19ThenNebuchadnezzar was filled with 1wrath, and his facialexpression was alteredtowardShadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego. He answeredaby givingorders to heat the furnaceseventimesmorethan it was usuallyheated.
He commandedcertainvaliantwarriorswho were in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego in order to cast them into the furnace of blazingfire.
21Thenthesemen were tied up in their b2trousers, their ccoats, their caps and their other clothes, and were cast into the midst of the furnace of blazingfire.
For thisreason , because the king'sdcommand was e3urgent and the furnace had been madeextremelyhot, the flame of the fireslewthosemenwhocarried up Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego.
But thesethreemen, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, 4fell into the midst of the furnace of blazingfire still tied up.
24ThenNebuchadnezzar the king was astounded and stood up in haste ; he said to his highofficials, "Was it not threemen we castbound into the midst of the fire ?" They replied to the king, "Certainly, O king."
He said, "Look ! I seefourmenloosed and 5walking about in the midst of the firefwithoutharm, and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the 6gods !"
26ThenNebuchadnezzarcamenear to the door of the furnace of blazingfire ; he responded and said, "Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, come out, you servants of the 7MostHighGod, and comehere !" ThenShadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego8came out of the midst of the fire.
The 9satraps, the prefects, the governors and the king'shighofficialsgatheredaround and saw in regard to thesemen that the 10firehadnogeffect on hthe bodies of these men nor was the hair of their headsinged, nor were their i11trousersjdamaged, nor had the smell of fire even come upon them.
28Nebuchadnezzarresponded and said, "Blessed be the 12God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, who has 13sent His angel and delivered His servantswhoput their 14trust in Him, kviolating the king'scommand, and yielded up their bodiesso as 15not to serve or worshipanygodexcept their own God.
"Therefore I 16make a decree that anypeople, nation or tongue that speaks anything offensiveagainst the God of 17Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego shall be tornlimb from limb and their 18housesreduced to a rubbishheap, inasmuch as there is 19noothergodwho is able to deliver in this way."
30Then the king20caused Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego to prosper in the province of Babylon.