Now when the young women were being gathered again, 1 Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate. 2
Now Mordecai went out from the king’s presence in purple and white royal attire, with a large golden crown and a purple linen mantle. The city of Susa shouted with joy. 1
So Queen Esther, the daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew wrote with full authority to confirm this second 1 letter about Purim.
In those days while Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate, Bigthan 1 and Teresh, 2 two of the king’s eunuchs who protected the entrance, 3 became angry and plotted to assassinate 4 King Ahasuerus.
As a result, 1 all the king’s servants who were at the king’s gate were bowing and paying homage to Haman, for the king had so commanded. However, Mordecai did not bow, 2 nor did he pay him homage.
Now when Mordecai became aware of all that had been done, he 1 tore his garments and put on sackcloth and ashes. He went out into the city, crying out in a loud 2 and bitter voice.
On that same day King Ahasuerus gave the estate 1 of Haman, that adversary of the Jews, to Queen Esther. Now Mordecai had come before the king, for Esther had revealed how he was related to her.