The upset king (Dan 3:24-3:25)

“Then King Nebuchadnezzar

Was astonished.

He rose up quickly.

He said to his counselors.

‘Was it not three men

That we threw bound

Into the fire?’

They answered

The king.

‘True!

O king!’

He replied.

‘But I see four men

Unbound,

Walking

In the middle

Of the fire.

They are not hurt.

The fourth one has

The appearance

Of a god.’”

After the long Septuagint prayer of Azariah, we are back at the Hebrew or Aramaic text of the Book of Daniel. Now King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and upset. He thought that he had put 3 men, tied up, into the furnace. Instead, he saw 4 men, not tied up, walking around in the middle of the furnace. He even remarked that one of them looked like a god, which was the angel.

Final praise to God (Dan 3:67-3:68)

“Give thanks

To the Lord!

He is good!

His mercy endures

Forever!

Bless him!

All who worship

The Lord!

He is the God of gods!

Sing praise to him!

Give thanks to him!

His mercy endures

Forever!”

This prayer of Azariah ended with a beautiful appropriate final praise to God. The Lord is good. His mercy endures forever. Thus, he should be blessed by all those who worship the Lord. He is, after all, the God of gods. Therefore, everyone should sing praise to him and thank him for his enduring everlasting mercy.