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They 1 also asked them, “What are the names of the men who are building this edifice?”
We also inquired of their names in order to inform you, so that we might write the names of the men who were their leaders.
Now 1 at that time certain 2 Chaldeans came forward and brought malicious accusations against 3 the Jews.
Then those officials who had gone to the king 1 came by collusion and found Daniel praying and asking for help before his God.
Now give orders that these men cease their work and that this city not be rebuilt until such time as I so instruct. 1
Then Nebuchadnezzar in a fit of rage 1 demanded that they bring 2 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego before him. So they brought them 3 before the king.
He ordered strong 1 soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and to throw them into the furnace of blazing fire.
So those men were tied up while still wearing their cloaks, trousers, turbans, and other clothes, 1 and were thrown into the furnace 2 of blazing fire.
But those three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell into the furnace 1 of blazing fire while still securely bound. 2
So these men concluded, 1 “We won’t find any pretext against this man Daniel unless it is 2 in connection with the law of his God.”
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.”
“I also hereby issue orders as to what you are to do with those elders of the Jews in order to rebuild this temple of God. From the royal treasury, from the taxes of Trans-Euphrates the complete costs are to be given to these men, so that there may be no interruption of the work. 1
So Arioch quickly ushered Daniel into the king’s presence, saying to him, “I 1 have found a man from the captives of Judah who can make known the interpretation to the king.”
But since the king’s command was so urgent, and the furnace was so excessively hot, the men who escorted 1 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were killed 2 by the leaping flames. 3
Then King Nebuchadnezzar was startled and quickly got up. He said to his ministers, “Wasn’t it three men that we tied up and threw 1 into 2 the fire?” They replied to the king, “For sure, O king.”
He answered, “But I see four men, untied and walking around in the midst of the fire! No harm has come to them! And the appearance of the fourth is like that of a god!” 1
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!
There is a man in your kingdom who has within him a spirit of the holy gods. In the days of your father, he proved to have 1 insight, discernment, and wisdom like that 2 of the gods. 3 King Nebuchadnezzar your father appointed him chief of the magicians, astrologers, wise men, and diviners. 4
Then those men came by collusion to the king and 1 said to him, 2 “Recall, 3 O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no edict or decree that the king issues can be changed.”
The king gave another order, 1 and those men who had maliciously accused 2 Daniel were brought and thrown 3 into the lions’ den – they, their children, and their wives. 4 They did not even reach the bottom of the den before the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.