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Daniel Serves Darius

1 IIt 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 aDaniel was one), that these satraps might be accountable to them, and that the king might not suffer bloss. 3 Then this Daniel began distinguishing himself Iamong the commissioners and satraps because IIhe possessed an aextraordinary spirit, and the king planned to appoint him over the bentire kingdom. 4 Then the commissioners and satraps began atrying to find a ground of accusation against Daniel in regard to Igovernment affairs; but they could find bno 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 alaw of his God.”

[1] ICh 6:2 in Aram
[2] aDn 2:48, 49; 5:16, 29 bEzr 4:22; Es 7:4
[3] ILit above IILit there was in him aDn 5:12, 14; 9:23 bGn 41:40; Es 10:3
[4] ILit the kingdom aGn 43:18; Jg 14:4; Jr 20:10; Dn 3:8; Lk 20:20 bDn 6:22; Lk 20:26; 23:14, 15; Php 2:15; 1P 2:12; 3:16
[5] aAc 24:13-16, 20, 21

6 ¶ Then these commissioners and satraps came Iby agreement to the king and spoke to him as follows: “King Darius, alive forever! 7 All the acommissioners of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the high officials and the governors have bconsulted 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 cbe cast into the lions’ Iden. 8 Now, O king, aestablish the injunction and sign the document so that it may not be changed, according to the blaw of the Medes and Persians, which Imay not be revoked.” 9 Therefore King Darius asigned the document, that is, the injunction.

[6] IOr thronging aNe 2:3; Dn 2:4; 5:10; 6:21
[7] IOr pit, and so throughout the ch aDn 3:2, 27 bPs 59:3; 62:4; 64:2-6; 83:1-3 cPs 10:9; Dn 3:6; 6:16
[8] ILit does not pass away aEs 3:12; 8:10; Is 10:1 bEs 1:19; 8:8; Dn 6:12, 15
[9] aPs 118:9; 146:3

10 ¶ Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open atoward Jerusalem); and he continued bkneeling on his knees three times a day, cpraying and dgiving thanks before his God, Ias he had been doing previously. 11 Then these men came Iaby agreement and found Daniel making petition and supplication before his God. 12 Then they approached and aspoke 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 blaw of the Medes and Persians, which Imay not be revoked.” 13 Then they answered and spoke before the king, “aDaniel, who is one of the Iexiles from Judah, pays bno attention to you, O king, or to the injunction which you signed, but keeps making his petition three times a day.”

[10] IOr because a1K 8:44, 48, 49; Ps 5:7; Jna 2:4 bPs 55:17; 95:6 cDn 9:4-19 dPs 34:1; Php 4:6; 1Th 5:17, 18
[11] IOr thronging aPs 37:32, 33; Dn 6:6
[12] ILit does not pass away aDn 3:8-12; Ac 16:19-21 bEs 1:19; Dn 6:8, 15
[13] ILit sons of the exile aDn 2:25; 5:13 bEs 3:8; Dn 3:12; Ac 5:29

14 ¶ Then, as soon as the king heard this statement, he was deeply adistressed and set [his] mind on delivering Daniel; and even until sunset he kept exerting himself to rescue him. 15 Then these men came Iby agreement to the king and said to the king, “Recognize, O king, that it is a alaw of the Medes and Persians that no injunction or statute which the king establishes may be changed.”

[14] aMk 6:26
[15] IOr thronging aEs 8:8; Ps 94:20, 21; Dn 6:8, 12

Daniel in the Lions’ Den

16 ¶ Then the king gave orders, and Daniel was brought in and acast into the lions’ den. The king spoke and said to Daniel, “IbYour God whom you constantly serve will Himself deliver you.” 17 A astone 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 afasting, and no entertainment was brought before him; and his bsleep fled from him.

[16] IOr May your God...Himself deliver you a2S 3:39; Jr 38:5; Dn 6:7 bJb 5:19; Ps 37:39, 40; Is 41:10; Dn 3:17, 28; 6:20; 2Co 1:10
[17] aLm 3:53; Mt 27:66
[18] a2S 12:16, 17 bEs 6:1; Ps 77:4; Dn 2:1

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 ayour God, whom you constantly serve, been bable to deliver you from the lions?” 21 Then Daniel spoke Ito the king, “aO king, live forever! 22 My God asent His angel and bshut the lions’ mouths and they have not harmed me, inasmuch as II was found innocent before Him; and also IItoward 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 ano injury whatever was found on him, because he had btrusted in his God. 24 The king then gave orders, and they brought those men who had Imaliciously accused Daniel, and they acast them, their bchildren 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.

