Esther 4:2
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New International Version
But he went only as far as the king's gate, because no one clothed in sackcloth was allowed to enter it.

New Living Translation
He went as far as the gate of the palace, for no one was allowed to enter the palace gate while wearing clothes of mourning.

English Standard Version
He went up to the entrance of the king’s gate, for no one was allowed to enter the king’s gate clothed in sackcloth.

New American Standard Bible
He went as far as the king's gate, for no one was to enter the king's gate clothed in sackcloth.

King James Bible
And came even before the king's gate: for none might enter into the king's gate clothed with sackcloth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He only went as far as the King's Gate, since the law prohibited anyone wearing sackcloth from entering the King's Gate.

International Standard Version
He came as far as the front of the king's gate, because no one was allowed to enter the king's gate clothed in sackcloth.

NET Bible
But he went no further than the king's gate, for no one was permitted to enter the king's gate clothed in sackcloth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He even went right up to the king's gate. (No one could enter it wearing sackcloth.)

Jubilee Bible 2000
and came before the king's gate; for no one was allowed to enter into the king's gate clothed with sackcloth.

King James 2000 Bible
And came even before the king's gate: for none might enter into the king's gate clothed with sackcloth.

American King James Version
And came even before the king's gate: for none might enter into the king's gate clothed with sackcloth.

American Standard Version
and he came even before the king's gate: for none might enter within the king's gate clothed with sackcloth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he came lamenting in this manner even to the gate of the palace: for no one clothed with sackcloth might enter the king's court.

Darby Bible Translation
and came even before the king's gate; for none might enter into the king's gate clothed with sackcloth.

English Revised Version
and he came even before the king's gate: for none might enter within the king's gate clothed with sackcloth.

Webster's Bible Translation
And came even before the king's gate: for none might enter into the king's gate clothed with sackcloth.

World English Bible
He came even before the king's gate, for no one is allowed inside the king's gate clothed with sackcloth.

Young's Literal Translation
and he cometh in unto the front of the gate of the king, but none is to come in unto the gate of the king with a sackcloth-garment.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:1-4 Mordecai avowed his relation to the Jews. Public calamities, that oppress the church of God, should affect our hearts more than any private affliction, and it is peculiarly distressing to occasion sufferings to others. God will keep those that are exposed to evil by the tenderness of their consciences.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - And came even before the king's gate. After some aimless wandering Mordecai as returned toward the palace, either his proper place, or with some incipient notion of obtaining Esther's help. He was not allowed, however, to pass the outer gate on account of his garb of woe, and he remained outside (see ver. 6).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And came even before the king's gate,.... Or court, that Esther might if possible be made acquainted with this dreadful calamity coming upon her people:

for none might enter into the king's gate clothed with sackcloth: or appear in such a dress at court, where nothing was admitted to damp the pleasures of it.



Esther 4:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
Mordecai Requests Esther's Help
1When Mordecai learned all that had been done, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the midst of the city and wailed loudly and bitterly. 2He went as far as the king's gate, for no one was to enter the king's gate clothed in sackcloth. 3In each and every province where the command and decree of the king came, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping and wailing; and many lay on sackcloth and ashes.…
Cross References
Esther 4:1
When Mordecai learned of all that had been done, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the city, wailing loudly and bitterly.

Esther 4:3
In every province to which the edict and order of the king came, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping and wailing. Many lay in sackcloth and ashes.
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