“When the news reached
The king of Nineveh,
From his throne.
He covered himself
He sat in ashes.”
When the king of Nineveh heard about the proclamations of Jonah, he rose from his throne and took off his royal robes. He then covered himself with sackcloth and sat in ashes. The use of the common sack cloth used for carrying vegetables instead of better clothes was a sign of mourning and repentance. Like a good king, he was going along with his subjects who took the warnings of Jonah very seriously.
“On the third day, when Queen Esther ended her prayer, she took off the garments in which she had worshiped. She arrayed herself in splendid attire. Then, majestically adorned, after invoking the aid of the all-seeing God and Savior, she took her two maids with her. She leaned gently for support on one, while the other followed carrying her train. She was radiant with perfect beauty. She looked happy, as if beloved, but her heart was frozen with fear. When she had gone through all the doors, she stood before the king.”
One again the Greek text continues. After this 3 day prayer, Queen Esther took off her sack cloth garments. Now she put on royal clothes. She invoked God to help her. However, she took 2 maids with her, one to lean on and the other to carry the train of her splendid dress. She looked radiant, beautiful and happy, but she was fearful. Finally, she stood before the king.