1After these things did kingAhasueruspromoteHaman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes that were with him.
And all the king'sservants, that were in the king'sgate,bowed , and reverencedHaman: for the king had so commanded concerning him. But Mordecaibowed not, nor did him reverence .
Then the king'sservants, which were in the king'sgate,said unto Mordecai, Why transgressest thou the king'scommandment?4
Now it came to pass, when they spakedailyunto him, and he hearkened not unto them, that they toldHaman, to see whether Mordecai'smatters would stand : for he had told them that he was a Jew.5
And when Hamansaw that Mordecaibowed not, nor did him reverence , then was Hamanfull of wrath.6
And he thoughtscorn to layhands on Mordecai alone; for they had shewed him the people of Mordecai: wherefore Hamansought to destroy all the Jews that were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus, even the people of Mordecai.