because their feet run toward trouble and they hurry to commit murder.
For they can't sleep unless they have done what is evil; they are robbed of sleep unless they make someone stumble.
On the day of our king, the princes are sick with the heat of wine-- there is a conspiracy with traitors.
They drink wine by the bowlful and anoint themselves with the finest oils but do not grieve over the ruin of Joseph.
"I assure you: You will weep and wail, but the world will rejoice. You will become sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn to joy.
Those who live on the earth will gloat over them and celebrate and send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who live on the earth.
"Go and assemble all the Jews who can be found in Susa and fast for me. Don't eat or drink for three days, night and day. I and my female servants will also fast in the same way. After that, I will go to the king even if it is against the law. If I perish, I perish."
Mordecai went out from the king's presence clothed in royal purple and white, with a great golden crown and a purple robe of fine linen. The city of Susa shouted and rejoiced,
When the righteous flourish, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, people groan.