13Thenanswered they and saidbefore the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah,regardethnotthee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed , but maketh his petitionthreetimes a day.14Then the king, when he heard these words, was soredispleased with himself, and set his heartonDaniel to deliver him: and he labouredtill the going down of the sun to deliver him.
15Thenthesemenassembledunto the king, and said unto the king,Know , O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, That nodecree nor statute which the kingestablisheth may be changed .
16Then the kingcommanded , and they broughtDaniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the kingspake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thouservestcontinually, he will deliver thee.
And astone was brought , and laidupon the mouth of the den; and the kingsealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel.18Then the kingwent to his palace, and passed the nightfasting:neither were instrumentsa of musick broughtbefore him: and his sleepwent from him.19Then the kingarose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions.20
And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentablevoice unto Daniel: and the kingspake and said to Daniel, O Daniel,servant of the livingGod, is thy God, whom thou servestcontinually,able to deliver thee from the lions?21ThensaidDanielunto the king, O king,live for ever.22
My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions'mouths, that they have nothurt me: forasmuch asbefore him innocency was found in me; and alsobefore thee, O king, have I donenohurt.23Then was the kingexceedingglad for him, and commanded that they should takeDanielup out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and nomanner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.