But there are some Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon--Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego1--who pay no attention2 to you, O king. They neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up."313
Furious4 with rage, Nebuchadnezzar summoned Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. So these men were brought before the king,
and Nebuchadnezzar said to them, "Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods5 or worship the image6 of gold I have set up?
Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god7 will be able to rescue8 you from my hand?"
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego9 replied to the king, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter.
If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save10 us from it, and he will rescue11 us from your hand, O king.
But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.12"
Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven13 times hotter than usual
and commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego14 and throw them into the blazing furnace.
So these men, wearing their robes, trousers, turbans and other clothes, were bound and thrown into the blazing furnace.
The king's command was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego,1523
and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace.
Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, "Weren't there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?" They replied, "Certainly, O king."
He said, "Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods."
Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, "Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God,16 come out! Come here!" So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire,
and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers17 crowded around them.18 They saw that the fire19 had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.
Then Nebuchadnezzar said, "Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel20 and rescued21 his servants! They trusted22 in him and defied the king's command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.2329
Therefore I decree24 that the people of any nation or language who say anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego be cut into pieces and their houses be turned into piles of rubble,25 for no other god can save26 in this way."
Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the province of Babylon.27