Daniel 6


6:1 It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom a hundred and
 twenty princes, who should be over the whole kingdom;
6:2 And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel [was] first:
 that the princes might give accounts to them, and the king
 should have no damage.
6:3 Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and
 princes, because an excellent spirit [was] in him; and the king
 thought to set him over the whole realm.
6:4 Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion
 against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no
 occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he [was] faithful, neither was
 there any error or fault found in him.
6:5 Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against
 this Daniel, except we find [it] against him concerning the law
 of his God.
6:6 Then these presidents and princes assembled to the king, and
 said thus to him, King Darius, live for ever.
6:7 All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the
 princes, the counselors, and the captains, have consulted
 together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm
 decree, that whoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for
 thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the
 den of lions.
6:8 Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing,
 that it may not be changed, according to the law of the Medes
 and Persians, which altereth not.
6:9 Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.
6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went
 into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber
 towards Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day,
 and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did before.
6:11 Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and
 making supplication before his God.
6:12 Then they came near, and spoke before the king concerning
 the king's decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every
 man that shall ask [a petition] of any God or man within thirty
 days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of
 lions? The king answered and said, The thing [is] true,
 according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth
 not.
6:13 Then they answered and said before the king, That Daniel,
 who [is] of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth
 not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but
 maketh his petition three times a day.
6:14 Then the king, when he heard [these] words, was much
 displeased with himself, and set [his] heart on Daniel to
 deliver him: and he labored till the setting of the sun to
 deliver him.
6:15 Then these men assembled to the king, and said to the king,
 Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians [is], That
 no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be
 changed.
6:16 Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast
 [him] into the den of lions. [Now] the king spoke and said to
 Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver
 thee.
6:17 And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the
 den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the
 signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed
 concerning Daniel.
6:18 Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night
 fasting: neither were instruments of music brought before him:
 and his sleep went from him.
6:19 Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in
 haste to the den of lions.
6:20 And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable
 voice to Daniel: [and] the king spoke and said to Daniel, O
 Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou
 servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?
6:21 Then said Daniel to the king, O king, live for ever.
6:22 My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions'
 mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him
 innocence was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I
 done no hurt.
6:23 Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded
 that they should take Daniel out of the den. So Daniel was
 taken out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him,
 because he believed in his God.
6:24 And the king commanded, and they brought those men who had
 accused Daniel, and they cast [them] into the den of lions,
 them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the
 mastery of them, and broke all their bones in pieces before
 they came to the bottom of the den.
6:25 Then king Darius wrote to all people, nations, and
 languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied to
 you.
6:26 I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men
 tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he [is] the
 living God, and steadfast for ever, and his kingdom [that]
 which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion [shall be even]
 to the end.
6:27 He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and
 wonders in heaven and on earth, who hath delivered Daniel from
 the power of the lions.
6:28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the
 reign of Cyrus the Persian.
 
 

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