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,
and that anyone who does not bow down and worship it is to be thrown into a blazing furnace.
There are some Jews whom you put in charge of the province of Babylon - Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego - who are disobeying Your Majesty's orders. They do not worship your god or bow down to the statue you set up."
At that, the king flew into a rage and ordered the three men to be brought before him.