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The King's Golden Image

1 Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image R107 of gold, the height of which was sixty cubits F77 and its width six cubits; F77 he set it up on the plain of Dura in the province R108 of Babylon. 2 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent word to assemble the satraps, R109 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 the F78 command is given, O R110 peoples, nations and men of every language, F79 5 that at the moment you hear R111 the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, F80 trigon, F81 psaltery, F82 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 immediately F83 be cast R112 into the midst of a furnace R113 of blazing fire." 7 Therefore at that time, when all the peoples heard the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, F84 trigon, psaltery, bagpipe and all kinds of music, all the peoples, nations and men of every language F85 fell down and worshiped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.

Worship of the Image Refused

8 For this reason at that time certain Chaldeans R114 came forward and brought R115 F86 charges against the Jews. 9 They responded and said to Nebuchadnezzar the king: "O R116 king, live forever! 10 "You, O king, have made R117 a decree that every man who hears the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, F87 trigon, psaltery, and bagpipe and all kinds of music, is to fall R118 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 appointed R119 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."

13 Then Nebuchadnezzar in rage R120 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 my R121 gods or worship the golden image that I have set up? 15 "Now if you are ready, at R122 the moment you hear the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, F88 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 immediately F89 be cast R123 into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire; and what R124 god is there who can deliver you out of my hands?"

16 Shadrach, R125 Meshach and Abed-nego replied to the king, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answer concerning this matter. 17 "If F90 it be so, our God R126 whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and F91 He R127 will deliver us out of your hand, O king. 18 "But R128 even if He does not, let R129 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."

Daniel's Friends Protected

19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with wrath, R130 and his facial expression was altered toward Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego. He answered by F92 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 trousers, R131 F93 their coats, F94 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 command F95 was urgent R132 F96 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, fell R133 into the midst of the furnace of blazing fire still tied up.

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 walking R134 about in the midst of the fire without F97 harm, and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods!" R135 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 Most R136 High God, and come here!" Then Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego came R137 out of the midst of the fire. 27 The satraps, R138 the prefects, the governors and the king's high officials gathered around and saw in regard to these men that the fire R139 had no effect F98 on the F99 bodies of these men nor was the hair of their head singed, nor were their trousers R140 F100 damaged, F101 nor had the smell of fire even come upon them.

28 Nebuchadnezzar responded and said, "Blessed be the God R141 of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, who has sent R142 His angel and delivered His servants who put their trust R143 in Him, violating F102 the king's command, and yielded up their bodies so as not R144 to serve or worship any god except their own God. 29 "Therefore I make R145 a decree that any people, nation or tongue that speaks anything offensive against the God of Shadrach, R146 Meshach and Abed-nego shall be torn limb from limb and their houses R147 reduced to a rubbish heap, inasmuch as there is no R148 other god who is able to deliver in this way." 30 Then the king caused R149 Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego to prosper in the province of Babylon.


FOOTNOTES:
F77: I.e. One cubit equals approx 18 in.
F77: I.e. One cubit equals approx 18 in.
F78: Lit they command
F79: Lit tongue
F80: Or zither
F81: I.e. triangular lyre
F82: Or a type of harp
F83: Or in the same hour
F84: V 5, notes 1, 2, 3
F85: Lit tongue
F86: Lit ate the pieces of
F87: V 5, notes 1, 2, 3
F88: V 5, notes 1, 2, 3
F89: Or in the same hour
F90: Or If our God...is able
F91: Or then
F92: Lit and ordered to
F93: Or leggings
F94: Or cloaks
F95: Lit word
F96: Or harsh
F97: Lit there is no injury in them
F98: Lit power over
F99: Lit their
F100: Or cloaks
F101: Lit changed
F102: Lit and changed the king's word

CROSS REFERENCES:
R107: 1 Kings 12:28; Isaiah 46:6; Jeremiah 16:20; Daniel 2:31; Hosea 2:8; 8:4; Habakkuk 2:19
R108: Daniel 2:48; 3:30
R109: Daniel 3:3,27; 6:1-7
R110: Daniel 3:7; 4:1; 6:25
R111: Daniel 3:7,10,15
R112: Daniel 3:11,15,21; 6:7
R113: Jeremiah 29:22; Ezekiel 22:18-22; Matthew 13:42,50; Revelation 9:2; 14:11
R114: Daniel 2:2,10; 4:7
R115: Ezra 4:12-16; Esther 3:8,9; Daniel 6:12,13
R116: Daniel 2:4; 5:10; 6:6,21
R117: Esther 3:12-14; Daniel 3:4-6; 6:12
R118: Daniel 3:5,7,15
R119: Daniel 2:49
R120: Daniel 2:12; 3:19
R121: Isaiah 46:1; Jeremiah 50:2; Daniel 3:1; 4:8
R122: Daniel 3:5
R123: Daniel 3:6
R124: Exodus 5:2; Isaiah 36:18-20; Daniel 2:47
R125: Daniel 1:7; 3:12
R126: Job 1:5:19; Psalms 27:1,2; Isaiah 26:3,4; Jeremiah 1:8; 15:20,21
R127: 1 Samuel 17:37; Micah 7:7; 2 Corinthians 1:10
R128: Joshua 24:15; 1 Kings 19:14,18; Isaiah 51:12,13; Daniel 3:28
R129: Hebrews 11:25
R130: Esther 7:7; Daniel 3:13
R131: Daniel 3:27
R132: Exodus 12:33; Daniel 2:15
R133: Isaiah 43:2
R134: Psalms 91:3-9; Isaiah 43:2
R135: Jeremiah 1:8,19; 15:21
R136: Daniel 3:17; 4:2
R137: Deuteronomy 4:20; 1 Kings 8:51; Jeremiah 11:4
R138: Daniel 3:2,3
R139: Isaiah 43:2; Hebrews 11:34
R140: Daniel 3:21
R141: Daniel 2:47; 3:15-17
R142: Psalms 34:7,8; Isaiah 37:36; Daniel 3:25; 6:22; Acts 5:19; 12:7
R143: Psalms 22:4,5; 40:4; 84:12; Isaiah 12:2; 26:3,4; 50:10; Jeremiah 17:7
R144: Daniel 3:16-18
R145: Daniel 6:26
R146: Daniel 1:7,19; 2:17,49; 3:12
R147: Ezra 6:11; Daniel 2:5
R148: Daniel 2:47; 3:15
R149: Daniel 2:49; 3:12

 
 

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