19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with wrath, and his facial expression was altered toward Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego. He answered [a]by giving orders to heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated.20 He commanded certain valiant warriors who were in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego in order to cast them into the furnace of blazing fire.21 Then these men were tied up in their [b]trousers, their [c]coats, their caps and their other clothes, and were cast into the midst of the furnace of blazing fire.22 For this reason, because the king’s [d]command was[e]urgent and the furnace had been made extremely hot, the flame of the fire slew those men who carried up Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego.23 But these three men, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, fell into the midst of the furnace of blazing fire still tied up.
24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astounded and stood up in haste; he said to his high officials, “Was it not three men we cast bound into the midst of the fire?” They replied to the king, “Certainly, O king.”25 He said, “Look! I see four men loosed andwalking about in the midst of the fire [f]without harm, and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of thegods!”26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the door of the furnace of blazing fire; he responded and said, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, come out, you servants of the Most High God, and come here!” Then Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego came out of the midst of the fire.27 The satraps, the prefects, the governors and the king’s high officials gathered around and saw in regard to these men that the fire had no [g]effect on [h]the bodies of these men nor was the hair of their head singed, nor were their [i]trousers [j]damaged, nor had the smell of fire even come upon them.
28 Nebuchadnezzar responded and said, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, who has sent His angel and delivered His servants who put their trust in Him, [k]violating the king’s command, and yielded up their bodies so as not to serve or worship any god except their own God.29 Therefore I make a decree that any people, nation or tongue that speaks anything offensive against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego shall be torn limb from limb and their houses reduced to a rubbish heap, inasmuch as there is no other god who is able to deliver in this way.”30 Then the king caused Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego to prosper in the province of Babylon.
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