|Daniel 6:1-23 |
1 It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes who would be over the whole kingdom;
2 And over these, three presidents; of whom Daniel was first, so that the princes might give accounts to them, and the king would have no damage.
3 Then Daniel was preferred above the all the presidents and princes because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.
4 Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault because he was faithful, and neither was there any error or fault found in him.
5 Then these men said, "We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God."
6 Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus to him, "King Darius, live forever."
7 All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, the princes, the counselors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, except from you, O king; he shall be cast into the den of lions.
8 Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, so that it cannot changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be altered."
9 Therefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.
10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did previously.
11 Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.
12 Then they came near, and spoke before the king concerning the king's decree: "Have you not signed a decree that every man who shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty days, except from you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions?" The king answered and said, "The decree is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be altered."
13 Then answered they and said before the king, "That Daniel, who is of the children of the captivity of Judah, does not regard you, O king, nor the decree that you have signed, but makes his petition three times a day."
14 Then the king, when he heard these words, was very displeased with himself, and set his heart how to deliver Daniel; and he labored until sundown to deliver him.
15 Then these men assembled to the king, and said to the king, "Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, 'That no decree nor statute which the king establishes may be changed.'"
16 Then the king commanded and they brought Daniel and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spoke and said to Daniel, "Your God whom you serve continually, he will deliver you."
17 And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel.
18 Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of music brought before him; and he was unable to sleep.
19 The king arose very early in the morning and went in haste to the den of lions.
20 And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice to Daniel; and the king spoke and said to Daniel, "O Daniel, servant of the living God, is your God, whom you serve continually, able to deliver you from the lions?"
21 Then said Daniel to the king, "O king, live forever."
22 My God has sent his angel, and has shut the lions' mouths, so they have not hurt me because as before him innocence was found in me; and also before you, O king, have I done nothing wrong."
23 Then was the king exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.