And it came to pass when the nations heard the sound of the trumpet, and pipe, and harp, and sackbut, and lute, and all kinds of music, all the nations, tribes, and languages, fell down and worshipped the golden image which king Nabuchodonosor had set up.
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Hippolytus of Rome
adored: Some did so because they feared the king himself; but all or “most”, because they were idolaters, obeyed the word commanded by the king.
At the outset the king admired the prophet’s wisdom, and professed belief that his God is the God of all. But in a brief period of time he returned to his former self, like a dog to his vomit, as the Scriptures says Prov 26:11. (Theodoret of Cyrus) or the fact that in a polytheistic country many gods were worshipped. (Fr. Most) It is the higher ranks which stand in the greater peril, and those who occupy the loftier position are the more sudden in their fall.
We are to take this statement in the same sense as above, so that we understand that all the peoples were represented by their leaders. For of course it was impossible for all the nations to attend at one time.