Srimad-Bhagavatam: Canto 7 - Chapter 1 - Verse 26


स तस्य हस्तोत्कलितस्तदासुरोविक्रीडतो यद्वदहिर्गरुत्मत: ।असाध्वमन्यन्त हृतौकसोऽमराघनच्छदा भारत सर्वधिष्ण्यपा: ॥ २६ ॥


sa tasya hastotkalitas tadāsurovikrīḍato yadvad ahir garutmataḥasādhv amanyanta hṛtaukaso ’marāghana-cchadā bhārata sarva-dhiṣṇya-pāḥ


O Yudhiṣṭhira, O great son of Bharata, when Lord Nṛsiṁhadeva gave Hiraṇyakaśipu a chance to slip from His hand, just as Garuḍa sometimes plays with a snake and lets it slip from his mouth, the demigods, who had lost their abodes and who were hiding behind the clouds for fear of the demon, did not consider that incident very good. Indeed, they were perturbed.


When Hiraṇyakaśipu was in the process of being killed by Lord Nṛsiṁhadeva, the Lord gave the demon a chance to slip from His clutches. This incident was not very much appreciated by the demigods, for they were greatly afraid of Hiraṇyakaśipu. They knew that if somehow or other Hiraṇyakaśipu escaped from Nṛsiṁhadeva’s hands and saw that the demigods were looking forward to his death with great pleasure, he would take great revenge upon them. Therefore they were very much afraid.