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1. And Darius the Mede received the kingdom at the age of sixty-two. 2. It pleased Darius, and he set over the kingdom one hundred and twenty satraps, who should be in the entire kingdom. 3. And over them three viziers, one of which was Daniel, that these satraps should give them counsel, and the king should not suffer any injury.

4. Then this Daniel surpassed the viziers and the satraps because he had a superior spirit, and the king contemplated setting him up over the entire kingdom.

5. Then the viziers and the satraps sought to find a pretext against Daniel regarding the kingdom, but they could find no pretext or fault because he was trustworthy, and no error or fault was found about him.

6. Then those men said, "No pretext can be found about Daniel, but we shall find [a pretext] against him concerning the law of his God."

7. Then these viziers and satraps assembled about the king, and so they said to him: "O King Darius, may you live forever! 8. All the viziers of the kingdom, the prefects, the satraps, the leaders, and the governors have taken counsel to preserve the king's law and to strengthen a decree that whoever makes any request of any god or man until thirty days except from you, O king, shall be cast into a pit of lions. 9. Now, O king, you shall issue a decree and inscribe a writ that will not be amended, like the law of Media and Persia, which will not be repealed."

10. In view of this, King Darius inscribed a writ and a decree.

11. And Daniel, when he knew that a writ had been inscribed, came to his house, where there were open windows in his upper chamber, opposite Jerusalem, and three times a day he kneeled on his knees and prayed and offered thanks before his God just as he had done prior to this.

12. Then these men searched and found Daniel begging and supplicating before his God. 13. Then they drew near and said before the king concerning the king's decree, "Did you not issue a decree that any person who begs from any god or man for thirty days except from you, O king, shall be cast into the pit of the lions?" The king replied and said, "The thing is true as the law of Media and Persia, which shall not be repealed."

14. Then they raised their voices and said before the king that "Daniel, who is of the exiles of Judea, did not pay heed to you, O king, or to the decree that you inscribed, and three times a day he offers up his prayer."

15. Then, when the king heard the thing, he became very displeased, and he gave Daniel a reprieve to save him, and until sunset, he tried to save him.

16. Then these men gathered to the king and said to the king, "You should know, O king, that the law of Media and Persia is that any decree or statute that the king establishes cannot be altered."

17. Then the king ordered, and they brought Daniel and cast him into the pit of the lions. The king raised his voice and said to Daniel, "May your God, Whom you serve regularly, save you!"

18. And a stone was brought and placed on the mouth of the pit, and the king sealed it with his signet ring and with the signet ring of his dignitaries that his will about Daniel not be altered. 19. Then the king went to his palace and retired while fasting, and no table was brought before him, and his sleep wandered from him.

20. Then the king at dawn arose to the light of morning, and in haste went to the pit of the lions. 21. And when he approached the pit, he cried out to Daniel with a sad voice. The king raised his voice and said to Daniel, "Daniel, servant of the living God, the God Whom you worship regularly-was He able to save you from the lions?"

22. Then Daniel spoke with the king, [and said:] "May the king live forever! 23. My God sent His angel, and he closed the mouths of the lions and they did not hurt me because a merit was found for me before Him, and also before you, O king, I have done no harm."

24. Then it pleased the king exceedingly, and he ordered to lift Daniel up out of the pit, and Daniel was lifted up out of the pit, and no injury was found on him because he believed in his God.

25. And the king ordered, and they brought these men, who had informed on Daniel, and they were cast into the lions' pit-they, their sons, and their wives, and they did not reach the bottom of the pit before the lions overwhelmed them and crushed their bones into fine particles.

26. Then King Darius wrote to all peoples, nations, and tongues that lived in all the land, "May your peace increase! 27. From before me an order is issued that in the entire dominion of my kingdom, [everyone] should quake and be awestricken before the God of Daniel, for He is a living God, He exists forever, and His kingdom will not be destroyed, nor will His dominion until the end. 28. He saves and rescues and performs signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, Who saved Daniel from the hands of the lions."

29. And this Daniel prospered in the [time of the] kingdom of Darius and in the kingdom of Cyrus the Persian.
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1. And Darius the Mede received the kingdom at the age of sixty-two.


A bit of garbled history...as this appears to be Darius the Great, who organized the Satraps described a bit later, ruled decades after Daniel was dead.
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Then those men said, "No pretext can be found about Daniel, but we shall find [a pretext] against him concerning the law of his God."

7. Then these viziers and satraps assembled about the king, and so they said to him: "O King Darius...whoever makes any request of any god or man until thirty days except from you, O king, shall be cast into a pit of lions.


This seems familiar... could I have read almost the same thing... last chapter?

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Lets skip past Daniel getting trouble to this:
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16. Then these men gathered to the king and said to the king, "You should know, O king, that the law of Media and Persia is that any decree or statute that the king establishes cannot be altered."


Really? The King of Persia, an absolute tyrant - with no legislative or advisory body to contend for power with, can't alter an old law on a whim? Seems a bit... contrived.

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17. Then the king ordered, and they brought Daniel and cast him into the pit of the lions. The king raised his voice and said to Daniel, "May your God, Whom you serve regularly, save you!"


Nevermind - Lions? This is awesome! I always skipped to this part as a kid (plus hey - my namesake).
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19. Then the king went to his palace and retired while fasting, and no table was brought before him, and his sleep wandered from him
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I like that the King is unhappy with his own order - he likes Daniel and is troubled by the position he was forced into - he is not a cardboard villain as is often the case in ancient literature (well, more of a well meaning patsy in this story).
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20. Then the king ...in haste went to the pit of the lions. 21. And when he approached the pit, he cried out to Daniel with a sad voice. ... "Daniel, servant of the living God...was He able to save you from the lions?"

22. Then Daniel spoke with the king,"May the king live forever! 23. My God sent His angel... the lions... did not hurt me"


Rejoice at the non-violent ending! No harm no foul, right?
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25. And the king ordered, and they brought these men, who had informed on Daniel, and they were cast into the lions' pit-they, their sons, and their wives, and they did not reach the bottom of the pit before the lions overwhelmed them and crushed their bones into fine particles.


Whoops! Guess not. Them ancients sure loved their gratuitous violence. Fine particles - nice needless touch there.

Thank goodness we have more peaceful outlets for these impulses in our modern times, like online shooters and professional "wrestling" on TV.
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One of my favorite passages in the bible.
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