Daniel 6

Daniel Serves Darius

Ch 6:2 in Aram
It seemed good to Darius to appoint 120 satraps over the kingdom, that they would be in charge of the whole kingdom,
2and over them three commissioners (of whom b  Daniel was one), that these satraps might be accountable to them, and that the king might not suffer c  loss. 3Then this Daniel began distinguishing himself
Lit above
among the commissioners and satraps because
Lit there was in him
he possessed an f  extraordinary spirit, and the king planned to appoint him over the g  entire kingdom.
4Then the commissioners and satraps began h  trying to find a ground of accusation against Daniel in regard to
Lit the kingdom
government affairs; but they could find j  no ground of accusation or evidence of corruption, inasmuch as he was faithful, and no negligence or corruption was to be found in him.
5Then these men said, “We will not find any ground of accusation against this Daniel unless we find it against him with regard to the k  law of his God.”

6Then these commissioners and satraps came
Or thronging
by agreement to the king and spoke to him as follows: “King Darius m  live forever!
7All the n  commissioners of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the high officials and the governors have o  consulted together that the king should establish a statute and enforce an injunction that anyone who makes a petition to any god or man besides you, O king, for thirty days, shall p  be cast into the lions’
Or pit, and so throughout the ch
8Now, O king, r  establish the injunction and sign the document so that it may not be changed, according to the s  law of the Medes and Persians, which
Lit does not pass away
may not be revoked.”
9Therefore King Darius u  signed the document, that is, the injunction.

10Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open v  toward Jerusalem); and he continued w  kneeling on his knees three times a day x  praying and y  giving thanks before his God
Or because
as he had been doing previously.
11Then these men came
Or thronging
ab  by agreement and found Daniel making petition and supplication before his God.
12Then they approached and ac  spoke before the king about the king’s injunction, “Did you not sign an injunction that any man who makes a petition to any god or man besides you, O king, for thirty days, is to be cast into the lions’ den?” The king replied, “The statement is true, according to the ad  law of the Medes and Persians, which
Lit does not pass away
may not be revoked.”
13Then they answered and spoke before the king af  Daniel, who is one of the
Lit sons of the exile
exiles from Judah, pays ah  no attention to you, O king, or to the injunction which you signed, but keeps making his petition three times a day.”

14Then, as soon as the king heard this statement, he was deeply ai  distressed and set his mind on delivering Daniel; and even until sunset he kept exerting himself to rescue him. 15Then these men came
Or thronging
by agreement to the king and said to the king, “Recognize, O king, that it is a ak  law of the Medes and Persians that no injunction or statute which the king establishes may be changed.”

Daniel in the Lions’ Den

16Then the king gave orders, and Daniel was brought in and al  cast into the lions’ den. The king spoke and said to Daniel
Or May your God...Himself deliver you
an  Your God whom you constantly serve will Himself deliver you.”
17A ao  stone was brought and laid over the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the signet rings of his nobles, so that nothing would be changed in regard to Daniel. 18Then the king went off to his palace and spent the night ap  fasting, and no entertainment was brought before him; and his aq  sleep fled from him.

19Then the king arose at dawn, at the break of day, and went in haste to the lions’ den. 20When he had come near the den to Daniel, he cried out with a troubled voice. The king spoke and said to Daniel, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has ar  your God, whom you constantly serve, been as  able to deliver you from the lions?” 21Then Daniel spoke
Lit with
to the king au  O king, live forever!
22My God av  sent His angel and aw  shut the lions’ mouths and they have not harmed me, inasmuch as
Lit innocence was found for me
I was found innocent before Him; and also
Lit before
toward you, O king, I have committed no crime.”
23Then the king was very pleased and gave orders for Daniel to be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den and az  no injury whatever was found on him, because he had ba  trusted in his God. 24The king then gave orders, and they brought those men who had
Lit eaten the pieces of Daniel
maliciously accused Daniel, and they bc  cast them, their bd  children and their wives into the lions’ den; and they had not reached the bottom of the den before the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.

25Then Darius the king wrote to all the be  peoples, nations and men of every
Lit tongue
language who were living in all the land: bg  “May your
Or welfare or prosperity
peace abound!
Lit From me a decree is made
“I bj  make a decree that in all the dominion of my kingdom men are to fear and tremble before the God of Daniel; For He is the bk  living God and bl  enduring forever,
And bm  His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed,
And His dominion will be
Lit to the end
27He delivers and rescues and performs bo  signs and wonders
In heaven and on earth,
Who has also delivered Daniel from the
Lit hand
power of the lions.”

28So this bq  Daniel enjoyed success in the reign of Darius and in the reign of br  Cyrus the Persian.
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