[20] aDn 6:16, 27 bGn 18:14; Nu 11:23; Jr 32:17; Dn 3:17
[21] ILit with aDn 2:4; 6:6
[22] ILit innocence was found for me IILit before aNu 20:16; Is 63:9; Dn 3:28; Ac 12:11; He 1:14 bPs 91:11-13; 2Ti 4:17; He 11:33
[23] aDn 3:25, 27 b1Ch 5:20; 2Ch 20:20; Ps 118:8, 9; Is 26:3; Dn 3:17, 28
[24] ILit eaten the pieces of Daniel aDt 19:18, 19; Es 7:10 bDt 24:16; 2K 14:6; Es 9:10

25 ¶ Then Darius the king wrote to all the apeoples, nations and [men of every] Ilanguage who were living in all the land: “bMay your IIpeace abound! 26 II amake 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 bliving God and cenduring forever,
  And dHis kingdom is one which will not be destroyed,
  And His dominion [will be] IIforever.
  27 “He delivers and rescues and performs asigns and wonders
  In heaven and on earth,
  Who has [also] delivered Daniel from the Ipower of the lions.”

[25] ILit tongue IIOr welfare or prosperity aEzr 1:1, 2; Es 3:12; 8:9; Dn 4:1 bEzr 4:17; 1P 1:2
[26] ILit From me a decree is made IILit to the end aEzr 6:8-12; 7:13, 21; Dn 3:29 bDn 4:34; 6:20; Ho 1:10; Ro 9:26 cPs 93:1, 2; Mal 3:6 dDn 2:44; 4:3; 7:14, 27; Lk 1:33
[27] ILit hand aDn 4:2, 3

28 ¶ So this aDaniel enjoyed success in the reign of Darius and in the reign of bCyrus the Persian.

[28] aDn 1:21 b2Ch 36:22, 23; Dn 10:1


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Daniel is made chief of the presidents.

1 ¶ It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom; 2 And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel [was] first: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage. 3 Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit [was] in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.

[1] Ex 18:21; Es 1:1; Dn 5:31; 1P 2:14.
[2] 1S 2:30; Ezr 4:22; Es 7:4; Pv 3:16; 26:6; Dn 2:48; 5:16, 29; Mt 18:23; Lk 16:2; 19:13; 1Co 4:2.
[3] Gn 41:38; Ne 7:2; Pv 3:3; 17:27; 22:29; Ec 2:13; Dn 5:12, 14; 9:23.

They conspiring against him, obtain an idolatrous decree.

4 ¶ Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he [was] faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him. 5 Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find [it] against him concerning the law of his God. 6 Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever. 7 All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions. 8 Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not. 9 Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.

[4] Gn 43:18; Jg 14:4; 1S 18:14; 19:4; 22:14; Ps 37:12, 32; Pv 29:27; Ec 4:4; Jr 18:18, 23; 20:10; Dn 3:8; Mt 26:4; 27:18; Lk 20:20; 22:2; 23:14; Jn 19:4; 2Co 11:12; Php 2:15; 1Ti 5:14; Tit 2:8; 1P 2:12; 3:16; 4:14.
[5] 1S 24:17; Es 3:8; Jn 19:6; Ac 24:13, 20.
[6] Ne 2:3; Ps 56:6; 62:3; 64:2; Dn 2:4; 3:9; 5:10; 6:11, 21; Mt 27:23; Lk 23:23; Ac 22:22; 24:2.
[7] Ps 2:2; 10:9; 59:3; 62:4; 83:1; 94:20; Dn 3:2, 6, 11, 27; 6:2; Mi 6:5; Na 2:12; Mt 12:14; 26:4; Mk 15:1; Jn 12:10; Ac 4:5, 26.
[8] Es 1:19; 3:12; 8:3, 10; Is 10:1; Dn 6:12, 15; Mt 24:35.
[9] Ps 62:9; 118:9; 146:3; Pv 6:2; Is 2:22.

Daniel, accused of the breach thereof, is cast into the lions' den.

10 ¶ Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime. 11 Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God. 12 Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king's decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask [a petition] of any God or man within thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered and said, The thing [is] true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not. 13 Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which [is] of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day. 14 Then the king, when he heard [these] words, was sore displeased with himself, and set [his] heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him. 15 Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians [is], That no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be changed. 16 Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast [him] into the den of lions. [Now] the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee. 17 And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel.

