Praise from the furnace

It is hot. The Apocrypha contains “The Prayer of Azariah and the Song of the Three Jews,” additions to Daniel that record the prayers and hymns of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the furnace. It is an incredible prayer of confession, humility, and praise. Below are some excerpts.

Blessed art thou, O Lord God of our fathers: and to be praised and exalted above all for ever.
And blessed is thy glorious and holy name: and to be praised and exalted above all for ever. . . .
O ye priests of the Lord, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.
O ye servants of the Lord, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.
O ye spirits and souls of the righteous, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.
O ye holy and humble men of heart, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever. . . .
O give thanks unto the Lord, because he is gracious: for his mercy endureth for ever.
O all ye that worship the Lord, bless the God of gods, praise him, and give him thanks: for his mercy endureth for ever.

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