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Did Esther do as Mordecai requested?

Yes, but she had misgivings. It was the custom in the palace that no one enter the king’s presence unless summoned. If someone entered the king’s presence without being summoned, that person was put to death. Esther had not been summoned in a month. So she was nervous. Mordecai told her, “Don’t think that just because you live in the king’s house you’re the one Jew who will get out of this alive. If you persist in staying silent at a time like this, help and deliverance will arrive for the Jews from someplace else; but you and your family will be wiped out. Who knows? Maybe you were made queen for just such a time as this.” (The Message, Esther 4:14) To prepare herself, she fasted for three days, and asked Mordecai to have the other Jews in Susa do the same.


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