Chapters: 1 2
3 4 5
|In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of
Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged
|And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his
hand, with part of the vessels of the house of God: which he carried
into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the
vessels into the treasure house of his god.
|And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his
eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of
the king's seed, and of the princes;
|Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured,
and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding
science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king's palace,
and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.
|And the king appointed them a daily provision of the
king's meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three
years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king.
|Now among these were of the children of Judah,
Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah:
|Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for
he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of
Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abednego.
|But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not
defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine
which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that
he might not defile himself.
|Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender
love with the prince of the eunuchs.
|And the prince of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, I
fear my lord the king, who hath appointed your meat and your drink: for
why should he see your faces worse liking than the children which are of
your sort? then shall ye make me endanger my head to the king.
|Then said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince of the
eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,
|Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and
let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.
|Then let our countenances be looked upon before
thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the
king's meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants.
|So he consented to them in this matter, and proved
them ten days.
|And at the end of ten days their countenances
appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat
the portion of the king's meat.
|Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and
the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse.
|As for these four children, God gave them knowledge
and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in
all visions and dreams.
|Now at the end of the days that the king had said he
should bring them in, then the prince of the eunuchs brought them in
|And the king communed with them; and among them all
was found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: therefore
stood they before the king.
|And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that
the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the
magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.
|And Daniel continued even unto the first year of
|And in the second year of the reign of
Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was
troubled, and his sleep brake from him.
|Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and
the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, for to show the
king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king.
|And the king said unto them, I have dreamed a dream,
and my spirit was troubled to know the dream.
|Then spake the Chaldeans to the king in Syriack, O
king, live for ever: tell thy servants the dream, and we will show the
|The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, The
thing is gone from me: if ye will not make known unto me the dream, with
the interpretation thereof, ye shall be cut in pieces, and your houses
shall be made a dunghill.
|But if ye show the dream, and the interpretation
thereof, ye shall receive of me gifts and rewards and great honour:
therefore show me the dream, and the interpretation thereof.
|They answered again and said, Let the king tell his
servants the dream, and we will show the interpretation of it.
|The king answered and said, I know of certainty that
ye would gain the time, because ye see the thing is gone from me.
|But if ye will not make known unto me the dream,
there is but one decree for you: for ye have prepared lying and corrupt
words to speak before me, till the time be changed: therefore tell me
the dream, and I shall know that ye can show me the interpretation
|The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said,
There is not a man upon the earth that can show the king's matter:
therefore there is no king, lord, nor ruler, that asked such things at
any magician, or astrologer, or Chaldean.
|And it is a rare thing that the king requireth, and
there is none other that can show it before the king, except the gods,
whose dwelling is not with flesh.
|For this cause the king was angry and very furious,
and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon.
|And the decree went forth that the wise men should
be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain.
|Then Daniel answered with counsel and wisdom to
Arioch the captain of the king's guard, which was gone forth to slay the
wise men of Babylon:
|He answered and said to Arioch the king's captain,
Why is the decree so hasty from the king? Then Arioch made the thing
known to Daniel.
|Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he
would give him time, and that he would show the king the interpretation.
|Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing
known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions:
|That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven
concerning this secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish
with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.
|Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night
vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.
|Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God
for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:
|And he changeth the times and the seasons: he
removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise,
and knowledge to them that know understanding:
|He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth
what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.
|I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my
fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me
now what we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the
|Therefore Daniel went in unto Arioch, whom the king
had ordained to destroy the wise men of Babylon: he went and said thus
unto him; Destroy not the wise men of Babylon: bring me in before the
king, and I will show unto the king the interpretation.
|Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in
haste, and said thus unto him, I have found a man of the captives of
Judah, that will make known unto the king the interpretation.
|The king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was
Belteshazzar, Art thou able to make known unto me the dream which I have
seen, and the interpretation thereof?
|Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and
said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the
astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, show unto the king;
|But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets,
and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter
days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;
|As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind
upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth
secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass.
|But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for
any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that
shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest
know the thoughts of thy heart.
|Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This
great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the
form thereof was terrible.
|This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and
his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,
|His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of
|Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without
hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay,
and brake them to pieces.
|Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver,
and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of
the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no
place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a
great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
|This is the dream; and we will tell the
interpretation thereof before the king.
|Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of
heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.
|And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the
beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine
hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of
|And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior
to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over
all the earth.
|And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron:
forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as
iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.
|And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of
potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there
shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the
iron mixed with miry clay.
|And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and
part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.
|And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay,
they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not
cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.
|And in the days of these kings shall the God of
heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom
shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and
consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
|Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out
of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the
brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known
to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain,
and the interpretation thereof sure.
|Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and
worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and
sweet odours unto him.
|The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth
it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a
revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret.
|Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him
many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon,
and chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon.
