So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions' den.1 The king said to Daniel, "May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue2 you!"
A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed3 it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel's situation might not be changed.
Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating4 and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep.519
At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions' den.
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?"621
Daniel answered, "O king, live forever!722
My God sent his angel,8 and he shut the mouths of the lions.9 They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight.10 Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, O king."
The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound11 was found on him, because he had trusted12 in his God.
At the king's command, the men who had falsely accused Daniel were brought in and thrown into the lions' den,13 along with their wives and children.14 And before they reached the floor of the den, the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.1525
Then King Darius wrote to all the peoples, nations and men of every language16 throughout the land: "May you prosper greatly!1726
"I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence18 the God of Daniel.19 "For he is the living God20 and he endures forever;21 his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end.22