Additions to Esther 4:18-28

18 Mordecai prayed to the Lord, calling to mind what the Lord had done in the past:
19 "O Lord, you are the Lord and King of all creation, and everything obeys your commands. If you wish to save Israel, no one can stop you.
20 You made heaven and earth and all the wonderful things on earth.
21 You are the Lord of all, and there is no one who can stand against you.
22 You know all things. You know, Lord, that when I refused to bow to that arrogant Haman, it was not because I was arrogant or trying to impress people.
23 I simply did not want to honor any human being more than I honor God. I refuse to bow to anyone but you, my Lord; and this is not because of pride. If it would help to save Israel, I would be willing even to kiss the soles of his feet.
25 "And now, O Lord, God and King, God of Abraham, spare your people; save us from our enemies. They are determined to destroy us; they are looking for a chance. Long ago you chose us to be your people and rescued us from the land of Egypt. Do not abandon us now. 1
27 We are your chosen people, so listen to my prayer and be gracious to us. Turn our misfortune into joy so that we may live to sing your praises. Save us from death so that we can keep on praising you."
28 And all the people of Israel prayed loudly and earnestly because they were sure that they were going to die.

Additions to Esther 4:18-28 In-Context

16 "Go and gather all the Jews in Susa together; hold a fast and pray for me. Don't eat or drink anything for three days and nights. My servant women and I will be doing the same. After that, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. If I must die for doing it, I will die."
17 Mordecai then left and did everything that Esther had told him to do.
18 Mordecai prayed to the Lord, calling to mind what the Lord had done in the past:
19 "O Lord, you are the Lord and King of all creation, and everything obeys your commands. If you wish to save Israel, no one can stop you.
20 You made heaven and earth and all the wonderful things on earth.
21 You are the Lord of all, and there is no one who can stand against you.
22 You know all things. You know, Lord, that when I refused to bow to that arrogant Haman, it was not because I was arrogant or trying to impress people.
23 I simply did not want to honor any human being more than I honor God. I refuse to bow to anyone but you, my Lord; and this is not because of pride. If it would help to save Israel, I would be willing even to kiss the soles of his feet.
25 "And now, O Lord, God and King, God of Abraham, spare your people; save us from our enemies. They are determined to destroy us; they are looking for a chance. Long ago you chose us to be your people and rescued us from the land of Egypt. Do not abandon us now.
27 We are your chosen people, so listen to my prayer and be gracious to us. Turn our misfortune into joy so that we may live to sing your praises. Save us from death so that we can keep on praising you."
28 And all the people of Israel prayed loudly and earnestly because they were sure that they were going to die.
29 Queen Esther, in deep agony, turned to the Lord.
30 She took off her splendid robes and put on garments of mourning and grief. Instead of her rich perfumes, she put ashes and dung on her head. She did all she could to destroy any dignity in her appearance. She let her tangled and uncombed hair hang down over her body that she had always taken such care to beautify.

Cross References 1

  • 1. C.8, 9Exodus 3.6.

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. [Chapter C 1-30 corresponds to chapters 13.8--14.19 in a number of English translations.]