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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Daniel 3:1-7

We have no certainty concerning the date of this story, only that if this image, which Nebuchadnezzar dedicated, had any relation to that which he dreamed of, it is probable that it happened not long after that; some reckon it to be about the seventh year of Nebuchadnezzar, a year before Jehoiachin's captivity, in which Ezekiel was carried away. Observe, I. A golden image set up to be worshipped. Babylon was full of idols already, yet nothing will serve this imperious prince but they must have... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Daniel 3:3

Then the princes, the governors, and captains ,.... And all the rest of the officers before mentioned, having received their orders from the king, in obedience to them, were gathered together unto the dedication of the image Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up ; at great expense, and with much fatigue and trouble, they came from all parts to attend this great solemnity: and they stood before the image Nebuchadnezzar had set up ; they stood and looked at it, and viewed its several... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Daniel 3:4

Then an herald cried aloud ,.... That his voice might be heard all over the plain; or if it should be thought that one was not sufficient to be heard throughout, which probably was the case, and where; so great a number being assembled together, all could not hear one man, the singular may be put for the plural; and many being set in different places in the plain, and speaking different languages, might proclaim when the image was dedicated, as follows: to you it is commanded ; by the... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Daniel 3:5

That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet ,.... So called of the horn of which it was made; a sort of trumpet; so the Jews had trumpets of rams' horns: flute ; or pipe, or whistle, so called for its hissing noise; it is used of the shepherd's pipe or whistle; see Zechariah 10:8 , harp ; an instrument of music used by David, and much in use among the Jews, and other nations; sackbut ; or "sambuca"; which, according to Athenaeus F7 Deipnosoph. I. 4. , was a four... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Daniel 3:4

Then a herald cried aloud - בחיל קרא כרוזא caroza kara bechayil , "a crier called with might." A bedel cried mightili. - Old MS. Bible. read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Daniel 3:5

The sound of the Cornet - There is not less difficulty in ascertaining the precise meaning of these musical instruments than there is in the offices in Daniel 3:2 . קרנא karna , here translated cornet, is the common blowing horn, which makes a deep and hollow sound, as well as one shrill and piercing. Flute - משרוקיתא mashrokitha , from שרק sharak , to whistle, shriek. A wind instrument which made a strong and shrill noise, such as the hautbois or clarionet. Harp - ... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Daniel 3:3

Verse 3 We see how Nebuchadnezzar wished to establish among all the nations under his sway a religion in which there, should be no mixture of foreign novelty. He feared dissension as a cause of disunion in his empire. Hence we may suppose the king to have consulted his own private ease and advantage, as princes are accustomed to consult their own wishes rather than God’s requirements in promulgating edicts concerning the worship of God. And from the beginning, this boldness and rashness have... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Daniel 3:4

Verse 4 It is afterwards added — A herald cried out lustily, or among the multitude. This latter explanation does not suit so well — the herald crying amidst the multitude — -since there were a great concourse of nations, and the kingdom of Babylon comprehended many provinces. The herald, therefore, cried with a loud voice, An edict is gone forth for you, O nations, peoples, and tongues. This would strike them with terror, since the king made no exception to his command for every province to... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Daniel 3:1-13

The ceaseless creation of gods. "Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image." "He set it up in the plain of Dura" ( Daniel 3:1 ). Questions respecting the image will be discussed in the Expository section. For homiletical purposes we distinguish here between three separate entities, all real enough in their own realm. 1 . The image , built up and appearing in due time amid the phenomena of this material world. 2 . The idea for which it stands, existing really enough in the mind of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Daniel 3:1-30

EXPOSITION THE GOLDEN IMAGE , AND THE FIERY FURNACE . read more

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