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

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Esther 4:17 Translation & Meaning

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So Mordecai מָרְדֳּכָ֑י Mordecai, an Israelite Mordecai
went his way, וַֽיַּעֲבֹ֖ר To cross over; used very widely of any transition (literal or figurative; transitive, intransitive, intensive, causative); specifically, to cover (in copulation) way
and did וַיַּ֕עַשׂ To do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application did
according to all כְּכֹ֛ל Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense) according all
that אֲשֶׁר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc that
Esther אֶסְתֵּֽר׃ Ester, the Jewish heroine Esther
had commanded צִוְּתָ֥ה (intensively) to constitute, enjoin commanded
him. עָלָ֖יו Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications him

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  • 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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