New Living Translation
Then the palace officials at the king's gate asked Mordecai, "Why are you disobeying the king's command?"
King James Bible
Then the king's servants, which were in the king's gate, said unto Mordecai, Why transgressest thou the king's commandment?
Darby Bible Translation
Then the king's servants, who were in the king's gate, said to Mordecai, Why transgressest thou the king's commandment?
World English Bible
Then the king's servants, who were in the king's gate, said to Mordecai, "Why do you disobey the king's commandment?"
Young's Literal Translation
And the servants of the king, who are in the gate of the king, say to Mordecai, 'Wherefore art thou transgressing the command of the king?'
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CommentaryEsther 3:3 Parallel Commentaries
The spirit of the book of Esther is anything but attractive. It is never quoted or referred to by Jesus or His apostles, and it is a satisfaction to think that in very early times, and even among Jewish scholars, its right to a place in the canon was hotly contested. Its aggressive fanaticism and fierce hatred of all that lay outside of Judaism were felt by the finer spirits to be false to the more generous instincts that lay at the heart of the Hebrew religion; but by virtue of its very intensity …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
Even after all the young women had been transferred to the second harem and Mordecai had become a palace official,
All the king's officials would bow down before Haman to show him respect whenever he passed by, for so the king had commanded. But Mordecai refused to bow down or show him respect.
They spoke to him day after day, but still he refused to comply with the order. So they spoke to Haman about this to see if he would tolerate Mordecai's conduct, since Mordecai had told them he was a Jew.
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