 4:12-16 NRS/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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12 When they told Mordecai what Esther had said, 12 When Esther's words were reported to Mordecai,
13 Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, "Do not think that in the king's palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. 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 keep silence at such a time as this, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another quarter, but you and your father's family will perish. Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this." 14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance 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?"
15 Then Esther said in reply to Mordecai, 15 Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai:
16 "Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will also fast as you do. After that I will go to the king, though it is against the law; and if I perish, I perish." 16 "Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast 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."