1aIt seemedgood to Darius to appoint120satrapsover the kingdom, that they would be in charge of the wholekingdom,
and over them threecommissioners (of whom1Daniel was one ), that thesesatraps might be accountable to them, and that the king might not suffer2loss.
3ThenthisDaniel began distinguishing himself bamong the commissioners and satrapsbecauseche possessed an 3extraordinaryspirit, and the kingplanned to appoint him over the 4entirekingdom.
4Then the commissioners and satraps began 5trying to find a ground of accusation against Daniel in regard to dgovernmentaffairs ; but they couldfind6noground of accusation or evidence of corruption, inasmuch as he was faithful, and nonegligence or corruption was to be found in him.
5Thenthesemensaid, "We will not findanyground of accusation against thisDanielunless we find it against him with regard to the 7law of his God."
6Thenthesecommissioners and satrapscameeby agreement to the king and spoke to him as follows : "KingDarius, 8liveforever !
7"All the 9commissioners of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the highofficials and the governors have 10consultedtogether that the king should establish a statute and enforce an injunction that anyonewhomakes a petition to anygod or manbesides you, O king, for thirtydays, shall 11be cast into the lions'fden.
8"Now, O king, 12establish the injunction and sign the documentso that it may not be changed, according to the 13law of the Medes and Persians, whichgmay not be revoked."
9ThereforeKingDarius14signed the document, that is, the injunction.
Now whenDanielknew that the document was signed, he entered his house (now in his roofchamber he had windowsopen15towardJerusalem ); and he continued 16kneeling on his kneesthreetimes a day, 17praying and 18givingthanksbefore his God, has he had been doingpreviously.
11Thenthesemencamei19by agreement and foundDanielmakingpetition and supplicationbefore his God.
12Then they approached and 20spokebefore the kingabout the king'sinjunction, "Did you not sign an injunction that anymanwhomakes a petition to anygod or manbesides you, O king, for thirtydays, is to be cast into the lions'den ?" The kingreplied, "The statement is true, according to the 21law of the Medes and Persians, whichjmay not be revoked."
13Then they answered and spokebefore the king, "22Daniel, who is one of the kexiles from Judah, pays23noattention to you, O king, or to the injunctionwhich you signed, but keeps making his petitionthreetimes a day."
14Then, as soon as the kingheard this statement, he was deeply24distressed and set his mind on deliveringDaniel ; and even untilsunset he kept exerting himself to rescue him.
15Thenthesemencamelby agreement to the king and said to the king, "Recognize, O king, that it is a 25law of the Medes and Persians that noinjunction or statutewhich the kingestablishes may be changed."
16Then the kinggaveorders, and Daniel was brought in and 26cast into the lions'den. The kingspoke and said to Daniel, "m27Your Godwhom you constantlyserve will Himselfdeliver you."
A 28stone was brought and laidover the mouth of the den ; and the kingsealed it with his own signetring and with the signetrings of his nobles, so that nothing would be changed in regard to Daniel.
18Then the kingwentoff to his palace and spent the night29fasting, and noentertainment was broughtbefore him; and his 30sleepfled from him.
19Then the kingarose at dawn, at the break of day, and went in haste to the lions'den.
When he had comenear the den to Daniel, he cried out with a troubledvoice. The kingspoke and said to Daniel, "Daniel, servant of the livingGod, has 31your God, whom you constantlyserve, been32able to deliver you from the lions ?"
21ThenDanielspokento the king, "33O king, liveforever !
"My God34sent His angel and 35shut the lions'mouths and they have not harmed me, inasmuch as oI was foundinnocentbefore Him; and alsoptoward you, O king, I have committednocrime."
23Then the king was verypleased and gaveorders for Daniel to be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den and 36noinjurywhatever was found on him, because he had 37trusted in his God.
The king then gaveorders, and they broughtthosemenwho had qmaliciouslyaccusedDaniel, and they 38cast them, their 39children and their wives into the lions'den ; and they had not reached the bottom of the denbefore the lionsoverpowered them and crushedall their bones.
25ThenDarius the kingwrote to all the 40peoples, nations and men of every rlanguagewho were living in all the land : "41May your speaceabound !
"tI 42make a decree that in all the dominion of my kingdom men are to fear and tremblebefore the God of Daniel ; For He is the 43livingGod and 44enduringforever, And 45His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed, And His dominion will be uforever.
"He delivers and rescues and performs46signs and wonders In heaven and on earth, Who has also deliveredDaniel from the vpower of the lions."
So this47Danielenjoyedsuccess in the reign of Darius and in the reign of 48Cyrus the Persian.