Worship of the Image Refused

For this reason at that time certain (A)Chaldeans came forward and [a](B)brought charges against the Jews. They responded and said to Nebuchadnezzar the king: “(C)O king, live forever! 10 You, O king, have (D)made a decree that every man who hears the sound of the horn, flute, [b]lyre, trigon, psaltery, and bagpipe and all kinds of music, is to (E)fall down and worship the golden image. 11 But whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire. 12 There are certain Jews whom you have (F)appointed over the administration of the province of Babylon, namely Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego. These men, O king, have disregarded you; they do not serve your gods or worship the golden image which you have set up.”

13 Then Nebuchadnezzar in (G)rage and anger gave orders to bring Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego; then these men were brought before the king. 14 Nebuchadnezzar responded and said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, that you do not serve (H)my gods or worship the golden image that I have set up? 15 Now if you are ready, (I)at the moment you hear the sound of the horn, flute, [c]lyre, trigon, psaltery and bagpipe and all kinds of music, to fall down and worship the image that I have made, very well. But if you do not worship, you will [d]immediately be (J)cast into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire; and (K)what god is there who can deliver you out of my hands?”

16 (L)Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answer concerning this matter. 17 [e]If it be so, our (M)God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; [f]and (N)He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. 18 (O)But even if He does not, (P)let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”

Daniel’s Friends Protected

19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with (Q)wrath, and his facial expression was altered toward Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego. He answered [g]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 [h](R)trousers, their [i]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 [j]command was [k](S)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, (T)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 and (U)walking about in the midst of the fire [l]without harm, and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the (V)gods!” 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 (W)Most High God, and come here!” Then Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego (X)came out of the midst of the fire. 27 The (Y)satraps, the prefects, the governors and the king’s high officials gathered around and saw in regard to these men that the (Z)fire had no [m]effect on [n]the bodies of these men nor was the hair of their head singed, nor were their [o](AA)trousers [p]damaged, nor had the smell of fire even come upon them.

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Footnotes

  1. Daniel 3:8 Lit ate the pieces of
  2. Daniel 3:10 V 5, notes 1, 2, 3
  3. Daniel 3:15 V 5, notes 1, 2, 3
  4. Daniel 3:15 Or in the same hour
  5. Daniel 3:17 Or If our God...is able
  6. Daniel 3:17 Or then
  7. Daniel 3:19 Lit and ordered to
  8. Daniel 3:21 Or leggings
  9. Daniel 3:21 Or cloaks
  10. Daniel 3:22 Lit word
  11. Daniel 3:22 Or harsh
  12. Daniel 3:25 Lit there is no injury in them
  13. Daniel 3:27 Lit power over
  14. Daniel 3:27 Lit their
  15. Daniel 3:27 Or cloaks
  16. Daniel 3:27 Lit changed

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