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Daniel 3 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxDan 3:1 - King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, sixty cubits high and six cubits wide,[fn] and set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 3:2 - He then summoned the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials to come to the dedication of the image he had set up.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 3:3 - So the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials assembled for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up, and they stood before it.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 3:4 - Then the herald loudly proclaimed, “Nations and peoples of every language, this is what you are commanded to do:

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 3:5 - As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 3:6 - Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.”

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 3:7 - Therefore, as soon as they heard the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp and all kinds of music, all the nations and peoples of every language fell down and worshiped the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 3:8 - At this time some astrologers[fn] came forward and denounced the Jews.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 3:9 - They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “May the king live forever!

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 3:10 - Your Majesty has issued a decree that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music must fall down and worship the image of gold,

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 3:11 - and that whoever does not fall down and worship will be thrown into a blazing furnace.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 3:12 - But there are some Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon—Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego—who pay no attention to you, Your Majesty. They neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up.”

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 3:13 - Furious with rage, Nebuchadnezzar summoned Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. So these men were brought before the king,

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 3:14 - and Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the image of gold I have set up?

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 3:15 - Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?”

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 3:16 - Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 3:17 - If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us[fn] from Your Majesty’s hand.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 3:18 - But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 3:19 - Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 3:20 - and commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 3:21 - So these men, wearing their robes, trousers, turbans and other clothes, were bound and thrown into the blazing furnace.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 3:22 - The king’s command was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego,

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 3:23 - and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 3:24 - Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?” They replied, “Certainly, Your Majesty.”

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 3:25 - He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 3:26 - Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!” So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire,

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 3:27 - and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 3:28 - Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 3:29 - Therefore I decree that the people of any nation or language who say anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego be cut into pieces and their houses be turned into piles of rubble, for no other god can save in this way.”

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 3:30 - Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the province of Babylon.
NIV Footnotes
That is, about 90 feet high and 9 feet wide or about 27 meters high and 2.7 meters wide
Or Chaldeans
Or If the God we serve is able to deliver us, then he will deliver us from the blazing furnace and

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