Therefore, as soon as they heard the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp and all kinds of music, all the peoples, nations and men of every language fell down and worshiped the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.18
At this time some astrologersa2 came forward and denounced the Jews.
They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, "O king, live forever!310
You have issued a decree,4 O king, that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music must fall down and worship the image of gold,511
and that whoever does not fall down and worship will be thrown into a blazing furnace.
But there are some Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon--Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego6--who pay no attention7 to you, O king. They neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up."813
Furious9 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 gods10 or worship the image11 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 god12 will be able to rescue13 you from my hand?"
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego14 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 save15 us from it, and he will rescue16 us from your hand, O king.