Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO DANIEL 3\\

In this chapter an account is given of a golden image made by
Nebuchadnezzar; its size; and where placed, \\#Da 3:1\\, a summons to all
his princes, governors, and officers, to attend the dedication of it,
\\#Da 3:2,3\\, a proclamation commanding men of all nations to fall down and
worship it, at hearing the sound of music, \\#Da 3:4-7\\, an accusation of
the Jews to the king, particularly Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, for
not worshipping it, \\#Da 3:8-12\\, the king's sending for them in rage, and
threatening to cast them into a fiery furnace if they continued to
disobey his will, \\#Da 3:13-15\\, their answer, which showed an inflexible
resolution at all events not to comply with it, \\#Da 3:16-18\\ the king's
order to heat the furnace seven times hotter than usual, and cast them
into it, which was executed; the consequence of which was, they that
cast them in were destroyed through the vehement heat of the furnace,
but the three Jews were unhurt, \\#Da 3:19-23\\. Nebuchadnezzar's
amazement at the sight of four persons, instead of three; and these
loose, walking in the midst of the fire without hurt; and one of them
like the Son of God, which he observed to his counsellors, \\#Da 3:24,25\\,
upon which he called to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, to come out of
the furnace, which they did in the presence of his princes, governors,
and officers, having received not the least harm in their persons or
clothes, \\#Da 3:26,27\\ and then the king, praising the God of the Jews,
published an edict that none should speak against him on pain of death;
and restored the three men to their former dignity, \\#Da 3:28-30\\.