16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, (A)we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 If that is the case, our (B)God whom we serve is able to (C)deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. 18 But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we (D)worship the gold image which you have set up.”

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19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury, and the expression on his face changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. He spoke and commanded that they heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated. 20 And he commanded certain mighty men of valor who were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, and cast them into the burning fiery furnace.

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