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“If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.”

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Daniel 3:17 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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If הֵ֣ן Lo! also there(-fore), (un-)less, whether, but, if If
it be אִיתַ֗י Properly, entity; used only as a particle of affirmation, there is it be
so, (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
our God אֱלָהַ֙נָא֙ God God
whom דִּֽי That, used as relative conjunction, and especially (with a preposition) in adverbial phrases; also as preposition of whom
we אֲנַ֣חְנָא We we
serve פָֽלְחִ֔ין To serve or worship serve
is able יָכִ֖ל To be able, literally (can, could) or morally (may, might) able
to deliver לְשֵׁיזָבוּתַ֑נָא To leave, i.e., (causatively) free deliver
us from מִן Properly, a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of us from
the burning יָקִֽדְתָּ֛א To burn burning
fiery נוּרָ֧א Fire fiery
furnace, אַתּ֨וּן Probably a fire-place, i.e., furnace furnace
and out of וּמִן Properly, a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of out
he will deliver יְשֵׁיזִֽב׃ To leave, i.e., (causatively) free deliver
us (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
thine hand, יְדָ֥ךְ Hand (indicating power) thine hand
O king. מַלְכָּ֖א A king O king

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  • 15  Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?

  • 16  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.

  • 17  If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.

  • 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.

  • 19  Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated.


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