“Hachratheus went out to Mordecai in the open square of the city in front of the king’s gate. Mordecai told him all that had happened. He said that Haman had promised to pay ten thousand talents into the royal treasury to bring about the destruction of the Jews. He also gave him a copy of what had been posted in Susa for their destruction. He wanted him to show it to Queen Esther. He told him to charge her to go in to the king. He wanted her to plead for his favor in behalf of her people. He said.
‘Remember the days when you were an ordinary person.
You were brought up under my care.
Haman, who stands next to the king,
He has spoken against us.
He demands our death.
Call upon the Lord!
Then speak to the king on our behalf.
Save us from death!’”
Once again there is a discrepancy between the Hebrew text that does not have the small speech of Mordecai that is found in the Greek text only. The name of the eunuch is slightly different in the Greek text also. However, the idea is about the same. Mordecai gave the decree to the eunuch. He told him that Haman was behind this move to extinguish the Jews in the Persian kingdom. He wanted him to show this decree to Queen Esther. He also wanted Queen Esther to intercede with the king to stop this destruction. In the small soliloquy, Mordecai reminded the queen that she was once an ordinary young girl under his care. He wanted here to be aware that Haman was behind all that was happening since he was calling for their death. He wanted her to pray to God and then speak to the king. Somehow Mordecai does not feel that he is the right one to present this petition to the king.
“When Queen Esther’s maids and eunuchs came and told her, she was deeply troubled by what she had heard that had happened. She sent some clothes to Mordecai to put on instead of his sackcloth. However, he would not consent and accept them. Then Queen Esther called for Hachratheus, the eunuch who attended her. She ordered him to get accurate information for her from Mordecai to learn what was happening and why.”
Queen Esther’s maids and eunuchs came to her to tell her what was happening. She was troubled by what she had heard. She sent some clothes to Mordecai so that he would get rid of his sackcloth. However, he refused. Then the queen sent her personal eunuch to Mordecai to get more accurate information about what was going on and why this was happening to him. She was more of a fact finder while Mordecai was more emotional about this situation.