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Lexham English Bible, Daniel 6
4 Then the other administrators and satraps began to seek to find a pretext against Daniel in connection with the kingdom, but they were not able to find any pretext and corruption because he was trustworthy, and no negligence or corruption could be found in him.
7 All 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 will seek a prayer from any god or human except from you for up to thirty days will be thrown into the lion pit.
10 Now when Daniel realized that the document was signed, he went to his house ( now he had windows in his upper room that were open toward Jerusalem), and three times daily he knelt on his knees and prayed and gave praise before his God, just as he had been doing previously.
12 Then they approached and spoke with the king concerning the edict of the king, â€ś Did you not sign an edict 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?â€ť The king answered and said, â€śThe matter as you have just stated is certain according to the law of the Medes and Persians which cannot be revoked.â€ť
13 Then they responded and said before the king, â€śDaniel, who is from the exiles of Judah, is not paying any attention to you, O king, or to the decree that you have signed, and three times daily he says his prayer.â€ť
14 Then the king, when he heard that report, he was extremely distressed over it; and concerning Daniel he was determined to rescue him. And until the setting of the sun he was making every effort to deliver him.
15 Then these men came as a group to the king and said, â€śRecall, O king, that with respect to the law of the Medes and Persians that any decree or edict that the king establishes cannot be changed.â€ť
17 And a 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, so that nothing would be changed concerning Daniel.
20 And when he came near to the pit, he cried out to Daniel with a distressed voice, and the king spoke and said to Daniel, â€śO Daniel, servant of the living God, your God whom you serve faithfully, was he able to rescue you from the lions?â€ť
24 The king then commanded, and these men were brought who had accused Daniel, and they threw them and their children and their wives into the lion pit, and they had not reached the floor of the pit before the lions had overpowered them and they had crushed all of their bones.
26 I make 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 and his kingdom is one that will not be destroyed and his dominion has no end.
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