Daniel 6 ©
Daniel is made chief of the presidents and princes of the realm: they conspire against him, and obtain an ensnaring decree: Daniel, accused of the breach thereof, against the king's will is cast into the lions' den: the king findeth him miraculously saved: his adversaries are cast in and devoured. Darius by a decree magnifieth God.
¶Then the presidents and princes isought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could jfind none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.
All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and mthe captains, have nconsulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm 2decree, 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.
¶Now when Daniel rknew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and shis windows being open in his chamber ttoward Jerusalem, uhe kneeled upon his knees vthree times a day, and prayed, and wgave thanks before his God, as he did *aforetime.
Then they ycame 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, zaccording to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.
eThen the king commanded, and they fbrought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, gThy God whom thou servest continually, he will hdeliver thee.
And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, lO Daniel, servant of the living God, mis thy God, whom thou servest ncontinually, oable to deliver thee from the lions?
My God hath sent qhis angel, and hath rshut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: sforasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.
Then was the king texceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, uand no *manner of hurt was found upon him, vbecause he believed in his God.
¶And the king commanded, wand 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 xmastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den.
aI make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: bfor he is the cliving God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end.