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Esther 3:1-6 (English Standard Version)

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Haman Plots Against the Jews

1 After these things King Ahasuerus 1promoted Haman 2the Agagite, the son of Hammedatha, 3and advanced him and set his throne above all the officials who were with him. 2 And all the king's servants who were at the king's gate bowed down and paid homage to Haman, for the king had so commanded concerning him. 4But Mordecai did not bow down or pay homage. 3 Then the king's servants who were 5at the king's gate said to Mordecai, "Why do you transgress 6the king's command?" 4 And when they spoke to him day after day and he would not listen to them, they told Haman, in order to see whether Mordecai's words would stand, for he had told them that he was a Jew. 5 And when Haman saw that 7Mordecai did not bow down or pay homage to him, Haman was 8filled with fury. 6 But he disdained to lay hands on Mordecai alone. So, as they had made known to him the people of Mordecai, Haman sought to destroy all the Jews, the people of Mordecai, throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus.
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