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Daniel 3:8

    Daniel 3:8 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and accused the Jews.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Why at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and accused the Jews.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and brought accusation against the Jews.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    At that time certain Chaldaeans came near and made a statement against the Jews.

    Webster's Revision

    Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and brought accusation against the Jews.

    World English Bible

    Therefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and brought accusation against the Jews.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and brought accusation against the Jews.

    Definitions for Daniel 3:8

    Wherefore - Why?; for what reason?; for what cause?

    Clarke's Commentary on Daniel 3:8

    Accused the Jews - That is, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego. The other Jews were left unnoticed; and probably at this time Daniel was too high to be touched; but we may rest assured that he was not found among these idolaters, see Daniel 3:12.

    Barnes' Notes on Daniel 3:8

    Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and accused the Jews - It does not appear that they accused the Jews in general, but particularly Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, Daniel 3:12. They were present on the occasion, being summoned with the other officers of the realm Daniel 3:2, but they could not unite in the idolatrous worship. It has been frequently said that the whole thing was arranged, either by the king of his own accord, or by the instigation of their enemies, with a view to involve the Jews in difficulty, knowing that they could not conscientiously comply with the command to worship the image. But nothing of this kind appears in the narrative itself, It does not appear that the Jews were unpopular, or that there was any less disposition to show favor to them than to any other foreigners. They had been raised indeed to high offices, but there is no evidence that any office was conferred on them which it was not regarded as proper to confer on foreigners; nor is there any evidence that in the discharge of the duties of the office they had given occasion for a just accusation. The plain account is, that the king set up the image for other purposes, and with no malicious design toward them; that when summoned to be present with the other officers of the realm at the dedication of the image they obeyed the command; but that when the order was issued that they should render "religious homage" to the idol, every principle of their religion revolted at it, and they refused. For the probable reasons why Daniel was not included in the number, see the note at Daniel 3:12.