A MAN LIONS COULD NOT EAT

 

Daniel 6:1-22

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. 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. 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. 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.


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