Dedication of the Image of Gold1 Nebuchadnezzar the king made [2image 1a gold]. Its height -- [2cubits 1sixty], its breadth -- [2cubits 1six], and he stationed it in the plain of Dura, in the region of Babylon. 2 And he sent to gather together the supreme leaders, and the commandants, and the toparchs, leaders, and sovereigns, and the ones in authorities, and all the rulers of the regions, to come unto the holidays of dedication of the image which [4stationed 1Nebuchadnezzar 2the 3king]. 3 And gathered together the toparchs, supreme leaders, commandants, leaders, sovereigns, great ones, the ones in authorities, and all the rulers of the regions, to the dedication of the image which [4stationed 1Nebuchadnezzar 2the 3king]. And they stood before the image which Nebuchadnezzar stationed. 4 And the herald yelled in strength, To you it is spoken, O nations, peoples, tribes, languages, 5 in which ever hour you should hear a sound of a trumpet, even flute, and harp, even sambuke and psaltery, and every harmony of sound of kinds of music -- falling, you shall do obeisance to the image of gold which [4stationed 1Nebuchadnezzar 2the 3king]. 6 And who ever should not fall to do obeisance, in that same hour they shall be put into the [2furnace 3of fire 1burning]. 7 And it came to pass when [3heard 1the 2peoples] the sound of the trumpet, even flute and harp, even sambuke and psaltery, and every kind of music, falling down the peoples, tribes, languages, did obeisance to the image of gold which [4stationed 1Nebuchadnezzar 2the 3king]. 8 Then [3came forward 2men 1Chaldean], and they accused the Jews. And undertaking, they said [3Nebuchadnezzar 1to 2king], 9 O king, [2into 3the 4eons 1live]! 10 You O king established a decree, Every man who ever should hear the sound of the trumpet, even flute and harp, even sambuke and psaltery, and harmony of sound, and every kind of music, 11 and should not fall to do obeisance to the image in gold, shall be put into the [2furnace 3of fire 1burning].
Three Jews Refuse to Bow12 There are men Jews whom you placed over the works of the region of Babylon -- Shadrach, Meshach, Abed-nego. These men obeyed not, O king, your decree, and your gods they serve not, and to the image of gold which you stationed they do not do obeisance to. 13 Then Nebuchadnezzar in rage and anger said to lead in Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego. And they led them before the king. 14 And Nebuchadnezzar responded and said to them, Is it truly, Shadrach, Meshach, Abed-nego, to my gods you serve not, and to the image in gold which I stationed, you do not do obeisance to? 15 Now then if it suffices readily that as whenever you should hear the sound of the trumpet, also flute and harp, also sambuke and psaltery, and harmony of sound, and every kind of music, falling you should do obeisance to the image which I made -- good. And if you should not do obeisance this hour, you shall be put into the [2furnace 3of fire 1burning]; and who is God who shall rescue you from out of my hands? 16 And answered Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, saying to king Nebuchadnezzar, [3no 4need 2have 1We] concerning this matter to answer to you. 17 [9is 1For 3God 2our 4in 5the heavens 6in whom 7we 8serve] able to rescue us from out of the [2furnace 3of fire 1burning]. And from out of your hands, O king, he shall rescue us. 18 But if not, [2made known 1let it be] to you, O king! that your gods we will not serve, and to the [2image 1golden] which you stationed, we will not do obeisance to. 19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled of rage, and the appearance of his face changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego. And he said to burn the furnace seven-fold until which [2to 3the end 1it should burn]. 20 And [3men 2strong 4of strength 1he told] shackling Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, to cast them into the [2furnace 3fire 1burning]. 21 Then those men were shackled with their pantaloons, and tiaras, and leggings, and their garments. And they were thrown into the midst of the [2furnace 3of fire 1burning], 22 since the saying of the king excelled, and the furnace burned away over even extra seven-fold. 23 And these three -- Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, fell into the midst of the [2furnace 3of fire 1burning], being shackled. 24 And Nebuchadnezzar heard their praising. And he wondered, and rose up in haste, and said to his great men, Was it not [2men 1three] we threw into the midst of the fire being shackled? And they said to the king, Truly, O king. 25 And [2said 1the king], Here, I see [2men 1four] being loose and walking in the midst of the fire, and [2no corruption 1there is] to them, and the vision of the fourth is likened to son of God. 26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came forward to the door of the [2furnace 3of fire 1burning], and he said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, O servants of God the highest, come forth and come! And came forth Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego from out of the midst of the fire. 27 And [3were brought together 1the 2satraps], and the commandants, and the toparchs, and the mighty ones of the king. And they viewed the men, for [3did not 4dominate over 1the 2fire] their body, and the hair of their head was not ablaze, and their pantaloons did not change, and the scent of fire was not on them. 28 And [3did obeisance 4before 5them 1the 2king] to the lord. And [4responded 1Nebuchadnezzar 2the 3king], and he said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, who sent his angel, and rescued his servants, for they relied upon him. And the word of the king they changed, and they delivered up their bodies unto fire so that they should not serve nor do obeisance to any god except their God. 29 And I display a decree, Every people, tribe, language, which ever should speak blasphemy against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, Abed-nego, [2for 3destruction 1shall be], and their houses for ravaging, in so far as there is no [2God 1other] who shall be able to rescue thus. 30 Then the king prospered Shadrach, Meshach, Abed-nego in the region of Babylon.
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