8 Therefore at that time certain Chaldeans c came forward and accused the Jews. 9 They spoke and said to King Nebuchadnezzar, d "O king, live forever! 10 "You, O king, have made a decree that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, shall fall down and worship the gold image; 11 "and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. 12 e "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 f not paid due regard to you. They do not serve your gods or worship the gold image which you have set up."
13 Then Nebuchadnezzar, in g rage and fury, gave the command to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and AbedNego'. So they brought these men before the king. 14 Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying to them, "Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and AbedNego', that you do not serve my gods or worship the gold image which I have set up? 15 "Now if you are ready at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, and you fall down and worship the image which I have made, h good! But if you do not worship, you shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. i And who is the god who will deliver you from my hands?"
16 Shadrach, Meshach, and AbedNego' answered and said to the king, "O Nebuchadnezzar, j we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 "If that is the case, our k God whom we serve is able to l deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. 18 "But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we m worship the gold image which you have set up."
19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury, and the expression on his face changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and AbedNego'. He spoke and commanded that they heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated. 20 And he commanded certain mighty men of valor who were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and AbedNego', and cast them into the burning fiery furnace. 21 Then these men were bound in their coats, their trousers, their turbans, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. 22 Therefore, because the king's command was 1 urgent, and the furnace exceedingly hot, the flame of the fire killed those men who 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 King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his 2 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 "Look!" he answered, "I see four men loose, n walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like o the 3 Son of God." 3
26 Then Nebuchadnezzar went near the 5 mouth of the burning fiery furnace and spoke, saying, "Shadrach, Meshach, and AbedNego', servants of the p Most High God, come out, and come here." Then Shadrach, Meshach, and AbedNego' came from the midst of the fire. 27 And the satraps, administrators, governors, and the king's counselors gathered together, and they saw these men q on whose bodies the fire had no power; the hair of their head was not singed nor were their garments affected, and the smell of fire was not on them. 28 Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying, "Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and AbedNego', who sent His r Angel 6 6 and delivered His servants who trusted in Him, and they have frustrated the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they should not serve nor worship any god except their own God! 29 s "Therefore I make a decree that any people, nation, or language which speaks anything amiss against the t God of Shadrach, Meshach, and AbedNego' shall be u cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made an ash heap; v because there is no other God who can deliver like this." 30 Then the king 8 promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and AbedNego' in the province of Babylon.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.