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 Abednego1--who pay no attention2 to you, O king. They neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up."3
References for Daniel 3:12
Furious4 with rage, Nebuchadnezzar summoned Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. So these men were brought before the king,
References for Daniel 3:13
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?
References for Daniel 3:14
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?"
References for Daniel 3:15
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego9 replied to the king, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter.
References for Daniel 3:16
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.
References for Daniel 3:17
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"
References for Daniel 3:18
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
References for Daniel 3:19
and commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego14 and throw them into the blazing furnace.
References for Daniel 3:20
So these men, wearing their robes, trousers, turbans and other clothes, were bound and thrown into the blazing furnace.