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Azariah’ s prayer for reconciliation
1#Appears in Gk between Dan 3:23 and 3:24Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego#Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego equal Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah (Dan 1:7). walked around in the flames, singing hymns to God, blessing the Lord. 2While standing and praying in the middle of the fire, Azariah spoke like this:
3Blessed are you,
Lord God of our ancestors.
You deserve to be praised
and honored forever!
4Everything you’ve done to us is fair.
All your actions are right,
your ways consistent;
all your decisions are sound.
5You judged us fairly
in all the things you’ve done to us
and to Jerusalem,
our ancestors’ holy city.
You were honest and fair
in doing all these things
to us because of our sins.
6We sinned and broke the law
by turning from you;
we sinned in everything we did.
7We didn’t obey your commands;
we didn’t keep them or do as you ordered us,
although the orders were
for our own good.
8All that you’ve brought upon us,
all that you’ve done to us,
has been fair.
9You handed us over to our enemies, immoral rebels who hate God’s laws,
and to an unjust king, the most evil one in the whole world.
10Now there’s nothing that we can say.
Shame and blame cover your servants and those who worship you.
11For the sake of your own reputation,
please don’t hand us over permanently!
Don’t set aside your covenant!
12Don’t turn your mercy away from us! Hold to it
for the sake of Abraham,
whom you loved,
and Isaac, your servant,
and Israel, your holy one.
13You told them
you would give them descendants,
as many as the stars of the sky
and the grains of sand beside the sea.
14Look, Lord, we have become smaller than any other nation.
We are disgraced now in front of everybody because of our sins.
15In this time we have no ruler
or prophet or leader,
no entirely burned offering or sacrifice, no special gift or incense,
no place to bring gifts to you
and find mercy.
16Accept us, please, with our crushed souls and humble spirits,
as if we brought entirely burned offerings of rams and bulls,
as if we brought tens of thousands
of fat lambs.
17May this be the kind of offering we make in your presence today,
and may we follow you completely,#Gk uncertain
since no shame will come to those who come to terms with you.
18Now we follow you with our hearts,
honor you, and seek your presence.
19Don’t put us to shame!
Instead, deal with us in line
with your kindness and great mercy.
20As you have worked wonders before,
so rescue us now!
Build up your reputation, Lord!
21Let all who mistreat your servants
be humiliated.
Let them be put to shame
and lose all their authority;
may their strength be smashed.
22Let them know that you alone
are the Lord God,
more honored
than anyone else in the world.
Heating the fire
23Now the king’s aides, who had thrown them into the furnace, were constantly feeding the fire with petroleum, tar, kindling, and dry sticks. 24Flame shot out of the furnace to a height of more than seventy feet, 25spreading out and burning the Babylonians who stood near the furnace. 26But the Lord’s angel came down among Azariah and his friends and waved the fiery flames out of the furnace. 27He made the middle of the furnace seem like a cool breeze was blowing through it. The fire didn’t touch them at all; it didn’t hurt or upset them.
Hymn of the three young men
28Then with one voice the three began singing hymns, praising and blessing God right there in the furnace. They said:
29Blessed are you,
Lord God of our ancestors.
You are worthy of praise and raised high above all others forever.
Blessed is your glorious
and holy reputation,
worthy of praise and raised high above all others forever.
30Blessed are you in your glorious,
holy temple,
worthy of hymns and honored
above all others forever.
31Blessed are you,
sitting on the winged creatures,
looking down into the farthest depths,
worthy of praise and raised high above all others forever.
32Blessed are you on your royal throne,
worthy of hymns and raised high
above all others forever.
33Blessed are you in the dome of the sky,
worthy of hymns
and honored forever.
34All works of the Lord, bless the Lord,
sing hymns, and lift God high
above all others forever.
35Heavens, bless the Lord,
sing hymns, and lift God high
above all others forever.
36Angels serving the Lord, bless the Lord,
sing hymns, and lift God high
above all others forever.
37All you waters above the sky,
bless the Lord,
sing hymns, and lift God high
above all others forever.
38All you heavenly powers,#Gk lacks heavenly. bless the Lord,
sing hymns, and lift God high
above all others forever.
39Sun and moon, bless the Lord,
sing hymns, and lift God high
above all others forever.
40Stars of the sky, bless the Lord,
sing hymns, and lift God high
above all others forever.
41Rainstorms and dew, bless the Lord,
sing hymns, and lift God high
above all others forever.
42All you winds, bless the Lord,
sing hymns, and lift God high
above all others forever.
43Fire and burning, bless the Lord,
sing hymns, and lift God high
above all others forever.
44Cold and heat, bless the Lord,
sing hymns, and lift God high
above all others forever.
45Dew drops and falling snow,
bless the Lord,
sing hymns, and lift God high
above all others forever.
46Nights and days, bless the Lord,
sing hymns, and lift God high
above all others forever.
47Light and darkness, bless the Lord,
sing hymns, and lift God high
above all others forever.
48Ice and winter, bless the Lord,
sing hymns, and lift God high
above all others forever.
49Frost and snow, bless the Lord,
sing hymns, and lift God high
above all others forever.
50Lightning and clouds, bless the Lord,
sing hymns, and lift God high
above all others forever.
51Let the earth bless the Lord.
Let it sing hymns and lift God high above all others forever.
52Mountains and hills, bless the Lord,
sing hymns, and lift God high
above all others forever.
53All you things that grow in the earth, bless the Lord,
sing hymns, and lift God high
above all others forever.
54Oceans and rivers, bless the Lord,
sing hymns, and lift God high
above all others forever.
55Running waters, bless the Lord,
sing hymns, and lift God high
above all others forever.
56Sea monsters and all you things that swarm in the water, bless the Lord,
sing hymns, and lift God high
above all others forever.
57All birds of the sky, bless the Lord,
sing hymns, and lift God high
above all others forever.
58Wild and tame animals, bless the Lord,
sing hymns, and lift God high
above all others forever.
59You human beings, bless the Lord,
sing hymns, and lift God high
above all others forever.
60Israel, bless the Lord,
sing hymns, and lift God high
above all others forever.
61Priests, bless the Lord,
sing hymns, and lift God high
above all others forever.
62You who serve the Lord, bless the Lord,
sing hymns, and lift God high
above all others forever.
63Spirits and souls of good people,
bless the Lord,
sing hymns, and lift God high
above all others forever.
64You people who are holy and have humble hearts, bless the Lord,
sing hymns, and lift God high
above all others forever.
65Hananiah, Azariah, and Mishael,
bless the Lord,
sing hymns, and lift God high
above all others forever,
because he rescued us from
the grave,#Gk Hades
and saved us from death.
God pulled us out of the middle
of the scorching furnace,
and pulled us out
of the middle of the fire.
66Tell people that the Lord is good,
because his mercy lasts forever.
67All you who worship the Lord,
the God of gods, bless him,
sing hymns, and tell people
that God’s mercy lasts forever!
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