King Nebuchadnezzar had a gold statue made, ninety feet high and nine feet wide, and he had it set up in the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon.
Then the king gave orders for all his officials to come together - the princes, governors, lieutenant governors, commissioners, treasurers, judges, magistrates, and all the other officials of the provinces. They were to attend the dedication of the statue which King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.
When all these officials gathered for the dedication and stood in front of the statue,
a herald announced in a loud voice, "People of all nations, races, and languages!
You will hear the sound of the trumpets, followed by the playing of oboes, lyres, zithers, and harps; and then all the other instruments will join in. As soon as the music starts, you are to bow down and worship the gold statue that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up.
Anyone who does not bow down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace."
And so, as soon as they heard the sound of the instruments, the people of all the nations, races, and languages bowed down and worshiped the gold statue which King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.
It was then that some Babylonians took the opportunity to denounce the Jews.
They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, "May Your Majesty live forever!
Your Majesty has issued an order that as soon as the music starts, everyone is to bow down and worship the gold statue,