ESTHER 4:16

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“Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.”

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Esther 4:16 Translation & Meaning

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Go, לֵךְ֩ To walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively) Go
gather together כְּנ֨וֹס To collect; hence, to enfold gather together
all כָּל Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense) all
the Jews הַיְּהוּדִ֜ים A Jehudite (i.e., Judaite or Jew), or descendant of Jehudah (i.e., Judah) Jews
that are present הַֽנִּמְצְאִ֣ים Properly, to come forth to, i.e., appear or exist; transitively, to attain, i.e., find or acquire; figuratively, to occur, meet or be present are present
in Shushan, בְּשׁוּשָׁ֗ן Shushan, a place in Persia Shushan
and fast וְצ֣וּמוּ To cover over (the mouth), i.e., to fast fast
ye for עָ֠לַי Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications ye for
me, and neither וְאַל Not (the qualified negation, used as a deprecative); once (Job 24:25) as a noun, nothing neither
eat תֹּֽאכְל֨וּ To eat (literally or figuratively) eat
nor וְאַל Not (the qualified negation, used as a deprecative); once (Job 24:25) as a noun, nothing nor
drink תִּשְׁתּ֜וּ To imbibe (literally or figuratively) drink
three שְׁלֹ֤שֶׁת Three; occasionally (ordinal) third, or (multiple) thrice three
days, יָמִים֙ A day (as the warm hours), whether literal (from sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next), or figurative (a space of time defined by an associated term), (often used adverb) days
night לַ֣יְלָה Properly, a twist (away of the light), i.e., night; figuratively, adversity night
or day: וָי֔וֹם A day (as the warm hours), whether literal (from sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next), or figurative (a space of time defined by an associated term), (often used adverb) day
I אֲנִ֥י I I
also גַּם Properly, assemblage; used only adverbially also, even, yea, though; often repeated as correl. both...and also
and my maidens וְנַֽעֲרֹתַ֖י A girl (from infancy to adolescence) maidens
will fast אָצ֣וּם To cover over (the mouth), i.e., to fast fast
likewise; כֵּ֑ן Properly, set upright; hence (figuratively as adjective) just; but usually (as adverb or conjunction) rightly or so (in various applications to manner, time and relation; often with other particles) likewise
and so וּבְכֵ֞ן Properly, set upright; hence (figuratively as adjective) just; but usually (as adverb or conjunction) rightly or so (in various applications to manner, time and relation; often with other particles) and so
will I go in אָב֤וֹא To go or come (in a wide variety of applications) go
unto אֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to unto
the king, הַמֶּ֙לֶךְ֙ A king king
which אֲשֶׁ֣ר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc which
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
not לֹֽא Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
according to the law: כַדָּ֔ת A royal edict or statute according law
and if וְכַֽאֲשֶׁ֥ר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc if
I perish, אָבַ֖דְתִּי Properly, to wander away, i.e., lose oneself; by implication to perish (causative, destroy) perish
I perish. אָבָֽדְתִּי׃ Properly, to wander away, i.e., lose oneself; by implication to perish (causative, destroy) perish

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  • 14  For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

  • 15  Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer,

  • 16  Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.

  • 17  So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that Esther had commanded him.




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