Daniel 3

Nebuchadnezzar’s Golden Image

1King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits
A  cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters
and its breadth six cubits. He set it up on b  the plain of Dura, in c  the province of Babylon.
2Then King Nebuchadnezzar sent to gather d  the satraps, the prefects, and e  the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the justices, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces to come to the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. 3Then f  the satraps, the prefects, and the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the justices, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces gathered for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. And they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. 4And the herald g  proclaimed aloud, “You are commanded, O h  peoples, nations, and languages, 5that when you hear the i  sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, you j  are to fall down and worship the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. 6And whoever does not fall down and worship shall immediately k  be cast into a burning fiery furnace.” 7Therefore, as soon as all the peoples heard the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, all l  the peoples, nations, and languages fell down and worshiped the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.

The Fiery Furnace

8Therefore at that time certain m  Chaldeans n  came forward and maliciously accused the Jews. 9They declared
Aramaic answered and said; also verses 24, 26
to King Nebuchadnezzar, “O king, live forever!
10You, O king p  have made a decree, that every man who q  hears the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music r  shall fall down and worship the golden image. 11And whoever does not fall down and worship s  shall be cast into a burning fiery furnace. 12There are certain Jews whom you have t  appointed over the affairs of u  the province of Babylon: v  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These men, O king w  pay no attention to you; they do not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”

13Then Nebuchadnezzar x  in furious rage commanded that y  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego be brought. So they brought these men before the king. 14Nebuchadnezzar answered and said to them, “Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image that I have set up? 15Now if you are ready when z  you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, to fall down and worship the image that I have made, well and good.
Aramaic lacks  well and good
But if you do not worship ab  you shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace. And ac  who is the god who will deliver you out of my hands?”

16 ad  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17If this be so, ae  our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king.
Or If our God whom we serve is able to deliver us, he will deliver us from the burning fiery furnace and out of your hand, O king.
18But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”

19Then Nebuchadnezzar was ag  filled with fury, and the expression of his face ah  was changed against ai  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He ordered the furnace heated seven times more than it was usually heated. 20And he ordered some of the mighty men of his army aj  to bind ak  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. 21Then these men were al  bound in their cloaks, their tunics
The meaning of the Aramaic words rendered  cloaks and  tunics is uncertain; also verse 27
their hats, and their other garments, and they were thrown into the burning fiery furnace.
22Because the king’s order was an  urgent and the furnace overheated, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up ao  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. 23And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell ap  bound into the burning fiery furnace.

24Then King Nebuchadnezzar was aq  astonished and rose up ar  in haste. He declared to his as  counselors, “Did we not cast three men at  bound into the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.” 25He answered and said, “But I see four men unbound, au  walking in the midst of the fire, and they av  are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like aw  a son of the gods.”

26Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the door of the burning fiery furnace; he declared ax  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, servants of the ay  Most High God, come out, and come here!” Then az  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out from the fire. 27And the ba  satraps, the prefects, the governors, and bb  the king’s counselors gathered together and saw that bc  the fire had not had any power over the bodies of those men. The hair of their heads was not singed, their bd  cloaks were not harmed, and no smell of fire had come upon them. 28Nebuchadnezzar answered and said, “Blessed be the God of be  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who bf  has sent his angel and bg  delivered his servants, who bh  trusted in him, and set aside
Aramaic  and changed
the king’s command, and yielded up their bodies rather than bj  serve and worship any god except their own God.
29Therefore bk  I make a decree: Any bl  people, nation, or language that speaks anything against the God of bm  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego bn  shall be torn limb from limb, and their houses laid in ruins, for there is no other god who is able to rescue in this way.” 30Then the king promoted bo  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in bp  the province of Babylon.

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