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Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Daniel 3:1-30

Saved from the fiery furnace (3:1-30)Within Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom were people of many races, languages and religions. In a plan to create greater unity among these people, Nebuchadnezzar made a huge image as a national religious symbol, and demanded that all citizens, great and small, bow before it. He set up the image in open plain country where it could be seen from afar, then called all the leading officials from the country areas to a dedication ceremony (3:1-3). He gave instructions... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Daniel 3:21

coats = cloaks, or mantles. hosen = tunics. hats = turbans, mantles, or cloaks. read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Daniel 3:21

Daniel 3:21. Their hats— Their turbans. As to the particulars of the dress of these young men, the first word seems to mean their principal garment, which hung loose and flowing down to their ancles, perhaps not unlike the Roman tunick; and Montfaucon in his Antiq. vol. 3: tells us, that the Babylonians, according to Herodotus, wore two tunicks, one linen, which fell down as low as their feet, and the other woollen, which they wore uppermost; upon there they also wore a Chlanidion, or kind of... read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Daniel 3:21

21. coats . . . hosen . . . hats—HERODOTUS [1.195] says that the Babylonian costume consisted of three parts: (1) wide, long pantaloons; (2) a woollen shirt; (3) an outer mantle with a girdle round it. So these are specified [GESENIUS], "their pantaloons, inner tunics (hosen, or stockings, are not commonly worn in the East), and outer mantles." Their being cast in so hurriedly, with all their garments on, enhanced the miracle in that not even the smell of fire passed on their clothes, though of... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Daniel 3:20-23

The fact that they were fully clothed when thrown into the furnace (Daniel 3:21) will feature later in the story. The Medo-Persian nobles later tried to have Daniel executed by getting King Darius to throw him to the lions (Daniel 6:7; cf. Revelation 12:10). That the men who threw them into the fire perished is testimony to the faithfulness of God’s promise to Abraham (Genesis 12:3). God cursed those who cursed His chosen people. Compare the fate of Haman (Esther 7:10). Their fate should have... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Daniel 3:1-30

The Golden Image and the Fiery FurnaceNebuchadnezzar sets up a colossal golden image, and summons to its dedication all the officials of his empire, who are commanded to fall down and worship the image at a given musical signal, on pain of being cast into a furnace (Daniel 3:1-6). They all do so, with the exception of Daniel’s three friends, whose refusal is reported to Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 3:7-12). They are summoned before the king, and persist in their refusal (Daniel 3:13-18).... read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - Daniel 3:21

(21) Their coats.—The dresses spoken of here correspond with what Herodotus tells us (i. 195) of the Babylonian costume. As far as can be determined from the etymology of the words, the “coat” was an under-clothing, which covered the whole body; the “hose” was some species of tunic—something “spread out” over the under-clothing; the “hat” (the only one of the three words of which no Hebrew root exists (see 1 Chronicles 15:27), was a sort of cloak, used probably for State occasions only. read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Dictionary of Texts - Daniel 3:1-30

Daniel 3:1 Bentley's first year at Trinity is marked by at least one event altogether fortunate his marriage. At Bishop Stillingfleet's he had met Miss Joanna Bernard, daughter of Sir John Bernard, of Brampton, Huntingdonshire. 'Being now raised to a station of dignity and consequence, he succeeded in obtaining the object of his affections,' says Dr. Monk who refuses to believe a story that the engagement was nearly broken off owing to a doubt expressed by Bentley with regard to the authority... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Bible Commentary - Daniel 3:1-30

THE IDOL OF GOLD, AND THE FAITHFUL THREEREGARDED as an instance of the use of historic fiction to inculcate the noblest truths, the third chapter of Daniel is not only superb in its imaginative grandeur, but still more in the manner in which it sets forth the piety of ultimate faithfulness, and of that"Death-defying utterance of truth" which is the essence of the most heroic and inspiring forms of martyrdom. So far from slighting it, because it does not come before us with adequate evidence to... read more

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