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if I perish

One of the most stirring lines in all of Scripture comes when Esther is challenged by Mordecai to intercede on behalf of her fellow Jews.  The risk?  It might potentially cost her life.  Despite the fact that she is young and only recently married to the king (who has issued the decree to exterminate the Jews), Esther sends these words back to Mordecai:

Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai:  “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” (Esther 4:15-16).

Wow!  Kind of makes your hair stand up.