Daniel 3:2 Index
"Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather together the princes, the governors, and the captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up."
Research Material

"...the king sent to gather together the princes..."

  • In Persian times this title designated officials at the head of satrapies, the largest divisions of the empire. (4BC 781)
  • The decree was issued by Nebuchadnezzar, calling to the capitol the governors and rulers of provinces from all over the world. He, the ruler of kingdoms, thus showed his authority. It was a great occasion, and subject kings and governors dared not disobey the mandates of this universal king. Heaven was watching with intense interest, for this was the occasion when the highest worldly authority was to meet the government of God... Babylon was not only the greatest and most powerful government in the days of Nebuchadnezzar, but it was a symbol of earthly governments of all time; and for that reason we have the record as given in Daniel 3. (SNH 44)
  • His senses were perverted by the prospect of his own greatness, and he seemed to lose all knowledge of a monarch above all earthly kings. When his dream was shown him by Daniel, he had acknowledged, “Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings;” (Daniel 2:47) but he now took all this back, and sought to demonstrate before the representatives of the different nations, who had assembled at the dedication of this image, that he, the king of Babylon, was the greatest king in the universe, and that all must bow low to his supremacy, and submit as slaves to his will. And all went well in the carrying out of this arrangement till the disobedience of the Hebrew captives. (The Signs of the Times article "God's Care for His Children" May 6, 1897)

"...the king sent to gather together the... governors..."

  • These officials administered provinces, the sections into which the satrapies wee divided. (4BC 781)

"...the king sent to gather together the... rulers..."

  • The term designates all the lower officials of any importance. (4BC 781)