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God Humbles Man's Pride - Daniel Chapter 3

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God Reveals But Man Forgets (Chapter 2:46 - Chapter 3:7)

King Nebuchadnezzar soon forgets his high view of Israel's God - (Chapter 2:47 "Truly your God is the God of gods, the Lord of kings?") - he had then bowed to the ground before Daniel, and His God. He thinks Jehovah is just one of many (like a birthday list - I try not to miss anyone!). He has forgotten what he learned from God through Daniel. The great statue he saw ended in a great fall.

God Protects Men Who Believe in Him (Chapter 3:8-27)

(falling into the furnace)

(four appear, "one like a son of gods")

(the king is astonished!)

("Come out" he cries)

(they do, completely unhurt - and note: it was a real fire; the soldiers who tossed them in were killed by the violence of the flames, v23)

(without even the smell of smoke on them)

God Humbles Men Who Believe in Themselves (Chapter 3:28-30)

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Daniel Chapter 2:46 to Chapter 3:30 (English Standard Version)

46 Then King Nebuchadnezzar (A)fell upon his face and (B)paid homage to Daniel, and commanded that (C)an offering and (D)incense be offered up to him. 47 The king answered and said to Daniel, fTruly, your (E)God is God of gods and (F)Lord of kings, and (G)a revealer of mysteries, for you have been able to reveal this mystery." 48 Then the king gave Daniel high honors and many great (H)gifts, and made him ruler over the whole (I)province of Babylon and (J)chief prefect over all the wise men of Babylon. 49 Daniel made a request of the king, and he (K)appointed (L)Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego over the affairs of (M)the province of Babylon. But Daniel (N)remained at the king's court. Daniel 3 Nebuchadnezzar's Golden Image 1 King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits[a] and its breadth six cubits. He set it up on (O)the plain of Dura, in (P)the province of Babylon. 2 Then King Nebuchadnezzar sent to gather (Q)the satraps, the prefects, and (R)the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the justices, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces to come to the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. 3 Then (S)the satraps, the prefects, and the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the justices, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces gathered for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. And they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. 4 And the herald (T)proclaimed aloud, "You are commanded, O (U)peoples, nations, and languages, 5 that when you hear the (V)sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, you (W)are to fall down and worship the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. 6 And whoever does not fall down and worship shall immediately (X)be cast into a burning fiery furnace." 7 Therefore, as soon as all the peoples heard the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, all (Y)the peoples, nations, and languages fell down and worshiped the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. The Fiery Furnace 8 Therefore at that time certain (Z)Chaldeans (AA)came forward and maliciously accused the Jews. 9 They declared[b] to King Nebuchadnezzar, "O king, live forever! 10 You, O king, (AB)have made a decree, that every man who (AC)hears the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, (AD)shall fall down and worship the golden image. 11 And whoever does not fall down and worship (AE)shall be cast into a burning fiery furnace. 12 There are certain Jews whom you have (AF)appointed over the affairs of (AG)the province of Babylon: (AH)Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These men, O king, (AI)pay no attention to you; they do not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up."

13 Then Nebuchadnezzar (AJ)in furious rage commanded that (AK)Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego be brought. So they brought these men before the king. 14 Nebuchadnezzar answered and said to them, "Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image that I have set up? 15 Now if you are ready when (AL)you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, to fall down and worship the image that I have made, well and good.[c] But if you do not worship, (AM)you shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace. And (AN)who is the god who will deliver you out of my hands?"

16 (AO)Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 If this be so, (AP)our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king.[d] 18 But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up."

19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was (AQ)filled with fury, and the expression of his face (AR)was changed against (AS)Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He ordered the furnace heated seven times more than it was usually heated. 20 And he ordered some of the mighty men of his army (AT)to bind (AU)Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. 21 Then these men were (AV)bound in their cloaks, their tunics,[e] their hats, and their other garments, and they were thrown into the burning fiery furnace. 22 Because the king's order was (AW)urgent and the furnace overheated, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up (AX)Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. 23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell (AY)bound into the burning fiery furnace.

24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was (AZ)astonished and rose up (BA)in haste. He declared to his (BB)counselors, "Did we not cast three men (BC)bound into the fire?" They answered and said to the king, "True, O king." 25 He answered and said, "But I see four men unbound, (BD)walking in the midst of the fire, and they (BE)are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like (BF)a son of the gods."

