The Prayer of Azariah and the Song of the Three Young Men

The righteous Jews who were cast into the fiery furnace utter prayers for deliverance and sing a song of praise.

The book of Daniel includes the story of three righteous Jewish men: Hananiah (Shadrach), Mishael (Meshach), and Azariah (Abednego). Because they refused to worship an idol, they were cast into a fiery furnace. After Daniel 3:23, Roman Catholic Bibles include a prayer and song, which is printed as a separate book in Protestant editions of the Apocrypha. The prayer and song are found in the ancient Greek version of  Daniel, but not in the Hebrew version. Azariah prays that God will save them from the flames and thereby demonstrate God's glory to the world. God responds by sending an angel into the furnace with them. Then all three men sing of God's great acts among the Jewish people and in all the earth, giving thanks for their deliverance from death in the fiery furnace.


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