Daniel Serves Darius

1 It seemed good to Darius to appoint 120 * satraps over the kingdom, that they would be in charge of the whole kingdom,
2 and over them three commissioners (of whom 1Daniel was one ), that these satraps might be accountable to them, and that the king might not suffer 2loss.
3 Then this Daniel began distinguishing himself among the commissioners and satraps because * * he possessed an 3extraordinary spirit, and the king planned to appoint him over the 4entire kingdom.
4 Then the commissioners and satraps began 5trying to find a ground of accusation against Daniel in regard to government affairs; but they could find 6no * ground of accusation or evidence of corruption, inasmuch * * as he was faithful, and no * negligence or corruption was to be found in him.
5 Then these men said, "We will not find any ground of accusation against this Daniel unless we find it against him with regard to the 7law of his God."
7 "All the 9commissioners of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the high officials and the governors have 10consulted together that the king should establish a statute and enforce an injunction that anyone who makes a petition to any god or man besides * you, O king, for thirty days, shall 11be cast into the lions' den.
8 "Now, O king, 12establish the injunction and sign the document so that it may not be changed, according to the 13law of the Medes and Persians, which may not be revoked."
10 Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open 15toward Jerusalem ); and he continued 16kneeling on his knees three times a day, 17praying and 18giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously.
12 Then they approached and 20spoke before the king about the king's injunction, "Did you not sign an injunction that any man who makes a petition to any god or man besides * you, O king, for thirty days, is to be cast into the lions' den?" The king replied, "The statement is true, according to the 21law of the Medes and Persians, which may not be revoked."
13 Then they answered and spoke before the king, "22Daniel, who is one of the exiles * from Judah, pays 23no attention to you, O king, or to the injunction which you signed, but keeps making his petition three times a day."
14 Then, as soon as the king heard this statement, he was deeply 24distressed and set his mind on delivering Daniel; and even until sunset * he kept exerting himself to rescue him.
15 Then these men came by agreement to the king and said to the king, "Recognize, O king, that it is a 25law of the Medes and Persians that no * injunction or statute which the king establishes may be changed."

Daniel in the Lions' Den

16 Then the king gave orders, and Daniel was brought in and 26cast into the lions' den. The king spoke and said to Daniel, "27Your God whom you constantly serve will Himself deliver you."
17 A 28stone was brought and laid over the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the signet rings of his nobles, so that nothing * would be changed in regard to Daniel.
18 Then the king went off to his palace and spent the night 29fasting, and no entertainment was brought before him; and his 30sleep fled from him.
19 Then the king arose at dawn, at the break of day, and went in haste to the lions' den.
20 When he had come near the den to Daniel, he cried out with a troubled voice. The king spoke and said to Daniel, "Daniel, servant of the living God, has 31your God, whom you constantly serve, been 32able to deliver you from the lions?"
21 Then Daniel spoke to the king, "33O king, live forever!
22 "My God 34sent His angel and 35shut the lions' mouths and they have not harmed me, inasmuch * * as I was found innocent before Him; and also toward you, O king, I have committed no crime."
23 Then the king was very pleased and gave orders for Daniel to be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den and 36no * injury whatever was found on him, because he had 37trusted in his God.
24 The king then gave orders, and they brought those men who had maliciously * accused * Daniel, and they 38cast them, their 39children and their wives into the lions' den; and they had not reached the bottom of the den before * the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.
25 Then Darius the king wrote to all the 40peoples, nations and men of every language who were living in all the land: "41May your peace abound!
26 "I 42make a decree that in all the dominion of my kingdom men are to fear and tremble before * the God of Daniel; For He is the 43living God and 44enduring forever, And 45His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed, And His dominion will be forever.
27 "He delivers and rescues and performs 46signs and wonders In heaven and on earth, Who has also delivered Daniel from the power of the lions."
28 So this 47Daniel enjoyed success in the reign of Darius and in the reign of 48Cyrus the Persian.