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The King’s Golden Image

1 Nebuchadnezzar the king made an aimage of gold, the height of which [was] sixty Icubits [and] its width six Icubits; he set it up on the plain of Dura in the bprovince of Babylon. 2 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent [word] to assemble the asatraps, the prefects and the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the judges, the magistrates and all the rulers of the provinces to come to the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. 3 Then the satraps, the prefects and the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the judges, the magistrates and all the rulers of the provinces were assembled for the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. 4 Then the herald loudly proclaimed: “To you Ithe command is given, aO peoples, nations and [men of every] IIlanguage, 5 that at the moment you ahear the sound of the horn, flute, Ilyre, IItrigon, IIIpsaltery, bagpipe and all kinds of music, you are to fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king has set up. 6 But whoever does not fall down and worship shall Iimmediately be acast into the midst of a bfurnace of blazing fire.” 7 Therefore at that time, when all the peoples heard the sound of the horn, flute, Ilyre, trigon, psaltery, bagpipe and all kinds of music, all the peoples, nations and [men of every] IIlanguage fell down [and] worshiped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.

[1] II.e. One cubit equals approx 18 in. a1K 12:28; Is 46:6; Jr 16:20; Dn 2:31; Ho 2:8; 8:4; Hab 2:19 bDn 2:48; 3:30
[2] aDn 3:3, 27; 6:1-7
[4] ILit they command IILit tongue aDn 3:7; 4:1; 6:25
[5] IOr zither III.e. triangular lyre IIIOr a type of harp aDn 3:7, 10, 15
[6] IOr in the same hour aDn 3:11, 15, 21; 6:7 bJr 29:22; Ezk 22:18-22; Mt 13:42, 50; Rv 9:2; 14:11
[7] IV 5, notes 1, 2, 3 IILit tongue

Worship of the Image Refused

8 ¶ For this reason at that time certain aChaldeans came forward and Ibbrought charges against the Jews. 9 They responded and said to Nebuchadnezzar the king: “aO king, live forever! 10 You, O king, have amade a decree that every man who hears the sound of the horn, flute, Ilyre, trigon, psaltery, and bagpipe and all kinds of music, is to bfall 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 aappointed 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.”

[8] ILit ate the pieces of aDn 2:2, 10; 4:7 bEzr 4:12-16; Es 3:8, 9; Dn 6:12, 13
[9] aDn 2:4; 5:10; 6:6, 21
[10] IV 5, notes 1, 2, 3 aEs 3:12-14; Dn 3:4-6; 6:12 bDn 3:5, 7, 15
[12] aDn 2:49

13 ¶ Then Nebuchadnezzar in arage 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 amy gods or worship the golden image that I have set up? 15 Now if you are ready, aat the moment you hear the sound of the horn, flute, Ilyre, 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 IIimmediately be bcast into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire; and cwhat god is there who can deliver you out of my hands?”

[13] aDn 2:12; 3:19
[14] aIs 46:1; Jr 50:2; Dn 3:1; 4:8
[15] IV 5, notes 1, 2, 3 IIOr in the same hour aDn 3:5 bDn 3:6 cEx 5:2; Is 36:18-20; Dn 2:47

16aShadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answer concerning this matter. 17 IIf it be [so], our aGod whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; IIand bHe will deliver us out of your hand, O king. 18 aBut [even] if [He does] not, blet 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.”

[16] aDn 1:7; 3:12
[17] IOr If our God...is able IIOr then aJb 5:19; Ps 27:1, 2; Is 26:3, 4; Jr 1:8; 15:20, 21 b1S 17:37; Mi 7:7; 2Co 1:10
[18] aJsh 24:15; 1K 19:14, 18; Is 51:12, 13; Dn 3:28 bHe 11:25

Daniel’s Friends Protected

19 ¶ Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with awrath, and his facial expression was altered toward Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego. He answered Iby 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 Iatrousers, their IIcoats, 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 Icommand [was] IIaurgent 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, afell into the midst of the furnace of blazing fire [still] tied up.

[19] ILit and ordered to aEs 7:7; Dn 3:13
[21] IOr leggings IIOr cloaks aDn 3:27
[22] ILit word IIOr harsh aEx 12:33; Dn 2:15
[23] aIs 43:2

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] awalking [about] in the midst of the fire Iwithout harm, and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of [the] bgods!” 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 aMost High God, and come here!” Then Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego bcame out of the midst of the fire. 27 The asatraps, the prefects, the governors and the king’s high officials gathered around [and] saw in regard to these men that the bfire had no Ieffect on IIthe bodies of these men nor was the hair of their head singed, nor were their IIIctrousers IVdamaged, nor had the smell of fire [even] come upon them.

