NKJV - 2 And all the king's servants who were within the king's gate bowed and paid homage to Haman, for so the king had commanded concerning him. But Mordecai would not bow or pay homage.
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The reason that Mordecai did not bow down to Haman may have been that He and the Jews would only bow down to God: however the Jews would also bow down to their Kings. Also, it seems more than likely that Mordecai bowed to King Ahasuerus who was a most proud and egotistical king looking at his treatment of Queen Vashti. There is another reason for the dislike that both men shared for one another and that relates to their ancestors: Esther 3:1 reveals that Haman is an Agagite. 1 Samuel 15 reveals that King Saul, a Benjamite, captured King Agag and devoted all its people to destruction. Mordecai is also a Benjamite and this may be the reason he didn't bow and why Haman wanted all Jews dead.
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