Daniel 3 (Lexham English Bible)

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The Faithfulness of Three Young Israelites and God’s Deliverance

1 Nebuchadnezzar the king made a statue of gold. Its height [was] sixty cubits [and] its width [was] six cubits; he set it up in the valley of Dura in the province of Babylon. 2 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent [directions] to assemble the satraps, the prefects, and the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the judges, the magistrates and all of the officials of the provinces to come to the dedication of the statue that Nebuchadnezzar the king [had] set up. 3 Then the satraps, the prefects, the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the judges, the magistrates, and all the officials of the province [were] assembled for the dedication of the statue that Nebuchadnezzar the king [had] set up, and [were] standing {before}a the statue that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. 4 Then the herald proclaimed {aloud},b "To you {it is commanded},c O peoples, {nations and people of all languages},d 5 [that] at the time that you hear the sound of the horn, the flute, [the] lyre, [the] trigon, [the] harp, [the] drum and all kinds of music, you must fall down and you must worship the statue of golde that Nebuchadnezzar the king [has] set up. 6 And {whoever}f does not fall down and worship will be thrown {immediately}g into the midst of the furnace of blazing fire." 7 {Therefore},h {at that time},i {as soon as}j all the peoples heard the sound of the horn, the flute, [the] lyre, [the] trigon, [the] harp and all kinds of music, all the peoples, {the nations and people of all languages}k [were] falling down [and] were worshiping the statue of goldl that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. 8 {Therefore}m {at this time}n [some] {astrologers}o came forward and {they denounced the Jews}.p 9 {They responded and said}q to Nebuchadnezzar the king, "O king, may [you] live {forever}!r 10 You, O king, have made a decree that {everyone}s who hears the sound of the horn, the flute, [the] lyre, [the] trigon, [the] harp and [the] drum and all kinds of music, he shall fall down and shall worship the statue of gold.t 11 {And whoever}u {does not fall down}v and worship shall be thrown into the midst of the furnace of blazing fire. 12 [However] there are Judean men whom you have appointedw over the affairs of the province of Babylon--Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego--these men, O king, {pay you no heed}x [and] [were] not serving your god, and the statue of goldy that you set up they are not worshiping." 13 Then Nebuchadnezzar said in rage and anger to bring in Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego; then they brought in these men before the king. 14 Nebuchadnezzar answered and said to them, "[Is it] true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, [that] you are not serving my god, and [you are] not worshiping the statue of goldz that I have set up? 15 Now if you are ready so that {when}aa you hear the sound of the horn, the flute, the lyre, [the] trigon, [the] harp and [the] drum and all kinds of music, you fall down and you worship the statue that I have made, [that will be good]. But if you do not worship it, {immediately}bb you will be thrown into the midst of the furnace of blazing fire, and {who is the god}cc whodd will rescue you from my hands?" 16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego answered and said to the king, Nebuchadnezzar, "We have no need on this matter {to present a defense to you}.ee 17 {If it is so},ff our God, whom we serve, is able to rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire. And from your hand, O king, let him rescue us. 18 And if not, let it be known to you, O king, that {we will not serve your gods},gg and the statue of goldhh that you have set up we will not worship."

The Wrath of the King and His Fiery Furnace of Death

19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with anger and the image of his face was changed {toward}ii Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, [so he] {ordered and said}jj to heat up the one furnace seven times what was usual to heat [it] up. 20 And he commanded {the strongest men of the guards}kk who [were] in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and to throw [them] into the furnace of blazing fire. 21 Then these men were bound with their garments, their trousers and their turbans and their [other] clothing, and they were thrown into the midst of the furnace of blazing fire. 22 {Therefore}ll {because}mm the word of the king was severe and the furnace was exceedingly hot, the flame of the fire killed these men who lifted up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. 23 But these men, the three of them, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, fell down into the midst of the furnace of blazing fire, [and they] were bound. 24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and he rose up in haste [and] he asked, saying to his advisers, "[Did] we not throw three men, bound, into the midst of the fire? They answered, saying to the king, "Certainly, O king!" 25 {He answered},nn saying, "Look, I see four men unbound walking in the midst of the fire and there is no damage to them, and theoo appearance of the fourth [man] resembles the son of a god." 26 Then Nebuchadnezzar approached the door of the furnace of blazing fire, [and] he called out, saying, "Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, {servants}pp of the Most High God, come outqq and come here!" 27 And the satraps, the prefects, the governors and the advisors of the king [were] assembling, [and] they saw these men, that the fire had no power over their bodies, and the hair of their heads wasrr not singed, and their garments were not harmed, and the smell of fire did not come from them.

The King’s Praise for the Great Deliverance of the Three Young Israelites

28 Nebuchadnezzar {responded},ss saying, "Blessed be their God, [the God] of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who sent his angeltt and rescued his servants who trusted in him, and the command of the king they disobeyed, and they gave their bodies so that they [did] not serve and [did] not worship any god except their God. 29 And from me {is set forth}uu a decree that any people, nation, or language that [may] utter criticism against their God--[the God of] Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego--will be broken into pieces and theirvv house will be made like ruins. {For}ww there is not another God who is able to rescue like this [God]." 30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the province of Babylon.
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