[10] 1K 8:30, 38, 44, 48, 54; 2Ch 6:13, 38; Ezr 9:5; Ne 6:11; Ps 5:7; 11:1; 34:1; 55:17; 86:3; 95:6; Dn 6:13; Jna 2:4; Mt 10:28; Lk 12:4; 14:26; 22:41; Ac 2:1, 15; 3:1; 4:17, 18, 29; 5:20, 29, 40; 7:60; 9:40; 10:9; 20:24, 36; 21:5; Ep 3:14; Php 1:14, 20; 4:6; Col 3:17; 1Th 5:17; He 4:16; 13:15; Rv 2:10, 13.
[11] Ps 10:9; 37:32; Dn 6:6.
[12] Es 1:19; Dn 3:8; 6:8; Ac 16:19, 24; 24:2.
[13] Es 3:8; Dn 1:6; 2:25; 3:12; 5:13; Ac 5:29; 17:7.
[14] 2S 3:28; Dn 3:13; Mt 27:17; Mk 6:26; Lk 23:13; Jn 19:7.
[15] Es 8:8; Ps 94:20; Dn 6:8, 12.
[16] 2S 3:39; Jb 5:19; Ps 37:39; 91:14; 118:8; Pv 29:25; Is 43:2; Jr 26:14; 38:5; Dn 3:15, 17, 28; 6:20; Mt 14:8; 27:23; Mk 6:25; 15:14; Jn 19:12; Ac 24:27; 25:9, 11; 27:23; Ro 13:3.
[17] Lm 3:53; Mt 27:60; Ac 12:4; 16:23.

Daniel is saved,

18 ¶ Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him. 19 Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions. 20 And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: [and] the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions? 21 Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever. 22 My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt. 23 Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.

[18] 2S 12:16; 19:24; 1K 21:27; Es 6:1; Jb 21:12; Ps 77:4; 137:2; Ec 2:8; Is 24:8; Dn 2:1; Am 6:4; Jna 3:3; Rv 18:22.
[19] Mt 28:1; Mk 16:2; 2Co 2:13; 1Th 3:5.
[20] Gn 18:14; Nu 11:23; 14:15; 1Ch 16:11; Ps 71:14; 73:23; 119:112; 146:2; Pv 23:17; Jr 32:17; Dn 3:15, 17, 28; 6:16, 27; Ho 12:6; Lk 1:37; 18:1; Ac 6:4; Ro 2:7; 2Co 1:10; Col 4:2; 1Th 5:17; 2Ti 1:12; 4:16; He 7:25; Jm 1:25; Jde 1:24.
[21] Ne 2:3; Dn 2:4; 6:6.
[22] Gn 40:15; Nu 20:16; 1S 17:37; 24:9; 26:18; 2S 22:7; 2Ch 32:21; Ps 7:1; 18:19; 26:6; 31:14; 34:7; 38:21; 84:11; 91:11; 118:28; Is 3:10; 63:9; Dn 3:28; 6:20, 23; Mi 7:7; Mt 27:46; Jn 20:17, 18; Ac 12:11; 24:16; 25:8; 27:23; 2Co 1:12; 2Ti 4:17; He 11:33; 1Jn 3:19.
[23] Ex 18:9; 1K 5:7; 1Ch 5:20; 2Ch 2:11; 20:20; Ps 37:40; 118:8; 146:3; Pv 18:10; Is 26:3; Dn 3:25, 27; 6:14, 18; Mk 9:23; He 11:33.

his adversaries devoured,

24 ¶ And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they cast [them] into the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den.

[24] Dt 19:18; 24:16; Jsh 7:24; 2K 14:6; Es 7:10; 9:10, 25; Ps 54:5; Pv 11:8; Is 38:13; Dn 3:22.

and God magnified by a decree.

25 ¶ Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you. 26 I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he [is] the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom [that] which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion [shall be even] unto the end. 27 He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions. 28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

[25] Ezr 1:1; 4:17; Es 3:12; 8:9; Dn 4:1; 1P 1:2; 2P 1:2; Jde 1:2.
[26] Dt 5:26; 1S 17:26, 36; Ezr 6:8; 7:12; Ps 2:11; 29:10; 93:1; 99:1; 119:120; 145:12; 146:10; Is 9:7; 66:2; Jr 10:10; Dn 2:44; 3:29; 4:3, 34; 7:14, 27; Ho 1:10; Mal 3:6; Mt 6:13; Lk 1:33; 12:5; Ac 17:25; Ro 9:26; 1Th 1:9; He 6:17; 12:29; Jm 1:17; Rv 4:10; 5:14; 11:15.
[27] Jb 36:15; Ps 18:48, 50; 32:7; 35:17; 97:10; Jr 32:19; Dn 4:2, 34; Mk 16:17; Lk 1:74; Ac 4:30; 2Co 1:8; 2Ti 4:17; He 2:4.
[28] 2Ch 36:22; Ezr 1:1; Is 44:28; 45:1; Dn 1:21.


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