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Daniel 6:20-28 (New International Version)

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20 When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, "Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?"1 21 Daniel answered, "O king, live forever!2 22 My God sent his angel,3 and he shut the mouths of the lions.4 They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight.5 Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, O king." 23 The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound6 was found on him, because he had trusted7 in his God. 24 At the king's command, the men who had falsely accused Daniel were brought in and thrown into the lions' den,8 along with their wives and children.9 And before they reached the floor of the den, the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.10 25 Then King Darius wrote to all the peoples, nations and men of every language11 throughout the land: "May you prosper greatly!12 26 "I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence13 the God of Daniel.14 "For he is the living God15 and he endures forever;16 his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end.17 27 He rescues and he saves;18 he performs signs and wonders19 in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions."20 28 So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrusa21 the Persian.22
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