Some time later, King Xerxes promoted Haman son of Hammedatha the Agagite, making him the highest-ranking official in the government.
All the king's servants at the King's Gate used to honor him by bowing down and kneeling before Haman - that's what the king had commanded.
The king's servants at the King's Gate asked Mordecai about it: "Why do you cross the king's command?"
Day after day they spoke to him about this but he wouldn't listen, so they went to Haman to see whether something shouldn't be done about it. Mordecai had told them that he was a Jew.
When Haman saw for himself that Mordecai didn't bow down and kneel before him, he was outraged.
Meanwhile, having learned that Mordecai was a Jew, Haman hated to waste his fury on just one Jew; he looked for a way to eliminate not just Mordecai but all Jews throughout the whole kingdom of Xerxes.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)