1. King Nebuchadnezzar had a golden statue made. It was ninety feet tall and nine feet wide. He erected it on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon.
  2. Then King Nebuchadnezzar sent out a summons to assemble the satraps, prefects, governors, counselors, treasurers, judges, magistrates, and all the other authorities of the province to attend the dedication of the statue that he had erected.
     
  3. Now at that time certain Chaldeans came forward and brought malicious accusations against the Jews.
  4. They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “O king, live forever!
  5. You have issued an edict, O king, that everyone must bow down and pay homage to the golden statue when they hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, trigon, harp, pipes, and all kinds of music.
  6. And whoever does not bow down and pay homage must be thrown into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire.
  7. But there are Jewish men whom you appointed over the administration of the province of Babylon—Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego—and these men 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.”
  8. Then Nebuchadnezzar in a fit of rage demanded that they bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego before him. So they brought them before the king.
  9. Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, that you don’t serve my gods and that you don’t pay homage to the golden statue that I erected?
  10. 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?”
  11. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego replied to King Nebuchadnezzar, “We do not need to give you a reply concerning this.
  12. If our God whom we are serving exists, he is able to rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire, and he will rescue us, O king, from your power as well.
  13. 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.”

Version: based on NET Bible