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Daniel 3:17

ESV If this be so, 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.
NIV If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty's hand.
NASB If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will rescue us from your hand, O king.
CSB If the God we serve exists, then he can rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire, and he can rescue us from the power of you, the king.
NLT If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty.
KJV If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.

What does Daniel 3:17 mean?

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (Daniel 1:6–7) showed resolute trust in God. Their earthly king commanded them to worship an idol to prove their loyalty and avoid a gruesome death (Daniel 3:13–15). Yet they refused. Here, the men point out their confidence that God—the One True God of Israel—would keep them safe even from the great king Nebuchadnezzar.

Perhaps the Hebrew men recalled God's promise in Isaiah 43:2–3: "When you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lᴏʀᴅ your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior." They knew how God had delivered His people from Pharaoh's cavalry. Hemmed in at the Red Sea, the Hebrews witnessed God's miraculous deliverance. They crossed the Red Sea safely on dry ground, whereas the pursuing cavalry drowned in its returning water (Exodus 14).

These men are not foolish. They know it's entirely possible—highly likely, in fact—that they will die horribly for defying a pagan king (Daniel 3:18). Yet they exhibit the same faith as Abraham. Hebrews 11:19 explains that when Abraham prepared to sacrifice his son Isaac (Genesis 22:1–2), he believed God was able even to raise Isaac from the dead.
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