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Song of Three Youths 23

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Song of Three Youths 23–68 (NRSV)

The Song of the Three Jews

23 Now the king’s servants who threw them in kept stoking the furnace with naphtha, pitch, tow, and brushwood. 24 And the flames poured out above the furnace forty-nine cubits, 25 and spread out and burned those Chaldeans who were caught near the furnace. 26 But the angel of the Lord came down into the furnace to be with Azariah and his companions, and drove the fiery flame out of the furnace, 27 and made the inside of the furnace as though a moist wind were whistling through it. The fire did not touch them at all and caused them no pain or distress.

28 Then the three with one voice praised and glorified and blessed God in the furnace:

29    “Blessed are you, O Lord, God of our ancestors,

and to be praised and highly exalted forever;

30    And blessed is your glorious, holy name,

and to be highly praised and highly exalted forever.

31    Blessed are you in the temple of your holy glory,

and to be extolled and highly glorified forever.

32    Blessed are you who look into the depths from your throne on the cherubim,

and to be praised and highly exalted forever.

33    Blessed are you on the throne of your kingdom,

and to be extolled and highly exalted forever.

34    Blessed are you in the firmament of heaven,

and to be sung and glorified forever.

35    “Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord;

sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

36    Bless the Lord, you heavens;

sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

37    Bless the Lord, you angels of the Lord;

sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

38    Bless the Lord, all you waters above the heavens;

sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

39    Bless the Lord, all you powers of the Lord;

sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

40    Bless the Lord, sun and moon;

sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

41    Bless the Lord, stars of heaven;

sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

42    “Bless the Lord, all rain and dew;

sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

43    Bless the Lord, all you winds;

sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

44    Bless the Lord, fire and heat;

sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

45    Bless the Lord, winter cold and summer heat;

sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

46    Bless the Lord, dews and falling snow;

sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

47    Bless the Lord, nights and days;

sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

48    Bless the Lord, light and darkness;

sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

49    Bless the Lord, ice and cold;

sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

50    Bless the Lord, frosts and snows;

sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

51    Bless the Lord, lightnings and clouds;

sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

52    “Let the earth bless the Lord;

let it sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

53    Bless the Lord, mountains and hills;

sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

54    Bless the Lord, all that grows in the ground;

sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

55    Bless the Lord, seas and rivers;

sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

56    Bless the Lord, you springs;

sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

57    Bless the Lord, you whales and all that swim in the waters;

sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

58    Bless the Lord, all birds of the air;

sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

59    Bless the Lord, all wild animals and cattle;

sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

60    “Bless the Lord, all people on earth;

sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

61    Bless the Lord, O Israel;

sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

62    Bless the Lord, you priests of the Lord;

sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

63    Bless the Lord, you servants of the Lord;

sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

64    Bless the Lord, spirits and souls of the righteous;

sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

65    Bless the Lord, you who are holy and humble in heart;

sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

66    “Bless the Lord, Hananiah, Azariah, and Mishael;

sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

For he has rescued us from Hades and saved us from the power of death,

and delivered us from the midst of the burning fiery furnace;

from the midst of the fire he has delivered us.

67    Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,

for his mercy endures forever.

68    All who worship the Lord, bless the God of gods,

sing praise to him and give thanks to him,

for his mercy endures forever.”

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