Daniel 3:18

“But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But if not, bee it knowen vnto thee, O king, that we will not serue thy gods, nor worship thy golden image, which thou hast set vp.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"But {even} if {He does} not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But if not, be certain, O King, that we will not be the servants of your gods, or give worship to the image of gold which you have put up.
- Basic English Bible

But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image that thou hast set up.
- Darby Bible

But if not, be it known to thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
- Webster's Bible

But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods, nor worship the golden image which you have set up.
- World English Bible

And lo -- not! be it known to thee, O king, that thy gods we are not serving, and to the golden image thou hast raised up we do no obeisance.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Daniel 3:18


3:18 But if not - It was therefore all one to them, which way God would honour himself; they were resolved to suffer rather than sin, and leave the cause to God. Indeed if God be for us, we need not fear what man can do unto us. Let him do his worst. God will deliver us either from death, or in death.


Discussion for Daniel 3

  • Rev -Wood
    Some people are using Daniel chapter 3 as a cure all scripture. The whole lesson in Daniel Chapter 3 simply summed up is that if we would only trust and believe in God and truly understand that know good thing would he withhold from them that diligently seek Him. The problem is that few are seeking Him. I often say that we treat God like a spare tire!
  • BSP
    In verses 16 through 18 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were not going to serve the king's God. They had strong faith and loyalty in their God and they were not going to compromise even when facing death.
  • Bud Whisler
    Why is Daniel's Chapter 3 being advertised as a cure for diabetes and other diseases
  • Brian
    I think that daniel know his God and no one could see that and that he kept on worshiping his LORD GOD in faith that nothing will happen to him
  • Devon
    they walked up and down in the midst, supported and encouraged by the presence of the Son of God. How could Nebuchadnezzer identify the Son of God, when this was before Jesus's time?
  • Sabbath keeper and Wife
    There are a lot of descriptive verses also describing people, all of them getting used to suddenly worshipping when music starts. Not from prayer, or the reading of Scripture. In this newer age type of worship, do you see any parallels? The ecumenical movement calls for all religions to come together any way they see fit, not through Jesus, like the Bible says, and all have music in common.

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