The Prayer of Azarias

  The Prayer of Azarias has been cut from the Bible. But, the Vulgate, the Greek translation of Daniel (Septuagint and Theodotion) and other ancient and modern translations include the Prayer of Azarias. In these versions, it is inserted in the 3rd Chapter of Daniel between the 23rd and 24th verses. The Prayer of Azarias is a prayer by Azarias while he was standing in the fiery furnace with his two friends, Ananias and Misael. The supernatural happenings while Azarias and his companions were in the furnace are recorded below.

Walking Unharmed In The Midst Of Fire
And they walked in the midst of the fire, praising God, and blessing the Lord. 2 Then Azarias stood up, and prayed on this manner; and opening his mouth in the midst of the fire said,

Chaldeans Around The Furnace Burned
 And the king’s servants, that put them in, ceased not to make the oven hot with rosin, pitch, tow, and small wood; 24 So that the flame streamed forth above the furnace forty and nine cubits. 25 And it passed through, and burned those Chaldeans it found about the furnace.

An Angel Puts The Fire Out And Makes A Moist, Whistling Wind
But the angel of the Lord came down into the oven together with Azarias and his fellows, and smote the flame of the fire out of the oven; 27 And made the midst of the furnace as it had been a moist whistling wind, so that the fire touched them not at all, neither hurt nor troubled them.

God Sits Upon Cherubims
 Blessed art thou that beholdest the depths, and sittest upon the cherubims: and to be praised and exalted above all for ever.

God Is In The Firmament of Heaven
Blessed art thou in the firmament of heaven: and above ail to be praised and glorified for ever.

Azarias Praises God For Delivering Them From The Furnace
 O Ananias, Azarias, and Misael, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever: far he hath delivered us from hell, and saved us from the hand of death, and delivered us out of the midst of the furnace and burning flame: even out of the midst of the fire hath he delivered us.

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