Bible: Daniel 3:8-23

3:8 Now 1  at that time certain 2  Chaldeans came forward and brought malicious accusations against 3  the Jews. 3:9 They said 4  to King Nebuchadnezzar, “O king, live forever! 5  3:10 You have issued an edict, O king, that everyone must bow down and pay homage to the golden statue when they hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, trigon, harp, pipes, and all kinds of music. 3:11 And whoever does not bow down and pay homage must be thrown into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire. 3:12 But there are Jewish men whom you appointed over the administration of the province of Babylon – Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego – and these men 6  have not shown proper respect to you, O king. They don’t serve your gods and they don’t pay homage to the golden statue that you have erected.”

3:13 Then Nebuchadnezzar in a fit of rage 7  demanded that they bring 8  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego before him. So they brought them 9  before the king. 3:14 Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you don’t serve my gods and that you don’t pay homage to the golden statue that I erected? 3:15 Now if you are ready, when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, trigon, harp, pipes, and all kinds of music, you must bow down and pay homage to the statue that I had made. If you don’t pay homage to it, you will immediately be thrown into the midst of the furnace of blazing fire. Now, who is that god who can rescue you from my power? 10  3:16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied to King Nebuchadnezzar, 11 We do not need to give you a reply 12  concerning this. 3:17 If 13  our God whom we are serving exists, 14  he is able to rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire, and he will rescue us, O king, from your power as well. 3:18 But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we don’t serve your gods, and we will not pay homage to the golden statue that you have erected.”

3:19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with rage, and his disposition changed 15  toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He gave orders 16  to heat the furnace seven times hotter than it was normally heated. 3:20 He ordered strong 17  soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and to throw them into the furnace of blazing fire. 3:21 So those men were tied up while still wearing their cloaks, trousers, turbans, and other clothes, 18  and were thrown into the furnace 19  of blazing fire. 3:22 But since the king’s command was so urgent, and the furnace was so excessively hot, the men who escorted 20  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were killed 21  by the leaping flames. 22  3:23 But those three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell into the furnace 23  of blazing fire while still securely bound. 24 

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