[25] ILit there is no injury in them aPs 91:3-9; Is 43:2 bJr 1:8, 19; 15:21
[26] aDn 3:17; 4:2 bDt 4:20; 1K 8:51; Jr 11:4
[27] ILit power over IILit their IIIOr cloaks IVLit changed aDn 3:2, 3 bIs 43:2; He 11:34 cDn 3:21

28 ¶ Nebuchadnezzar responded and said, “Blessed be the aGod of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, who has bsent His angel and delivered His servants who put their ctrust in Him, Iviolating the king’s command, and yielded up their bodies so as dnot to serve or worship any god except their own God. 29 Therefore I amake a decree that any people, nation or tongue that speaks anything offensive against the God of bShadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego shall be torn limb from limb and their chouses reduced to a rubbish heap, inasmuch as there is dno other god who is able to deliver in this way.” 30 Then the king acaused Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego to prosper in the province of Babylon.

[28] ILit and changed the king’s word aDn 2:47; 3:15-17 bPs 34:7, 8; Is 37:36; Dn 3:25; 6:22; Ac 5:19; 12:7 cPs 22:4, 5; 40:4; 84:12; Is 12:2; 26:3, 4; 50:10; Jr 17:7 dDn 3:16-18
[29] aDn 6:26 bDn 1:7, 19; 2:17, 49; 3:12 cEzr 6:11; Dn 2:5 dDn 2:47; 3:15
[30] aDn 2:49; 3:12


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Nebuchadnezzar dedicateth a golden image in Dura.

1 ¶ Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height [was] threescore cubits, [and] the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. 2 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather together the princes, the governors, and the captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. 3 Then the princes, the governors, and captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered together unto the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. 4 Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages, 5 [That] at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up: 6 And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. 7 Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of musick, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down [and] worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.

[1] Ex 20:23; 32:2, 31; Dt 7:25; Jg 8:26; 1K 12:28; 2K 19:17; Es 1:1; Ps 115:4; 135:15; Is 2:20; 30:22; 40:19; 46:6; Jr 10:9; 16:20; Dn 2:31, 48; 3:30; 5:23; Ho 8:4; Hab 2:19; Ac 17:29; 19:26; Rv 9:20.
[2] Ex 32:4; Nu 25:2; Jg 16:23; 1K 12:32; Pv 29:12; Rv 17:2.
[3] Ezr 7:21; Es 3:12, 13; Ps 82:1; Ac 19:34; Ro 1:21; 3:11; 1Co 1:24; Rv 13:13; 17:13, 17.
[4] Es 8:9; Pv 9:13; Is 40:9; 58:1; Dn 4:1, 14; 6:25; Ho 5:11; Mi 6:16.
[5] Dn 3:10, 15.
[6] Gn 19:28; Ex 20:5; Is 44:17; Jr 29:22; Ezk 22:18; Dn 2:5, 12; 3:11, 15; Mt 4:9; 13:42, 50; Mk 6:27; Rv 9:2; 13:15; 14:11.
[7] Jr 51:7; Dn 3:10; Ac 14:16; 1Jn 5:19; Rv 12:9; 13:3, 8, 14; 17:8; 19:20.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego are accused for not worshipping the image.

8 ¶ Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and accused the Jews. 9 They spake and said to the king Nebuchadnezzar, O king, live for ever. 10 Thou, O king, hast made a decree, that every man that shall hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, shall fall down and worship the golden image: 11 And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth, [that] he should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. 12 There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; these men, O king, have not regarded thee: they serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.

[8] Ezr 4:12; Es 3:6, 8; Dn 6:12; Ac 16:20; 17:6; 28:22; 1P 4:3.
[9] Dn 2:4; 3:4; 5:10; 6:6, 21; Ro 13:7.
[10] Ex 1:16, 22; 15:20; 32:18; 1Ch 15:16, 28; 16:5; 25:1; 2Ch 29:25; Es 3:12; Ps 81:1; 92:1; 94:20; 149:3; 150:3; Ec 3:16; Is 10:1; Dn 3:4; 6:12; Am 6:5; Jn 11:57; Rv 13:16.
[12] 1S 18:7; Es 3:8; Pv 27:4; Ec 4:4; Dn 2:49; 6:13; Ac 5:28; 17:7.

They, being threatened, make a good confession.

13 ¶ Then Nebuchadnezzar in [his] rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then they brought these men before the king. 14 Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, [Is it] true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up? 15 Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; [well]: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who [is] that God that shall deliver you out of my hands? 16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we [are] not careful to answer thee in this matter. 17 If it be [so], our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver [us] out of thine hand, O king. 18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.

