Daniel 6

Daniel and the Lions’ Den

1It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom a  120 b  satraps, to be throughout the whole kingdom; 2and over them c  three high officials, of whom Daniel was one, to whom these d  satraps should give account, so that the king might suffer no loss. 3Then this Daniel became e  distinguished above all f  the other high officials and g  satraps, because h  an excellent spirit was in him. And the king planned i  to set him over the whole kingdom. 4Then j  the high officials and k  the satraps l  sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom m  but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful n  and no error or fault was found in him. 5Then these men said, “We shall not find any ground for complaint against this Daniel unless we find it in connection with the law of his God.”

6Then these o  high officials and p  satraps came by agreement
Or  came thronging; also verses 11, 15
to the king and said to him, “O r  King Darius, live forever!
7All the s  high officials of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the t  counselors and the governors are agreed that the king should establish an ordinance and enforce an u  injunction, that whoever makes petition to any god or man for thirty days, except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions. 8Now, O king, establish v  the injunction and sign the document, so that it cannot be changed, according to w  the law of x  the Medes and the Persians y  which cannot be revoked.” 9Therefore King Darius signed the document and z  injunction.

10When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where aa  he had windows in his upper chamber open ab  toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees ac  three times a day and prayed and ad  gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously. 11Then these men came by agreement and found Daniel making petition and plea before his God. 12Then they ae  came near and said before the king, concerning the injunction, “O king! Did you not sign af  an injunction, that anyone who makes petition to any god or man within thirty days except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions?” The king answered and said, “The thing stands fast, according to the law of ag  the Medes and Persians ah  which cannot be revoked.” 13Then they answered and said before the king ai  Daniel, who is one aj  of the exiles ak  from Judah al  pays no attention to you, O king, or am  the injunction you have signed, but makes his petition an  three times a day.”

14Then ao  the king, when he heard these words ap  was much distressed and set his mind to deliver Daniel. And he labored till the sun went down to rescue him. 15Then these men came by agreement to the king and said to the king, “Know, O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no aq  injunction or ordinance that the king establishes can be changed.”

16Then the king commanded, and Daniel was brought and cast into the den of lions. The king declared
Aramaic answered and said; also verse 20
to Daniel, “May as  your God, whom you serve continually, deliver you!”
17 at  And a stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den au  and the king sealed it av  with his own signet and with the signet of his aw  lords, that nothing might be changed concerning Daniel. 18Then the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; ax  no diversions were brought to him, and ay  sleep fled from him.

19Then, at break of day, the king arose and went in haste to the den of lions. 20As he came near to the den where Daniel was, he cried out in a tone of anguish. The king declared to Daniel, “O Daniel, servant of az  the living God, ba  has your God, whom you serve continually, bb  been able to deliver you from the lions?” 21Then Daniel said to the king bc  “O king, live forever! 22My God bd  sent his angel be  and shut the lionsmouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless bf  before him; bg  and also before you, O king, I have done no harm.” 23Then the king was exceedingly glad, and commanded that Daniel be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and bh  no kind of harm was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. 24And the king commanded, and bi  those men who had maliciously accused Daniel were brought and cast into the den of lionsthey, their children, and their wives. And before they reached the bottom of the den, the lions overpowered them and broke all their bones in pieces.

25Then King Darius wrote to all bj  the peoples, nations, and languages bk  that dwell in all the earth: bl  Peace be multiplied to you. 26 bm  I make a decree, that in all my royal dominion bn  people are to tremble and fear before the God of Daniel,

for bo  he is bp  the living God,
enduring forever;
his kingdom shall never be destroyed,
bq  and his dominion shall be br  to the end.
27He delivers and rescues;
he works bs  signs and wonders
in heaven and on earth,
he who has bt  saved Daniel
from the power of the lions.”

28So this Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and bu  the reign of bv  Cyrus the Persian.

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