Mordecai Persuades Esther to Help

When Mordecai learned of all that had been done, he tore his clothes,(A) put on sackcloth and ashes,(B) and went out into the city, wailing(C) loudly and bitterly.

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20 “Why is light given to those in misery,
    and life to the bitter of soul,(A)

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12 The Lord, the Lord Almighty,
    called you on that day(A)
to weep(B) and to wail,
    to tear out your hair(C) and put on sackcloth.(D)

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26 Put on sackcloth,(A) my people,
    and roll in ashes;(B)
mourn with bitter wailing(C)
    as for an only son,(D)
for suddenly the destroyer(E)
    will come upon us.

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10 The elders of Daughter Zion
    sit on the ground in silence;(A)
they have sprinkled dust(B) on their heads(C)
    and put on sackcloth.(D)
The young women of Jerusalem
    have bowed their heads to the ground.(E)

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18 They will put on sackcloth(A)
    and be clothed with terror.(B)
Every face will be covered with shame,
    and every head will be shaved.(C)

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