For thisreason at that timecertain1Chaldeanscameforward and a2broughtchargesagainst the Jews.
They responded and said to Nebuchadnezzar the king : "3O king, liveforever !
"You, O king, have 4made a decree that everymanwhohears the sound of the horn, flute, blyre, trigon, psaltery, and bagpipe and allkinds of music, is to 5falldown and worship the goldenimage.
"But whoever does not falldown and worship shall be cast into the midst of a furnace of blazingfire.
12"There are certainJewswhom you have 6appointedover the administration of the province of Babylon, namely Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego. Thesemen, O king, have disregarded you; they do not serve your gods or worship the goldenimagewhich you have set up."
13ThenNebuchadnezzar in 7rage and angergaveorders to bringShadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego ; thenthesemen were broughtbefore the king.
14Nebuchadnezzarresponded and said to them, "Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, that you do not serve8my gods or worship the goldenimage that I have set up?
15"Nowif you are ready, 9at the moment you hear the sound of the horn, flute, clyre, trigon, psaltery and bagpipe and allkinds of music, to falldown 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 blazingfire ; and 11whatgod is there who can deliver you out of my hands ?"
1612Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-negoreplied to the king, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answerconcerningthismatter.
"eIf it be so, our 13Godwhom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazingfire ; fand 14He will deliver us out of your hand, O king.
"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 goldenimage that you have set up."