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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
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.”
The king then asked Daniel (whose name was also Belteshazzar), “Are you able to make known to me the dream that I saw, as well as its interpretation?”
If 1 our God whom we are serving exists, 2 he is able to rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire, and he will rescue us, O king, from your power as well.
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.”
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.
However, there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, 1 and he has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in the times to come. 2 The dream and the visions you had while lying on your bed 3 are as follows.
As for me, this mystery was revealed to me not because I possess more wisdom 1 than any other living person, but so that the king may understand 2 the interpretation and comprehend the thoughts of your mind. 3
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?
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
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?’
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
“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.”
I hereby decree 1 that any people, nation, or language group that blasphemes 2 the god of Shadrach, Meshach, or Abednego will be dismembered and his home reduced to rubble! For there exists no other god who can deliver in this way.”
Now if you are ready, when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, trigon, harp, pipes, and all kinds of music, you must bow down and pay homage to the statue that I had made. If you don’t pay homage to it, you will immediately be thrown into the midst of the furnace of blazing fire. Now, who is that god who can rescue you from my power?” 1