'Long Live the Queen'
Esther had not revealed who her people were or her family,
for Mordecai had told her not to tell. When Esther's turn
came to go in to the king, Ahasuerus loved her more than
all the other women. He placed the royal crown on her
head and made her queen instead of Vashti.
In those days, while Mordecai was sitting in the king's
gate, two of the king's servants, who guarded the entrance
of the palace, plotted to kill King Ahasuerus. Mordecai
learned of the plot and told it to Queen Esther; and
she told the king in Mordecai's name. When the truth
was known, the men who plotted against the king were
both hanged on a tree. And the incident was written
down in the daily record of events that was kept before
The Man Who Didn't Bow
Now, King Ahasuerus promoted Haman, the Agagite, and
gave him a place above all the princes who were with
him. All the king's servants who were in the king's
gate bowed down before Haman, for so the king had commanded.
But Mordecai did not bow down before Haman. Haman was
very angry. He decided to plot to destroy all the Jews
in the kingdom of Ahasuerus.
Haman told King Ahasuerus:
"There is a certain people in the provinces of your
kingdom; and their laws differ from those of every other
people; and they do not keep the king's laws. Let an
order be given to destroy them, and I will pay ten thousand
talents of silver into the royal treasury."
The king took up his ring and gave it to Haman, and
"The money is yours and the people also, to do with
them as you wish."
Messages then were sent to all the king's provinces,
to destroy all the Jews on the thirteenth day of the
twelfth month, which is Adar.
Trouble in Shushan
When Mordecai learned all that had been done, he tore
his clothes and put ashes on his head as a sign of mourning,
and went out into the city and raised a loud and bitter
cry of sorrow. He went as far as the king's gate.
When Esther's maids and servants told her about it,
she was greatly troubled. She sent Hatach, one of the
king's servants, to learn what this meant.
Hatach went to Mordecai, who told him all that had
happened and told him to urge Esther to go to the king
and plead with him for her people.
When Hatach came and told Esther what Mordecai had
said, she commanded Hatach to go and say to Mordecai:
"Death is the punishment for any man or woman who goes
to the king into the inner court without being called,
except for the one to whom the king may hold out the
golden scepter, which -means that he may live. Now for
thirty days I have not been called to go in to the king."