Daniel 3

King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, the height of which was sixty cubits, and the breadth of which was six cubits: he set it up in the valley of Dura, in the province of Babylon. And king Nebuchadnezzar sent to assemble his lieutenants, the superintendents, and the governors, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, those learned in the law, and all the rulers of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which king Nebuchadnezzar had set up. Thereupon were assembled the lieutenants, the superintendents, and the governors, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, those learned in the law, and all the rulers of the provinces unto the dedication of the image that king Nebuchadnezzar had set up; and they stood opposite to the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. Then a herald called out with a loud voice, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages, That at the time when ye do hear the sound of the cornet, flute, guitar, harp, psaltery, bagpipe, and all kinds of music, ye shall fall down and bow yourselves to the golden image which king Nebuchadnezzar hath set up: And whoso doth not fall down and bow himself shall in the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. Therefore at the same time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, guitar, harp, psaltery, and all kinds of music, all the people, the nations, and the languages fell down bowing themselves to the golden image which king Nebuchadnezzar had set up. Therefore at the same time certain Chaldean men came near, and accused the Jews treacherously. They commenced and said to king Nebuchadnezzar, O king, live for ever. 10 Thou, O king, hadst made a decree, that every man that should hear the sound of the cornet, flute, guitar, harp, psaltery, and bagpipe, and all kinds of music, should fall down and bow himself to the golden image; 11 And that whoso should not fall down and bow himself should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. 12 There are certain Jewish men whom thou hast appointed over the public service of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and ‘Abed-nego: these men, O king, have not paid any regard to thee; thy god they do not worship, and to the golden image which thou hast set up they do not bow themselves. 13 Then ordered Nebuchadnezzar in rage and fury to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and ‘Abed-nego. Then were these men brought before the king. 14 Nebuchadnezzar commenced and said unto them, Is it out of disrespect, O Shadrach, Meshach, and ‘Abed-nego? My god ye do not worship, and to the golden image which I have set up ye do not bow yourselves? 15 Now then if ye be ready at the time when ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, guitar, psaltery, and bagpipe, and all kinds of music, to fall down and bow yourselves to the image which I have made, well; but if ye bow yourselves not, ye shall be cast in the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace: and who is the God that can deliver you out of my hand? 16 Then answered Shadrach, Meshach, and ‘Abed-nego, and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer thee a word in this matter. 17 Behold, there is our God whom we worship, he is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace: and out of thy hand, O king, will he deliver us. 18 But if not, then be it known unto thee, O king, that thy god will we not worship, and to the golden image which; thou hast set up will we not bow ourselves. 19 Then was Nebuchadnezzar filled with fury, and the form of his countenance was changed because of Shadrach, Meshach, and ‘Abed-nego; and he commenced and ordered that they should heat the furnace thoroughly seven times more than it was wont to be heated. 20 And he ordered the mightiest men in strength that were in his army, to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and ‘Abed-nego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. 21 Then were these men bound in their mantles, their under-garments, and their turbans, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. 22 Now, because the king’s command was so urgent, and the furnace exceedingly heated, the flame of the fire slew those men that carried 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 was king Nebuchadnezzar astonished, and he rose up in haste, and commenced, and said unto his counsellors, Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, Certainly, O king. 25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and there is no injury on them; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods. 26 Then came Nebuchadnezzar near to the door of the burning fiery furnace, commenced, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and ‘Abed-nego, ye servants of the most high God, step forth, and come hither. Then stepped Shadrach, Meshach, and ‘Abed-nego forth out of the midst of the fire. 27 And the lieutenants, superintendents, and governors, and the king’s counsellors, being assembled together, saw these men, over whose bodies the fire had had no power, and the hair of whose head was not singed, whose mantles were not changed, and on whom there was not come the smell of fire. 28 Then commenced Nebuchadnezzar, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and ‘Abed-nego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that had trusted in him, and had transgressed the king’s word, and yielded up their bodies, that they might not worship no bow themselves to any god, except their own God. 29 Therefore do I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, that may speak any thing disrespectful against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and ‘Abed-nego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be changed into a dunghill; because there is no other God that can deliver like this one. 30 Then did the king promote Shadrach, Meshach, and ‘Abed-nego, in the province of Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar the king, unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell on all the earth, May your welfare increase. The signs and wonders which the most high God hath wrought toward me I find it for good to make known. His signs—how great are they! and his wonders— how mighty are they! his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his rule is over every generation.
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