Daniel 3:4
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New International Version
Then the herald loudly proclaimed, "Nations and peoples of every language, this is what you are commanded to do:

New Living Translation
Then a herald shouted out, "People of all races and nations and languages, listen to the king's command!

English Standard Version
And the herald proclaimed aloud, “You are commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages,

New American Standard Bible
Then the herald loudly proclaimed: "To you the command is given, O peoples, nations and men of every language,

King James Bible
Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A herald loudly proclaimed, "People of every nation and language, you are commanded:

International Standard Version
Then a herald proclaimed aloud: "People of all nations, and languages are commanded:

NET Bible
Then the herald made a loud proclamation: "To you, O peoples, nations, and language groups, the following command is given:

New Heart English Bible
Then the herald cried aloud, "To you it is commanded, peoples, nations, and languages,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The herald called out loudly, "People of every province, nation, and language!

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the herald cried aloud: 'To you it is commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages,

New American Standard 1977
Then the herald loudly proclaimed: “To you the command is given, O peoples, nations and men of every language,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then a herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages,

King James 2000 Bible
Then a herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages,

American King James Version
Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages,

American Standard Version
Then the herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then a herald cried with a strong voice: To you it is commanded, O nations, tribes, and languages:

Darby Bible Translation
And the herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, [O] peoples, nations, and languages,

English Revised Version
Then the herald cried aloud, to you it is commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages,

Webster's Bible Translation
Then a herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages,

World English Bible
Then the herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, peoples, nations, and languages,

Young's Literal Translation
And a crier is calling mightily: 'To you they are saying: O peoples, nations, and languages!
Study Bible
Nebuchadnezzar's Golden Image
3Then the satraps, the prefects and the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the judges, the magistrates and all the rulers of the provinces were assembled for the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. 4Then the herald loudly proclaimed: "To you the command is given, O peoples, nations and men of every language, 5that at the moment you hear the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, trigon, psaltery, bagpipe and all kinds of music, you are to fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king has set up.…
Cross References
Revelation 5:9
And they sang a new song: "Worthy are You to take the scroll and open its seals, because You were slain, and by Your blood You purchased for God those from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.

Daniel 3:3
Then the satraps, the prefects and the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the judges, the magistrates and all the rulers of the provinces were assembled for the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up.

Daniel 3:7
Therefore at that time, when all the peoples heard the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, trigon, psaltery, bagpipe and all kinds of music, all the peoples, nations and men of every language fell down and worshiped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.

Daniel 3:10
"You, O king, have made a decree that every man who hears the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, trigon, psaltery, and bagpipe and all kinds of music, is to fall down and worship the golden image.

Daniel 4:1
Nebuchadnezzar the king to all the peoples, nations, and men of every language that live in all the earth: "May your peace abound!

Daniel 6:25
Then Darius the king wrote to all the peoples, nations and men of every language who were living in all the land: "May your peace abound!
Treasury of Scripture

Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages,

aloud. Chal. with might.

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Proverbs 9:13-15 A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knows nothing…

Isaiah 40:9 O Zion, that bring good tidings, get you up into the high mountain; …

Isaiah 58:1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up your voice like a trumpet, and show …

it is commanded. Chal. they command.

Hosea 5:11 Ephraim is oppressed and broken in judgment, because he willingly …

Micah 6:16 For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house …

O people.

Daniel 4:1 Nebuchadnezzar the king, to all people, nations, and languages, that …

Daniel 6:25 Then king Darius wrote to all people, nations, and languages, that …

Esther 8:9 Then were the king's scribes called at that time in the third month, …

(4) People, nations.--In Biblical language the latter word is used (Genesis 25:16) of the tribes of Ishmael, each of which had its own head, or of the Midianites (Numbers 25:15). The former is applied to Israel in Psalm 111:6, where occurs the phrase, "people of Jehovah." The word "languages" is applied (Genesis 10:5; Genesis 10:20, &c.) to tribes as represented by their languages. Hence these three expressions denote all nations subject to the empire, of whatever description of language, government, or federation. (Comp. Daniel 3:29, and Daniel 4:1; Daniel 7:14.)

Verses 4, 5. - Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages, that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of music, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up. The Septuagint rendering is, "And the herald proclaimed to the multitudes, To you it is announced, peoples and countries, nations and tongues, when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, the pipe, the harp, the sackbut, and psaltery, of chorus, and of all kinds of music, that ye fall down and worship the golden image which King Nebuchadnezzar set up." It is clear that the Septuagint translator rendered חיל as "host," and translated בְ as if it were לְ. The balanced cadence of the next clause seems more natural, if due to the Aramaic source than to the Greek translator. The musical instruments are also arranged in the same cadenced fashion, broken to some extent by συμφωνία. Theodotion is, as usual, in closer agreement with the Massoretic text, but omits συμφωνία. The Peshitta in the fourth verse agrees not only word for word, but we might almost say syllable for syllable, with the Massoretic text. In the fifth verse it omits pesanterin; instead of sabka, it has kinora, which is usually regarded as the Hebrew equivalent of κιθάρα; instead of συμφωνία, it has tziphonia, which suggests a different etymology. It is true Strack ('Neu Hebraische Sprache') points out that ס has a tendency to become צ before syllables with the ד sound or at the end of words, but this is neither of these; the syllable with צ is the first, not the last, and there is no d or t sound in the word. Jerome is in strict verbal agreement with the Massoretic text. We shall have to devote a short excursus to the names of the musical instruments which occur here. In eagerness to find proofs of the late origin of the Book of Daniel - of its origin in the times of the Hellenic domination, karoza was derived from .κήρυξ, that etymology is universally abandoned now. O people, nations, and languages. It ought rather to be peoples. Bishop Wordsworth remarks on the resemblance which this phrase bears to tsar used of the mystical Babylon in Revelation (Revelation 13:7; 17:15), and adds that she also "commands them to fall down and worship the image which she has set up." In regard to the following verse, the sculptures of Nineveh prove the prominence given to music in all important occasions, as the celebration of a triumph or the dedication of a temple. The names of the musical instruments are not so generally preserved. It was most likely when the rays of the morning sun smote the golden tip of the obelisk, that there came the burst of music which was to serve as a signal for all the multitudes to fall down and worship. The image was looked upon as the sign of the god it represented; it received the worship meant for him. 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 king's authority:

O people, nations, and languages; the several kingdoms, states, and provinces, that belonged to the Babylonian monarchy, and spoke different languages, as now represented by their several governors and officers; as the Armenians, Parthians, Medes, Persians, &c. 4. The arguments of the persecutor are in brief, Turn or burn.3:1-7 In the height of the image, about thirty yards, probably is included a pedestal, and most likely it was only covered with plates of gold, not a solid mass of that precious metal. Pride and bigotry cause men to require their subjects to follow their religion, whether right or wrong, and when worldly interest allures, and punishment overawes, few refuse. This is easy to the careless, the sensual, and the infidel, who are the greatest number; and most will go their ways. There is nothing so bad which the careless world will not be drawn to by a concert of music, or driven to by a fiery furnace. By such methods, false worship has been set up and maintained.
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