Esther 3:1-6 (New American Standard)

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Haman's Plot against the Jews

1 After these events King Ahasuerus 1promoted Haman, the son of Hammedatha 2the Agagite, and 3advanced him and aestablished his authority over all the princes who were with him. 2 All the king's servants who were at the king's gate bowed down band paid homage to Haman; for so the king had commanded concerning him. But 4Mordecai neither bowed down nor paid homage. 3 Then the king's servants who were at 5the king's gate said to Mordecai, "6Why are you transgressing the king's command?" 4 Now it was when they had spoken daily to him and he would not listen to them, that they told Haman to see whether Mordecai's reason would stand; for he had told them that he was a Jew. 5 When Haman saw that 7Mordecai neither bowed down nor paid homage to him, Haman was filled with rage. 6 But he cdisdained to dlay hands on Mordecai alone, for they had told him who the people of Mordecai were; therefore Haman 8sought to destroy all the Jews, the people of Mordecai, who were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus.
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