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Because of this the king got furiously angry 1 and gave orders to destroy all the wise men of Babylon.
Then Nebuchadnezzar 1 promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the province of Babylon.
After twelve months, he happened to be walking around on the battlements 1 of the royal palace of Babylon.
But after our ancestors 1 angered the God of heaven, he delivered them into the hands 2 of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, the Chaldean, who destroyed this temple and exiled the people to Babylon. 3
Then Daniel went in to see 1 Arioch (whom the king had appointed to destroy the wise men of Babylon). He came 2 and said to him, “Don’t destroy the wise men of Babylon! Escort me 3 to the king, and I will disclose the interpretation to him!” 4
Then the king elevated Daniel to high position and bestowed on him many marvelous gifts. He granted him authority over the entire province of Babylon and made him the main prefect over all the wise men of Babylon.
But in the first year of King Cyrus of Babylon, 1 King Cyrus enacted a decree to rebuild this temple of God.
So Darius the king issued orders, and they searched in the archives 1 of the treasury which were deposited there in Babylon.
along with all the silver and gold that you may collect 1 throughout all the province of Babylon and the contributions of the people and the priests for the temple of their God which is in Jerusalem.
Then Daniel spoke with prudent counsel 1 to Arioch, who was in charge of the king’s executioners and who had gone out to execute the wise men of Babylon.
He asked them to pray for mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery so that he 1 and his friends would not be destroyed along with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.
And at Daniel’s request, the king 1 appointed Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego over the administration of the province of Babylon. Daniel himself served in the king’s court. 2
1 King Nebuchadnezzar had a golden 2 statue made. 3 It was ninety feet 4 tall and nine feet 5 wide. He erected it on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon.
So I issued an order 1 for all the wise men of Babylon to be brought 2 before me so that they could make known to me the interpretation of the dream.
The king uttered these words: “Is this not the great Babylon that I have built for a royal residence 1 by my own mighty strength 2 and for my majestic honor?”
In the first 1 year of King Belshazzar of Babylon, Daniel had 2 a dream filled with visions 3 while he was lying on his bed. Then he wrote down the dream in summary fashion. 4
Even the gold and silver vessels of the temple of God that Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the temple in Jerusalem and had brought to the palace 1 of Babylon – even those things King Cyrus brought from the palace of Babylon and presented 2 to a man by the name of Sheshbazzar whom he had appointed as governor.
Furthermore let the gold and silver vessels of the temple of God, which Nebuchadnezzar brought from the temple in Jerusalem and carried to Babylon, be returned and brought to their proper place in the temple in Jerusalem. Let them be deposited in the temple of God.’
“Now if the king is so inclined, 1 let a search be conducted in the royal archives 2 there in Babylon in order to determine whether King Cyrus did in fact issue orders for this temple of God to be rebuilt in Jerusalem. Then let the king send us a decision concerning this matter.”
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.”