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28 (A)But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar (B)what will be in the latter days. Your dream, and the visions of your head upon your bed, were these:

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37 (A)You, O king, are a king of kings. (B)For the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory; 38 (C)and wherever the children of men dwell, or the beasts of the field and the birds of the heaven, He has given them into your hand, and has made you ruler over them all—(D)you are this head of gold.

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44 And in the days of these kings (A)the God of heaven will set up a kingdom (B)which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; (C)it shall [a]break in pieces and [b]consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.

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Footnotes

  1. Daniel 2:44 Or crush
  2. Daniel 2:44 Lit. put an end to

13 Then Nebuchadnezzar, in (A)rage and fury, gave the command to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. So they brought these men before the king. 14 Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the gold image which I have set up? 15 Now if you are ready at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, and you fall down and worship the image which I have made, (B)good! But if you do not worship, you shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. (C)And who is the god who will deliver you from my hands?”

16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, (D)we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 If that is the case, our (E)God whom we serve is able to (F)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 (G)worship the gold image which you have set up.”

Saved in Fiery Trial

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. 21 Then these men were bound in their coats, their trousers, their turbans, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. 22 Therefore, because the king’s command was [a]urgent, and the furnace exceedingly hot, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. 23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.

24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his [b]counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?”

They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.”

25 “Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, (H)walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like (I)the[c] Son of God.”

Nebuchadnezzar Praises God

26 Then Nebuchadnezzar went near the [d]mouth of the burning fiery furnace and spoke, saying, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, servants of the (J)Most High God, come out, and come here.” Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego came from the midst of the fire. 27 And the satraps, administrators, governors, and the king’s counselors gathered together, and they saw these men (K)on whose bodies the fire had no power; the hair of their head was not singed nor were their garments affected, and the smell of fire was not on them.

28 Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, who sent His (L)Angel[e] and delivered His servants who trusted in Him, and they have frustrated the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they should not serve nor worship any god except their own God! 29 (M)Therefore I make a decree that any people, nation, or language which speaks anything amiss against the (N)God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego shall be (O)cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made an ash heap; (P)because there is no other God who can deliver like this.”

30 Then the king [f]promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego in the province of Babylon.

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Footnotes

  1. Daniel 3:22 Or harsh
  2. Daniel 3:24 High officials
  3. Daniel 3:25 Or a son of the gods
  4. Daniel 3:26 Lit. door
  5. Daniel 3:28 Or angel
  6. Daniel 3:30 Lit. caused to prosper