Daniel’s Integrity and His Entrapment by His Enemies
1It pleased Darius,#Literally “It was pleasant before Darius” and he set up one hundred and twenty satraps over the kingdom, that they were throughout the whole kingdom,#Literally “in all the kingdom” 2and over them were three administrators, of whom Daniel was one, so that these satraps were giving account to them, and the king would not be suffering loss. 3Then Daniel began distinguishing himself#Literally “was distinguishing himself” above the administrators and the satraps because#Literally “all of because that” an exceptional spirit was in him, and so the king planned to appoint him over the whole kingdom. 4Then the other administrators and satraps began to seek#Literally “were seeking” to find a pretext against Daniel in connection with the kingdom,#Literally “from the side of the kingdom” but they were not able to find any pretext and corruption#Literally “being corrupt” because#Literally “all because that” he was trustworthy, and no#Aramaic “any” negligence or corruption#Literally “being corrupt” could be found in him.#Literally “not could be found” 5Then these men said,#Literally “were saying” “We will not find any pretext#Or “basis for accusation” against this Daniel unless we find it in connection with the law of his God.”
6So the administrators and the satraps conspired with respect to#Literally “on/upon” the king and so they said to him, “Darius, O king, live forever!#Literally “to eternity” 7All of the administrators of the kingdom, and the prefects, the satraps, the counselors and the governors took counsel and have agreed to establish an edict of the king and to enforce a decree that whoever#Literally “all that” will seek a prayer from any god or human except from you for up to thirty days will be thrown into the lion pit.#Literally “pit of lions” 8Now, O king, establish the edict and you must sign the document so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians which cannot be revoked.”
9So#Literally “Like to before this” the king, Darius, signed the writing and the interdict.#Or “the writing that is the interdict” 10Now when#Literally “as that” Daniel realized that the document was signed, he went to his house (now he had windows in his upper room that were open#Literally “and windows were open to him in his upper room” toward Jerusalem), and three times daily#Literally “in the day” he knelt on his knees and prayed and gave praise before his God, just as#Literally “all because that” he had been doing previously.#Literally “from before this” 11Then these men came as a group and they found Daniel praying and pleading for mercy before his God. 12Then they approached and spoke with the king#Literally “and saying before the king” concerning the edict of the king, “Did you not sign an edict#Literally “Not an edict you signed?” that any person who would seek anything from any God or human within thirty days except from you, O king, would be thrown into the lion pit?”#Literally “pit of lions” The king answered and said, “The matter as you have just stated is certain according to the law of the Medes and Persians which cannot be revoked.”
God’s Miraculous Deliverance of Daniel Again
13Then they responded#Literally “they answered” and said before the king, “Daniel, who is from the exiles#Literally “the sons of the exile” of Judah,#Aramaic “Jehud” is not paying any attention#Literally “not he sets his mind” to you, O king, or to the decree that you have signed, and three times daily#Literally “and three times on the day” he says his prayer.” 14Then the king, when#Aramaic “as ” he heard that report,#Literally “word” he was extremely distressed over it; and concerning Daniel#Literally “upon Daniel” he was determined#Literally “he set his heart” to rescue him. And until the setting of the sun he was making every effort to deliver him. 15Then these men came as a group to the king and said,#Literally “saying” “Recall, O king, that with respect to the law of#Aramaic “to” the Medes and Persians that any#Literally “all/every” decree or edict that the king establishes cannot be changed.”
16Then the king gave the command, and Daniel was brought in and they threw him into the lion pit.#Literally “pit of lions” The king said#Literally “The king answered and saying” to Daniel, “Your God, whom you serve faithfully,#Literally “in the loyalty” may he rescue you!” 17And a#Aramaic “one” stone was brought and it was put on the entrance of the pit, and the king sealed it with his signet ring and with the signet rings of his lords,#Or “nobles” so that nothing would be changed concerning Daniel. 18Then the king went to his palace and spent the night in fasting, and no food was brought in before him and his sleep fled from him.
19Then the king got up at daybreak, at first light, and he went in haste#Literally “to hasten” to the lion pit.#Literally “pit of lions” 20And when he came near#Literally “as coming near him” to the pit, he cried out to Daniel with a distressed voice, and the king spoke#Literally “answered” and said to Daniel, “O Daniel, servant of the living God, your God whom you serve faithfully, was he able to rescue you from the lions?” 21Then Daniel spoke to#Aramaic “with” the king, “O king, live forever!#Literally “unto endless ages” 22My God sent his angel and he shut the mouth of the lions and they did not#Aramaic “would not” hurt me, because#Literally “all of because that” before him I was found#Literally “it was found for me” blameless, and also before you, O king, I have not done any wrong.”
23Then the king was exceedingly glad over it#That is, the situation and commanded that Daniel be lifted up from the pit; and there was not any wound found on him, because he had trusted in his God. 24The king then commanded, and these men were brought who had accused Daniel,#Literally “they ate his pieces of Daniel” and they threw them and their children and their wives into the lion pit,#Literally “pit of lions” and they had not reached the floor of the pit before#Literally “until that” the lions had overpowered them and they had crushed all of their bones.
The King Praises the God of Daniel and Daniel Prospers
25Then Darius the king wrote to all the people, the nations, and the languages living in the whole earth, “May your prosperity become great! 26I make a decree#Literally “From before me is put forth a decree” that in all the dominion of my kingdom people will be trembling and fearing before the God of Daniel, for he is the living God and endures forever#Literally “to eternity/endless ages” and his#Literally “and whose” kingdom is one that will not be destroyed and his dominion has no end.#Literally “dominion his to the end” 27He is rescuing, delivering, and working signs and wonders in the heavens and on earth, for he has rescued Daniel from the power#Literally “hand” of the lions.” 28So this Daniel prospered during the kingdom of Darius and during the kingdom of Cyrus the Persian.