“The late Dr. Knox, of Larbert, while entertaining one day a few of his clerical friends to dinner, happened rather unceremoniously to help himself to some vegetables upon the table by using his fingers, and was told by one of his brethren that he reminded him of Nebuchadnezzar; when the doctor immediately replied, “Oh, yes; that was when he was eating with the beasts.”–Quoted from the book titled American Wit & Humor; 1859. ¹
Who was Nebuchadnezzar? Nebuchadnezzar “was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen” Daniel 4:33 “Nine-tenths of all the bricks amid the ruins of Babylon are stamped with his name.” More information. Further reading: The Book of Daniel ¹
The Four Men in the Furnace:
Who were Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego? ¹ ² When these companions of Daniel would not worship King Nebuchadnezzar’s golden statue–“Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Therefore because the king’s commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.” Daniel 3:21-22. To King Nebuchadnezzar’s amazement: “He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” Daniel 3:25
Commentary: Daniel 3:19-27” Let Nebuchadnezzar heat his furnace as hot as he can, (the furnace was heated “7 times hotter than usual”) a few minutes will finish the torment of those cast into it; but hell-fire tortures, and yet does not kill. Those who worshipped the beast and his image, have no rest, no pause, no moment free from pain, Rev. 14:10,11. Now was fulfilled in the letter that great promise, Isa 43:2, When thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned. Leaving it to that God who preserved them in the fire, to bring them out, they walked up and down in the midst, supported and encouraged by the presence of the Son of God. Those who suffer for Christ, have His presence in their sufferings, even in the fiery furnace, and in the valley of the shadow of death.”–Matthew Henry.