30 But David continued up the Mount of Olives, weeping(A) as he went; his head(B) was covered and he was barefoot. All the people with him covered their heads too and were weeping as they went up.

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Just as the king returned from the palace garden to the banquet hall, Haman was falling on the couch(A) where Esther was reclining.(B)

The king exclaimed, “Will he even molest the queen while she is with me in the house?”(C)

As soon as the word left the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face.(D)

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The nobles send their servants for water;
    they go to the cisterns
    but find no water.(A)
They return with their jars unfilled;
    dismayed and despairing,
    they cover their heads.(B)

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The ground is cracked
    because there is no rain in the land;(A)
the farmers are dismayed
    and cover their heads.

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The seers will be ashamed(A)
    and the diviners disgraced.(B)
They will all cover(C) their faces(D)
    because there is no answer from God.(E)

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