|Daniel 3:12-30 |
12 There are certain Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; these men, O king, have not obeyed you. They do serve your gods, nor worship the golden image that you have set up."
13 Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego be brought to him. Then they brought these men before the king.
14 Nebuchadnezzar spoke and said to them, "Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?
15 Now if you are ready so that at the time you hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of music, you fall down and worship the image that I have made; it is well. But if you do not worship, you shall be cast in the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God who shall deliver you out of my hands?"
16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to answer you in this matter.
17 If that is so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king.
18 But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods, nor worship the golden image which you have set up."
19 Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Therefore he spoke, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was customary to be heated.
20 And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace.
21 Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
22 Therefore because the king's commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceedingly hot, the flames of the fire killed those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up in haste, and spoke, and said to his counselors, "Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?" They answered and said to the king, "True, O king."
25 He answered and said, "Look, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not harmed; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God1."
26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spoke, and said, "Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, you servants of the most high God, come forth, and come here." Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire.
27 And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king's counselors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor was their a smell of fire on them.
28 Then Nebuchadnezzar spoke, and said, "Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.
29 Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort."
30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, in the province of Babylon.
1 So here is a king who recognizes "the son of God." Yet he was totally ignorant of God, and the concept of a "son of God," other than a man, was foreign to the time. So, perhaps there is an instinct in us all, to recognize "the son of God" when we see Him. Behold, he comes with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: (also, the Jews 2000 years ago) and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. Rev 1:7. We will all know him, when we see him. We will recognize our creator.