After the king had consulted with his advisers, 1 he made two golden calves. Then he said to the people, 2 “It is too much trouble for you to go up to Jerusalem. Look, Israel, here are your gods who brought you up from the land of Egypt.”
When the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, she met with his approval. 1 The king extended to Esther the gold scepter that was in his hand, and Esther approached and touched the end of the scepter.
You have issued an edict, O king, that everyone must bow down and pay homage to the golden statue when they hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, trigon, harp, pipes, and all kinds of music.
Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you don’t serve my gods and that you don’t pay homage to the golden statue that I erected?
Another 1 angel holding 2 a golden censer 3 came and was stationed 4 at the altar. A 5 large amount of incense was given to him to offer up, with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar that is before the throne.
From the north he comes in golden splendor; 1 around God is awesome majesty.
Your cheeks are beautiful with ornaments; your neck is lovely 1 with strings of jewels.
The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and the seven golden lampstands is this: 1 The seven stars are the angels 2 of the seven churches and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
Gideon used all this to make 1 an ephod, 2 which he put in his hometown of Ophrah. All the Israelites 3 prostituted themselves to it by worshiping it 4 there. It became a snare to Gideon and his family.
and the seven angels who had the seven plagues came out of the temple, dressed in clean bright linen, wearing wide golden belts 1 around their chests.
But there are Jewish men whom you appointed over the administration of the province of Babylon – Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego – and these men 1 have not shown proper respect to you, O king. They don’t serve your gods and they don’t pay homage to the golden statue that you have erected.”
Instead, you have exalted yourself against the Lord of heaven. You brought before you the vessels from his temple, and you and your nobles, together with your wives and concubines, drank wine from them. You praised the gods of silver, gold, bronze, iron, wood, and stone – gods 1 that cannot see or hear or comprehend! But you have not glorified the God who has in his control 2 your very breath and all your ways!
Therefore when they all 1 heard the sound of the horn, flute, zither, trigon, harp, pipes, 2 and all kinds of music, all the peoples, nations, and language groups began bowing down and paying homage to the golden statue that King Nebuchadnezzar had erected.