26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the door of the burning fiery furnace; he declared, (BG)"Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, servants of the (BH)Most High God, come out, and come here!" Then (BI)Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out from the fire. 27 And the (BJ)satraps, the prefects, the governors, and (BK)the king's counselors gathered together and saw that (BL)the fire had not had any power over the bodies of those men. The hair of their heads was not singed, their (BM)cloaks were not harmed, and no smell of fire had come upon them. 28 Nebuchadnezzar answered and said, "Blessed be the God of (BN)Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who (BO)has sent his angel and (BP)delivered his servants, who (BQ)trusted in him, and set aside[f] the king's command, and yielded up their bodies rather than (BR)serve and worship any god except their own God. 29 Therefore (BS)I make a decree: Any (BT)people, nation, or language that speaks anything against the God of (BU)Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (BV)shall be torn limb from limb, and their houses laid in ruins, for there is no other god who is able to rescue in this way." 30 Then the king promoted (BW)Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in (BX)the province of Babylon. Footnotes:

Daniel 3:1 A cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters Daniel 3:9 Aramaic answered and said; also verses 24, 26 Daniel 3:15 Aramaic lacks well and good Daniel 3:17 Or If our God whom we serve is able to deliver us, he will deliver us from the burning fiery furnace and out of your hand, O king. Daniel 3:21 The meaning of the Aramaic words rendered cloaks and tunics is uncertain; also verse 27 Daniel 3:28 Aramaic and changed

Cross references:

Daniel 2:46 : 2 Sam. Daniel 2:46 : Matt. 8:2; Acts Daniel 2:46 : Acts Daniel 2:46 : Ezra Daniel 2:47 : Deut. 10:17 Daniel 2:47 : 1 Tim. 6:15; Rev. 17:14; Daniel 2:47 : See Dan 2:22 Daniel 2:48 : Dan Daniel 2:48 : Dan 3:1, 12, 30; Esth. Daniel 2:48 : Dan 5:11; Dan Daniel 2:49 : Dan 3:12 Daniel 2:49 : Dan Daniel 2:49 : See Dan 2:48; Dan 3:1, 12, 30; Esth. Daniel 2:49 : Esth. 2:19 Daniel 3:1 : Gen. Daniel 3:1 : Dan 3:12, 30; Dan 2:48, 49 Daniel 3:2 : Dan 3:27; Dan 6:1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7; Ezra Daniel 3:2 : Dan 2:48 Daniel 3:3 : See Dan 3:2; Dan 3:27; Dan 6:1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7; Ezra Daniel 3:4 : Dan 4:14; 5:7; Rev. Daniel 3:4 : Dan 3:29; Dan 4:1; 5:19; 6:25; 7:14; Rev. Daniel 3:5 : Dan 3:7, 10, 15 Daniel 3:5 : Dan Daniel 3:6 : Jer. 29:22; Ezek. Daniel 3:7 : See Dan 3:4; Dan 3:29; Dan 4:1; 5:19; 6:25; 7:14; Rev. Daniel 3:8 : See Dan 1:4 Daniel 3:8 : Dan 6:12 Daniel 3:10 : Dan 3:29; Dan 4:6; 6:26 Daniel 3:10 : Dan 3:5, 7, 15 Daniel 3:10 : Dan 3:5, 7, 15 Daniel 3:11 : See Dan 3:6; Jer. 29:22; Ezek. Daniel 3:12 : Dan 2:49 Daniel 3:12 : See Dan 3:1; Dan 3:12, 30; Dan 2:48, 49 Daniel 3:12 : Dan Daniel 3:12 : Dan 6:13 Daniel 3:13 : Dan 2:12 Daniel 3:13 : See Dan 3:12; Dan Daniel 3:15 : Dan 3:5, 7, 10 Daniel 3:15 : See Dan 3:6; Jer. 29:22; Ezek. Daniel 3:15 : Dan 6:20; Ex. 5:2; 2 Kgs. Daniel 3:16 : See Dan 3:12; Dan Daniel 3:17 : Dan Daniel 3:19 : Dan 3:13; Esth. Daniel 3:19 : Dan Daniel 3:19 : See Dan 3:12; Dan Daniel 3:20 : Dan 3:24, Daniel 3:20 : See Dan 3:12; Dan Daniel 3:21 : See Dan 3:20; Dan 3:24, Daniel 3:22 : Dan 2:15 Daniel 3:22 : Dan Daniel 3:23 : See Dan 3:20; Dan 3:24, Daniel 3:24 : Dan 4:19 Daniel 3:24 : Dan 2:25 Daniel 3:24 : Dan 4:36; 6:7 Daniel 3:24 : Dan 3:20, 21, 23 Daniel 3:25 : Isa. Daniel 3:25 : Dan Daniel 3:25 : Dan 3:28; Job Daniel 3:26 : See Dan 3:22; Dan Daniel 3:26 : Dan 4:2; 5:18, 21 Daniel 3:26 : See Dan 3:22; Dan Daniel 3:27 : Dan 3:2 Daniel 3:27 : See Dan 3:24; Dan 4:36; 6:7 Daniel 3:27 : Heb. Daniel 3:27 : Dan 3:21 Daniel 3:28 : See Dan 3:22; Dan Daniel 3:28 : Dan 6:22 Daniel 3:28 : Dan 3:15, 17; Ps. Daniel 3:28 : Ps. Daniel 3:28 : Ex. Daniel 3:29 : See Dan 3:10 Daniel 3:29 : See Dan 3:4 Daniel 3:29 : See Dan 3:22; Dan Daniel 3:29 : Dan 2:5 Daniel 3:30 : See Dan 3:22; Dan Daniel 3:30 : Dan 3:1, 12; Dan 2:48, 49


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