Queen Esther calls for a fast (Esth 4:15-4:17)

“Then Queen Esther gave the messenger this answer to take back to Mordecai.

‘Go!

Gather all the Jews who are in Susa.

Fast on my behalf!

Neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day.

My maids and I will also go without food.

After that I will go to the king.

Contrary to the law,

Even if I must die, I die.’

Mordecai went away. He did what Queen Esther had told him to do.”

Queen Esther called for a fast among the Jews led by Mordecai on her behalf. She and her maids were going to keep a fast for 3 days. After the 3 days were over, she would visit the king, whether or not he would kill her. If she had to die, so be it. Mordecai did what she asked for.

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