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.
King James Bible
And came even before the king's gate: for none might enter into the king's gate clothed with sackcloth.
Darby 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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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Before the king's gate - He could not enter into the gate, of the place where the officers waited, because he was in the habit of a mourner; for this would have been contrary to law.
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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.
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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