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

  • CHUKS
    God is ever ready to defend Himself in the lives of those who sincerely trust in Him. And He is the ever present helper in times of need
  • Jackie
    What did they when the three men when into the fire
  • Averu
    These three men didn't fear death or man as much as they feared their God. Shou ld we be afraid to be laughed at or being had in derision by the world instead of testifing for our Jesus?
  • Roen
    After the King had forgotten bowing down to Daniel and placing S., M. and Ab over the affairs of the province of Babylon for the interpretation of his earlier dream, he orders the trio into the fire for not worshipping the gold image he set up. Jesus is there with them and the King retrofitted again. But where and what about Daniel? What does he do the whole while, while sitting in the Gate of the King? Clearly why is he not involved when the temp goes up in the furnace? blessed be the sons of God, Amen
  • James H. Napier
    I believe the fourth man in the fire was Jesus.
  • Pertunia
    shadrack,mishack and abednico stood still and said they wont praise golden images,that gave me a courage of them knowing whom their God is, I do understand that by that time know one liked them since they couldn 't bow down for golden images,but they ddnt care of what people will think about them, they believed that their God will help them through the fire theyl be going through, I love the faith they had towards GOD

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