[13] Gn 4:5; 1S 20:30; Es 3:5; Pv 17:12; 27:3; 29:22; Dn 2:12; 3:19; Mt 10:18; Mk 13:9; Lk 6:11; 21:12; Ac 5:25; 24:24.
[14] Ex 21:13; Is 46:1; Jr 50:2; Dn 3:1; 4:8.
[15] Ex 5:2; 32:32; 2K 18:35; 2Ch 32:15; Is 36:20; 37:23; Dn 3:10, 17, 28; 6:16, 20; Mt 10:19; 27:43; Mk 13:11; Lk 4:7; 12:11; 13:9; 21:14; Ac 4:8, 19; 5:29; 6:15; 24:10.
[17] Gn 17:1; 18:14; 1S 17:37, 46; Jb 5:19; 34:29; Ps 18:10; 27:1; 62:1; 73:20; 115:3; 121:5; Is 12:2; 26:3; 54:14; Dn 4:35; 6:20, 27; Lk 1:37; Ac 20:24; 21:13; 27:20; Ro 8:31; He 7:25.
[18] Ex 20:3; Lv 19:4; Jb 13:15; Pv 28:1; Is 51:12; Mt 10:28, 32, 39; 16:2; Lk 12:3; Ac 4:10, 19; 5:29; Rv 2:10; 12:11.

God delivereth them out of the furnace.

19 ¶ Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: [therefore] he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated. 20 And he commanded the most mighty men that [were] in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, [and] to cast [them] into the burning fiery furnace. 21 Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their [other] garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. 22 Therefore because the king's commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. 23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. 24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, [and] spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. 25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

[19] Gn 4:5; 31:2; Ex 15:9; Lv 26:18, 21, 24, 28; 1K 18:33; 20:10; 2K 19:27; Ps 76:10; Pv 16:14; 21:24; 27:3; Is 51:23; Dn 3:13; 5:6; 6:24; Mt 27:63; Lk 12:4; Ac 5:33; 7:54.
[20] Dn 3:15; Ac 12:4; 16:23, 25.
[21] Dn 3:21.
[22] Ex 12:33; Pv 11:8; 21:18; Dn 6:24; Zc 12:2; Mt 27:5; Ac 12:19.
[23] Ps 34:19; 66:11; 124:1; Jr 38:6; Lm 3:52; Dn 6:16; 2Co 1:8; 4:17; 1P 4:12.
[24] 1S 17:55; Dn 3:2, 9, 17; 4:22, 27; 5:6, 18; 6:7, 22; Ac 5:23; 9:6; 12:13; 26:13, 27.
[25] Jb 1:6; 38:7; Ps 34:7; 91:3; Pv 30:4; Is 43:2; Dn 3:18, 28; Mk 16:18; Lk 1:35; Jn 19:7; Ac 28:5; Ro 1:4; 1P 3:13.

Nebuchadnezzar seeing the miracle blesseth God.

26 ¶ Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, [and] spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come [hither]. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire. 27 And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king's counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them. 28 [Then] Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed [be] the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God. 29 Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort. 30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, in the province of Babylon.

[26] Gn 14:18; Jsh 3:17; 4:10, 16; Ezr 5:11; Is 28:16; 52:12; Dn 2:47; 3:17; 6:20; Ac 16:17, 37; 27:23; Ga 1:10; Rv 19:5.
[27] 1S 17:46; 2K 19:19; Ps 83:18; 96:7; Is 26:11; 43:2; Dn 3:2; Mt 10:30; Lk 21:17; Ac 2:6; 26:26; 27:34; He 11:34.
[28] Gn 9:26; 19:15; Ex 20:5; 1Ch 5:20; 2Ch 20:20; 32:21; Ezr 1:3; 6:11; 7:23; Ps 22:4; 33:18, 21; 34:7, 22; 62:8; 84:11; 103:20; 146:5; 147:11; Is 26:3; 37:36; Jr 17:7; Dn 2:47; 3:16, 25; 4:34; 6:22, 26; Mt 4:10; Ac 4:19; 5:19; 12:7; Ro 12:1; 14:7; 2Co 1:9; Ep 1:12; Php 1:20; He 1:14; 11:37; 1P 1:21; Rv 12:11.
[29] Dt 32:31; Ps 3:8; 76:10; Dn 2:5; 3:15, 17, 28; 6:26, 27.
[30] 1S 2:30; Ps 1:3; 91:14; Jn 12:26; Ro 8:31.


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