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Daniel 6 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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Darius’ Officials Seek to Accuse Daniel

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 6:1 -

[fn]It seemed good to Darius that he set 120 satraps over the kingdom, that they would be in charge of the whole kingdom,

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 6:2 - and over them three commissioners (of whom Daniel was one), that these satraps might be accountable to them, and that the king might not suffer loss.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 6:3 - Then this Daniel began distinguishing himself [fn]among the commissioners and satraps because an extraordinary spirit was in him, and the king planned to set him over the entire kingdom.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 6:4 - Then the commissioners and satraps began seeking to find a ground of accusation against Daniel in regard to matters of the kingdom; but they were not able to find any ground of accusation or evidence of corruption, inasmuch as he was faithful, and no negligence or corruption was to be found in him.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 6:5 - 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 law of his God.”
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 6:6 -

Then these commissioners and satraps came [fn]by agreement to the king and said thus to him: “King Darius, live forever!

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 6:7 - “All the commissioners of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the high officials and the governors have counseled together that the king should establish a statute and enforce an injunction that anyone who seeks to make a petition [fn]to any god or man besides you, O king, for thirty days, shall be cast into the lions’ [fn]den.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 6:8 - “Now, O king, establish the injunction and [fn]sign the written document so that it may not be changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which [fn]may not be revoked.”
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 6:9 - Therefore King Darius signed the written document, that is, the injunction.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 6:10 -

Now when Daniel knew that the written document was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open toward Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, [fn]as he had been doing previously.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 6:11 - Then these men came [fn]by agreement and found Daniel seeking to make a petition and making supplication before his God.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 6:12 - Then they came near and said before the king concerning the king’s injunction, “Did you not sign an injunction that any man who seeks to make a petition [fn]to any god or man besides you, O king, for thirty days, is to be cast into the lions’ den?” The king answered and said, “The word is certain, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which [fn]may not be revoked.”
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 6:13 - Then they answered and said before the king, “Daniel, who is one of the [fn]exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or to the injunction which you signed, but keeps seeking to make his petition three times a day.”
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 6:14 -

Then, as soon as the king heard this word, he was greatly distressed within himself and set his mind on saving Daniel; and even until sunset he kept exerting himself to deliver him.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 6:15 - Then these men came [fn]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 injunction or statute which the king establishes may be changed.”

Daniel in the Lions’ Den

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 6:16 -

Then the king said the word, and Daniel was brought in and cast into the lions’ den. The king answered and said to Daniel, “[fn]Your God whom you constantly serve will Himself save you.”

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 6:17 - And a stone was brought and placed 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 6:18 - Then the king went off to his palace and spent the night fasting, and no entertainment was brought before him; and his sleep fled from him.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 6:19 -

Then the king arose at dawn, at the break of day, and hurriedly went to the lions’ den.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 6:20 - When he had come near the den to Daniel, he cried out with a troubled voice. The king answered and said to Daniel, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you constantly serve, been able to save you from the lions?”
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 6:21 - Then Daniel spoke [fn]to the king, “O king, live forever!
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 6:22 - “My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me, inasmuch as [fn]I was found innocent before Him; and also [fn]toward you, O king, I have done no harm.”
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 6:23 - Then the king was greatly pleased and said for Daniel to be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no harm whatsoever was found on him because he had believed in his God.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 6:24 - The king then said the word, and they brought those men who had [fn]brought charges against Daniel, and they cast them, their children, 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 6:25 -

Then Darius the king wrote to all the peoples, nations, and men of every tongue who were inhabiting all the land: “May your [fn]peace abound!

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 6:26 - [fn]I make a decree that in all the [fn]dominion of my kingdom, men are to fear and be in dread before the God of Daniel;

For He is the living God and enduring forever,

And His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed,

And His [fn]dominion will be unto the end.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 6:27 -

“He saves and delivers and does signs and wonders

In heaven and on earth,

Who has also saved Daniel from the [fn]power of the lions.”

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 6:28 -

So this Daniel enjoyed success in the kingdom of Darius and in the kingdom of Cyrus the Persian.

LSB Footnotes
Ch 6:2 in Aram
Lit above
Or thronging
Lit from
Or pit, so in ch
Or inscribed, so in ch, cf. 5:24-25; 10:21
Lit does not pass away
Or because
Or thronging
Lit from
Lit does not pass away
Lit sons of the exile
Or thronging
Or May your God...Himself deliver you
Lit with
Lit innocence was found for me
Lit before
Lit eaten the pieces of Daniel
Or welfare, prosperity
Lit From me a decree is made
Or powerful reign; or in Heb powerful rule
Or powerful reign; or in Heb powerful rule
Lit hand

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