16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied to the king,
“O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend
ourselves before you in this matter.
17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace,
the God we serve is able to save us from it, and
he will rescue us from your hand, O king.
18 But even if he does not, we want
you to know, O king, that we will not serve your g
ods or worship the image of gold
you have set up.”