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But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we don’t serve your gods, and we will not pay homage to the golden statue that you have erected.”
Once the satraps, prefects, governors, and ministers of the king had gathered around, they saw that those men were physically 1 unharmed by the fire. 2 The hair of their heads was not singed, nor were their trousers damaged. Not even the smell of fire was to be found on them!
Now let the king issue a written interdict 1 so that it cannot be altered, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be changed. 2
But there are Jewish men whom you appointed over the administration of the province of Babylon – Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego – and these men 1 have not shown proper respect to you, O king. They don’t serve your gods and they don’t pay homage to the golden statue that you have erected.”
Whoever does not bow down and pay homage will immediately 1 be thrown into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire!”
And whoever does not bow down and pay homage must be thrown into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire.
“But you, his son 1 Belshazzar, have not humbled yourself, 2 although you knew all this.
Instead, you have exalted yourself against the Lord of heaven. You brought before you the vessels from his temple, and you and your nobles, together with your wives and concubines, drank wine from them. You praised the gods of silver, gold, bronze, iron, wood, and stone – gods 1 that cannot see or hear or comprehend! But you have not glorified the God who has in his control 2 your very breath and all your ways!
The wise men replied to the king, “There is no man on earth who is able to disclose the king’s secret, 1 for no king, regardless of his position and power, has ever requested such a thing from any magician, astrologer, or wise man.
What the king is asking is too difficult, and no one exists who can disclose it to the king, except for the gods – but they don’t live among mortals!” 1
And 1 in that you saw iron mixed with wet clay, so people will be mixed 2 with one another 3 without adhering to one another, just as 4 iron does not mix with clay.
In the days of those kings the God of heaven will raise up an everlasting kingdom that will not be destroyed and a kingdom that will not be left to another people. It will break in pieces and bring about the demise of all these kingdoms. But it will stand forever.
Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you don’t serve my gods and that you don’t pay homage to the golden statue that I erected?
All the inhabitants of the earth are regarded as nothing. 1 He does as he wishes with the army of heaven and with those who inhabit the earth. No one slaps 2 his hand and says to him, ‘What have you done?’
Consequently the supervisors and satraps were trying to find 1 some pretext against Daniel in connection with administrative matters. 2 But they were unable to find any such damaging evidence, 3 because he was trustworthy and guilty of no negligence or corruption. 4
My God sent his angel and closed the lions’ mouths so that they have not harmed me, because I was found to be innocent before him. Nor have I done any harm to you, O king.”
To him was given ruling authority, honor, and sovereignty. All peoples, nations, and language groups were serving 1 him. His authority is eternal and will not pass away. 2 His kingdom will not be destroyed. 3
In light of the fact that we are loyal to the king, 1 and since it does not seem appropriate to us that the king should sustain damage, 2 we are sending the king this information 3
We therefore are informing the king that if this city is rebuilt and its walls are completed, you will not retain control 1 of this portion of Trans-Euphrates.”
Now give orders that these men cease their work and that this city not be rebuilt until such time as I so instruct. 1