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Daniel 3:8-18 (New American Standard)

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Worship of the Image Refused

8 For this reason at that time certain 1Chaldeans came forward and a2brought charges against the Jews. 9 They responded and said to Nebuchadnezzar the king: "3O king, live forever! 10 "You, O king, have 4made a decree that every man who hears the sound of the horn, flute, blyre, trigon, psaltery, and bagpipe and all kinds of music, is to 5fall down and worship the golden image. 11 "But whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire. 12 "There are certain Jews whom you have 6appointed over the administration of the province of Babylon, namely Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego. These men, O king, have disregarded you; they do not serve your gods or worship the golden image which you have set up." 13 Then Nebuchadnezzar in 7rage and anger gave orders to bring Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego; then these men were brought before the king. 14 Nebuchadnezzar responded and said to them, "Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, that you do not serve 8my gods or worship the golden image that I have set up? 15 "Now if you are ready, 9at the moment you hear the sound of the horn, flute, clyre, trigon, psaltery and bagpipe and all kinds of music, to fall down and worship the image that I have made, very well. But if you do not worship, you will dimmediately be 10cast into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire; and 11what god is there who can deliver you out of my hands?" 16 12Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego replied to the king, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answer concerning this matter. 17 "eIf it be so, our 13God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; fand 14He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. 18 "15But even if He does not, 16let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up."
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