This is a chapter with poetic style. It contains the prayer of Azariah
(1-22), Christ changing the furnace
into a cool breeze (23-27) and the
song of the three Jews (28-68). It
is placed between 3:23 and 3:24 of the Hebrew text. The song is the psalm
used in the Coptic third Hawce of Midnight Praise.
X Azariah. 1:6-7 (NRSVA) 6
have sinned and broken your law in turning away from you; in all matters we
have sinned grievously. 7
not obeyed your commandments, we have not kept them or done what you have
commanded us for our own good.
X Azariah. 1:16,18 (NRSVA) 16
Yet with a
contrite heart and a humble spirit may we be accepted.
And now with all our heart we follow you; we fear you and seek your
Where did the third Hawce of the
Coptic Midnight Praise (Tasbeha) come from?