Bible: Esther 3:1-6

Haman Conspires to Destroy the Jews

3:1 Some time later 1  King Ahasuerus promoted 2  Haman the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, exalting him and setting his position 3  above that of all the officials who were with him. 3:2 As a result, 4  all the king’s servants who were at the king’s gate were bowing and paying homage to Haman, for the king had so commanded. However, Mordecai did not bow, 5  nor did he pay him homage.

3:3 Then the servants of the king who were at the king’s gate asked Mordecai, “Why are you violating the king’s commandment? 3:4 And after they had spoken to him day after day 6  without his paying any attention to them, they informed Haman to see whether this attitude on Mordecai’s part would be permitted. 7  Furthermore, he had disclosed to them that he was a Jew. 8 

3:5 When Haman saw that Mordecai was not bowing or paying homage to him, he 9  was filled with rage. 3:6 But the thought of striking out against 10  Mordecai alone was repugnant to him, for he had been informed 11  of the identity of Mordecai’s people. 12  So Haman sought to destroy all the Jews (that is, the people of Mordecai) 13  who were in all the kingdom of Ahasuerus.

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