|Then Daniel requested of the king, and he set
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, over the affairs of the province of
Babylon: but Daniel sat in the gate of the king.
|Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose
height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set
it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon.
|Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather together
the princes, the governors, and the captains, the judges, the
treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the
provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar
the king had set up.
|Then the princes, the governors, and captains, the
judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the
rulers of the provinces, were gathered together unto the dedication of
the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before
the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up.
|Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded,
O people, nations, and languages,
|That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet,
flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of music, ye
fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath
|And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the
same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.
|Therefore at that time, when all the people heard
the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds
of music, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and
worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.
|Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near,
and accused the Jews.
|They spake and said to the king Nebuchadnezzar, O
king, live for ever.
|Thou, O king, hast made a decree, that every man
that shall hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery,
and dulcimer, and all kinds of music, shall fall down and worship the
|And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth, that he
should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.
|There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the
affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego;
these men, O king, have not regarded thee: they serve not thy gods, nor
worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
|Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true,
O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship
the golden image which I have set up?
|Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the
sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and
all kinds of music, ye fall down and worship the image which I have
made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into
the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall
deliver you out of my hands?
|Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said
to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this
|If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to
deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of
thine hand, O king.
|But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we
will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast
|Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form
of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego:
therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one
seven times more than it was wont to be heated.
|And he commanded the most mighty men that were in
his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into
the burning fiery furnace.
|Then these men were bound in their coats, their
hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the
midst of the burning fiery furnace.
|Therefore because the king's commandment was urgent,
and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that
took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
|And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and
Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
|Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose
up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast
three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto
the king, True, O king.
|He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose,
walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of
the fourth is like the Son of God.
|Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the
burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and
Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither.
Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the
|And the princes, governors, and captains, and the
king's counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose
bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed,
neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on
|Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the
God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and
delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king's
word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship
any god, except their own God.
|Therefore I make a decree, That every people,
nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their
houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can
deliver after this sort.
|Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and
Abednego, in the province of Babylon.
|Nebuchadnezzar the king, unto all people, nations,
and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto
|I thought it good to show the signs and wonders that
the high God hath wrought toward me.
|How great are his signs! and how mighty are his
wonders! his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from
generation to generation.
|I Nebuchadnezzar was at rest in mine house, and
flourishing in my palace:
|I saw a dream which made me afraid, and the thoughts
upon my bed and the visions of my head troubled me.
|Therefore made I a decree to bring in all the wise
men of Babylon before me, that they might make known unto me the
interpretation of the dream.
|Then came in the magicians, the astrologers, the
Chaldeans, and the soothsayers: and I told the dream before them; but
they did not make known unto me the interpretation thereof.
|But at the last Daniel came in before me, whose name
was Belteshazzar, according to the name of my god, and in whom is the
spirit of the holy gods: and before him I told the dream, saying,
|O Belteshazzar, master of the magicians, because I
know that the spirit of the holy gods is in thee, and no secret
troubleth thee, tell me the visions of my dream that I have seen, and
the interpretation thereof.
|Thus were the visions of mine head in my bed; I saw,
and behold, a tree in the midst of the earth, and the height thereof was
|The tree grew, and was strong, and the height
thereof reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all the
|The leaves thereof were fair, and the fruit thereof
much, and in it was meat for all: the beasts of the field had shadow
under it, and the fowls of the heaven dwelt in the boughs thereof, and
all flesh was fed of it.
|I saw in the visions of my head upon my bed, and,
behold, a watcher and an holy one came down from heaven;
|He cried aloud, and said thus, Hew down the tree,
and cut off his branches, shake off his leaves, and scatter his fruit:
let the beasts get away from under it, and the fowls from his branches:
|Nevertheless leave the stump of his roots in the
earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the
field; and let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be
with the beasts in the grass of the earth:
|Let his heart be changed from man's, and let a
beast's heart be given unto him: and let seven times pass over him.
|This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and
the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living
may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it
to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.
|This dream I king Nebuchadnezzar have seen. Now
thou, O Belteshazzar, declare the interpretation thereof, forasmuch as
all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to make known unto me the
interpretation: but thou art able; for the spirit of the holy gods is in
|Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was
astonied for one hour, and his thoughts troubled him. The king spake,
and said, Belteshazzar, let not the dream, or the interpretation
thereof, trouble thee. Belteshazzar answered and said, My lord, the
dream be to them that hate thee, and the interpretation thereof to thine
|The tree that thou sawest, which grew, and was
strong, whose height reached unto the heaven, and the sight thereof to
all the earth;
|Whose leaves were fair, and the fruit thereof much,
and in it was meat for all; under which the beasts of the field dwelt,
and upon whose branches the fowls of the heaven had their habitation:
|It is thou, O king, that art grown and become
strong: for thy greatness is grown, and reacheth unto heaven, and thy
dominion to the end of the earth.
