The next chapter of Daniel, chapter 3, tells of another court event where Daniel and his devout companions do not give in to idolatry. King Nebuchadnezzar had built an enormous golden statue that he wished to dedicate before all the people. He proclaimed that all the people bow down and worship this golden statue. Word got out that the devout Jews of Daniel and his companions would not adore the statue. As a consequence, they would be punished and burned to death. One of Daniel’s companions, Azariah, prays to the LORD in the midst of the fiery furnace:
Daniel 3: 26 “Blessed are You, and praiseworthy, O LORD, the God of our fathers, and glorious forever is Your Name.”
In the course of Azariah’s prayer, he acknowledges the sinfulness of Israel and asks for mercy from the LORD.
Daniel 3: 34 “For Your Name’s sake, do not deliver us up forever, or make void Your covenant.”
verse 43 “Deliver us by Your wonders and bring glory to Your Name, O LORD.”
At this point an angel of the LORD is sent from God into the fiery furnace “to drive the fiery flames out of the furnace, and made the inside of the furnace as though a dew-laden breeze were blowing through it. The fire in no way touched them or caused them harm. Then these three in the furnace with one voice sang, glorifying and blessing God:
verse 52 “Blessed are You, O LORD, the God of our fathers, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever; and blessed is Your holy and glorious Name, praiseworthy and exalted above all for all ages.”
The rest of the song is very beautiful to read frequently as a form of pure praise and worship to the Father! Of course, King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished that the men were unharmed and his heart began to turn to the LORD.

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