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.24
And the kingcommanded , and they broughtthosemen which had accusedDaniel, and they cast them into the den of lions,them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brakeall their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den.25ThenkingDariuswrote unto allpeople,nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth;Peace be multiplied unto you.
26Imake a decree, That in everydominion of my kingdom men tremble and fearbeforetheGod of Daniel: for he is the livingGod, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed , and his dominion shall be even unto the end.