13)So they answered and said before the king, “That Daniel, who is one of the captives of Judah, does not show due regard for you, O king, or for the decree you have signed, but makes his petition three times a day.”
14)And the king, when he hears these words, was greatly displeased with himself , and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him; and he labored till the going down of the sun to deliver him.
15)Then these men approached the king, and said to the king, “Know, O king that it is the law of the Medes and Persians that no decree or statue which the king establishes may be changed.”
16)So the king gave the command, and they brought Daniel and cast him into the den of lions. But the king spoke saying to Daniel, “Your God, whom you serve continually, He will deliver you.”
17)Then a stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring ant the signets of the of his lords, that the purpose concerning Daniel might not be changed.
18)Now the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; and no musicians were brought before him. Also his sleep went from him.
19)Then the king arose very early in the morning and went in haste to the den of lions.
20)And when he came to the den, he cried out with a lamenting voice to Daniel. The king spoke, saying to Daniel, ” Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God who you continually served, been able to deliver you from the lions?”
21)Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever!
22)”My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him.; and also O king, I have done no wrong before you.”
23)Now the king was exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that the should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no injury whatever was found on him, because he believed in his God.
24)And the king gave the command and they brought those men who had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions–them, their children and their wives; and the lions over-powered them and broke all their bones in pieces before they ever came to the bottom of the den.
25)Then King Darius wrote:
To all peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth:
Peace be multiplied to you.
26)I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel.
For He is a living God and steadfast forever.;
His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed,
and His dominion shall endure to the end.
27)He delivers and rescues,
And He works signs and wonders
In heaven and on earth,
Who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.
28)So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.
Scripture taken form the Holy Bible NKJV, copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.