|And whereas the king saw a watcher and an holy one
coming down from heaven, and saying, Hew the tree down, and destroy it;
yet leave the stump of the roots thereof in the earth, even with a band
of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet
with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts of the
field, till seven times pass over him;
|This is the interpretation, O king, and this is the
decree of the most High, which is come upon my lord the king:
|That they shall drive thee from men, and thy
dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee
to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven,
and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High
ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.
|And whereas they commanded to leave the stump of the
tree roots; thy kingdom shall be sure unto thee, after that thou shalt
have known that the heavens do rule.
|Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto
thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by
showing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy
|All this came upon the king Nebuchadnezzar.
|At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace
of the kingdom of Babylon.
|The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon,
that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power,
and for the honour of my majesty?
|While the word was in the king's mouth, there fell a
voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken;
The kingdom is departed from thee.
|And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling
shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass
as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the
most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he
|The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon
Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen,
and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown
like eagles' feathers, and his nails like birds' claws.
|And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as
nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and
among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say
unto him, What doest thou?
|At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for
the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me;
and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in
my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me.
|Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the
King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and
those that walk in pride he is able to abase.
|Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand
of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand.
|Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine, commanded to
bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had
taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king, and his
princes, his wives, and his concubines, might drink therein.
|Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken
out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the
king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them.
|They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and
of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.
|In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand,
and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaster of the wall of
the king's palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.
|Then the king's countenance was changed, and his
thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and
his knees smote one against another.
|The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers,
the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. And the king spake, and said to the
wise men of Babylon, Whosoever shall read this writing, and show me the
interpretation thereof, shall be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain
of gold about his neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.
|Then came in all the king's wise men: but they could
not read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation
|Then was king Belshazzar greatly troubled, and his
countenance was changed in him, and his lords were astonied.
|Now the queen by reason of the words of the king and
his lords came into the banquet house: and the queen spake and said, O
king, live for ever: let not thy thoughts trouble thee, nor let thy
countenance be changed:
|There is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit
of the holy gods; and in the days of thy father light and understanding
and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him; whom the king
Nebuchadnezzar thy father, the king, I say, thy father, made master of
the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers;
|Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and
understanding, interpreting of dreams, and showing of hard sentences,
and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king
named Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be called, and he will show the
|Then was Daniel brought in before the king. And the
king spake and said unto Daniel, Art thou that Daniel, which art of the
children of the captivity of Judah, whom the king my father brought out
|I have even heard of thee, that the spirit of the
gods is in thee, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom
is found in thee.
|And now the wise men, the astrologers, have been
brought in before me, that they should read this writing, and make known
unto me the interpretation thereof: but they could not show the
interpretation of the thing:
|And I have heard of thee, that thou canst make
interpretations, and dissolve doubts: now if thou canst read the
writing, and make known to me the interpretation thereof, thou shalt be
clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about thy neck, and shalt
be the third ruler in the kingdom.
|Then Daniel answered and said before the king, Let
thy gifts be to thyself, and give thy rewards to another; yet I will
read the writing unto the king, and make known to him the
|O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar
thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour:
|And for the majesty that he gave him, all people,
nations, and languages, trembled and feared before him: whom he would he
slew; and whom he would he kept alive; and whom he would he set up; and
whom he would he put down.
|But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind
hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took
his glory from him:
|And he was driven from the sons of men; and his
heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild
asses: they fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the
dew of heaven; till he knew that the most high God ruled in the kingdom
of men, and that he appointeth over it whomsoever he will.
|And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled
thine heart, though thou knewest all this;
|But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of
heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and
thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in
them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass,
iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in
whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not
|Then was the part of the hand sent from him; and
this writing was written.
|And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE,
|This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God
hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it.
|TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art
|PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the
Medes and Persians.
|Then commanded Belshazzar, and they clothed Daniel
with scarlet, and put a chain of gold about his neck, and made a
proclamation concerning him, that he should be the third ruler in the
|In that night was Belshazzar the king of the
|And Darius the Median took the kingdom, being about
threescore and two years old.
|It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred
and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom;
|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.
|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.
|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.
|Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion
against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of
|Then these presidents and princes assembled together
to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever.
|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.
|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.
|Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the
|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.
|Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying
and making supplication before his God.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|Then the king went to his palace, and passed the
night fasting: neither were instruments of music brought before him: and
his sleep went from him.
|Then the king arose very early in the morning, and
went in haste unto the den of lions.
|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?
|Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for
|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.
|Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and
commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was
taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him,
because he believed in his God.
|And the king commanded, and they brought those men
which had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions,
them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery of
them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the
bottom of the den.
|Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and
languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you.
|I make a decree, That in every dominion of my
kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the
living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not
be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end.
|He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and
wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power
of the lions.
|So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and
in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.