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Daniel Serves Darius

1 It F175 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 Daniel R275 was one), that these satraps might be accountable to them, and that the king might not suffer loss. R276 3 Then this Daniel began distinguishing himself among F176 the commissioners and satraps because he F177 possessed an extraordinary R277 spirit, and the king planned to appoint him over the entire R278 kingdom. 4 Then the commissioners and satraps began trying R279 to find a ground of accusation against Daniel in regard to government F178 affairs; but they could find no R280 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 law R281 of his God."

6 Then these commissioners and satraps came by F179 agreement to the king and spoke to him as follows: "King Darius, live R282 forever! 7 "All the commissioners R283 of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the high officials and the governors have consulted R284 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 be R285 cast into the lions' den. F180 8 "Now, O king, establish R286 the injunction and sign the document so that it may not be changed, according to the law R287 of the Medes and Persians, which may F181 not be revoked." 9 Therefore King Darius signed R288 the document, that is, the injunction.

10 Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open toward R289 Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling R290 on his knees three times a day, praying R291 and giving R292 thanks before his God, as F182 he had been doing previously. 11 Then these men came by R293 F183 agreement and found Daniel making petition and supplication before his God. 12 Then they approached and spoke R294 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 law R295 of the Medes and Persians, which may F184 not be revoked." 13 Then they answered and spoke before the king, "Daniel, R296 who is one of the exiles F185 from Judah, pays no R297 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 distressed R298 and set his mind on delivering Daniel; and even until sunset he kept exerting himself to rescue him. 15 Then these men came by F186 agreement to the king and said to the king, "Recognize, O king, that it is a law R299 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 cast R300 into the lions' den. The king spoke and said to Daniel, "Your R301 F187 God whom you constantly serve will Himself deliver you." 17 A stone R302 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 fasting, R303 and no entertainment was brought before him; and his sleep R304 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 your R305 God, whom you constantly serve, been able R306 to deliver you from the lions?" 21 Then Daniel spoke to F188 the king, "O R307 king, live forever! 22 "My God sent R308 His angel and shut R309 the lions' mouths and they have not harmed me, inasmuch as I F189 was found innocent before Him; and also toward F190 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 no R310 injury whatever was found on him, because he had trusted R311 in his God. 24 The king then gave orders, and they brought those men who had maliciously F191 accused Daniel, and they cast R312 them, their children R313 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 peoples, R314 nations and men of every language F192 who were living in all the land: "May R315 your peace F193 abound! 26 "I F194 make R316 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 living R317 God and enduring R318 forever, And His R319 kingdom is one which will not be destroyed, And His dominion will be forever. F195

27 "He delivers and rescues and performs signs R320 and wonders

In heaven and on earth,

Who has also delivered Daniel from the power F196 of the lions."

28 So this Daniel R321 enjoyed success in the reign of Darius and in the reign of Cyrus R322 the Persian.

F175: Ch 6:2 in Aram
F176: Lit above
F177: Lit there was in him
F178: Lit the kingdom
F179: Or thronging
F180: Or pit, and so throughout the ch
F181: Lit does not pass away
F182: Or because
F183: Or thronging
F184: Lit does not pass away
F185: Lit sons of the exile
F186: Or thronging
F187: Or May your God...Himself deliver you
F188: Lit with
F189: Lit innocence was found for me
F190: Lit before
F191: Lit eaten the pieces of Daniel
F192: Lit tongue
F193: Or welfare or prosperity
F194: Lit From me a decree is made
F195: Lit to the end
F196: Lit hand

R275: Daniel 2:48,49; 5:16,29
R276: Ezra 4:22; Esther 7:4
R277: Daniel 5:12,14; 9:23
R278: Genesis 41:40; Esther 10:3
R279: Genesis 43:18; Judges 14:4; Jeremiah 20:10; Daniel 3:8; Luke 20:20
R280: Daniel 6:22; Luke 20:26; 23:14,15; Philippians 2:15; 1 Peter 2:12; 3:16
R281: Acts 24:13-16,20,21
R282: Nehemiah 2:3; Daniel 2:4; 5:10; 6:21
R283: Daniel 3:2,27
R284: Psalms 59:3; 62:4; 64:2-6; 83:1-3
R285: Psalms 10:9; Daniel 3:6; 6:16
R286: Esther 3:12; 8:10; Isaiah 10:1
R287: Esther 1:19; 8:8; Daniel 6:12,15
R288: Psalms 118:9; 146:3
R289: 1 Kings 8:44,48,49; Psalms 5:7; Jonah 2:4
R290: Psalms 55:17; 95:6
R291: Daniel 9:4-19
R292: Psalms 34:1; Philippians 4:6; 1 Thessalonians 5:17,18
R293: Psalms 37:32,33; Daniel 6:6
R294: Daniel 3:8-12; Acts 16:19-21
R295: Esther 1:19; Daniel 6:8,15
R296: Daniel 2:25; 5:13
R297: Esther 3:8; Daniel 3:12; Acts 5:29
R298: Mark 6:26
R299: Esther 8:8; Psalms 94:20,21; Daniel 6:8,12
R300: 2 Samuel 3:39; Jeremiah 38:5; Daniel 6:7
R301: Job 1:5:19; Psalms 37:39,40; Isaiah 41:10; Daniel 3:17,28; 6:20; 2 Corinthians 1:10
R302: Lamentations 3:53; Matthew 27:66
R303: 2 Samuel 12:16,17
R304: Esther 6:1; Psalms 77:4; Daniel 2:1
R305: Daniel 6:16,27
R306: Genesis 18:14; Numbers 11:23; Jeremiah 32:17; Daniel 3:17
R307: Daniel 2:4; 6:6
R308: Numbers 20:16; Isaiah 63:9; Daniel 3:28; Acts 12:11; Hebrews 1:14
R309: Psalms 91:11-13; 2 Timothy 4:17; Hebrews 11:33
R310: Daniel 3:25,27
R311: 1 Chronicles 5:20; 2 Chronicles 20:20; Psalms 118:8,9; Isaiah 26:3; Daniel 3:17,28
R312: Deuteronomy 19:18,19; Esther 7:10
R313: Deuteronomy 24:16; 2 Kings 14:6; Esther 9:10
R314: Ezra 1:1,2; Esther 3:12; 8:9; Daniel 4:1
R315: Ezra 4:17; 1 Peter 1:2
R316: Ezra 6:8-12; 7:13,21; Daniel 3:29
R317: Daniel 4:34; 6:20; Hosea 1:10; Romans 9:26
R318: Psalms 93:1,2; Malachi 3:6
R319: Daniel 2:44; 4:3; 7:14,27; Luke 1:33
R320: Daniel 4:2,3
R321: Daniel 1:21
R322: 2 Chronicles 36:22,23; Daniel 10:1


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