Bible: Daniel 6:1-23

Daniel is Thrown into a Lions’ Den

6:1 It seemed like a good idea to Darius 1  to appoint over the kingdom 120 satraps 2  who would be in charge of the entire kingdom. 6:2 Over them would be three supervisors, one of whom was Daniel. These satraps were accountable 3  to them, so that the king’s interests might not incur damage. 6:3 Now this Daniel was distinguishing himself above the other supervisors and the satraps, for he had an extraordinary spirit. In fact, the king intended to appoint him over the entire kingdom. 6:4 Consequently the supervisors and satraps were trying to find 4  some pretext against Daniel in connection with administrative matters. 5  But they were unable to find any such damaging evidence, 6  because he was trustworthy and guilty of no negligence or corruption. 7  6:5 So these men concluded, 8 We won’t find any pretext against this man Daniel unless it is 9  in connection with the law of his God.”

6:6 So these supervisors and satraps came by collusion 10  to the king and said 11  to him, “O King Darius, live forever! 6:7 To all the supervisors of the kingdom, the prefects, satraps, counselors, and governors it seemed like a good idea for a royal edict to be issued and an interdict to be enforced. For the next thirty days anyone who prays 12  to any god or human other than you, O king, should be thrown into a den of lions. 6:8 Now let the king issue a written interdict 13  so that it cannot be altered, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be changed. 14  6:9 So King Darius issued the written interdict.

6:10 When Daniel realized 15  that a written decree had been issued, he entered his home, where the windows 16  in his upper room opened toward Jerusalem. 17  Three 18  times daily he was 19  kneeling 20  and offering prayers and thanks to his God just as he had been accustomed to do previously. 6:11 Then those officials who had gone to the king 21  came by collusion and found Daniel praying and asking for help before his God. 6:12 So they approached the king and said to him, 22  “Did you not issue an edict to the effect that for the next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or human other than to you, O king, would be thrown into a den of lions?” The king replied, “That is correct, 23  according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be changed.” 6:13 Then they said to the king, “Daniel, who is one of the captives 24  from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or to the edict that you issued. Three times daily he offers his prayer.” 25 

6:14 When the king heard this, 26  he was very upset and began thinking about 27  how he might rescue Daniel. Until late afternoon 28  he was struggling to find a way to rescue him. 6:15 Then those men came by collusion to the king and 29  said to him, 30 Recall, 31  O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no edict or decree that the king issues can be changed.” 6:16 So the king gave the order, 32  and Daniel was brought and thrown into a den 33  of lions. The king consoled 34  Daniel by saying, “Your God whom you continually serve will rescue you! 6:17 Then a stone was brought and placed over the opening 35  to the den. The king sealed 36  it with his signet ring and with those 37  of his nobles so that nothing could be changed with regard to Daniel. 6:18 Then the king departed to his palace. But he spent the night without eating, and no diversions 38  were brought to him. He was unable to sleep. 39 

God Rescues Daniel from the Lions

6:19 In the morning, at the earliest sign of daylight, the king got up and rushed to the lionsden. 6:20 As he approached the den, he called out to Daniel in a worried voice, 40 Daniel, servant of the living God, was your God whom you continually serve able to rescue you from the lions?

6:21 Then Daniel spoke to 41  the king, “O king, live forever! 6:22 My God sent his angel and closed the lionsmouths so that they have not harmed me, because I was found to be innocent before him. Nor have I done any harm to you, O king.”

6:23 Then the king was delighted and gave an order to haul Daniel up from the den. So Daniel was hauled up out of the den. He had no injury of any kind, because he had trusted in his God.

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