14 Then (A)the king, when he heard these words, (B)was much distressed and set his mind to deliver Daniel. And he labored till the sun went down to rescue him. 15 Then these men came by agreement to the king and said to the king, “Know, O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no (C)injunction or ordinance that the king establishes can be changed.”

16 Then the king commanded, and Daniel was brought and cast into the den of lions. The king declared[a] to Daniel, “May (D)your God, whom you serve continually, deliver you!” 17 (E)And a stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, (F)and the king sealed it (G)with his own signet and with the signet of his (H)lords, that nothing might be changed concerning Daniel. 18 Then the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; (I)no diversions were brought to him, and (J)sleep fled from him.

19 Then, at break of day, the king arose and went in haste to the den of lions. 20 As he came near to the den where Daniel was, he cried out in a tone of anguish. The king declared to Daniel, “O Daniel, servant of (K)the living God, (L)has your God, whom you serve continually, (M)been able to deliver you from the lions?” 21 Then Daniel said to the king, (N)“O king, live forever! 22 My God (O)sent his angel (P)and shut the lions' mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless (Q)before him; (R)and also before you, O king, I have done no harm.” 23 Then the king was exceedingly glad, and commanded that Daniel be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and (S)no kind of harm was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. 24 And the king commanded, and (T)those men who had maliciously accused Daniel were brought and cast into the den of lions—they, their children, and their wives. And before they reached the bottom of the den, the lions overpowered them and broke all their bones in pieces.

25 Then King Darius wrote to all (U)the peoples, nations, and languages (V)that dwell in all the earth: (W)“Peace be multiplied to you. 26 (X)I make a decree, that in all my royal dominion (Y)people are to tremble and fear before the God of Daniel,

for (Z)he is (AA)the living God,
    enduring forever;
his kingdom shall never be destroyed,
    (AB)and his dominion shall be (AC)to the end.
27 He delivers and rescues;
    he works (AD)signs and wonders
    in heaven and on earth,
he who has (AE)saved Daniel
    from the power of the lions.”

28 So this Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and (AF)the reign of (AG)Cyrus the Persian.

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Footnotes

  1. Daniel 6:16 Aramaic answered and said; also verse 20

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