Daniel 3
Holman Christian Standard Bible

Nebuchadnezzar’s Gold Statue

1King Nebuchadnezzar made a gold statue,a 90 feet high and nine feet wide.b He set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon.c 2King Nebuchadnezzar sent word to assemble the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates, and all the rulersd of the provinces to attend the dedication of the statue King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. 3So the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates, and all the rulers of the provinces assembled for the dedication of the statue the king had set up. Then they stood before the statue Nebuchadnezzar had set up.

4A herald loudly proclaimed, “People of every nation and language, you are commanded: 5When you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither,e lyre,f harp, drum,g and every kind of music,h you are to fall down and worshipi the gold statue that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. 6But whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire.”j

7Therefore, when all the people heard the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, and every kind of music, people of every nation and language fell down and worshiped the gold statue that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.

The Furnace of Blazing Fire

8Some Chaldeansk took this occasion to come forward and maliciously accusel, m the Jews. 9They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “May the king live forever. 10You as king have issued a decreen that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, drum, and every kind of music must fall down and worship the gold statue. 11Whoever does not fall down and worship will be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire. 12There are some Jews you have appointed to manage the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.o These men have ignored you,p the king; they do not serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.”

13Then in a furious rageq Nebuchadnezzar gave orders to bring in Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. So these men were brought before the king. 14Nebuchadnezzar asked them, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, is it true that you don’t serve my gods or worship the gold statuer I have set up? 15Now if you’re ready, when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, drum, and every kind of music, fall down and worship the statue I made. But if you don’t worship it, you will immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire — and who is the god who can rescue you from my power? ”s

16Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied to the king, “Nebuchadnezzar, we don’t need to give you an answer to this question. 17If the God we serve exists,tu then He can rescuev us from the furnace of blazing fire, and He can rescue us from the power of you, the king. 18But even if He does not rescue us,w we want you as king to know that we will not servex your godsy or worship the gold statue you set up.”

19Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with rage,z and the expression on his face changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He gave orders to heat the furnace seven times more than was customary, 20and he commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and throw them into the furnace of blazing fire. 21So these men, in their trousers, robes, head coverings,aa and other clothes, were tied up and thrown into the furnace of blazing fire. 22Since the king’s command was so urgentab, ac and the furnace extremely hot, the raging flamesad killed those men who carried Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego up. 23And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego fell, bound, into the furnace of blazing fire.

Delivered from the Fire

24Then King Nebuchadnezzar jumped up in alarm.ae He said to his advisers, “Didn’t we throw three men, bound, into the fire? ”

Yes, of course, Your Majesty,” they replied to the king.

25He exclaimed, “Look! I see four men, not tied, walking around in the fire unharmed;af and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”ag, ah

26Nebuchadnezzar then approached the door of the furnace of blazing fire and called: “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, you servants of the Most High God — come out! ” So Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out of the fire.ai 27When the satraps, prefects, governors, and the king’s advisers gathered around, they saw that the fire had no effectaj onak the bodies of these men: not a hair of their heads was singed, their robes were unaffected, and there was no smell of fire on them.al 28Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed, “Praise to the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! He sent His angelam, an and rescued His servants who trusted in Him.ao They violated the king’s command and risked their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.ap 29Therefore I issue a decreeaq that anyone of any people, nation, or languagear who says anything offensive against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego will be torn limb from limb and his house made a garbage dump.as For there is no other god who is able to deliver like this.” 30Then the king rewarded Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the province of Babylon.at


Footnotes:
a. 3:1 1Kg 12:28; Is 46:6; Jr 16:20; Hs 2:8; 8:4; Hab 2:19
b. 3:1 Lit statue, its height 60 cubits, its width six cubits
c. 3:1 Gn 11:2; Dn 2:48-49
d. 3:2 Ezr 8:36; Dn 2:48; 6:1-7
e. 3:5 Or lyre
f. 3:5 Or sambuke
g. 3:5 Or pipe
h. 3:5 Gn 4:21; 1Ch 6:31; 25:6; Jb 21:12; 30:31; Ps 33:2; 71:22; ; 81:2; 149:3; 150:4; Is 5:12
i. 3:5 Dn 2:46
j. 3:6 Jr 29:22; Mt 13:42,50; Rv 9:2
k. 3:8 Dn 2:2,4,5,10
l. 3:8 Lit and eat the pieces of
m. 3:8 Ezr 4:12-16; Est 3:8-9; Dn 6:12,24
n. 3:10 Dn 4:6; 6:26
o. 3:12 Dn 1:7
p. 3:12 Dn 6:13
q. 3:13 Dn 2:12
r. 3:14 Jr 50:2
s. 3:15 Ex 5:20; 2Kg 18:35; Is 36:18
t. 3:17 They do not doubt God’s existence as 3:18 shows. The “if” is part of an argument used to defend their refusal to serve Babylonian gods.
u. 3:17 Ps 10:4; 14:1; 53:1; Hs 13:4; Heb 11:6
v. 3:17 1Sm 17:37; Jb 5:19; Jr 15:20,21; 2Co 1:10
w. 3:18 Lit But if not
x. 3:18 Heb 11:25
y. 3:18 Jos 24:15
z. 3:19 Est 7:7
aa. 3:21 The identity of these articles of clothing is uncertain.
ab. 3:22 Or harsh
ac. 3:22 Dn 2:15
ad. 3:22 Lit the flame of the fire
ae. 3:24 Dn 4:19
af. 3:25 Ps 91:3-9; Is 43:2
ag. 3:25 Or of a divine being
ah. 3:25 Mt 14:33; Mk 1:1; Lk 1:35; Jn 3:18; Ac 9:20
ai. 3:26 Dn 4:2
aj. 3:27 Heb 11:34
ak. 3:27 Lit fire had not overcome
al. 3:27 Dt 29:5
am. 3:28 Or messenger
an. 3:28 Heb 1:14
ao. 3:28 Ps 34:7; Is 37:36; Ac 5:19; 12:7
ap. 3:28 Ps 22:4-5; Is 12:2; 26:3-4; Jr 17:7
aq. 3:29 Dn 4:6
ar. 3:29 Dn 3:4,7; 4:1; 5:19; 6:25; 7:14; Rv 5:9; 7:9; 10:11; 11:9; 13:7; 14:6; 17:15
as. 3:29 Ezr 6:11; Dn 2:5
at. 3:30 Dn 2:48-49
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