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(A) was found on him, because he had trusted(B) in his God.

24 At the king’s command, the men who had falsely accused Daniel were brought in and thrown into the lions’ den,(C) along with their wives and children.(D) And before they reached the floor of the den, the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.(E)

25 Then King Darius wrote to all the nations and peoples of every language(F) in all the earth:

“May you prosper greatly!(G)

26 “I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence(H) the God of Daniel.(I)

“For he is the living God(J)
    and he endures forever;(K)
his kingdom will not be destroyed,
    his dominion will never end.(L)
27 He rescues and he saves;(M)
    he performs signs and wonders(N)
    in the heavens and on the earth.
He has rescued Daniel
    from the power of the lions.”(O)

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