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The Holman Christian Standard Bible

Daniel 3:1–18

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Nebuchadnezzar’s Gold Statue

3 King Nebuchadnezzar made a gold statue, w 90 feet high and nine feet wide. x He set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. y King Nebuchadnezzar sent word to assemble the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates, and all the rulers z of the provinces to attend the dedication of the statue King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. So 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.

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

Therefore, 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

Some Chaldeans g took this occasion to come forward and maliciously accuse h i the Jews. They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “May the king live forever. 10 You as king have issued a decree j 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. 11 Whoever does not fall down and worship will be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire. 12 There are some Jews you have appointed to manage the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. k These men have ignored you, l the king; they do not serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.”

13 Then in a furious rage m Nebuchadnezzar gave orders to bring in Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. So these men were brought before the king. 14 Nebuchadnezzar asked them, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, is it true that you don’t serve my gods or worship the gold statue n I have set up? 15 Now 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?” o

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

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