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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. 23 Then was the king exceedingly 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. 24 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. 25 Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you. 26 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. 27 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. 28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

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1 angela h = "Daniel was made second in command by King Darius. It was because Daniel held the values of The One True God and was very fair and honest with everyone. "
2 angela h = "Daniel was honest in his dealings with kingdom affairs. The jealous presidents and leaders began to dig into his personal life to find fault in him. To me that is absolutely amazing! If you were to dig into my life to find fault, there is no doubt it would be there. I imagine it is that way for most of us if we are honest. "
3 angela h = "This verse  doesn't mean that Daniel does anything wrong, but that the wicked guys knew that the only way they could get him to go against the king is to make him have to choose between God and Darius. They knew Daniel would choose God. And so they devised their plot."
4 angela h = "It always perplexes me how gullible these Persian kings seem to be (read Esther). It is as if they have no clue as to what is going on around them. They have no mind of their own and let their advisers talk them into some pretty ridiculous stuff. It would almost be funny, except people's lives are in danger because of this. This shows how callous this empire was. "
5 Ben N = "Daniel, being honest and upright, was envied by the other princes and nobles. They conspired together to establish a law against prayer, knowing that he would break the law before he would turn away from God. And when they found him praying, as they knew they would, they turned him over to the king for punishment."
6 Ben N = "The king regrets signing this law, for he likes Daniel and trusts him more than the others. He wrestles with himself, but eventually the princes convince him that the law must be upheld, and Daniel must be punished. So he throws him into the lions den, and tells him "Let your God save you!""
7 Ben N = "Daniel was sealed inside the den of the lions, and left there overnight. The king wan so anxious he couldn't eat, sleep or relax."
8 Ben N = "In the morning the king rushed to see what had become of Daniel, and found him unharmed. Because of his innocence and faithfulness, he had been spared.Like Daniel, when we are honest and upright, and put our faith in God, there is nothing to fear."
9 angela h = "The king had the entire night to think over how these men had made a fool of him and nearly caused him to loose the best adviser he had. I believe that the wives and children were included to ensure that there was no one to avenge the deaths of these wicked men."
10 angela h = "God made a believer out of King Darius. Darius proclaims "...for He is the living God....".Darius tells all of his kingdom that they will respect the God of Daniel. Notice here, he doesn't force them to worship God, only to respect Him. God does not force us to worship Him. He gives us a choice. If He or anyone else forced us to worship, it would be phony."
11 angela h = "Daniel is vindicated by God. He is better off now than before. His enemies are no longer there.If we acknowledge God in all our doings, He will make sure things work out for our good. See Romans 8:28 and Proverbs 3:5-6."
12 Sara Di Diego = "Daniel was able to prosper during Darius' reign after being given the power to prophesy in the third year of Cyrus.  As he was able to start prophesying from Daniel 10."