Daniel 3:6
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New International Version
Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace."

New Living Translation
Anyone who refuses to obey will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace."

English Standard Version
And whoever does not fall down and worship shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace.”

New American Standard Bible
"But whoever does not fall down and worship shall immediately be cast into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire."

King James Bible
And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire."

International Standard Version
Anyone who does not fall down and worship is immediately to be thrown into the blazing fire furnace."

NET Bible
Whoever does not bow down and pay homage will immediately be thrown into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire!"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever doesn't bow down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace."

Jubilee Bible 2000
and whoever does not fall down and worship shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.

King James 2000 Bible
And whosoever falls not down and worships shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.

American King James Version
And whoever falls not down and worships shall the same hour be cast into the middle of a burning fiery furnace.

American Standard Version
and whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But if any man shall not fall down and adore, he shall the same hour be cast into a furnace of burning fire.

Darby Bible Translation
and whosoever doth not fall down and worship shall that same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.

English Revised Version
and whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.

Webster's Bible Translation
And whoever shall not fall down and worship shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.

World English Bible
and whoever doesn't fall down and worship shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.

Young's Literal Translation
and whoso doth not fall down and do obeisance, in that hour he is cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:1-7 In the height of the image, about thirty yards, probably is included a pedestal, and most likely it was only covered with plates of gold, not a solid mass of that precious metal. Pride and bigotry cause men to require their subjects to follow their religion, whether right or wrong, and when worldly interest allures, and punishment overawes, few refuse. This is easy to the careless, the sensual, and the infidel, who are the greatest number; and most will go their ways. There is nothing so bad which the careless world will not be drawn to by a concert of music, or driven to by a fiery furnace. By such methods, false worship has been set up and maintained.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. The only difference between the Septuagint and the Massoretic text is that instead of rendering, "shall be cast," it is put in the plural active, "they shall cast him." There may have been a difference of reading - יִרְמונֵה instead of יִתְרְמֵא. It is, perhaps, more probable that it is simply that the translator preferred this construction to the one which would have resulted from a more literal translation. Theodotion,the Peshitta, and Vulgate agree with the Massoretic. In that very hour. It has been suggested by Professor Fuller that the way the shadow fell would enable them to fix the hour. This, however, is giving an exact astronomical meaning to what had only a rhetorical significance. The word sha'a is very vague; it means "time" in general, it means "any short interval of time," from some days to a moment. Shall be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. The word אַתּוּן is of uncertain derivation; it is found in both dialects of Aramaic. It occurs in the Targum of pseudo-Jonathan, in the story of the death of Haran and the preservation of Abraham, which seems distinctly imitated from the events related here. In Smith's 'Life of Asshurbanipal,' we find this punishment more than once resorted to, e.g. pp. 163, 164. Professor Bevan maintains, in answer to Lenormant's appeal to this as a proof of the author's accurate knowledge of Babylonian methods of punishment, that this is derived from Jeremiah 29:22, Zedekiah and Ahab, "whom the King of Babylon roasted in the fire." Only the action implied by the verb קָלָה (qalah) is not complete burning, as that implied in the punishment before us, but rather the more cruel torture of slowly burning The word is used of "parched corn" (Leviticus 2:14; Judges 5:11); it is used also of the heat of fever (Psalm 38:8). There is no verbal indication that the author of Daniel was at all influenced by this passage.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth,.... Who refuses to worship it, or wilfully neglects it; which would be interpreted a contempt of it, and of the king's command:

shall in the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; such as were used to burn stones in for lime, as Jarchi observes: the music was to draw, the furnace was to drive, men to this idolatrous worship; the one was to please and sooth the minds of men, and so allure them to such stupid service; the other to frighten them into obedience. This is the first time that mention is made of "hours" in the sacred Scriptures; it was very probably the invention of the Chaldeans or Babylonians; for Herodotus (m) says the Greeks received the twelve parts of the day from the Babylonians.

(m) Euterpe, sive l. 2. c. 109.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. No other nation but the Jews would feel this edict oppressive; for it did not prevent them worshipping their own gods besides. It was evidently aimed at the Jews by those jealous of their high position in the king's court, who therefore induced the king to pass an edict as to all recusants, representing such refusal of homage as an act of treason to Nebuchadnezzar as civil and religious "head" of the empire. So the edict under Darius (Da 6:7-9) was aimed against the Jews by those jealous of Daniel's influence. The literal image of Nebuchadnezzar is a typical prophecy of "the image of the beast," connected with mystical Babylon, in Re 13:14. The second mystical beast there causeth the earth, and them that dwell therein, to worship the first beast, and that as many as would not, should be killed (Re 13:12, 15).

furnace—a common mode of punishment in Babylon (Jer 29:22). It is not necessary to suppose that the furnace was made for the occasion. Compare "brick-kiln," 2Sa 12:31. Any furnace for common purposes in the vicinity of Dura would serve. Chardin, in his travels (A.D. 1671-1677), mentions that in Persia, to terrify those who took advantage of scarcity to sell provisions at exorbitant prices, the cooks were roasted over a slow fire, and the bakers cast into a burning oven.

Daniel 3:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
Nebuchadnezzar's Golden Image
5that at the moment you hear the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, trigon, psaltery, bagpipe and all kinds of music, you are to fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king has set up. 6"But whoever does not fall down and worship shall immediately be cast into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire." 7Therefore at that time, when all the peoples heard the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, trigon, psaltery, bagpipe and all kinds of music, all the peoples, nations and men of every language fell down and worshiped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.
Cross References
Matthew 13:42
They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 13:50
and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Revelation 9:2
When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss.

Revelation 14:11
And the smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name."

Jeremiah 29:22
Because of them, all the exiles from Judah who are in Babylon will use this curse: 'May the LORD treat you like Zedekiah and Ahab, whom the king of Babylon burned in the fire.'

Ezekiel 22:18
"Son of man, the people of Israel have become dross to me; all of them are the copper, tin, iron and lead left inside a furnace. They are but the dross of silver.

Daniel 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.

Daniel 3:11
and that whoever does not fall down and worship will be thrown into a blazing furnace.

Daniel 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?"

Daniel 5:19
Because of the high position he gave him, all the nations and peoples of every language dreaded and feared him. Those the king wanted to put to death, he put to death; those he wanted to spare, he spared; those he wanted to promote, he promoted; and those he wanted to humble, he humbled.

Daniel 6:7
The royal administrators, prefects, satraps, advisers and governors have all agreed that the king should issue an edict and enforce the decree that anyone who prays to any god or human being during the next thirty days, except to you, Your Majesty, shall be thrown into the lions' den.
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And whoever falls not down and worships shall the same hour be cast into the middle of a burning fiery furnace.

falleth.

Daniel 3:11,15 And whoever falls not down and worships, that he should be cast into …

Exodus 20:5 You shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them: for I the …

Isaiah 44:17 And the residue thereof he makes a god, even his graven image: he …

Matthew 4:9 And said to him, All these things will I give you, if you will fall …

Revelation 13:15-17 And he had power to give life to the image of the beast, that the …

the same.

Daniel 2:5,12,13 The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, The thing is gone from …

Mark 6:27 And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head …

a burning.

Genesis 19:28 And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land …

Jeremiah 29:22 And of them shall be taken up a curse by all the captivity of Judah …

Ezekiel 22:18-22 Son of man, the house of Israel is to me become dross: all they are …

Matthew 13:42,50 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing …

Revelation 9:2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of …

Revelation 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascends up for ever and ever: and …

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