12 So they went to the king and spoke to him about his royal decree: “Did you not publish a decree that during the next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or human being except to you, Your Majesty, would be thrown into the lions’ den?”

The king answered, “The decree stands—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.”(A)

13 Then they said to the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah,(B) pays no attention(C) to you, Your Majesty, or to the decree you put in writing. He still prays three times a day.” 14 When the king heard this, he was greatly distressed;(D) he was determined to rescue Daniel and made every effort until sundown to save him.

15 Then the men went as a group to King Darius and said to him, “Remember, Your Majesty, that according to the law of the Medes and Persians no decree or edict that the king issues can be changed.”(E)

16 So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den.(F) The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue(G) you!”

17 A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed(H) it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed. 18 Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating(I) and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep.(J)

19 At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. 20 When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?”(K)

21 Daniel answered, “May the king live forever!(L) 22 My God sent his angel,(M) and he shut the mouths of the lions.(N) They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight.(O) Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.”

23 The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound(P) was found on him, because he had trusted(Q) in his God.

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